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Was it the Kurds who brought foreigners to Iraq?

Monday, 16 October 2017

We are on the verge of a new civil war in Iraq between the Kurds and Baghdad’s authority, which is dominated by Shiite parties. The sectarian part of the war will be between the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization while on another hand it will be between the Iraqi army forces and Kurdistan’s army.The line of fire, which may spark clashes, is the Kirkuk front, the Iraqi city known for its petroleum and mixed identity as the Kurds insist that it is Kurdish and belongs to the ...

Mashari Althaydi

Arab League Secretary General says no to a Kurdish state

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Arab League has taken a clear position on the Kurdish call for independence. “Today the Kurds are calling for a State of their own… why not the Yazidis, why not the Pashtuns, why not the Assyrians, why not lots of others?” said Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in his opening speech at NATO Defense College Foundation’s conference on Arab geopolitics in Rome, Italy. Watch the conference live here “History teaches us that ...

Will sanctions against Iraq’s Kurdistan work?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Barwari Bala region, a mountain plain distinguished for planting apples of American origin, is situated on the borders with Turkey, in the far north of the Iraqi Dahuk governorate.Whenever I ask a Kurdish friend who lives there about how the apples are, he says they are bad. Why? “It’s because the globalization apples put them out of the market.” By “globalization apples” he means those imported, probably from Turkey.The latter are being sold for low prices ...

Adnan Hussein

From Barcelona to Erbil, failure of coexistence

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My British neighbor has been anxious for days. He has been following up on the news on the television and internet. He has a feeling of imminent disaster. He has forgotten all about the Brexit and his current and future concerns. He ignored the conference of the conservative party and daggers hidden behind smiles. He is preoccupied by a much greater and more serious issue. What will happen to the Barcelona football club if Sunday’s referendum ended with the declaration of Catalonia’s ...

Ghassan Charbel

Catalan referendum and its implications for the EU

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The democratic and humane values of the European Union (EU) are being put to test and may even threaten the integrity of the bloc, following the referendum by people of Catalonia, who recently voted in favor of their province’s independence from Spain. Europe faces this challenge at a time of continuing economic decline and growing influx of refugees, which in turn has fueled right-wing extremism in major countries such as in France and Germany.Also read: Catalan govt says ...

Before the spark breaks out in Kurdistan

Monday, 2 October 2017

On Sept. 25, the region woke up on a decisive moment with 92.7 percent of Kurdish people voting for independence from Iraq. Then events accelerated and the Iraqi government announced, in coordination with Ankara and Tehran, its willingness to restore control over four cross-borders (two with Turkey and two with Iran) and to impose an air-embargo on flights from and to Iraqi Kurdistan with scenarios of likely armed conflicts in disputed regions especially the oil-rich Kirkuk. Two days before the ...

Salman al-Dosary

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

Monday, 2 October 2017

Iraq on Monday authorized foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas not recognized by Baghdad could previously not travel to other parts of Iraq. "Any person can leave the country via Baghdad without paying a fine or for an exit visa," Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji told journalists. Baghdad ordered the ...

Catalan govt says independence wins with 90 percent of votes

Monday, 2 October 2017

Catalonia’s government said Monday that 90 percent of those who voted in an independence referendum banned by Madrid chose to split from Spain. In a press briefing, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said 2.02 million Catalans voted “yes” to the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?” Also read: Kurdish unilateral independence and a deadly impasse He added 2.26 million people took part. Meanwhile, ...

Over 840 people injured in Catalonia during referendum

Monday, 2 October 2017

Some 844 people have been injured in disturbances across Catalonia on Sunday, the regional government said, as riot police clashed with people who had gathered for a banned referendum on the region's independence from Spain. The Catalan government said around 2.26 million people had cast a ballot in a banned referendum to leave Spain on Sunday and 90 percent of them had voted in favor of secession. This represents a turnout of around 42.3 percent of Catalonia's 5.34 million voters.

Macron: France ready to help Baghdad ease tensions with Kurdish region

Saturday, 30 September 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Friday to help ease tensions between Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government over an independence vote held in Iraqi Kurdistan, warning that any further escalation should be avoided. In a statement after a telephone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Macron’s office said he had invited Abadi to Paris on Oct. 5 to discuss the issue, but warned that the two sides should remain united in their priority to defeat ISIS and stabilize ...

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