Category Archives: KRG

You Should Not Abuse Democracy in Kurdistan

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: In democracy, every individual has a single vote but in a country where decision-making is controlled by a group of rich men who came together in the form of a political party, people have very little say in the actions and decisions of government. The rich privileged families, who receive special education…

If I Were Massoud Barzani

By Aziz Rauf: If I were Massoud Barzani, I would have never done what I did in the past; instead I would have asked for an apology for every single mistake. If I were Massoud Barzani, I would have fired my advisers, and mercenary journalists that are surrounding me. I would have listened to a…

Support Rojava Foundations

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: The Charter of the Social Contract of Rojava may lately have been augmented and extended, but meanwhile the food imports for its population are shrinking. Since its revolution in 2011, Mr Erdogan has closed all border crossings – imports via these into Rojava being restricted to a steady flow of…

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…

If You Are a Patriotic Kurd, Bring Money Back to Get Kurdistan Out of Recession

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: The economies of both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region have been suffering from low oil prices and the expenses of the war with the Islamic State (ISIS) for more than two years. There are no signs that the situation will improve unless the oil prices go up again and the ISIS war…

How Can We have Effective Women’s Organizations in the Kurdistan Region?

By Chiman Salih: While attending many activities of the Kurdistan Women Organizations (KWOs) I’ve noticed that the speakers at the conferences, debates and so on are always limited to a predictable number of organisation heads, activists and parliamentarians. The opportunity is not extended to members of wider society and there is no attempt to have…

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…

5 Steps to Reduce KRG Unemployment Now

By Razbar Sulaiman: On the sidelines of the First Economic Forum of Erbil’s Middle East Research Institute (MERI) Frank Gunter, professor of economics at (Lehigh University) in the United States said: “My own research shows that, between residents and refugees settled here, there are 620,000 unemployed. That is a destabilizing influence. Young men want jobs,…

Open Letter To President Masoud Barzani On The Closure Of The Kurdish Women’s Relation Office (REPAK) In Erbil

By Peace in Kurdistan-Women Alliance: We, the undersigned call upon you to exercise your executive authority to permit the Kurdish Women’s Relation Office (REPAK) in Erbil to reopen in order to continue its legitimate activities which are entirely in accord with the law. On 5 May 2016 the REPAK premises in the city were raided…

The West’s Immoral Refusal To Rescue Ezidi Women

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On June 2, 2016, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addressed the UN Security Council on sexual violence in conflict.  He stated “It is estimated that the Ezidi community gave the Islamic State up to $45 million in ransom payments in 2014 alone.” It is irresponsible for the UN Secretary General…

Oil Curse Symptoms in the Kurdistan Region

By Shwan Sharey: The production and export of oil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) shows signs of the oil curse that exists across the region. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a sub-state actor, like the Gulf and African states exhibits signs of this oil curse. These include a lack of transparency in energy…

How The Gorran Movement Fell Out Of Love With Change

By Arian Mufid: In 2009 when the Gorran movement gained 25 seats, a fresh chapter in Kurdish politics began with the promise of an era driven by the aspirations of young people seeking to build a new type of party unprecedented in the south of Kurdistan. The man behind this movement was Nawshirwan Mustafa, the…

Democracy and Oil

By Hogar Hadi Hassan: Ever since the 1980s, most countries in the developing world have become more democratic, more peaceful and richer. However, this statement does not apply to countries with oil. Oil producing countries around Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia are suffering from political and economic maladies that did not exist…

Women Sex Trafficking in Iraq

By Rusul Hamed Muhammed: The abuses of Daesh, especially against Yazidi women and girls, have gained world attention. But the overall problem in Iraq pre-dates Daesh and has grown especially since 2003, as Rusul’s paper explains. Women sex trafficking is a very important and broad topic that concerns all cultures around the world. Iraq, as a…

KRG Pursues Fake Reform Project

By Mohammed Hussein: Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are clear examples of oil-dependent states and governments that recently got shaken by the current oil-price fall. Iraq is still struggling with the implications of the problem, but the KRG showed its dysfunctionality in the early months of the crisis. Driven by public sector employees’…