Category Archives: Kurdistan

On Referendum or an Independent Kurdish State

By Rauf Naqishbendi: Originally Published October 27, 2003 Rauf Naqishbendi’s address to the Kurdish community in North California. The gathering was sponsored by the Kurdish National Congress Of North America and Kurdish Relief Aid. We have gathered today to discuss the future of our people. In light of the recent U.S. occupation, and the disturbing…

Referendum: How and Why

By Hogar Hadi Hasan: Referenda, from the perspective of political philosophy, are manifestations of direct democracy and since people vote directly they are a clear-cut legitimacy indicator. Very often, though, referenda are swayed by transient impulses rather than by deep and careful analysis and calculation. These very transient whims can be carefully manipulated by demagogues….

Ibrahim Dogus, Kurdish Labour Candidate in UK Elections: I Want to See Rights Secured for Kurdish People Everywhere

Ibrahim Dogus is Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in the UK General Election on Thursday 8 June. Interview by Kawa Rash:    Kawa Rash: May I start by asking you for some basic personal details, especially about your family background? Ibrahim Dogus: I moved to the UK at the…

Kurdish Independence Under President Trump

By Rauf Naqishbendi: With any conflict in Mesopotamia, it makes headlines and is of significant importance when the Kurds are involved, even to the United States. The reality is that the Kurds altered the balance of power in Mesopotamia after the US’s invasion of Iraq. Thus, they are to be reckoned with when defending Iraq…

Iran: 38 Years of Success Against Democracy, Human Rights and Peace in the Middle East

By Rebwar Rashed: The Kurdistan National Congress/KNK was participating in a conference on ‘The U.S- Kurdish Cooperation in The Course of Reshaping The Middle East’. organized by the KPRC/Kurdish Policy Research Center: Kurdish Policy Research Center Talk 05/25/2017 Washington DC Panel 1: Iran´s Internal Repression Overshadowed by Its Interventionist Foreign Policy Speakers: Rebwar Rashed Co-Chair, Kurdistan…

Kurds to Lay Flowers for Massacre Victims & Show Solidarity with the People of Manchester

St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Monday 29 May, 12.30pm: We are Stronger Together – Let’s Beat ISIS Together Kurds from across the North West and beyond will gather in St Ann’s Square, Manchester on Monday to lay flowers and hold a minute’s silence at the memorial site in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena…

Turks Teaching Trump to Dump

By Dr. M. Koohzad: President Erdogan of Turkey came to Washington threatening, demanding, asking, even begging for a few things he badly needed. He wanted the U.S. to dump the Syrian Kurds who are bravely fighting ISIS, extradite his old friend Fethullah Gulen to Turkey to be executed, and fire Mr. Brett McGurk, the American…

Kurdish Nation Mourns for Reformist and Charismatic Leader Nawshirwan Mustafa

By Arian Mufid: Nawshirwan Mustafa, politician, warrior, writer and historian has died aged 73 after a long battle with chronic illness. He was one of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s (PUK) six original founders in 1975 and the founder of Gorran in 2009. Born in 1944 in the city of Sulaymani to an intellectual family,…

Yes, We Are All PKK!

By Rebwar Rashed: It’s by now very clear that Turkey has done and will continue do everything in its power to demonize the PKK and blame it for every bad thing affecting Turkey, especially the violence that’s mushroomed there. The PKK is a political party that emerged in 1979 but decided to take arms in…

Turkey Has Slid Into International State Terrorism!

By Rebwar Rashed: By now everyone is aware of the atrocities that the Turkish State has committed since 29th October 1923 against Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, non-Sunni religious such as Allawites and others like the Jewish community, the Yazidis etc. Anyhow, the subject of this article is not about Turkish state terrorism inside Turkey, but rather…

The Turkish Army is Attacking Yezîdî Kurds and Rojava Villages

KNK Statement: Turkish warplanes have bombed Şengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan). According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Şengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on. It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas. Many…

Let the Kurdistan Flag Fly High Over Kerkuk!

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: What happened in Kerkuk this week has helped restore my faith in the ability of our people to build the future that they so deserve. We must all salute the bravery of Dr. Najmaldeen Karim, the Kerkuk Governor, and his supporters for doing the right thing, which is raising the Kurdistan…

Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Triangle of Terrorism

By Rebwar Rashed: The war in the Middle East is as fast and as furious as a forest fire. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are just like trees. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon are undergoing a war-ready fermentation, a fragile stability that could turn into chaos in a short time. The…

HDP: Kurdish Villages Under Round-The-Clock Military Curfew

HDP Statement: Military blockades continue in three villages in the town of Nusaybin (Mardin province). In addition to Koruköy, which has been under siege since 11 February 2017, Doğanlı and Kuyular villages have also been under round-the-clock-curfew since 22 February 2017. Entry and exit is prohibited in these three villages. HDP deputies and human rights…

HDP: Revocation of Figen Yüksekdağ’s Parliamentary Membership is Unacceptable

By HDP Central Executive Board: The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality. The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome…