Category Archives: PUK

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…

Do We Need Laws and Lawyers in Kurdistan?

By Jegr Nathim: “Congratulations on an outstanding result”, said the gracious lady from the assessment and awards unit at the University of South Wales in the UK. “You will be awarded the Clark’s legal prize for the best performing LLM student!” she continued as she handed me out my Masters in Law certificate. But contrary…

KDP is Sole Beneficiary of PUK Civil War

Mufid Abdulla

By Arian Mufid: The people of the south of Kurdistan are suffering an ever-increasing sense of insecurity. A PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) civil war is looming and there appears to be no solution to this broken unity. When Jalal Talabani fell ill in December 2012 the only fear coming from the PUK leadership was of…

DEMOCRATS V. AUTHORITARIANS: KURDISTAN REGION AT THE CROSSROADS

By Harem Karem & Kamal Chomani: The predicted Kurdistan Region (KR) internal political conflict has arrived, as the president’s controversial tenure fast approaches its expiry deadline following a two-year extension in 2013. The relentless battle for an alternative, collaborative and participatory democratic system has intensified following the submission of two similar motions to parliament by…

PUK has to get over its leadership problem

By Arian Mufid: For the last four decades Jalal Talabani dominated his PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) party. His illness and stroke left the PUK without a leader and there is a fear that they will never find one to match him. The PUK is haunted by its success and good ratings in many previous…

The Crisis of Leadership: Qubad Talabani as an Example

By Kamal Chomani: In a recent interview televised by NRT, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani listed four items as main issues facing his government: Being at war with Daesh (IS), Financial Crisis, Internally Displaced People (IDP), and disunity among political parties. What he failed to acknowledge is, of course, the…

The KRG Economy: Booming or Dooming?

By Harem Karem and Kamal Chomani: ‘Kurdistan is booming’ was the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) oligarchy’s catchphrase – often echoed by short-sighted foreign businessmen – over the past decade. Undoubtedly, there has been development: hundreds of hotels and skyscrapers have mushroomed in the region, the standard of living has improved in comparison with the civil…

Kurdistan: Why International Support is Crucial – SOAS Debate, London, 27 Feb

By Kurdistan WISC at SOAS Kurdish Society: Following the success of our first event in November, we are holding a follow-up debate  entitled “Kurdistan: Why International Support is Crucial”. SOAS, University of London, Lecture Theatre G2 Friday 27th November, 5:30pm – 7:30pm The guest panellists are: Dr Alan Semo– UK Representative, Democratic Union Party (PYD) Farhad Marf–…

KDP and PUK leaders accused of oil and gas trading with the ISIS enemy

By Hasan Dawary: Just two weeks ago three brothers belonging to one family were killed by ISIS when Peshmarga forces liberated Zumar. Almost immediately the President of Kurdistan, Masud Barzani, issued a decree that no more than one brother in a family can be allowed onto the front line at the same time. Yesterday a…

Why the Gorran movement should deliver its promises

By Arian Mufid: With the formation of the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet, all eyes are on the Gorran movement’s ministers and members of the Kurdistan parliament. Gorran tends not to admit past mistakes but, over the past few months, it has tried to select good, qualified people for this eighth KRG cabinet. The…

Cronyism still rules the PUK

By Mufid Abdulla: In this year’s Iraq parliamentary elections, the PUK won 21 seats and this kept them in a position to take the post of presidency of Iraq, like last time. We don’t know exactly why the PUK did well in the elections to the Iraqi parliament but not to the Kurdistan parliament and I…

Kurd MPs split over Iraq presidency, Ma’sum nomination beats Salih

By a Correspondent: The election of the next Iraq president by the Baghdad parliament has been delayed for 24 hours because Kurd politicians have struggled to put forward a single candidate. As a legacy of the Strategic Agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), it was agreed that…

PUK must speak up for an independent Kurdistan in the South

By Mufid Abdulla: It has long been a complaint of those campaigning for an independent Kurdish state in the south of Kurdistan that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leaders are reluctant to speak out publicly in favour of Independence and indeed, privately, some PUK leaders say this is because they don’t want the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)…

ISIS claims responsibility for Diyala bomb attacks on PUK

KT News: The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s deadly attack on the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) headquarters in Jalawla in the disputed province of Diyala. 18 were killed and dozens wounded in a double assault. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it…

The elections are over and it’s the PUK who are smiling

By Mufid Abdulla: On 30th April 2014 elections for the Iraqi parliament and local councils took place and, once again, the results have partly transformed the political map of the south of Kurdistan. This time the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) increased its seats by six, while the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) lost five seats…