Category Archives: Kurdistan

All Democratic Forces Must Condemn Alleged Turkish State Executions – KNK

KNK Statement: We call on all democratic forces to condemn alleged state executions by the Turkish state. The actions of Turkey must not be tolerated any longer and the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe and all those who stand for democracy must condemn the actions of Turkey in the strongest terms. In the…

Can Shaswar Abdulwahid Replace Nawshirwan Mustafa and Challenge Barzani?

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Since Nawshirwan Mustafa’s (1944-2017) death on May 19th, the political landscape in Sulaimani province is going through a haphazard situation. The passing away of Nawshirwan Mustafa has left Sulaimani with no charismatic leader to challenge Massoud Barzani’s policies and put the affairs of the city in order. Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death has…

Support Kurdish People To Gain National Sovereignty!

By Rebwar Rashed: On the 25th of September 2017 the people of Southern Kurdistan (Iraq) went out and casted their vote into a ballot box. The result was a 93 % yes for national independence. Back in 2005 the Kurdish people in Iraq got an opportunity for the first time to hold a referendum on…

A New Country Is Born

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: The people of Kurdistan have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear. On September 25, they voted overwhelmingly to start the process of separating from Iraq and building their own democratic, pluralistic, independent country. In one of the most civilized, violence-free exercises of a people’s right anywhere in the world,…

We Salute Our Friend Mehmet Aksoy – Peace in Kurdistan

Peace In Kurdistan Statement: It is with deep sadness and horror that we learn of the death of Mehmet Aksoy who has been killed in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) on 26 September 2017. A dynamic Kurdish activist and talented young film maker, Mehmet died while working in Raqqa where he had journeyed in…

Results of Deliberation and Counseling Sessions Related to the Rojhelat, ‘East Kurdistan’

  By the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK): The Kurdistan National Congress (K.N.K) concluded the Consultative Meeting on the National Unity of East Kurdistan on September 16 and 17, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, with more than 150 members representing political parties and political groups, civil society organizations and independent figures. On a daily basis, East Kurdistan,…

Iraq Must Use Logic Not Intimidation Towards the Kurdish Referendum

By Arian Mufid: Iraq is stumbling into its worst constitutional crisis since the end of the dictatorship of Saddam in 2003. The KRG’s headlong rush towards independence challenges the very roots of Iraq’s existence as a unitary state. The Iraqi prime minister Hayder Abadi and his government are trying to head off a Kurdistan breakaway,…

As End of War Draws Closer, Peace Architect President Barzani Inches To Win Founding ‘Father of Kurdistan’

By Jamal Ekhtiar: With continued conflicts and political chaos in the region, President Barzani persists in his engineering for peace and a more stable Middle East. The consistency of the Kurdish leader is wrongly interpreted as a potential cause of destabilization; thus a realistic view contrasts this rhetoric and the Kurdish referendum can instead end…

External Forces Against A Kurdish Referendum

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: After World War 1 the present borders of Iraq and Syria were drawn by respectively England and France on the basis of the presence of oil fields in these areas, their former mandates after destruction of the vilayets under Ottoman rule. So neither these present western powers nor the …

Nation And Its Leaders Are Prepared To Die For Independent Kurdistan

By Arian Mufid: For many decades the Kurds have been fighting for self-determination and an independent Kurdish state. It’s worth listening to the young generation of Kurds living in the diaspora who are greatly affected by having no state at all. I was reading the winning submission for the Orwell Youth Prize 2016, which was…

Kurdistan Will Be A Success

By Manish Rai: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is all set to carry out a referendum on Kurdistan independence, thus closing a circle which was opened 56 years earlier in the “September revolution” against the Iraqi central government, headed by Abd al-Karim Qassim. The feeling of attaining full independence is getting stronger by each passing…

The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis

By Rebwar Rashed: With the benefit of hindsight we can acknowledge that the history of human beings is also a history of genocides, murder, arbitrary killings and judgments, unlawful confiscation of people’s property and all other kinds of mistreatment of human beings. There are a few memorials in the world to the honor of the…

Final Declaration of the KNK’s National Unity Meeting

Final Declaration:  The country and the people of Kurdistan have been divided into four parts as a result of the Sykes-Picot and Lausanne treaties. The Kurdish people have waged a continuous struggle for freedom from this fragmentation onwards until the present day. As a result of this struggle, serious gains have been achieved in all…

Beyond Referendum

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: Few issues have split the Kurdish house like the proposed referendum, which is planned for late September of this year in South Kurdistan. This article is not about endorsing or opposing the referendum because a referendum is the most basic right of any oppressed nation like the Kurds. Thus, no Kurd,…

Ending Turkish Aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin (Rojava)

By Dr Amir Sharifi: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein United States Senate 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Feinstein: I am writing to express my outrage at the Turkish military aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria (SDF). At a decisive moment when ISIS caliphate is waning in its last citadel and…