Will the Scottish Referendum Leader Have the Same Fate as the Catalan Referendum Leader?

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By Arian Mufid:

Historians have identified British fakery and misrepresentation throughout its history of invasions and occupations. British doctrines are obvious whenever it came to misleading the poor nations. It was Sir Arnold Wilson who said in the 1920s that, “It was in the cockpit of Kurdistan rather than the council of chambers of Europe that the future of The Middle East was being settled”. Today Kurdistan is the most on fire and the Middle East is the most unsettled. The British former colonial power never seems to admit their role in the Kurdish fate. Of course, the British never regret The Irish Potato famine (1845-1852) or The Amritsar massacre in Punjab in April 1919 which killed up to 1000. The French president formally acknowledged his country’s role in Rwandan genocide 1994 but how about Algerian occupation for so many years (1839-1947)? It was characterized by a tradition of violence, but they cannot take responsibility. German is notably silent on the far deadlier suppression of the Maji Maji uprising (1905-1907) in German East Africa that resulted in 200,000 to 300,000 killed. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Leader of the SNP (Scottish National Party), has accused the UK of using fictitious rules to jeopardize a second independence referendum. The case of alleged sexual abuse by the former SNP leader Alex Salmond was very much motivated by elements of the British state to divert the people’s attention from the people’s struggle for Scottish independence. At the end he was cleared of all charges and claims made about his alleged conduct were claimed to be “deliberate fabrications for a political purpose” or “exaggerations”.

PUK Internal Feud Weakens its Capacity to Lead

By Arian Mufid: Talabani had a heart attack in Baghdad in December 2012 and subsequently  passed away on 3rd October 2017. Since then the PUK, having lost its captain, has been like a ship without direction. The passing of the PUK leader has left behind a dangerous vacuum of leadership. Mr Jalal Talabani’s departure was…

AKP Party and Kurdish Issue in Turkey

By Arian Mufid: During Erdogan’s recent US visit he addressed Turkish media outlets stating that there isn’t any problem in Turkey regarding the Kurds; “I’ve said this dozens of times before and will say it again: There is no Kurdish issue in Turkey. We are here to defeat terrorism in all forms.” Expanding upon the…

HDP MP Gergerlioğlu Still Detained, Despite Constitutional Court Ruling – Now His Son Arrested Too

KT News: Despite the 1 July ruling by the Constitutional Court of Turkey that HDP MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu should be released from jail, the MP is still being detained and today his son was arrested when police attacked a Justice Watch vigil outside the Ankara Sincan Prison where his father is being held. HDP…

Turkey’s Imperialist Aggression Strategy is an Historical Blunder

By Arian Mufid: Much like the Ottoman Empire, the new Turkish military state is forcing itself on nations in the Middle East by way of bullying and intimidation. Western powers have failed to challenge this and have instead facilitated the Turkish military state’s aggression into countries such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan. History offers…

Iraqi Journalists and Political Activists in Deadly Peril

KT News: On Wednesday 12th May, Salah Hassan, the prominent TV broadcaster and journalist from the city of Diwanya in the south of Iraq was shot in the head in front of his home. Due to his critical condition, he was transferred to hospital in Baghdad. Salah Hassan’s brother Ahmed told a local news agency that…

Turkey’s Top Court Upholds Selahattin Demirtas’ Jail Sentence As Kobane Show Trial Begins

KT News: On the same day as the opening session, on Monday, of the ‘Kobane Trial’ of 108 members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the Turkish Court of Cassation decided to uphold a four-year eight-month sentence against Selahattin Demirtaş, the imprisoned HDP former co-chair. HDP deputy Ümit Dede said yesterday that the timing…

Armenian Genocide and the Kurdish Involvement

By Arian Mufid: On the 8th July 2008, the solidarity and cooperation which has been prevalent between Kurdish and Armenian groups prompted them to arrange a meeting to outline clearly some of the main points in respect of the Kurdish involvement in Armenian genocide. This meeting took place at Portcullis House in London (which houses…

Family Demand News On Photographer Karman Shukri, Detained By KDP

KT News: The professional photographer Karman Shukri from the city of Duhok has been arrested since 27th January 2021 by KDP security services. His family have had no news about him. His brother Zeravan Shukri has asked human rights lawyers to pressurise the authorities in Duhok for information about where Karman is being held.

Obituary: Professor Kamal Mazhar Ahmed

By Arian Mufid: Professor Kamal Mazhar Ahmed, born on the 14th of February 1937 in the town of Akjalar, which belongs to the city of Kirkuk He was born to a father who was a civil servant and born on Valentine’s day. This is the probable reason for his lifelong love and passion for his…

Kamal Mazhar Ahmad, 1937-2021

KT News: Kurdish historian Professor Kamal Mazhar Ahmad has passed away today at a hospital in Bonn, Germany. Professor Ahmad was born in Sulaymani province in 1937 and completed his education in the Soviet Union before returning to Iraq. He had studied Kurdish history since 1959. During the Kurdish uprising in 1974 he joined the…

Pope’s Visit Puts KRG in World Spotlight

KT News: Pope Francis during his visit to Erbil the capital of Kurdistan for the last few days expressed his gratitude to Pershmarga forces for protection of displaced Christians and other minorities. This was during a brief meeting at Erbil international airport on the third day of his official visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan…

Gara: ‘Turkey Wants to Cause Infighting between Kurds in South and North of Kurdistan’

KT News: PKK’s high military command issued a statement on 26th February stating that: “ We do not believe the Turkish army’s announcement that Peshmarga from KRG cooperated with them in the mountain of Gara to fight PKK, and we believe Turkey they want to cause infighting between the Kurds in South and the north…

Imran Khan and New Model State of Pakistan

By Arian Mufid: The world is witnessing a new model of economy and state of democracy in Pakistan since pragmatic leader Imran Khan came to power in August 2018. Imran Khan is the leader of Pakistan’s Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI). British-educated, he has proved that he wants to serve his people rather than power and control. During…

Significant Rise in Suicide Rate in South of Kurdistan

KT News: According to a local hospital in the City of Sulaymani, south of Kurdistan, on Friday 12 February a 28-year-old young woman committed suicide by strangling herself with a rope, apparently after news of her parent’s separation. On Monday 15 February, another suicide was reported in the village of Bardarash, near Erbil, after a…