Matthew Clayfield is a journalist, critic and screenwriter.


In Kurdistan, IS threat, ethnic tensions spark vigilantism

At nine o’clock tonight, Goran Ahmad will pick up his 1983 Cuban AKM, kiss his wife of two days on the cheek, and take to the streets of Dibis, in Iraqi Kurdistan’s multi-ethnic Kirkuk province, […]


“There will be no Christians in Iraq in ten years”

For ten long days, Ghazala Elyas lived under the self-proclaimed caliphate of the group that calls itself the Islamic State. Mrs Elyas, 80, is in remission for cancer, but remains bed-ridden for a host of […]

Syria’s forgotten Palestinians

When Israel started its offensive again Hamas last month, Um Marwan sold her gold wedding ring and bought herself a television. “I wanted to follow the war,” she said. Mrs Marwan’s purchase sits glowing in […]

Aug, 15

Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

The Kurds are finally making the news. After nearly two years of fighting between Kurdish militias and Islamic militants in Rojava, or Syrian Kurdistan—the western part of what some hope will one day be a […]

Aug, 15

Putinism with a Turkish face

As I have travelled around Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey these past few weeks, covering the lead-up to and aftermath of last weekend’s presidential election, I have been continually reminded of the last country in which […]

Aug, 13

Syria, provocations harden Alevi voters against Erdoğan

Hasan is a plasterer. Or at least he was one. These days he spends his time in the workers’ tea houses of Defne, in Turkey’s Hatay Province, playing cards, shooting the breeze and ruing the […]

Aug, 11

Resisting the inevitable in the Middle East’s newest dictatorship

If Turkey’s first-ever presidential election, which took place yesterday, had a defining characteristic, it was the overwhelming sense of the outcome’s inevitability. I spent the past three weeks travelling across the country—Istanbul to Van and […]

Aug, 11

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  • RT @r3sho: .@a_certain_woman No, but ISIS is stuck in 2 pockets in the east. Breaking down in the west, & south pretty much impotent. YPG is cleaning.
  • RT @a_certain_woman: .@r3sho my Mil confirmation source: Hav intruders been kicked out of ? The 1s who weren't killed that is? As reported? :)
  • RT @ArmedResearch: As I reported earlier, is no longer in . Several mainstream media sources are finally confirming this. (1/2)