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Uganda’s Slow Slide into Crisis

International Crisis Group - 2017-11-21 16:17
Growing discontent threatens the dysfunctional and corrupt political system built by President Museveni, who is now manoeuvering to extend his three decades in power by raising a 75-year age limit on presidential candidates. As security, governance and e ...

UK Keen to Strengthen Ties with Kurdistan: Envoy

BAS News - 2017-11-20 01:50
ERBIL — The new British Ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Wilks, has reiterated his countries firmness on further developing political, economic, security and cultural relations with the Kurdistan Region. The remarks were made during Wilks’s meeting with Kurd ...

KRG’s PM receives a phone call from US Secretary Tillerson

Waar Media - 2017-11-19 12:23
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday to discuss the latest political developments including the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Tillerson expresse ...

KRG Premier, US Secretary of State Talk over the Phone

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a phone call from the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday to discuss the latest political developments including the disputes between Erbil and Baghdad. Tillerson expressed co ...

A challenge to Turkey’s Erdogan

The Economist - 2017-11-18 15:04
TO STEP into the ring with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s bruiser of a president, takes courage and self-belief. Meral Aksener has plenty of both. At the launch of her new political party on October 25th, some of Mrs Aksener’s supporters broke into chant ...

Generals With Feet Of Clay

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Deyan Ranko Brashich | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The White House mouthpiece Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a political huckster, a flimflam artist, said that it would be “highly inappropriate” for me to debate John Kelley, a retired four-star Marine general and Do ...

Iraqi Kurdistan was Never Ready for Statehood

E-Kurd - 2017-11-18 04:04
Denise Natali | Foreign Policy Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on independence has made an already bad situation for the Kurds far worse. Instead of enhancing the Kurds’ political leverage and autonomy, it has squandered international goodwill toward them, ...

Iraqi Kurds end parliament boycott in concession to Baghdad

FOX News - 2017-11-16 20:19
Iraq's Kurdish lawmakers have ended their boycott of the national parliament in an apparent concession to Baghdad after a prolonged military and political standoff following the controversial Kurdish independence vote in September. ...

Abu-Maria Al-Qahtani… Turkey’s compass to Adlib

ANHA - 2017-11-16 11:19
The sudden Turkish intervention in Adlib surprised many public, local, political and social sides and became the focus questions on how to facilitate the Turkish intervention in the Adlib province without any confrontation, to expand its occupation from A ...

A Kurdish Political Prisoner Released after 5 Years in Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-16 02:02
On Tuesday, November 14, a Kurdish political prisoner known as Khezr Rasoul Morovat, was released from Miandoab Prison after serving five years in prison. Kurdistan Human Rights Network(KHRN) has been informed that this political prisoner and former stude ...

KRG’s PM receives a letter from UN’s envoy in Iraq

Waar Media - 2017-11-15 18:35
WAAR-DUHOK: The head of the United Nations has expressed his support for constitutionally-based political dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad in a letter to the Kurdistan Region prime minister. The UN’s envoy in Iraq, Jan Kubis, delivered the letter in a ...

Standoff in Zimbabwe as Struggle to Succeed Mugabe Deepens

International Crisis Group - 2017-11-14 21:54
President Robert Mugabe has plunged Zimbabwe into political crisis by firing his long-time ally and enforcer Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In thisA, Crisis Group’s Senior Southern Africa Consultant Piers Pigou says the 93-year-old leader remains the ...

Week in Brief: Death Penalty

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-14 02:01
The “Week in brief” by Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) is a weekly review of the most important human rights news and developments from and about Iran’s Kurdish areas. Iran affirms death penalty for Kurdish political prisoners An Iranian Islamic Rev ...

IS collapsed… confessions of IS mercenaries revealed veil -1

ANHA - 2017-11-13 09:01
The mercenaries of different nationalities; Arab and foreign have joined IS mercenaries with the influence of the ideas that have been circulated in the media or the views of the claimants of political Islam with anonymous objectives to the affected and s ...

Erbil-Baghdad Talks to Resume Before 2018: Official

BAS News - 2017-11-11 16:29
ERBIL — A member of the Council for Kurdish Political Parties has revealed that Kurdistan Regional and Iraqi Federal governments are expected to resume negotiations before the end of 2017. Mohammed Ilkhani, who is also the chairperson of Turkmen Developm ...

