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Political Observer Describes Barzani's Visit to Bulgaria "Vital"

BAS News - 2017-05-26 11:23
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani's visit to Bulgaria is "vital" at a time when Kurdistan is on the verge on deciding over its destination, said a political observer. Speaking to BasNews on Friday, Bewar Ahmed, said in his visit Barzani, a ...

UK's opposition leader says PM May's police cuts increased terrorism risk

Reuters - 2017-05-25 23:37
LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will criticize Prime Minister Theresa May's police cuts and Britain's foreign policy on Friday, saying they increased the threat of terrorism, ending a political truce after the Manchester ...

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

Reuters - 2017-05-25 21:37
CARACAS (Reuters) - Decried by protesters as "murderers" defending a dictator, Venezuela's military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro's controversial plan ...

Crisis due Barzani’s refusal to step down: academic

KurdPress - 2017-05-25 10:17
A professor from the American University of Tennessee, Michael Gunter said on Wednesday, May 24, that Massoud Barzani’s opposition to step down from his position as Kurdistan Region President has resulted in the continued political crisis in the region. ...

Kurdistan referendum committee yet to be formed: presidency

KurdPress - 2017-05-24 08:51
The Kurdistan Region Presidency announced on Tuesday, May 23, that Kurdish political parties are yet to appoint their representatives for a referendum set to be held this year on the issue of independence of the region. ...

Iran main supporter of resolving Syrian crisis: Russian FM

KurdPress - 2017-05-23 22:35
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday that Iran should not be ignored in political settlement process for the Syrian crisis, adding that Iran is the main hub for international groups supporting peace in Syria. ...

Brazil energy minister says he has no plan to resign amid crisis

Reuters - 2017-05-23 21:49
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho said on Tuesday he will remain in President Michel Temer's cabinet despite his political party's decision to leave the government due to corruption allegations against the unpopular le ...

KDP says relations with Gorran not cut off but political issues exist

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Relations between the opposition Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are not cut off completely, but political problems do exist, a KDP member said. KDP member and Kurdistan Parliament ...

Gorran says we will extend our political struggle in Iraqi Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Change Movement (Gorran) said it is ready to cooperate and resolve the issues in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on the principles of rule of law and sovereignty of institutions as well as balance and respect. Following t ...

Kurdish Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death by Iranian Court

BAS News - 2017-05-22 14:48
The inmate is originally from the Syrian Kurdistan URMIA — A Kurdish Political inmate originally from Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) was sentenced to death by the Iranian Judiciary in Urmia city while he was previously sentenced to 7 years in jail, said the H ...

Iraqi VP Allawi Warns about More Dangerous Force than IS

BAS News - 2017-05-21 20:14
ERBIL— If there is no political success parallel with the military victories against the Islamic State (IS) organization, big threats loom on the horizon for Iraq, warned Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi. Speaking to Russia Today on Sunday, Iraqi VP t ...

Beijing’s new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line. But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: t ...

One killed in northern Kenya after rally attended by President Kenyatta

Reuters - 2017-05-21 11:34
ISIOLO, Kenya (Reuters) - Police shot dead one person in northern Kenya's Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at which supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed, police said. ...

Trump seeks 'reset' with Islamic world amid political tumult at home

Reuters - 2017-05-21 10:25
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, struggling to shake a brewing scandal at home, will attempt a reset on Sunday with the Islamic world after frequently attacking Muslims on the campaign trail last year and trying to ban many from the United ...

Iraqi Turkmen working on making Kirkuk ‘a separate region’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
KIRKUK,— The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk says that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope Turkey will help them with that. As one of Iraq’s smaller ethnic groups, ...

Women in Kurdish Politics: Competition

Ruwayda - 2017-05-18 12:39
Why do Kurdish women compete against each other instead of trying to work collaboratively to achieve political goals? Kurdish women, like their male counterparts, seek to advance their careers more so than working collaboratively. According to Pierre Bour ...

The Absurd Cause For The Faili Kurds Holocausts – Part VIII

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
Dr. Ala Musa Hasan | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Political Hypocrisy Across Iraq, the roots of political hypocrisy have survived numerous regime changes and year after year, political pretense was passed on from generation to generation. In essence, this cult ...

Iraqi VP Osama al-Nujaifi announces launch of new political party

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi on Friday announced the establishment of a new political party dubbed “United for Iraq”. At a press conference held in Erbil, al-Nujaifi — who currently leads Iraq’s “United fo ...

Trump meets with Turkey’s Erdogan at the White House

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, hoping to repair ties frayed over Syria and the presence in the US of a bitter political foe. The meeting comes after Erdogan won a hotly ...

