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The Kurdish dream is now closer to reality

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

I do not think that the consequences of holding a referendum over the right of self-determination in the Kurdistan region and disputed lands have pushed the dream of Kurdish independence far as some analysts are saying. Before the referendum day on September 25, the Kurdish dream was not close to becoming a reality so how can it become far from achieving now? The governments of Iraq, Iran and Turkey have agreed on punishing the Kurds for practicing their freedom of expression regarding their ...

Adnan Hussein

Will Catalonians, Scots and Kurds experiments ring alarm bells to all nations?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

So the worst has come to pass, and the two protagonists of the “Catalonia Crisis” have slid into open confrontation; as neither Barcelona is happy with the ‘marriage’, nor Madrid is willing to entertain a ‘divorce’. The Pro-Independence Catalonian Regional Government – i.e. ‘the secessionists’ as Spain’s Government calls them – are regarded by Madrid as rebels, and their referendum on Independence illegal and unconstitutional. The ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

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

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 ...

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