Iran: Affirmation of Death Sentence for Two Kurdish Political Prisoners

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-10 02:00
The death sentence for two Kurdish political prisoners charged with Moharebeh (waging war against God) was affirmed by the Revolutionary Court after several years of uncertainty. “On Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017, the court hearing of two Kurdish political pris ...

KRG Pays Monthly Payments to Oil Producers in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-09 17:41
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region has paid its monthly payments to oil producers working in the region worth about $100 million, despite a sharp drop in the crude oil price and the political crisis facing the region. A source close to Kurdistan Regional Gover ...

Alireza Rasouli – Mahabad Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-09 02:00
“On Wednesday, Aug 12, the second trial of Alireza Rasouli, a Kurdish political prisoner, was held with the presence of a special intelligence expert at the Revolutionary Court (branch 1) of Mahabad headed by Judge Mohammadi Khah. In this meeting, the exp ...

A Kolbar and Former Political Prisoner Injured by Direct Shooting of NAJA

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-09 02:00
A Kolbar and former political prisoner was severely injured at the border area of Shno (also known in Farsi as Oshnavieh) after being shot by Iranian Disciplinary Forces who then arrested him. According to reports received by Kurdistan Human Rights Networ ...

Turkish state tightens isolation on political detainees

ANHA - 2017-11-08 13:30
The Development and Justice Government not only has put Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in isolation, but also has put political detainees in solitary confinements and cut off all the ways in which parents communicate with their detained children. ...

Barzani: US Knew About Baghdad’s Plan to Attack Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-11-08 03:32
We should have held the referendum earlier, Barzani said. In his latest interview with Newsweek, President Barzani discusses his views on the recent political and military developments in the region, especially the tensions between Baghdad and Erbil afte ...

Military Operations Won’t Resolve Erbil-Baghdad Issues: KDP

BAS News - 2017-11-07 18:31
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leadership Council met on Tuesday and discussed the current political and military situation in Kurdistan Region and the internal party’s issues. President Barzani chaired an inclusive meeting of the KDP Leade ...

Disputes Between Erbil and Baghdad Political Not Military: Peshmerga SG

BAS News - 2017-11-05 17:59
ERBIL — The Peshmerga forces are part of the defense system of Iraq, Kurdistan Region Peshmerga Ministry’s Secretary-General Jabbar Yawar said Sunday, stating that they don’t want conflicts with the Iraqi forces. “We do not want to clash with the Iraqi f ...

Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari Hospitalized

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-11-05 02:03
Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari who has been on hunger strike since July 30, 2017 in Rajaei Shahr Prison in protest to the non-enforcement of Article 10 of Procedural Law in his case was transferred to Khomeini Hospital and his health condition has bee ...

Arab and Turkmens Monopolising Rule of Kirkuk, Neglecting Kurds

BAS News - 2017-11-02 20:20
KIRKUK — With the support of Baghdad, the Arab components of Kirkuk have prepared a proposal to distribute the leading administrative, political and military positions in the province between Arabs and Turkmens, sharing only the minor positions with Kurd ...

Hashd al-Shaabi Militias to Run for Iraq’s Parliamentary Elections

BAS News - 2017-11-02 20:20
BAGHDAD — Dozens of political parties and entities registered for Iraq’s upcoming parliamentary elections are directly linked with the Iranian-backed militia groups of Hashd al-Shaabi, a source for the Iraqi High Independent Electoral Commission confirme ...

PM Barzani, KIG Leader Discuss Political Situation

BAS News - 2017-11-01 20:55
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Wednesday with Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) Leader Ali Bapir to review the latest political developments and challenges facing the region. According to a press release by PM’s office, the ...

Masrour Barzani: Iraq’s Measures Against Kurdistan Unconstitutional

BAS News - 2017-11-01 15:31
Barzani met with Frank Baker, the UK Ambassador to Iraq ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani stated on Wednesday that Iraq’s measures taken against Kurdistan Region are political and unconstitutional. Barzani ...

