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Weekend Reading: The Independence of Iraqi Kurds, China in the Middle East, and Tunisia’s Forgotten Palaces | Council on Foreign Relations

Weekend Reading: The Independence of Iraqi Kurds, China in the Middle East, and Tunisia’s Forgotten Palaces | Council on Foreign Relations - CFR

Russia Emphasizes the Involvement of Kurds in Intra-Syria Talks

BAS News - 2017-09-08 15:33
ERBIL — Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, has reaffirmed the importance the presence of Syrian Kurds in the talks on peace settlement in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Bogdanov met ...

New Book Out: The Kurdish Question Revisited

Kurdish Studies Network - 2017-09-06 11:03
Stansfield, Gareth & Shareef, Mohammed (eds) Hurst, 2017 ISBN: 9781849045919 The Kurds, once marginal in the study of the Middle East and secondary in its international relations, have moved to centre stage in recent years. In Turkey, where the Kurdish qu ...

Iraqi Kurds to Defy US in Pressing Ahead with Independence Referendum

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-17 19:35
The following article was originally published in The Independent. Iraqi Kurds have decided to proceed with a referendum on independence despite a US request to postpone the vote. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had asked Kurdistan Regional Government ( ...

UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 12:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Arab Emirates signaled its desire to strengthen ties with Iraq during weekend talks with influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as part of efforts by Sunni nations of the Middle East to halt Iran’s growing regional influe ...

PUK sacks Farhad Sangawi for joining ‘No for Now’ vote campaign

E-Kurd - 2017-08-11 22:46
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) dismissed prominent lawmaker Farhad Sangawi from the party after he joined the campaign of “No for Now” for referendum on independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. The PUK Politburo said in a ...

Execution of two Kurdish prisoners in Urmia Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-06 21:20
On Saturday, August 7 2017, two Kurdish prisoners accused of drug offenses committed yesterday for the execution from sections 14 and 15 of Urmia Central Prison in eastern Kurdistan they were transferred to solitary cells ,were executed. According to the ...

Iran, Russia, Turkey plan stabilizing Syria: Deputy FM

KurdPress - 2017-08-06 11:23
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said creating safe zones in Syria will 'reduce tensions' and 'curb terrorist activities'. ...

British Minister hails Iran status

KurdPress - 2017-08-05 11:10
British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt hailed Iran's status and urged Tehran and London to maintain cooperation to overcome possible obstacles. ...

Russia Won’t Oppose Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-20 14:02
ERBIL — Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Valerian Shuvaev, stated that his country does not oppose Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence. Kurdistan’s bid for independence has been discussed during ...

Iran says Kurdish referendum 'wrong choice'

KurdPress - 2017-07-18 08:20
The independence referendum planned by the Kurdistan Regional Government is a wrong choice that would significantly undermine Iraqi and regional security, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, S ...