Category Archives: KRG

Can Shaswar Abdulwahid Replace Nawshirwan Mustafa and Challenge Barzani?

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Since Nawshirwan Mustafa’s (1944-2017) death on May 19th, the political landscape in Sulaimani province is going through a haphazard situation. The passing away of Nawshirwan Mustafa has left Sulaimani with no charismatic leader to challenge Massoud Barzani’s policies and put the affairs of the city in order. Nawshirwan Mustafa’s death has…

Support Kurdish People To Gain National Sovereignty!

By Rebwar Rashed: On the 25th of September 2017 the people of Southern Kurdistan (Iraq) went out and casted their vote into a ballot box. The result was a 93 % yes for national independence. Back in 2005 the Kurdish people in Iraq got an opportunity for the first time to hold a referendum on…

A New Country Is Born

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: The people of Kurdistan have spoken and they have spoken loud and clear. On September 25, they voted overwhelmingly to start the process of separating from Iraq and building their own democratic, pluralistic, independent country. In one of the most civilized, violence-free exercises of a people’s right anywhere in the world,…

Iraq Must Use Logic Not Intimidation Towards the Kurdish Referendum

By Arian Mufid: Iraq is stumbling into its worst constitutional crisis since the end of the dictatorship of Saddam in 2003. The KRG’s headlong rush towards independence challenges the very roots of Iraq’s existence as a unitary state. The Iraqi prime minister Hayder Abadi and his government are trying to head off a Kurdistan breakaway,…

As End of War Draws Closer, Peace Architect President Barzani Inches To Win Founding ‘Father of Kurdistan’

By Jamal Ekhtiar: With continued conflicts and political chaos in the region, President Barzani persists in his engineering for peace and a more stable Middle East. The consistency of the Kurdish leader is wrongly interpreted as a potential cause of destabilization; thus a realistic view contrasts this rhetoric and the Kurdish referendum can instead end…

External Forces Against A Kurdish Referendum

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: After World War 1 the present borders of Iraq and Syria were drawn by respectively England and France on the basis of the presence of oil fields in these areas, their former mandates after destruction of the vilayets under Ottoman rule. So neither these present western powers nor the …

Nation And Its Leaders Are Prepared To Die For Independent Kurdistan

By Arian Mufid: For many decades the Kurds have been fighting for self-determination and an independent Kurdish state. It’s worth listening to the young generation of Kurds living in the diaspora who are greatly affected by having no state at all. I was reading the winning submission for the Orwell Youth Prize 2016, which was…

Gorran Is A Party Without Leadership

By Arian Mufid: Since the Gorran movement was expelled by the KDP from the Kurdistan parliament in October 2015 it has never recovered. Gorran’s MPs and their ministers left Erbil and have never returned to their senses. Gorran has been in a long-term struggle with the KDP; it seems to me as though Gorran was…

Kurdistan Will Be A Success

By Manish Rai: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is all set to carry out a referendum on Kurdistan independence, thus closing a circle which was opened 56 years earlier in the “September revolution” against the Iraqi central government, headed by Abd al-Karim Qassim. The feeling of attaining full independence is getting stronger by each passing…

Kurdish History Is Waiting To Be Made

By Arian Mufid: If it wasn’t for Churchill’s UK election defeat in 1945, Indian independence would not have been realised two years later. As it was, at midnight on 14-15 August 1947, India gained its freedom and “the Union Jack, emblazoned with the Star of India, began its final journey down the flagstaff”*. If it…

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….

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,…

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…

Appeal to United States Congress and Friends To Grant Asylum and In-country Assistant to Yezidis of Iraq

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Human rights advocate and author of forthcoming book “The Last Yezidi Genocide”; Founder and Executive Director, AAJ humanitarian organization in Kurdistan, Iraq The Yezidis are a non-Muslim religious minority who were brutally attacked in Shengal, Iraq, by the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) on August 3 and 15, 2014. The…