PKK Responsible for Crisis in Rojava: ENKS

BAS News - 2017-05-17 21:32
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is revealing its failure through the policies it implements in the Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), facing the Kurdish region with crisis, said a rival political leader. “The PKK has failed in governing Rojava and it ...

Bakhtiar Memari Kurdish political prisoners on death row was freed.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-17 01:51
According to reports, the Kurdistan Human Rights Association , Bakhtiar Memari Kurdish political prisoner on death row citizens living in Marivan, Kurdistan East, who in 2010 was arrested on the morning of Tuesday 16 May 2017, is the free. Bakhtiar Memari ...

North Korea link emerges in global cyberattacks

Waar Media - 2017-05-16 17:47
WAAR-DUHOK: Security researchers have reported signs of a potential North Korea link to the massive cyberattack campaign that sparked havoc in computer systems worldwide and opened fresh political rifts between Russia and the United States. After days of ...

Masrour Barzani: Kurds Are Seeking Ways to Secure Safe and Stable Future

BAS News - 2017-05-16 11:51
Barzani met with Trump's advisor and US National and Homeland Security advisors ERBIL — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, on Monday met with several senior US officials to discuss the latest political and security d ...

Masrour Barzani Meets with White House, National Security Advisors

BAS News - 2017-05-15 23:58
LODZ — Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, on Monday met with several senior US officials to discuss the latest political and security developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. According to Kurdistan Region Envoy ...

EU calls for elections in Venezuela

Reuters - 2017-05-15 15:08
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers urged Venezuelan authorities to hold elections and release political prisoners to help end six weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro that have killed dozens of people. ...

Nechirvan Barzani, McGurk discuss political issues, IS fight

KurdPress - 2017-05-15 12:54
The United States’ Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk arrived on Sunday evening in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, where he met Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. The two sides discussed Erbil-Washington rel ...

Political, military, diplomatic struggle resulted in arming YPG

ANHA - 2017-05-15 11:46
QAMIŞLO- The administrative in the Democratic Community Movement (TEV-DEM) in al-Jazeera (Cizîre) canton Jahed Hassen assured that the decision of arming YPG, YPJ and SDF came after the victories and achievements that the components of north of Syria have ...

Severe Beating of Political Prisoner by Orumiyeh prison guards

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-15 02:00
Over the past few days, a Kurdish political prisoner jailed in Orumiyeh beaten severely and injured by two guards during a visit to the prison clinic. According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) Saturday 16 May, Kamran Jafari’s name from Ward 13 o ...

Libya: No Political Deal Yet

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-12 17:19
On 2 May 2017, the head of Libya’s internationally recognised government, Faiez al-Serraj, and his major military opponent, General Khalifa Haftar, met for the first time in over a year. Crisis Group’s Libya Senior Analyst Claudia Gazzini says talk of a ...

Kurdish Female Political Prisoners’ Release Remains Uncertain

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-12 02:02
Last year the Prosecutor’s Office of Youth detention centre In Yasouj, announced the release of Ghadriye Ghaderi, a Kurdish political prisoner is on 26 May, 2017 but recently the prison authorities said that according to new letter from Orumiyeh courts a ...

A Memorial of Executed May 19 on Iran

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-11 02:06
Yesterday, a group of Iranian-Kurdish citizens met with the families of the political prisoners who were hanged in May by Islamic Republic authorities to express their sympathies to the families for their loss and cherish the memory of their victims. Fiv ...

PKK Arrests 13 Members of ENKS in Qamishlo, Rojava: DCHRK

BAS News - 2017-05-10 12:41
The PKK-affiliated armed men closed down ENKS headquarter in Qamishlo ERBIL — Armed men belonging to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava, the Syrian Kurdish region, raided on Tuesday the political headquarter of the Syrian ...

Political Prisoner Zeynab Jalalian Denied Vital Medication, Says Lawyer

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-05-10 02:02
Zeynab Jalalian’s lawyer, AmirSalar Dawoodi submitted a petition to Chief Prosecutor and stated that his client has not been taking her medication. According to Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) The lawyer has released a letter in his telegram channe ...

PYD Armed Forces Raid and Seal ENKS Headquarter in Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-05-10 00:38
QAMISHLO — Syrian Kurdish armed forces (Asayish), affiliated with the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), on Thursday raided the political headquarter of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) in Qamishlo, and closed down the office, official confirmed. Sh ...

Projections: Macron wins French presidency by a large margin

Rojikurd - 2017-05-08 00:03
PARIS (AP) — Political newcomer Emmanuel Macron will be France’s next president, pollsters projected Sunday night, delivering a resounding victory to an unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France’s place as a central pillar ...

