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Separatist Kurdish Factions: Human Rights Violations and Racism

By Sarah Abed Damascus (TRH) – The West has effectively preyed on the Kurds’ internal divisions and has used some factions to fulfill an imperialist goal of dividing and weakening the Near and Middle East. The Kurdish people are diverse, and in recent years, aspects of their culture and customs have been discussed in mainstream media. But the […]

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Kirkuk: The Kurdish Dream Meets Reality

Baghdad (GPA) – The first shots have been fired in the war for ‘Kurdistan,’ and it appears the Iraqi army has come out on top in Kirkuk. This weekend, the Iraqi army began their incursion to the newly declared “Kurdistan” following last month’s independence referendum. Despite assurances from the Kurdish government that the region would […]

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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Offers Balanced View on Kurdish Referendum

Beirut (Duran) – Nasrallah calls for political unity while opposing ethnonationalism and imperialism. The leader of the Lebanese party Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has articulated a defense of territorial unity across the Arab world while also calling for respecting the human rights of all non-Arab minorities across the region. In a speech which invoked the ideals anti-imperialist Arab […]

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Netanyahu and Erdogan Face Off Over Kurdish Referendum

Ankara (GPA) – Following the referendum in “Kurdistan,” Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now engaged in a war of words over who is responsible for balkanizing the Middle East. During a televised speech following the Kurdish referendum in Northern Iraq Recep Erdogan accused Israel and their intelligence agency, the Mossad, of […]

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Iraqi Government Given Mandate to Deploy Troops to Disputed Kirkuk

Baghdad (AMN) – The Council of Representatives of Iraq has given Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a mandate to deploy troops to the disputed city of Kirkuk and its oil fields, as reported by Iraqi state media. Kirkuk, the fifth-biggest city in Iraq and capital of the oil-rich Kirkuk Governorate, is not officially part of Iraqi Kurdistan, […]

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How Western Corporations would Exploit an Independent Kurdistan

Baghdad (AMN) – The Kurdistan region of Iraq, rich with oil resources, has been a bargaining chip for large oil corporations in recent years. Companies have flooded into Kurdistan because of a lack of regulations, relatively cheap oil, export subsidies, and a political willingness shown by the KRG government to cooperate with corporate demands. U.S. […]

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Iraqi PM Demands Suspension of Kurdish Referendum

Baghdad (MEE) – Supreme court orders suspension after receiving ‘complaints’ over constitutional validity of 25 September vote. Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has formally demanded that the Kurdistan region suspend its plan to hold a referendum on independence after the country’s supreme court ordered its suspension. The Iraqi supreme court approved Abadi’s demand to consider “the breakaway of […]

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Iraq Supreme Court Orders Suspension of Kurdistan Referendum

Baghdad (TNA) – Iraq’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, to examine whether such a poll would be constitutional. “The supreme court has issued the order to suspend organizing the referendum set for September 25… until it examines the complaints it has received […]

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Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid

Baghdad (GPA) – The Iraqi parliament voted today to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid. The referendum – which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq – is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches […]

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‘Threats everyday’: Iraqi Kurds Opposing Independence Vote Face Threats

Erbil (MEE) – Most Iraqi Kurds aspire to their own state but ‘No For Now’ campaigners see the vote as a political gamble to benefit the presidency. Many would call Shaswar Abdulwahid a brave man. As the founder of the “No For Now” campaign in Iraqi Kurdistan, he has called on voters to reject the proposal that the […]

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