Category Archives: Interviews

John Major, Lord Archer and the real story of how British people backed the Kurds in 1991

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KT Exclusive Interview with Lorraine Holloway-White: Lorraine Holloway-White is the author of  Jeffrey Archer: The Kurds, ‘The Simple Truth’, telling the story of her role in setting up British Aid For The Kurds (BAFK) which raised millions in support of Kurd refugees at the end of the First Gulf War in 1991. Her book also…

‘Sometimes things are demanded of the Kurdish National Council that only a government could accomplish’

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KurdWatch interview with Faisal Yusuf, Chairman of the Kurdish National Council: Faisal Yusuf (b. 1954 in al‑Qamishli) has been chairman of the Kurdish National Council since 14 August 2012. In the early 1970s, he became a member of the Kurdish Democratic Advancement Party in Syria, later he was in the party’s politburo. In February 2010,…

‘The Kurdish leaders are drunk with power and wealth’: Ayoub Barzani

The Kurdish independent newspaper Hawlati  interviewed the Kurdish historian Mr. Ayoub Barzani about the political challenges facing Kurdistan. This is a KT translated summary. During the interview, Mr. Barzani ruled out the possibility of uniting the regional armed and security forces. He suggested that concerns over security and survival determine the priorities of the PUK and…

Alevi Kurds’ double oppression and the myths of Turkey’s official history

Interview with Mehmet Bayrak: Mehmet Bayrak, the veteran Alevi Kurdish writer and publisher, has been prosecuted many times by the Turkish authorities. He was interviewed last year in New York by Ahmet Abidin Ozbek. AO: As we know you are very sensitive about ethnic and religious identities. Why are our identities so essential? MB: Each person has multiple identities. As mentioned…

‘West should accept a cooperative, nuclear Iran’

Dr Mustafa Shamamy

Part 4 of KT Interview with Mustafa Shamamy, Republican Movement of Kurdistan (RMK): KT: What is your attitude towards the threat of US and/or Israeli military action against the Iran regime? MS: America is conducting a policy of militarising the Middle East – aimed at abolishing the dictatorial systems and, alongside this, it also conducts a policy…

‘Resolving the Kurdish issue requires diplomacy within the borders of Iran, rather than outside’

Dr Mustafa Shamamy

Part 3 of KT Interview with Mustafa Shamamy, Republican Movement of Kurdistan (RMK): KT: Does your movement have any international support? MS: We believe, if organised, internal support can be far more important, effective and resourceful, whether it’s financial, logistical or any other kind, hence we are focusing on that. An organised and active internal support can…

‘Iran is a multi-nation country and must give Kurds and others the right to self-governance’

Dr Mustafa Shamamy

Part 2 of KT Interview with Mustafa Shamamy, Republican Movement of Kurdistan (RMK): KT: What is your relation with other political parties? MS: Our relation with other political parties, as stated in the Republican Movement of Kurdistan’s (RMK) constitution, is neutral. We are not against them, nor do we consider ourselves to be an alternative to other…

‘We work for a united front to achieve political independence for Eastern Kurds’

Dr Mustafa Shamamy

Part 1 of KT Interview with Mustafa Shamamy, Republican Movement of Kurdistan (RMK): Mustafa Shamamy (also known as Dyako) was born in the city of Sardasht in East Kurdistan. During the beginning of the Iranian revolution, he was a mathematics teacher and he later joined the democrats. In 1983, at the suggestion of Dr Qassimlo, he emigrated…

‘KRG Department of Foreign Relations will continue open door policy’: Karwan Jamal

KT Interview with Karwan Jamal: Karwan Jamal is Deputy Head of the Department of Foreign Relations (Deputy Minister) within the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). KT: The Turkish Foreign Minister’s recent visit to Kirkuk was sharply criticized by Iraq, saying it was not conducted through official and diplomatic channels. Did your department organize his visit? KJ: I…

IC role in massacre of Tamils a shame for an entire century: Kurdish activist

By Tamilnet.com: The international players knew what was going to happen in May 2009 to the Tamils but they did nothing to prevent it, and that was a shame right at the beginning of the 21st century, and a shame for the entire century, stated Mirham Yigit, Head of the Kurdish Institute in Germany, in…

Mr. President, I have nothing to hide. Do you?

Michael Rubin was interviewed by Halgurd Samad for Lvin Magazine: HS: Could you tell readers the reasons for your first visiting Kurdistan and why did you leave? MR: I was invited to Kurdistan to teach in the region’s universities for the academic year 2000-2001. It was Barham Salih’s idea to bring an American to teach at the…

The unstoppable fight for justice: Interview with Serdasht’s brother, Bakir Osman

KT Interview with Bakir Osman: Bakir Osman is the elder brother of Serdasht Osman, who was a journalist and final-year student at the University of Selahedin. Serdasht was abducted on 4 May 2010 in front of his university. Two days later, his body was found in neighbouring Mosul city with a bullet shot to his mouth….

‘Halabja Project should help galvanise world leaders to eradicate weapons of mass murder’

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE is Chief Operating Officer of SecureBio, which is developing the Halabja Project with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). He spoke to The Kurdistan Tribune on the eve of the 24th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s fiendish chemical attack on Halabja and surrounding areas. KT: When did you last go to Halabja and what did…

The Kurds do not want to see a short-lived Kurdish state once more

By Momen Zellmi:  Dr. Marianna Charountaki is a scholar in the field of International Relations & Middle East politics. She is author of the book ‘The Kurds and US Foreign Policy: International relations in the Middle East since 1945’ (Routledge, 2010). It was translated into Kurdish by the Aras printing house in 2011. Dr Charountaki was…

Egypt’s new foreign policy will ‘waste resources trying to destroy Israel’ – Barry Rubin

By Koshan Ali Khidhir: The Arab Spring is a controversial issue, and most controversial is the impact of this change on relations between Egypt and Israel. In this interview we discuss some crucial issues with Professor Barry Rubin, Director, Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center. Professor Rubin is a featured columnist at PJM, Editor,…