Just Crushing IS Won’t End Sunni Insurgency in Iraq

By Manish Rai: The Iraqi military and its allies have nearly defeated Islamic State in its final and largest Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in his recent visit to Mosul said the defeat of Islamic State militants in Mosul is “inevitable”. Even Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has issued a statement…

Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Triangle of Terrorism

By Rebwar Rashed: The war in the Middle East is as fast and as furious as a forest fire. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are just like trees. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon are undergoing a war-ready fermentation, a fragile stability that could turn into chaos in a short time. The…

HDP: Kurdish Villages Under Round-The-Clock Military Curfew

HDP Statement: Military blockades continue in three villages in the town of Nusaybin (Mardin province). In addition to Koruköy, which has been under siege since 11 February 2017, Doğanlı and Kuyular villages have also been under round-the-clock-curfew since 22 February 2017. Entry and exit is prohibited in these three villages. HDP deputies and human rights…

HDP: Revocation of Figen Yüksekdağ’s Parliamentary Membership is Unacceptable

By HDP Central Executive Board: The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality. The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome…

Kidnapped Yezidi Boys Forced by ISIS To Be Suicide Bombers

By Amy L. Beam: ISIS (Daesh or Islamic State) recently released another propaganda video with the intent to inflict maximum pain to Yezidis. In the video are two Yezidi boys who were allegedly used as suicide bombers. The boys denounce their parents and Yezidis as infidels. They state they would explode themselves among the infidels….

Iran Should Be Dealt With In A Different Way

By Manish Rai: The United States new President Donald Trump decision to quickly slap new sanctions on Iran after it conducted a ballistic missile test clearly signals the hard turn the new administration intends to take with Tehran. Neutralizing the Iranian threat in the Middle East has been an American aim since the 1979 Islamic…

Syria: Cultural Autonomy and the Risks of a Late Negotiation

By Carlos Rocabado: The draft Constitution prepared by Russia gives new hopes to Kurds on their demand for autonomy. It is not the federal scenario some expect, and of course it has nothing to do with dubious separatist wishes, but it is a step in the right direction: the acknowledgement of a long time ignored…

UK Must Oppose Erdogan’s Creeping Dictatorship

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: British Prime Minister Theresa May is embarking on an official visit to Turkey to talk about trade, defence and security with President Erdogan. There are many more urgent issues that need to be addressed not least of which is the massive crackdown and repression unleashed by Erdogan that shows little…

Kurds Should Relate Well To Everyone But Rely On No One But Themselves

By Dr Aland Mizell: The past centuries of the Middle East domination by the Arabs, Persians, and Turks have been a major historical aberration. All aberrations end eventually. The Kurds have returned to center stage again. However, many Kurdish leaders do not understand this, or they do understand but because of their egos, selfishness, and…

How Assad Won

By Manish Rai: President Bashar Al-Assad is starting to look like he will survive the uprising, even in the estimation of some of his staunchest opponents. It is a reality that almost everyone agrees to that the Syrian regime has revealed an extraordinary ability to survive. Despite the blows it has sustained in the initial…

Gohbal: How Arabs Stole Yezidi Land

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Human rights activist, Dr. Amy L. Beam, met with Hamad Ajuj, manager of Gohbol village in Shengal, to write this story. This is an excerpt from her forthcoming book, “The Last Yezidi Genocide” I am Hamad Ajuj Murad Barakat. I was born in 1978 in Gohbal. Gohbal is in the…

Erdogan’s State Sponsored Terrorism Breeds More Terrorism

By Dr. M. Koohzad: Introduction: The Turkish Tyrant President Erdogan did not devise state sponsored terrorism. It was Ataturk, Father of the Turkish Republic, out of fear of the non-Turks, who applied this tactic to control the Kurdish uprisings. General Ataturk was the first to commit genocides against the Kurds. The Turkish reign of terror…

Support the Pluralist SDF and Stop Turkey!

By Rebwar Rashed: Back in November, 2014, Mr. Michael Rubin explained wisely, “Here’s why training moderate Syrian rebels in Turkey is a bad idea”.  The article is still good reading for those who need a better understanding of Turkey, the so-called “Moderate Islamists” and how to ensure a Syria without dictatorship. On October 9th 2015, Michael…

‘Syria Won’t Return to Dictatorship Post War’ – Salih Muslim

Mr Salih Muslim is co-president of the Democratic Union Party or PYD. The PYD is one of the most dominant players in Syria; currently this is mostly because of its control over that most effective and formidable Kurdish militia YPG/YPJ, significant popular support, and its effective organization. In an exclusive interview with Manish Rai, Editor,…

Political Crisis in Kurdistan Will End if Lawless and Corrupt Officials are Removed from Power

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: Iraqi Kurdish politicians from different political parties have recently negotiated with one another to work out their differences over the inactive parliament and presidential issues, with the hope to put an end to the political crisis in Kurdistan. However, the results of their meetings were not made public in detail and all…