The Kurdish people of northern Syria, after declaring an autonomous region last year in liberated pockets and towns near the border with Turkey (as reported at the time in this blog), are finally trying to make their statelet official. And the plan is meeting with hostility from all sides, even from fellow Kurds in northern Iraq. But why are Kurds not all on the same page on this—autonomy is supposed to be good, right?—and, moreover, why is this all happening now?
|P.Y.D. flags are more common in Syrian Kurdistan lately|
than the usual sun-emblazoned Kurdish national ones.
|One international idea of a partitioned Syria—|
but nobody puts Kurdistan in a corner!
|Kurds celebrating the liberation of Derki, Syria, last year|
|Protesters in Berlin display P.K.K. flags|
|As a reader notes below (see comments), this map may seriously underestimate|
the number of Kurds in the border areas.
|Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s Kurds|
|(This map is ridiculously generous; Kurds don’t live as far west as the coast.)|
We will be keeping readers informed of how the repercussions of the Rojava declaration play out.
[You can read more about these and many other separatist and new-nation movements, both famous and obscure, in my new book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas just published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), is available for order now on Amazon. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even if you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this interview for more information on the book.]