At the dawn of the year 2002, there are many indications to the effect that the Kurdish question is once again about to become a prominent issue in international mediatic discourse. Talk of an imminent US attack on Iraq has now made the Kurdish factions of Northern Iraq a favourite theme of what the New York Times or the Washington Post purport as ‘possible strategic scenarios’. On the other hand, Turkey, with its large Kurdish population and notorious human rights problems, is being much wooed as a key player in a pre-intervention balance of forces while a major International Monetary Fund (IMF) scheme keeps the population of Turkey occupied with ridiculous increases in consumer prices.

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