Category Archives: Barzani

KDP diplomatic failure has shocked the people of Kurdistan

By Arian Mufid: After Mosul was seized by IS forces in June, the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) managed to secure some ‘disputed’ areas belonging to the south of Kurdistan, after these areas were abandoned by the Iraqi army. A few weeks later, Masud Barzani, leader of the KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) and president of the Kurdistan…

Kurdistan, the State of Dream

By Bnar Jalal Ali: Kurdistan as a free, independent state has always been our motivation to fight and shed blood; our ultimate dream which has a very emotional touch to every Kurd’s sentiments. President Barzani revitalized our lost hope again, this time with the promise of international support. But should Kurds be confident of these…

Islamic State in Şengal: How PKK and YPG taught Barzanî what ‘independence’ really means

By Dilar Dirik: This article first appeared on Kurdish Question One day, the world woke up and suddenly realized that a religious community called the Yezîdîs exist and that a radical jihadist group called the Islamic State, IS, (formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is slaughtering people in Iraq. Apparently, the…

Who will defend the KRG in the south of Kurdistan?

By Mufid Abdulla: When the war broke out in June, and the ‘Islamic State’ group (IS) captured Mosul and advanced across swathes of Iraq, Masud Barzani the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the president of Kurdistan was abroad. He didn’t bother to abort his trip. The ruling KDP wasn’t too disturbed by…

Kurdistan independence referendum ‘won’t take long’: Barzani

KT News: President Barzani has indicated that it should not take long for the Kurdistan region to hold a referendum on independence. In an interview yesterday with Martine Dennis of Al Jazeera he said: “I can’t say exactly when. Parliament has done a lot by forming an independent commission. I don’t think it would take long”…

Kerry meets Barzani, Kurd president says now is the time for self-determination  

KT News: US Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Kurdistan today for talks with president Barzani and others. This follows his talks yesterday in Baghdad with Iraqi prime minister Maliki and other Iraqi political leaders. Kerry is seeking the elusive formula for a united front of Arab Shias, Arab Sunnis and Kurds to…

Committee to Protect Journalists seeks meeting with President Barzani

KT News: A Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) delegation is visiting south Kurdistan next week and they have requested a meeting with President Barzani to discuss the findings of their recent report Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists. “The Kurdish region has prospered in the six years since our last trip on the back…

KDP should not expect any election reward

In the election campaign in the south of Kurdistan to win seats in the Iraqi parliament, there are some key issues. Top of the list is the ongoing shortage of money to pay civil servants’ wages and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) failure to solve this problem. Second, the vacuum caused by the long delay…

Last General Election trivialized by Barzani and Talabani

By Rauf Naqishbendi: Election is an indispensable pillar of democracy, for it’s a championship amongst political candidates for essential public posts. It’s not a contest of popularity but rather an inspired aim embodying justice, economic, social, and political direction in the life of a nation. It paves the way for incumbents to be granted another term…

Adham Barzani’s resignation: Barzani family rule begins to crumble?

By Mufid Abdulla: Three days ago Adham Barzani, cousin of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader and President of Kurdistan Masud Barzani, announced on Facebook his resignation from the KDP leadership council. He has told his friends that he is now an ordinary citizen and no longer holds any post inside the party. Sources close…

How far might Mr. Barzani go?

Sarkawt Shamsulddin

By Sarkawt Shamsulddin:  As tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its federal government or the Government of Iraq (GOI) reach to the point where the federal budget has been cut from the region, the gap between the two becomes critical and building a bridge is required now. When I have talked to my…

A review of Barzani’s visit to Amed

By Aziz Rauf: Masoud Barzani’s visit to Amed (Diyarbekir) on November 16th, 2013 needs a serious review. First: The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) tallied 38 seats during the last elections of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in September 2013. The president’s term is expired and he doesn’t represent all the Kurds. He wasn’t even escorted…

Barzani opposes ‘unilateral’ autonomy for Rojava

KT News: Masud Barzani, president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, has condemned the declaration of interim autonomy for West Kurdistan/Syria – also known as Rojava – made this week by the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and its allies. The autonomy declaration followed a string of military successes by the YPG (Committees for the…

Another useless and wasteful election in Kurdistan

By Rauf Naqishbendi: On September 21, 2013, an election will be held in Kurdistan to elect 111 members of Parliament. How significant this election will be?  How different will the outcome be from the two previous elections? What economic, social, and political changes will this new body of Parliament embark upon?  The answer is that…

Can the KDP adapt to change?

By Mufid Abdulla: The election season is looking intensive as all the parties set out their pitches, seeking to shift the political map of Kurdistan in their favour. The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is fretting about their appeal to the people of Suli and Erbi because it is failing to ignite the enthusiasm of…