Cronyism still rules the PUK

By Mufid Abdulla:

Fuad Masum, new president of Iraq

Fuad Masum, new president of Iraq

In this year’s Iraq parliamentary elections, the PUK won 21 seats and this kept them in a position to take the post of presidency of Iraq, like last time. We don’t know exactly why the PUK did well in the elections to the Iraqi parliament but not to the Kurdistan parliament and I believe we need to do more study on this subject. Over the last several months of PUK internal struggle, according to my soundings, most party members and probably a majority of the Kurdish public favoured the presidency going to the PUK’s second deputy leader, Barham Salih.

Turkish Police Teargas Kurdish Families Enjoying Bayram in the Park

Amy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: Ramadan, the 30-day Muslim fasting, ended on July 28 and was followed by Bayram, a three-day holiday of family visiting, festivities, and eating.  Bayram holiday in the Muslim world is like Christmas in Christian countries.  All work stops.  Driving throughout southeast Turkey from Sirnak the roads are nearly void of…

This is Maliki’s war – he is responsible for this disaster

By Mufid Abdulla: On 10th June 2014 the world awoke to news of a huge disaster in the troubled area of Iraq. The criminals and thugs who call themselves ISIL (or IS, for ‘Islamic State’) had taken over Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and also Tikrit. It was a tragedy and everyone asked: how could…

‘Liberated’ – how the Kurds’ Rojava Revolution began: a short film

KT Report: Recorded with a handheld camera rolling in the tradition of an observational documentary, ‘Liberated’ is a short 25-minutes documentary filmed and edited by Rozh Ahmad, giving a rare insight into the early days of the 2012 Kurdish uprising in Rojava, the Kurdish region of northeast Syria. The film shows how the Kurds, as…

$100m Kurd oil reaches Texas and gets US approval

KT News: Despite previous US government objections to unilateral oil sales by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a tanker carrying 1 million barrels of crude Kurd oil has been cleared to unload its cargo at sea off Texas. The ‘United Kalavrvta’ has been at sea since leaving the Turkish port of Ceyhan in June. It was cleared…

There will not be peace in the Middle East unless the borders are redrawn

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Since the England´s Magna Charta (1215), there has been hundreds and thousands of different reforms in “the West”. English, French and American revolutions made fundamental changes in the history of mankind. Abolition of the tyrants and despots, the separation of the state and religion, the democratization of political systems, progress in human…

Kurdish Museum of Qachakh – a permanent treasure

Solin Hacador

By Solin Hacador: I have been to too many museums all around the world in my life but, as a Kurd, I have never had an opportunity to visit any Kurdish museum, till a few days ago. It was a great honour for me to visit the Qachakh Culture Museum, based in the city of Duhok…

Kurdistan Independence: Gleam of hope for Somaliland

By Mohamed Abdilahi Duale: During the last several weeks, it has become clear that the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan has been fervently debated in the political circles of the international community. This came after ISIS militants occupied many strategic towns in Iraq and the Iraqi military was not able to protect Iraqi citizens from the…

‘KRG to pay salaries in dollars not dinars’

KT News: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is considering paying public sector salaries for the month of June in US dollars rather than Iraqi dinars. IraqiNews.com quotes a KRG source as saying: “the reason for the replacement process in the distribution of salaries is due to a lack of cash of the Iraqi currency in the…

Kurd MPs split over Iraq presidency, Ma’sum nomination beats Salih

By a Correspondent: The election of the next Iraq president by the Baghdad parliament has been delayed for 24 hours because Kurd politicians have struggled to put forward a single candidate. As a legacy of the Strategic Agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), it was agreed that…

Kurdistan independence referendum ‘won’t take long’: Barzani

KT News: President Barzani has indicated that it should not take long for the Kurdistan region to hold a referendum on independence. In an interview yesterday with Martine Dennis of Al Jazeera he said: “I can’t say exactly when. Parliament has done a lot by forming an independent commission. I don’t think it would take long”…

Middle East must be re-designed

Payraw

By Payraw Anwar: There has been no stability in the Middle East from the First World War until now; nothing has happened to remedy this. The Middle East, and the Arabian countries in particular, were divided and designed according to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement by which three states (Britain, French and Russia) planned the division…

YPG: Victory will be ours

By Rojava Report: YPG Commander Sipan Hemo marked the second anniversary of the Rojava Revolution by pledging victory to his people, saying “our promise to our people is victory…thanks to our martyrs we are making history” – according to a report written by Seyit Evran for ANF and carried by Özgür Gündem. Rojava Will Be…

Stupidity of Humanity

Ausama Anwar

By Ausama Anwar: “Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” said Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century.  Such kind of quotes should not be taken for granted, without knowing their deep meaning and intention. So what we will do here is…

UN refugee boss praises ‘generous’ Kurdistan

KT News: The head of UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, has praised the Kurdistan Region for welcoming hundreds of thousands of displaced people from Iraq. On a visit to the Al-Khazar refugee camp yesterday, Antonio Guterres told reporters that he was “humbled by the generosity and the solidarity of the government and of the people…