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Michael Rubin: ئایا کوردەکان دەتوانن لە سوریا بەرەو رووی تورکیا ببنەوە؟

مایکڵ رووبین ئیمڕۆ ووتارێکی جوانی لەسەر سەرەڕۆیەکانی ئەردۆغان نووسیوە لەگۆڤاری واشینگتۆن ئێکزامینەر. تا کۆتایی بیخوێننەوە پوختەی ووتارەیەکەی بەچەند خاڵێکی گرینگ ڕوونی دەکەمەوە لەسەر یەپەگەو تورکیاو عەفرین. لەبەر ئەوەی ووتارەکە دووروو درێژە بۆیە دەیکەم بە ٢ بەشەوە وەلەدوای بەش ئاماژە بە سەرچاوەی ئەو ووتارەو لینکەکەی دەکەم. (سەباح عەلی قارەمان).----------------------------------بەشی یەکەممایکڵ ڕووبین دەڵێ:ئەردۆگان هەڕشە لە کوردەکانی خۆی دەکا ئەگەر لەسەر کوردی سوریا بەوەڵام بێن و بەڵێنی داوە هەر...

Michael Rubin: Could the Kurds beat Turkey in Syria

After a multi-day artillery barrage, the Turkish Army has begun its push into Afrin, a district of Syria which has been governed by Syrian Kurds ever since they defeated al Qaeda and Islamic State terrorists. Turkish officials say they plan to set up a buffer zoneextending almost...

Michael Rubin: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Financial Reckoning

The Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) has reported today that the decline in the price of oil has effectively bankrupted the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq which has placed a call for “direct financial assistance” to prevent “imminent financial collapse.” MEES correctly notes “While this...

Michael Rubin: How Iraqi Kurds can resolve their financial crisis

decade ago, I wrote an article for Lebanon’s Daily Star arguing that corruption was far more corrosive to the region than terrorism. The article struck a nerve in Iraqi Kurdistan, which was one of the examples I had addressed; it became the first time I was directly threatened for an article I had written.The...

Michael Rubin: Do Kurds Have Legal Recourse Against Barzanis

Kurdistan is in a crisis, largely of its own making. Salaries of its civil service are in deep arrears. Declining oil prices and the fight against the Islamic State are excuses but not the reason: After all, the Iraqi government faces the same challenges but still pays its salaries. Baghdad has delivered...

Michael Rubin: Kurds Failing Representation Jeopardizes US Support

Superficially, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s representation and influence in America has never been greater. After years of renting space in various office buildings, the KRG now has its own building less than two kilometers from the White House. Whereas once Kurds were largely forgotten...

Michael Rubin: Massoud Barzani and Kurdish presidential succession

Since Iraq regained its sovereignty in 2004, it has had four prime ministers : Ayad Allawi, Ibrahim Jaafari, Nouri al-Maliki, and current premier Haider al-Abadi. Over the same period, Iraqi Kurdistan has had one ruler: Massoud Barzani. In 2005, the Iraqi Kurdish parliament, dominated by Barzani’s Kurdistan...

Michael Rubin: Be Very Worried About Barzani Family Power Struggle

American officials tend to lionize Iraqi Kurdistan, and not without reason. Iraqi Kurdistan has, for more than two decades, been stable and relatively secure. And while its claims to be democratic are a bit exaggerated, its transformation in a relatively short period of time is astounding.That said,...

Michael Rubin: Questions President Obama should ask Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani speaks during a news conference with German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (not pictured) in Arbil, north of Baghdad, September 25, 2014. ReutersOn Sunday, May 3, Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani will begin a weeklong visit to Washington where...

Michael Rubin: Resolution for Families of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Disappeared

Iraqi Kurdistan might be the toast of town today. With at least four separate lobby firms and a multimillion dollar budget, it continues to promote itself as stable, secure, and democratic; an oasis of sanity in an insane region. The reality is more nuanced.Kurdistan is stable, but security is based...

Michael Rubin: Have Iraqi Kurds lied to U.S. Congress

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) under the auspices of President Masoud Barzani has been undertaking a full-court press of lobbying in Washington in order to get direct provision of weaponry. The KRG has hired at least four lobbying firms, spending several million dollars, and has leveraged...

Michael Rubin: Questions US President Obama should ask Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani

ichael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy ResearchOn Sunday, May 3, Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani will begin a weeklong visit to Washington where he will meet with President Barack Obama. Barzani’s visit comes as the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) continues to threaten...

Michael Rubin: Kurds hemorrhage investor patience

There’s an unfortunate tendency among some emerging markets to treat foreign direct investment like a personal or collective slush fund. Investors recognize it’s a risk, and pull out when leaders work in concert with corrupt judges and officials in order to fleece businessmen or change the law to disadvantage...