ISIS and the Specter of Kurdish Independence

In a region whose political lines were drawn by the arbitrary hand of imperialist powers, Kurdistan has remained a nation without a state, militarily powerful enough to ensure political relevance, but lacking the international support to achieve statehood. In the wake of recent victories by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), however, Iraqi chaos could provide a golden opportunity for Kurdish self-rule. Yet while the Kurds may have cemented their political foothold, prospects for independence still remain inhibited by uncertain international support and lingering territorial questions. The Kurdish people have a long history of manipulation and failed attempts […]

Alex Sink Opts Out of Rematch in Florida 13th

Alex Sink Opts Out of Rematch in Florida 13th

Alex Sink, the Democrat who nearly pulled off a special election victory last month in the Florida 13th congressional district, has announced she will not run again in November. Her statement read: “I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family, I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election.” Sink faced an uphill battle in the March special election against Republican David Jolly because of the Republican tilt of the district and the typically low-turnout in special elections […]