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Poverty is not unusual in the oil-rich semi-autonomous region.  ​This woman begs in Erbil. Ton Koene/Alamy

A shot at statehood

Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petrostate of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Latest issue: July-August 2020

The Kurds: Betrayed again

Fresh from organizing deliveries of PPE to frontline workers, social scientist Sarojini Nadimpally speaks to Amy Hall about women’s health, the Covid-19 crisis and the inequalities it has exacerbated.

Pennsylvania Public Health Laboratory in Exton tests for Covid-19 Tom Wolf/Flickr

Amelia Schofield of We Own It draws on lessons from contact tracing success stories around the world.

With the climate emergency, this landmark case has taken on added urgency: the absolute imperative being now that carbon and water sequestering forests, and the biodiversity that they contain, are protected and kept intact.

Jan Goodey reports on the legal bid to save the Amazon fringe that could set a worldwide precedent for forest protection.

Why do churches still have £18 million invested in fossil fuels? Illustration by Andy Carter

Despite pledging to divest from fossil fuels in 2018, the Church of England regional dioceses continue to profit from companies including Shell, BP and Total. Frances Rankin of DeSmog investigates.

Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Turkey, after fleeing Islamic State  which for months laid siege to their hometown Kobani in 2014. Gail Orenstein/Zuma/Alamy

The Kurdish quest for freedom and independence has been long, dramatic and complicated. Here’s a potted history of the past century.

Locals are still not allowed back to their neighbourhood in Sur, ravaged by the Turkish army and PKK militants in 2015, then flattened by bulldozers. Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Five years after bombarding the historic neighbourhood of Sur, the Turkish state still wants to keep Kurdish residents out. But it cannot stop people dreaming, hoping, resisting.

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