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Rizgar Khoshnaw: Today, October 7, 2015

Today, October 7, 2015 and that means it is day after the “final” meeting that all Kurdistan parties ( KDP, PUK, Gorran, Komal and Islamic party) have met. All news agencies in Kurdistan are discussing the upcoming meeting (October 6, 2015) between the five parties and this meeting is supposed to...

Jenna Krajeski: How the War With ISIS Has Exposed Kurdistan’s Internal Divisions

ERBIL—Last April, a few days before Iraqi Kurds voted in elections for the Iraqi parliament—and two months before militants with the Islamic State (ISIS) would threaten their borders, changing everything—a group of Kurdish veterans gathered at the Monument of Halabja Martyrs, a squat rotunda in the spring-green...

Patick Cocburn: Turkey duped the US, and Isis is reaping the rewards

The disastrous miscalculation made by the United States in signing a military agreement with Turkey at the expense of the Kurds becomes daily more apparent. In return for the use of Incirlik Air Base just north of the Syrian border, the US betrayed the Syrian Kurds who have so far been its most effective...

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,...

Ezidi Press: The betrayal of Shingal

Commentary by Hayri Demir, translated from EzidiPress GermanOne year ago, the terrorist militia Islamic State overran the major area of settlement of the Yezidi minority Shingal in northern Iraq. The caliphate´s henchmen crushed village by village, perpetrated one massacre after another against the helpless...

Rizgar Khoshnaw: Should Massoud Barzani remain president?

In the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of talk, agreements as well as disagreements, about whether or not Massoud Barzani should remain in office for another two years. Some people/politicians want Barzani to remain at his post while others are adamant about having Barzani step down once...

Alastair Sloan: Let’s be realistic about Iraqi Kurdistan; it’s a deeply unpleasant autocracy

In May last year, who in the West had heard of the “Peshmerga”? Wasn’t that a kind of scarf? No, the BBC, CNN and Sky News told us, these were warriors for freedom, brave Kurds, rallying against the ISIS threat when the Iraqi army had fled in disarray. Even Marie Claire, the woman’s lifestyle magazine,...

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...