Category Archives: Kurd news

All Democratic Forces Must Condemn Alleged Turkish State Executions – KNK

KNK Statement: We call on all democratic forces to condemn alleged state executions by the Turkish state. The actions of Turkey must not be tolerated any longer and the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe and all those who stand for democracy must condemn the actions of Turkey in the strongest terms. In the…

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,…

We Salute Our Friend Mehmet Aksoy – Peace in Kurdistan

Peace In Kurdistan Statement: It is with deep sadness and horror that we learn of the death of Mehmet Aksoy who has been killed in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) on 26 September 2017. A dynamic Kurdish activist and talented young film maker, Mehmet died while working in Raqqa where he had journeyed in…

Results of Deliberation and Counseling Sessions Related to the Rojhelat, ‘East Kurdistan’

  By the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK): The Kurdistan National Congress (K.N.K) concluded the Consultative Meeting on the National Unity of East Kurdistan on September 16 and 17, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, with more than 150 members representing political parties and political groups, civil society organizations and independent figures. On a daily basis, East Kurdistan,…

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…

New Book: Helen Ghassemlou’s Memoir in English – ‘Love Against All Reason’

By Sissy Danninger: The reminiscences of Dr Abdol Rahman Ghassemlou’s widow, Helen Krulich-Ghassemlou, are now available in English as well: “Love against all Reason – A European Woman Involved in the Kurdish Fight for Freedom in Iran” was published by LIT Verlag, Zurich branch in August 2017. The book is available in altogether four languages…

Final Declaration of the KNK’s National Unity Meeting

Final Declaration:  The country and the people of Kurdistan have been divided into four parts as a result of the Sykes-Picot and Lausanne treaties. The Kurdish people have waged a continuous struggle for freedom from this fragmentation onwards until the present day. As a result of this struggle, serious gains have been achieved in all…

Beyond Referendum

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: Few issues have split the Kurdish house like the proposed referendum, which is planned for late September of this year in South Kurdistan. This article is not about endorsing or opposing the referendum because a referendum is the most basic right of any oppressed nation like the Kurds. Thus, no Kurd,…

Kurdish Cultural Festival: Sunday 30 July, Quorn, UK

A great FREE event for all the family, with children’s activities, organised by the General Federation of Trade Unions, Freedom for Ocalan Campaign, Peace in Kurdistan, Kurdish People’s Assembly UK, Kurdish Youth Movement and KNK (Kurdish National Congress) UK. With workshops, music by internationally renowned performers, a series of short, brilliant Kurdish films and 3-course…

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….

Ibrahim Dogus, Kurdish Labour Candidate in UK Elections: I Want to See Rights Secured for Kurdish People Everywhere

Ibrahim Dogus is Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in the UK General Election on Thursday 8 June. Interview by Kawa Rash:    Kawa Rash: May I start by asking you for some basic personal details, especially about your family background? Ibrahim Dogus: I moved to the UK at the…

Kurdish Independence Under President Trump

By Rauf Naqishbendi: With any conflict in Mesopotamia, it makes headlines and is of significant importance when the Kurds are involved, even to the United States. The reality is that the Kurds altered the balance of power in Mesopotamia after the US’s invasion of Iraq. Thus, they are to be reckoned with when defending Iraq…

Kurds to Lay Flowers for Massacre Victims & Show Solidarity with the People of Manchester

St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Monday 29 May, 12.30pm: We are Stronger Together – Let’s Beat ISIS Together Kurds from across the North West and beyond will gather in St Ann’s Square, Manchester on Monday to lay flowers and hold a minute’s silence at the memorial site in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena…

Turkey’s Path from Fascism to Fascism!

By Rebwar Rashed: As a kid I was always amused by the magician’s ability that, with just a wave of the hat, he could pull a rabbit or a dove out of an empty hand. What a performance! I never quit comparing the magician’s venture to the Western Democracies’ amazing propensity to put rose-colored glasses…