Category Archives: KDP

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…

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…

UN warns of ‘humanitarian tragedy’ following fall of Sinjar

KT News: The UN has urged the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq central government to cooperate fully to deal with the latest humanitarian crisis, after the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) captured the town of Sinjar, west of Ninawa. “A humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Sinjar,” the Special Representative of the UN Secretary…

Attacked Kurdish TV journalist suspects security services

Statement by Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders condemns Payam TV presenter Ayhan Saeed’s severe beating by unidentified assailants in Dohuk, in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, on the night of 27 July and calls on the Kurdistan Regional Government to conduct an independent investigation, one that does not rule out the possibility of a link to…

Kurds: Signs of division?

Rahy Rahber

By Rahy Rahber: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its president are advising for an independent Kurdish state. The dream Kurdish history has longed for. Nevertheless, as times passes, the unity of the Kurds passes too. Undoubtedly, all the Kurds long for an independent state. Yet, according to the politics played by the political parties…

Political propaganda in the name of journalism: RSF report on Rojava

By Rozh Ahmad:  The RSF report on Rojava is anything but an exposé of the reality on the ground. As an independent journalist and videographer, I have been in and out of Rojava since July 2012, freelance reporting for international news agencies, regional media outlets and Kurdish newspapers. As a journalist, I have no interest…

How to Peacefully End Double ‘Party-State’ in Kurdistan?

Sarkawt Shamsulddin

By Sarkawt Shamsulddin: The challenge for the new cabinet is how to eliminate the status quo, double “party-state”, peacefully without creating “net losers.”(1) In order to do so, it requires an ultimate reform of both political and financial institutions. The broad-based government can be used to conduct such reforms if all parties reach a consensus…

Gorran movement in power

By Mufid Abdulla: 17th April proved an unforgettable day for the Gorran leadership when, after a bumpy road of almost six months of negotiations, they succeeded in persuading the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to share the government with them. The KDP and the Gorran movement have reached an historic agreement on forming a new…

Kurd kills Kurd on the Rojava-KRG border?

KT Report: Rojava Kurds face severe problems trying to cross their borders, not only from Turkish troops but also – at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) border – from Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) peshmarga, reports ANF. From the Turkish border there are accounts of severe beatings and robberies perpetrated by troops against Kurds trying to cross into…

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…

KDP should side with the Rojava revolution, not build border ditches: KCK

By the KCK Co-presidency: With the implicit approval of the KDP administration, ditches are being dug on the South Kurdistan (KRG) border with Rojava. The people of Rojava have been reacting against this for days. The border ditches and the resulting tension have caused anger and disturbance in Kurdish public opinion. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

Think beyond the narrow interest!

By Zeravan Barwary: The philosophical basis of creating governments and designing political systems is to serve the people. The political party system which manages the competition among different parties with various ideologies is usually conducted for the benefit of the people. Economic and political projects are the main factors which affect the domestic political hegemony….

The KRG’s main challenges in 2014

By Kamal Chomani & Sarkawt Shamsulddin: 2014 will be a challenge for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)  because people are expecting radical reforms from the new cabinet which should have already been formed; and people will not not accept anything less than a different and much improved governance from previous cabinets in which accountability, justice…

KDP finds it difficult to form a ‘puppet’ coalition government

By Mufid Abdulla: When the Gorran movement became the second political force following the 21st September 2013 parliamentary elections, the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) suffered a shock and it has still not come to terms with the changed political landscape in the south of Kurdistan. Previous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinets saw the KDP…