Trump advisor meets with key critic of Venezuela's Maduro

Reuters - 2017-05-06 20:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's national security advisor met on Friday with the president of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly and they agreed the political crisis in Caracas should be brought to a quick and peaceful concl ...

PKK Arrests Two KDP-S Members in Rojava: Human Rights Center

BAS News - 2017-05-06 09:28
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava (the Syrian Kurdish region) continues its human rights abuses against the Syrian Kurdish political parties considered by PYD as its rivals. PYD, an offshoot of Kurdistan Workers' ...

Roads and lack of attention to difficult situation in East Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-06 01:22
Kurdistan Human Rights Association : According to the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran in East Kurdistan, Kurdistan province in terms of quality and security roads finished in last place in the political geography of Iran. Despite the unevenness, ...

Iranian Presidential elections to be held in London, 6 UK cities

KurdPress - 2017-05-05 16:35
In order to facilitate the right of political participation of Iranian nationals in Iran's 12th Presidential Elections, it has been scheduled to hold this election in London and six other major cities of the UK on May 19, 2017 concurrent with the election ...

Iran's election frontrunners to discuss issues in live debate: TV

Reuters - 2017-05-05 14:54
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's six presidential candidates will participate in a live debate on Friday to discuss cultural and political issues ahead of the country's May 19 vote, which will shape the Islamic Republic's economic and domestic policy for years t ...

Independence Referendum May Be in August: Barzani’s Advisor

BAS News - 2017-05-05 00:26
ERBIL — As the efforts have already begun, Kurdistan Region is expected to hold a referendum on its independence from Iraq in August this year, said Mohammed Haji, a political advisor to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani. The official told Kurdis ...

Baghdad Needs to Treat Kurds as a Nation Not a Faction: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:29
ERBIL — Kurds need to be treated as a nation not as a political faction by the Iraqi government in Baghdad, said a Kurdish official on Thursday. Saadi Ahmed Pira, a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo, said Kurds were part of the c ...

Being Stateless Triggers Most Issues in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-04 16:11
ERBIL — The majority of issues befalling the Kurdistan Region are resulted from the fact that the region is not an independent state, said a Kurdish official. After the political process in Iraq failed due to the mindset of Baghdad, Kurdistan Region Maso ...

Fear the Islamic Republic of fair trial and Luqman and Zanyar Moradi

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-04 03:12
According to a report by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association is reached, Zanyar and Luqman Moradi two political prisoners Kurdish sentenced to 2 August 2009, in detention centers and prisons of the Islamic Republic kept in the names open to the public ...

Libyan rivals say will calm tensions, but political roadmap unclear

Reuters - 2017-05-03 18:05
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Rival Libyan camps issued separate statements on Wednesday promising to calm tensions in southern Libya and fight terrorism, but offering no shared way forward for a political deal to unify the North African country. ...

IRGC does not support any presidential candidate

KurdPress - 2017-05-03 08:04
A high-ranking commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said the force will not support any candidate in the May 19 presidential election. According to IRNA Deputy IRGC Commander for Political Affairs Rasoul Sanaei made the statement in Tabriz ...

Sulaymaniyah Acting Governor Resigns Due to Budget Insufficiency

BAS News - 2017-05-02 13:32
ERBIL — The acting governor of Sulaymaniyah province resigned from his position, stating that the political conflicts and insufficiency of the province's budget were behind his resignation. In a press conference on Tuesday, Sardar Qadir, the Governor of ...

Iran Increasing Military Presence in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-02 01:26
ERBIL — Seeking greater military presence in northern Iraq, Iran has established dozens of military and political premises in the liberated areas of western Mosul, informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday. The Iranian forces, part of the Quds Forc ...

PKK Attempting to Establish Political Parties in Sinjar: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-01 15:18
Nouri Maliki is helping PKK get license from the Iraqi government for the parties ERBIL — After the Turkish airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Sinjar, efforts are underway by the Iraqi Shi'ite leader Nouri al-Maliki's faction to lic ...

Being deprived of medical care after 9 years in exile

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-04-30 21:54
Kurdistan Human Rights Association: Kurdish political prisoner Omar Farhang sentenced to 10 years in prison is in exile now living in Ardebil’s prison. He is the son of Abdullah, 45, is married and has two children and lives in the city of Urmia in East K ...

Hungary's Orban accepts EU demands, EU party says

Reuters - 2017-04-29 18:55
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told leaders of his center-right EU political group on Saturday that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, the party said. ...

Germany confirms cyber attacks on political party think tanks

Reuters - 2017-04-27 21:54
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's top cyber official on Thursday confirmed said his agency was aware of computer attacks on two foundations tied to Germany's ruling coalition parties for some time, and was helping the think tanks analyze what happened. ...
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