Category Archives: Independence

Southern Kurdistan: Are We Neglecting Our Sovereignty?

By Ramiar Bilbas: In the aftermath of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) between the European powers, through the Treaty of Westphalia it was multilaterally contracted that no state would be allowed to intervene in the internal affairs of another. This is regarded as one of the most important elements of that treaty. When it comes…

Dear President Barzani – When Will Be the Date Of Our Independence Referendum?

By Arian Mufid: When President Barzani recently told a UK newspaper that there was going to be a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, it left me wondering how he had calculated his proposal. For the last four years he has been telling his own people that the day of the declaration of independence is…

Kurds the Betrayed Race

By Manish Rai: The Kurds as we know, thanks to the Sykes-Picot order which drafted the modern-day map of the Middle-East after World War I, are the largest stateless people in the world, spread between four nations in the region— Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, along with a wider Kurdish diaspora spread mostly across Europe….

The Region’s Two Triangles and the Future of the Kurds

By Saman Shali, Ph.D., former President of Kurdish National Congress in North America (KNC): One could reasonably say that many countries of the Middle East, especially, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have recently been enjoying a period of political and economic peace and tranquility. It can also be said that these states have enjoyed a…

Independence or Human Rights? We Should Commit to Both

By Chiman Salih: A friend recently posted a questionnaire asking which of the following do you support as a priority: the viewpoint prioritising the foundation of an independent state for Kurdistan, or that which puts independence on hold and demands first the promotion of human rights and individual rights? For me, I couldn’t make a…

The Question of South Kurdistan Independence

By Junaid Jamali: It seems that the topic of freedom is high on the Kurdish government’s agenda and there are reports that Iraqi Kurds may hold a referendum on independence this year, the centenary of the Sykes-Picot agreement which left Kurds without a state. One hundred years have passed since Sykes-Picot which was a secret understanding…

The Kurdish Nation Deserves Statehood

By Dr. Norman Bruce Garber: Most Americans have been painfully observing for decades the terribly chaotic conditions reverberating throughout the Middle East, involving the countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey. And besides not being able to perceive clearly many of the interconnected but shifting reasons for all the violence and chaos between and within…

Is it Time Just Yet For a Kurdish Currency?

By Yara Kamaran Ismael: As we all know, unfortunately, Kurdistan is going through a huge economic crisis. The war with ISIS, refugees, and problems with the central government of Iraq are making it impossible for the Kurds to maintain a flourishing economy. The recent fall in the Iraqi Dinar and the rise of the Dollar in…

The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK: Part 2

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 2 OF 2 Part 1 3. Kurdish-Centered Calls Kurdish nationalism predates Europeans organizing themselves into modern nation states. The uprisings for independence have their roots in the Ottoman Empire of the late 1820s. However, modern rebellions for independence began shortly after Ataturk founded his Turkish Republic and replaced the Ottoman dynasty….

Kurdistan’s Independence: From 4 to 1-State Solution – The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 1 of 2 Introduction: The Kurdish political leadership in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, in Northern Iraq, was about to carry out a referendum to declare independence when Daesh, meaning Donkeys in Arabic, Jihadist terrorists – the so-called ISIS, showed up at their doorsteps….

The Kurdistani Crescent

By Dr. Saman Shali: Every nation has the right to have a unified identity. Some have a unified identity under the umbrella of nationalism; others have it through religious solidarity; and still others have their solidarity as part of an economic bloc. For example, one understanding of the Arab unified identity is “United Arab nation”,…

Ridiculous Recommends of an Imperial Think Tank: The Case of the International Crisis Group and the Kurds

By Dr. M. Koohzad: The website of the so-called International Crisis Group, ICG, claims that it “is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.” Yet, it is fair to observe that their conclusions will only lead to further crisis and conflict. The company is neither “independent” nor non-profit. Instead, it…

The Kurdish People Demand Full Recognition

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: “How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.” From a speech by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965 It’s been too long. The needless suffering of the Kurdish people in their divided and occupied homeland has gone…

Barzani’s Washington Trip: PR Without Substance

By a Correspondent: What to make of President Massud Barzani’s visit this week to Washington? His Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) supporters want to trumpet the occasion as an example of their leader performing on the world stage, negotiating face-to-face with the US president on critical issues such as securing direct military aid for the Peshmarga…

Radicalising Democracy: Power, Politics, People and the PKK

By Assistant Professor Joost Jongerden, Wageningen University: This article was first published by Radical Turkey – Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey Abstract In 2005, the Partiya Karkêren Kurdistani (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) (PKK) announced that it considered the nation-state a hindrance on the road to freedom, and that its strategic objective was not the…