Category Archives: KRG

How Gorran’s Revolution Has Been Crippled

By Arian Mufid: n July 2009 Nawshirwan Mustafa decided to convert his Washa company into a political movement which he called Gorran, which means ‘Change’. The Party’s main slogans were against corruption and for an independent judicial system and more equality. During a short period of political rallies the movement managed to attract lots of…

Public Servants Should Use Court Action if the KRG Keeps Delaying Their Salaries

 By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: Salary delays are a breach of employment contract and illegal. All governments are obliged by law to pay their public service employees on time and accurately. The government is responsible if public servants suffer pay delay. No excuse can justify a government not paying public service workers for the work they do,…

Hujam and Hemin: All Peshmergas Deserve Dignity, Not Disgrace

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: When Hujam Surchi was beheaded in January 2015 by an Islamic State member and the photos of the atrocity circulated in the media, the entire Kurdish population felt outraged. Kurds all over the world felt disgraced and degraded when it became known that the IS member was speaking Kurdish. Hujam Surchi’s head embodied…

To What Extent Can Demonstrations Change Anything in the Kurdistan Region?

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Ever since the 2011 17 Shubat (17 February) Demonstrations, which lasted for 62 days, ended, there has not been a month or even a week without rallies, protests and demonstrations in the Kurdistan region, especially in Slemani province. In September 2014, I wrote an article entitled “Does Demonstrating Have Any Value…

ISIS Survivor’s Cry For Help Falls On Deaf Ears At The U.N.

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nadia Murad’s mother and six of her brothers were shot and killed in mass executions when ISIS attacked her village of Kocho, Shingal, Iraq, August 15, 2014. The wife and child of her brother who survived six bullet wounds are still missing. Twenty-four-year-old Nadia Murad escaped her torturers. Between 9,000…

A Kurdish Journalist Is Brutally Murdered

By Suzan Jamal: I want to inform the entire world about the current situation in my homeland of Kurdistan, although it is difficult to do so. I do not like to speak negatively of Kurdistan, yet there is much injustice taking place there. In my homeland people live under hard circumstances; no salaries paid for…

Innocent Yezidi “Being Held For Her Own Security” in Kurdistan

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: The Yezidi woman who has been held since October 2014 in prison in Erbil, along with her child born in prison, went before a judge FINALLY this past week, after activist Amy L. Beam posted the story on her Facebook page, and after Erbil Asayish headquarters threatened Beam not to…

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,…