“Kobani’s resistance opened way to victories in north Syria”

ANHA - 2017-11-01 12:40
The North Syria Democratic Federation’s Executive Body of the Constituent Council pointed out that the resistance of Kobani opened the way for political and military victories and achievements in north Syria, and the federation of north Syria is the appro ...

Barzani to step down as Kurdistan president

CNN - 2017-11-01 00:56
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani will step aside as president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region as the political backlash to September's Kurdish independence referendum continues. ...

High Electoral Commission extends candidacy applications’ receiving

ANHA - 2017-10-31 15:24
NEWS DESK – The High Electoral Commission in the three regions of north Syria has extended the period of acceptance of applications for candidacy to November 5, at the request of political entities and alliances. The High Electoral Commission of the regio ...

Masoud Barzani's resignation leads to Kurdish infighting

Washington Times - 2017-10-31 05:07
Friction between Iraqi Kurdish political factions soared Monday, a day after longtime regional leader Masoud Barzani announced his resignation following weeks of turmoil surrounding his failed push for an independent Kurdistan. Two Kurdish parties who op ...

Suspects Arrested for Attack on Political Offices in Zakho

BAS News - 2017-10-30 23:28
DUHOK — Kurdish security forces on Monday made several arrests of people suspected of attacking branch offices belonging to political parties in Zakho overnight Sunday. “A group of organised a gathering in Duhok, Zakho and Semel overnight Sunday, some of ...

Barzani Meets with French and German Ambassadors

BAS News - 2017-10-30 15:42
Kurdistan’s policy is resolving the issues through dialogue, Barzani says ERBIL — President Barzani received on Monday the German Ambassador to Iraq, Cyrill Nunn, and the French Ambassador, Bruno Aubert. The parties discussed the latest political and sec ...

KDP Condemns the Attack Against PUK Branch Office in Zakho

BAS News - 2017-10-29 23:22
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has condemned the attack on a political branch office belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Zakho. In an official statement released on Sunday, the KDP describes the action as a subversive att ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader to step aside

CNN - 2017-10-29 23:07
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani will step aside as president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region as the political backlash to September's Kurdish independence referendum continues. ...

KRSC Warns Against Any Subversive Action Targeting Any Political Office

BAS News - 2017-10-29 22:34
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) warned overnight on Sunday against any arbitrary action by those disguising among the ongoing public gatherings across Kurdistan Region. “We ask the people in all cities and towns of Kurdistan Region to ke ...

Iraqi Kurds' Independence Dreams Dashed as President Steps Down

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-10-29 18:16
Masoud Barzani is to step down as president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region, just a month after an independence referendum reversed years of political and military gains made by the Kurds and dashed their dreams of statehood. ...

Iran Likely to Execute Kurdish Political Inmate

BAS News - 2017-10-29 13:37
ERBIL — According to a report by Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran, the authorities will possibly execute the Kurdish prisoner Rameen Hussein Panahi. The prisoner’s brother, Amjad Hussein Panahi, said that Iran’s intelligence service is planni ...

Spain sacks Catalan government after independence declaration

Waar Media - 2017-10-28 08:53
WAAR-DUHOK: The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the region declared itself an independent nation in Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy four decades ago. A new ...

Ilham Ahmad demanded regime launching real political operation

ANHA - 2017-10-27 13:39
The co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council (MSD) Ilham Ahmad called for the Syrian regime to launch a real political operation warning if an opposite policy would be practiced, that would led to opposite results against the regime and all of Syria. Ilham A ...

Tillerson: No role for Assad in Syria’s future

Waar Media - 2017-10-27 07:33
WAAR-DUHOK: President Bashar al-Assad and his family have no role in the future of Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday ahead of peace talks aiming at a political transition scheduled to resume next month. Tillerson said that the ...

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): A Dangerous Stalemate

International Crisis Group - 2017-10-26 19:59
Political uncertainty and increasing polarisation between government and opposition, combined with escalating violence in many provinces, have set the DRC on a dangerous trajectory. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2017 – Third Update early warning re ...

Abadi to Visit Damascus

BAS News - 2017-10-25 19:56
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is planning to soon visit neighbouring Syria and meet with Bashar al-Assad, an Iraqi lawmaker said. Abadi will be exchanging views with Damascus on the recent political and security developments in the region, ...
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