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عەلی بەرزنجی: Shhhhh don’t speak up

 Brutal Killing of Saudi journalist JAMAL KHASHOGGI did not come as a surprise to me as I’m from a military state in a third countries in the Middle East. In my experience of practising freelance journalism in Iraq there is no venue where you can voice your opinions and ask unjust leaders...

Ayoob Khaleel Ismael: Democracy and Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Once Saddam's Ba'athist regime had fallen, I dreamed that we could at last live in a freedom and peace. Thought that the people of Kurdistan region could leave the atrocities behind, that we would learn from our mistakes, and that no authority would again treat anyone like...

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...

نەوشیروان محەمەد: Barzani between two Augusts

Nawshirwan MuhamadThe history of the Barzani and the so called Democratic Party of Kurdistan can be summarized in a series of betrayals, failures and illegal and corrupt behaviours. Those can be portrayed as followes: First: in 31/08/1996, the KDP and its leader resorted to the worse enemy...

Stanley Weiss: It's Time to Kick Erdogan's Turkey Out of NATO

Founding Chairman, Business Executives for National Security It has always been a matter of historical curiosity that one of the American diplomats who was deeply involved in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was named Achilles. As the head of the State Department's Office of...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: Dana Gas lawsuit against the Kurdistan Regional Government has come to a halt

Two days ago, I received a call from an individual in Sulaimani I never met before asking me questions about Dana Gas and what I thought of the case. He said that he has been reading my articles and decided to search, and found, my contact information to ask me two questions. He asked me the following...

Sheri Laizer: For Sale: Iraqi Kurdistan, a Nation and Its Values

Home / Kurdistan / Corruption / For Sale: Iraqi Kurdistan, a Nation and Its ValuesFor Sale: Iraqi Kurdistan, a Nation and Its ValuesPosted on January 28, 2016 by Sheri Laizer in Corruption, ExclusiveIraqi Kurdistan oil flagPhoto: AFP/Ekurd.netSheri Laizer in France – | Special to Ekurd.netIraqi Kurdistan...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: Why are the Kurds leaving their homeland

I am often confronted with the question of: Why are the Kurds leaving Kurdistan in such large numbers? My answer to them is simple and to the point and that is: For most people life in Kurdistan in not a life and it is merely an existence in its worse form. There are no jobs, poor health care system,...

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...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: Why did the US denied the Iraqi Kurdistan govt’s request of $2 billion assistance?

According to many news outlets today, the US government has declined KRG’s $2 Billion request. The Kurdistan Regional Government ( KRG) has sent a low-level delegation to Washington trying to convince the American government to help them financially in an amount of $2 Billion. Today, I read that the...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: Membership cost $30,000 a year to be ‘connected’ to Kurdish politicians in Iraqi Kurdistan

I honestly do not know how many creative ways people can scam when dealing with/in Kurdistan! There are so many stories about scams in Kurdistan and what has been going on in the past 12 years is absolutely mind boggling and beyond belief. I will need 100’s of hours of continuous writing just to cover...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: What should the KRG do with Dana Gas lawsuit

In the past couple of years or so, I have been tracking/reading all of the news pertaining Dana Gas oil company, based in the UAE, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) lawsuit in London courts. Once I learned of this lawsuit, I began to research and investigate some oil contracts the KRG has signed...

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...

Dayko: Kurdistan Regional Governments of Northern Iraq Controls By Two Group of Mafia

Corruption is Kurdistan’s biggest economic problem. The two ruling parties’ dominant control lets corruption flourish. Corruption relies on family-clan and/or peshmerga ties. Kurdish corruption starts at the top with a few political “godfathers” who quietly distribute contracts among themselves. Some...