Category Archives: Talabani

Time is Right to Bring the Two Kurdish Leaders, Talabani and Barzani, to the Court of Justice

Rauf Naqishbendi

By Rauf Naqishbendi: Republished:  originally published in 2011. The two Iraqi Kurdish leaders, Barzani and Talabani, have sold out Kurdistan to the Kurds’ enemies. Nowhere is this treason more conspicuous than in Kirkuk, Mosul and Khanaqeen. The American invasion of Iraq, which presented itself as a golden opportunity, is gone with the wind thanks to…

Qubad Talabani Faces Arrest In Germany But Tells KT ‘I Did Not Make Threats’

KT News: A warrant has been issued by the Hamburg Public Prosecutor in Germany for the arrest of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) deputy prime minister Qubad Talabani, who is accused of threatening to “break every bone” of a Kurdish-German businessman, according to reports in NDR and ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’. Talabani today spoke to KT to deny…

The Crisis of Leadership: Qubad Talabani as an Example

By Kamal Chomani: In a recent interview televised by NRT, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani listed four items as main issues facing his government: Being at war with Daesh (IS), Financial Crisis, Internally Displaced People (IDP), and disunity among political parties. What he failed to acknowledge is, of course, the…

Wedged Between Obama’s Poor Plan and Their Own Corrupt Leaders

Rauf Naqishbendi

By Rauf Naqishbendi: The Islamic caliphate has been tenaciously holding on to what they gained since their expansion mission last June. Regardless of ominous threats and hollow words from the Obama administration, it seems that caliphate is here to stay and will further expand the domain of its control. To fight the caliphate, President Obama…

Has the Talabani family marginalised the PUK for a generation?

By Mufid Abdulla: It is almost one year and four months since Jalal Talabani vanished from the political scene due to a serious stroke. Since then fears have grown and hope has been diminished within his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over how the party leadership can fill the vacuum inside the organisation. At the last…

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…

Where is the President?

Dr. Sherzad Al-Khalifa

By Dr. Sherzad Al-Khalifa: It is more than nine months since Jalal Talabani was moved to hospital treatment after suffering a stroke and, in that time, practically no credible report has been published about his health situation. The extraordinary thing is that his position as President of Iraq has been left vacant for all that period…

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…

Hospital bed photos of Talabani won’t heal PUK divisions

By Mufid Abdulla: Six months after Jalal Talabani’s collapse in Baghdad with a stroke, the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) TV channel has shown photos of him in a German hospital bed (without any independent verification).There are rumours that he might be making a speech on TV but I don’t think that’s likely at this…

PUK seeks to forge post-Talabani ties with neighbours

KT News and Comment: The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo has set up three committees to deal with the party’s diplomatic ties with Turkey, Iran and Baghdad. Politburo member Ala Talabani told Hawlati that the committees have commenced their work although the PUK founder and Iraq president Jalal Talabani remains absent through his illness…

Future of the PUK hanging in the balance in Talabani’s absence

Shwan Zulal

By Shwan Zulal: Mutterings about what next and who will lead the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) continue but now the main two contenders are emerging – with two different styles of leadership, representing different strands of thought within the party. After his recent ill-health and suffering from a stroke, Iraqi President and PUK leader,…

Who will be the last autocrat in the south of Kurdistan?

By Mufid Abdulla: It is possible that the PUK will have to brace itself in the next few weeks for bad news, with the realisation that its leader cannot live forever. Kurdistan needs a new breed of leadership. When Barzani senior passed away in 1979, the Kurdish nationalist movement placed its hopes in the new…

Post Talabani

Kamal Chomani

By Kamal Chomani: President Jalal Talabani’s uncertain health is suggestive of some crucial changes ahead in the political landscape of both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. ‘Post Talabani’ is a very sensitive issue within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). It affects the PUK’s policies and its relations towards other Kurdish political forces – in particular,…

Jalal Talabani in a coma

KT News and Comment: Jalal Talabani, the Iraq president and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), is seriously ill in a Baghdad hospital. It is reported that he had a stroke at around 3am local time and is now in a coma. Talabani, 79, has suffered from major health problems in recent years…

Talabani lambasts Maliki

KT News: President of Iraq Jalal Talabani was sharply critical of Iraq prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki today. Talabani told Al-Arabiya TV that: “Nuri Maliki either has to change himself or else his list has to change him”. Referring to the stand-off in the disputed territories between Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi troops, Talabani said that he…