Political parties eye Kurdish vote ahead of Iraqi elections

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Iraqi parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2018, while the crisis in relations between Baghdad and Erbil — which was the result of the Kurdistan region’s referendum for separation from Iraq —remains unresolved as sanctions imposed by the Iraqi central government on the region are still in place. In the years following the fall of Saddam’s regime in 2003, Iraqi Kurds have emerged as an important constituency for Iraqi parties to gain political majority in ...

Iraq’s top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Monday, 20 November 2017

Iraq's supreme court on Monday declared that September's referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north of the country was unconstitutional.A statement said the court "rendered a decision declaring unconstitutional the referendum held on September 25, 2017 in Iraqi Kurdistan... and cancelling all the consequences and results that resulted".Monday's legal move was the latest stage in a crisis sparked by the referendum, which resulted in a resounding ...

Kurdish journalist stabbed to death in Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk

Monday, 30 October 2017

A Kurdish video journalist with a channel backing Iraqi Kurdistan’s leader Massud Barzani was stabbed to death at his home overnight in disputed Kirkuk province, a security source said Monday.Four armed men broke into the home of Arkan Sharif, a 54-year-old journalist with Kurdistan TV, at 2:30 am (2330 GMT Sunday) in the Daquq area south of Kirkuk city, the source said.Sharif, a father of three, was stabbed five times after his family were locked up in another room, the source said. Iraqi ...

Kurdistan government puts forward initiative to stabilize region

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

In a tactic to ease the tension between Erbil and Baghdad, the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq requested in a statement on Wednesday, an immediate cease-fire and military operations between the federal forces and the Peshmerga forces. Additionally, they called for the referendum process held in Kurdistan to stop, and the start of an open dialogue between the government of Kurdistan and the central government on the basis of the Iraqi constitution. In retaliation, Iraq recently ...

Kurdish parties call for Barzani’s removal, formation of interim government

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Several parties in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including the Gorran Movement, the Islamic Group and the Alliance for Democracy and Justice, issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling for the resignation of provincial President Masoud Barzani and the formation of an interim government. The statement also called for a road map to calm the situation in Kirkuk and other disputed areas, “stressing the importance of preserving the sovereignty of the Kurdistan region and unity of the people of ...

Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan: A time of disenchantment

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Obviously, the circumstances of the separatists in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan have nothing in common since the political and geographical situations are different. But there is, despite everything, historical resonance between these two people. The Catalans and the Kurds were hardly hit in the 20th century. The first were repressed under Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975). During these years, Catalonia lost its autonomy, the Catalan language was banned, books were burned and intellectuals were ...

Christian Chesnot

Referendums: The dangers of direct democracy

Monday, 23 October 2017

“Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property”. This anti-democratic diatribe does not come from any advocate of totalitarianism, but surprisingly from the ‘Father of the US Constitution’ and the ‘Bill of Rights’, James Madison (Federal Papers No. 10, 1787 AD). In fact, the ‘Founding Fathers’ ensured that the United States of America becomes a ...

Adil Rasheed

Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview. ‭ There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq so as to reach a common understanding, Bakir said, adding that the dispute was not about oil or the national flag but about the future of two nations. Turkey said Wednesday that Iraq’s retaking of the northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces earlier this week ...

Did Kurdistan’s referendum decrease the Region’s earnings?

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

“We firmly reject that the blue line defines Kurdistan’s borders,” said Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani before the independence referendum on September 25. This is an incident that ignited the Region’s problems. It is probably also the reason that has pushed the Region back to the “blue line” after it had lost many of its earnings which it since gained in 2003. READ ALSO: Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will ...

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Iraqi President Fuad Masum gave a televised speech on Tuesday on the latest developments on the ground in Kirkuk where he said that any Peshmerga supervision of the province “did not violate the constitution”. The Iraq-Kurdish president called on everyone involved to respect the law and to show restraint in Kirkuk as parties from both Erbil and Baghdad vie for control of the strategic province. “I call on all parties to engage in urgent dialogue to prevent a worsening of the ...

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