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This Is How Trump Can Earn a Rare Win in the Middle East

This Is How Trump Can Earn a Rare Win in the Middle East

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-06 05:52
The following article was originally published in Politico Magazine. When President Donald Trump looks out at the world these days, he must see challenges from all sides: a belligerent North Korea, an underhanded Russia, an ascendant China and a beleague ...
This Is How Trump Can Earn a Rare Win in the Middle East - The Kurdish Project

Iraq’s Former President Jalal Talabani Dead

The Kurdish Project - 2017-10-04 06:14
The following article was originally published in Al Jazeera. Jalal Talabani, former president of Iraq and Kurdish politician, has died in Germany aged 84. He was Iraq’s president from 2005 to 2014 and a key figure in the Kurdish region of Iraq, where vo ...

Iraqi Kurds Overwhelmingly Back Split from Baghdad

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in Al Jazeera. Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favour of a split from Iraq, according to regional officials, as tensions soared between Erbil and Baghdad following a contested referendum. Electoral commi ...

More than 92% of Voters in Iraqi Kurdistan Back Independence

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in The Guardian. More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked incre ...

US Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Independent Kurdish State

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24. WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – New York’s senior senator Chuck Schumer issued a statement on Wednesday calling on the Donald Trump administration to support an independent Kurd ...

Independent Kurdistan Would Enhance Stability: Israeli Official

BAS News - 2017-09-13 00:19
ERBIL — An independent Kurdistan would contribute to stability in the Middle East, an Israeli official said during a conference in Washington on Tuesday. Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Major General Yair Gola ...

Iraq’s Kurds Have Earned Their Right to Independence

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-13 00:05
The U.S. should offer full-throated support, not a quibble over timing. By: Eli Lak Consider the plight of an ethnic group seeking self-determination in the Middle East. Its leaders have renounced terrorism. Their militias fight alongside U.S. soldiers. W ...

"Those who launch a war have to expect a response.” Barzani in Kirkuk

KurdisCat - 2017-09-12 19:50
The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government. Iraq’s parliament meanwhile ...

For Iraq’s Long-Suffering Kurds, Independence Beckons

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-11 21:51
The following article was originally published in The New York Times. BARZAN, Iraq — A pair of rusted eyeglasses, a grimy antique watch, torn bank notes and old identification cards. These simple items on display at a museum here in northern Iraq, dug fr ...

Soon… Cultural Center opened in Ain Issa district

ANHA - 2017-09-09 13:14
The Culture and Art Committee in the Civil Council al- Raqqa is preparing to open a cultural center in the distirct of ​​Ain Issa, and is planning literary, cultural and artistic projects soon. ...

In Backing Chad, the West Faces Moral Hazards

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-09 00:47
The West sees Chad as a reliable ally in the fight against extremists in the African Sahel. But it needs to take more care. Chad is breaking prior agreements by spending much of its oil revenue on the military, while social services and good governance h ...

The unclear situation of a Kurd prisoner in Urmia Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-09-05 06:54
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, “Saber Shaykh Abdullah”, arrested in 2014 in charge of membership in a Kurdish party and planning and carrying out a bombing in the city of Mahabad, remains uncertain and without a lawyer ...

Kurdistan Celebrates Eid During Month of Historic Vote on Independence

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-02 00:56
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – In statements issued on Friday, senior Kurdish officials expressed their best wishes for Eid al-Adha to all the people of the Kurdistan Region and Mus ...

As Islamic State withers, the alliance against it is fraying

The Economist - 2017-09-01 22:08
DOWN the Euphrates river, halfway between Deir ez-Zor and Syria’s border with Iraq, lies Dura Europos, an ancient metropolis where the Parthians of Persia sparred with the Roman Empire for control of the Middle East. History, it seems, is repeating itsel ...

IS Leader al-Baghdadi Believed to Be Alive and Hiding

BAS News - 2017-08-31 22:40
ERBIL — The leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be alive and hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, between Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon official said on Thursday. According to General Stephen Townsend, Chie ...

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 ( ...

U.S. Highlights Kurdistan Region’s Treatment of Minority Groups

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-17 19:35
The following article was originally published in Rudaw. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The US State Department acknowledged that the Kurdistan Region has remained a place of protection for minority communities from Iraq in a recent report, while noting chall ...

Fired Kurdish Workers Retaliate Against Turks and Open Small Businesses

The Kurdish Project - 2017-08-10 04:53
The following article was originally published in Independent. In the centre of where various pedestrian cobble stone streets meet, in the hip and relatively progressive suburb of Kadıköy, Istanbul, Serdar Bascitin sits with a humble smile, surrounded by ...