Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

Helping Refugees and IDPs in Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

That 200 Kurds and Brits came to the Commons on a cold December evening gives great hope to a campaign to help the Kurds help their own citizens and others, who face a colder winter in terrible conditions. The Kurdish Diaspora may be waking up from hibernation. Their contribution to this campaign, which will stretch out for months and years, is vital.

British Perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The dynamic speed and scale of the unfolding crisis in Iraq have left many opinion-formers and policy-makers keen to catch up with events. British friends of Kurdistan have also been quick to rally to the cause.

Important New Phase in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When I first visited the Kurdistan Region in 2006, I had no idea that I would still be going there, as the Director of a cross party group building bridges between our countries or, indeed, writing this column nearly a decade later.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Remembering Halabja and Boosting the Kurdish Diaspora

Gary Kent | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Several MPs referred favourably to Ukrainian communities and organisations in their constituencies in a recent Commons debate on Russian actions against Ukraine. Such links with voters, who may be seen as newsworthy locally and electorally important, makes MPs more attentive.

Kurdish Questions at the Party Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British Government is now rightly seeking to mobilise the international community to raise a billion dollars a month to help the Syrian refugees and, as a British minister argued, to help prevent the Middle East erupting into continuous conflict.

Learning the Wrong Lessons From Iraq in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is rare for an opposition to stop a government and, given its angst over Iraq, Labour heralded it as a triumph for multilateralism. It also chimes with most British people who, like the Americans, are weary of foreign entanglements.

Iraqi Kurdistan - The Hidden Jewel of the Middle East?

Gary Kent | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Somewhere near Dohuk and the 4,000 year old town where the three wise men possibly began their journey to Bethlehem is a Christian monastery set high on a mountain with commanding views of tremendous scenery. Sadly, our driver had no idea where it was and I only managed to get directions by e mailing a friend in Hawaii.

Taking Stories From the Genocide Against the Iraqi Kurds to the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The current campaign to win formal recognition of the Kurdish genocide is nearing its finale in Britain. Last week, leading supporters of the all-party group on Kurdistan urged a business committee, which allocates time, to endorse an historic parliamentary debate on the Kurdish genocide and its contemporary relevance.

Holocaust, Halabja and Recognising Genocide

Gary Kent | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The untold story of the Kurdish genocide was the subject last week of a major international conference organised, just a stone's throw from Parliament, by the Kurdistan Regional Government in the UK.

Foreign Policy on the Fringe of the Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Leon Trotsky, not someone I usually quote, once said that people may not be interested in politics but politics is often interested in them. British people may be wary of foreign interventions but foreign crises can profoundly affect domestic politics. The suffering that we see every day in Syria won't go away and will have to be addressed, sooner rather than later.

Et Tutu, Desmond?

Gary Kent | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Archbishop Desmond Tutu's views of Tony Blair and the Iraq war are not new. Very little is in the debate between those who supported intervention in Iraq and those who opposed it.

The Banality of Evil and the Measuring Stick

Gary Kent | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Iraqi Kurds are trying to encourage the world to understand that a decades-long process of genocide killed hundreds of thousands of people and that it remains a living legacy that affected almost all people in a region just twice the size of Wales, or about the same size as Holland.