Kurds have a saying, ‘no friends but the mountains.’ This stems from a sense of betrayal by the international community since the end of World War I and a promise that saw no traction in creating an independent state called Kurdistan. In the 21stcentury the Kurds once again fear they will be given the cold … Continue reading America cannot afford to lose the Kurds
As expected, Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the Turkish presidency and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) gained a majority in the parliament by aligning with the ultra-nationalist, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the path Erdogan has taken his country since the failed coup of 2016. Turkish … Continue reading Erdogan is the winner, now what?
Bashar al-Assad’s regime might soon be targeting northeastern Syria. This oil rich region is primarily composed of Kurds, and is secured predominantly by the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kurds control over 28 percent of Syria and are backed by the United States. In an interview last month with RT, Assad highlighted his intentions for the … Continue reading Assad’s bluff may double as a gain for Syria’s Kurds
I'am not used to receiving lectures about morality from a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers in his native Turkey, who jails journalists, who helps Iran get around international sanctions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on the US relocating its embassy to Jerusalem. Are these genuine comments … Continue reading Israel, Turkey and the Kurdish question
Iraq, already ravaged by decades of ethnic and sectarian warfare, has quietly suffered a water shortage over the past decade. Including the Kurdistan region, Iraq relies on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers for 98 percent for its drinking, irrigation and sanitation supplies. The majority of the country also lives along the two historic rivers, which … Continue reading Turkey’s thirst for power threatens water war with Iraq
Iraq held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State (ISIS), the results surprised all major actors, internally, regionally and internationally. Muqtada al Sadr declared victory, he once held strong ties with Iran but was sidelined by those who were willing to go the extra mile for the theocracy next door. … Continue reading Iraqi Elections: What it means for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Iraq just held its first elections since the defeat of the so called Islamic State. The victory over the terror group was led by Prime Minister Haider al Abadi as he affirmed, “our forces fully control the Iraqi-Syrian border, and thus we can announce the end of the war against Daesh.” This was in December … Continue reading Iraqi Elections: A Loss for the US, an Even Bigger Loss for Iran