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Cardinal Point on Kurdistan's Humanitarian Crisis

Gary Kent | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The influx into Kurdistan of over 100,000 Christians from Mosul as part of a wider exodus last August sparked immediate action by Christians in the capital, Erbil and internationally.

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

The Promise of the Women of Kobane

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

The promise of the revolutionary women of Kobane is poignant. It is a promise that democracy, radical freedom and social justice are not meaningless terms, but are lived realities. It is a promise of a society where equality is a practice, and not a word on paper.

The Miseries of the Yazidis Six Months On

Frances Guy | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Frances Guy

While there has been deliberate targeting of minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, it is clear that acute need exists among people from all religious backgrounds. An estimated 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq in the last year and 5.2 million require humanitarian assistance.

Can and Should Iraq Stay Together?

Gary Kent | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The possibility of Iraqi Kurdistan achieving independence should not stop British ministers sending the artillery, tanks, helicopters, and heavy machine guns the Kurds desperately need to fight Isis - for all our sakes.

Blunt Parliamentary Report Sharpens Debate on Defeating Daish

Gary Kent | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

A blunt and bleak report from the Defence select committee, headed by Rory Stewart MP, has thrown an intellectual hand grenade into British discussion about the dangers of Daish, whose innovative barbarity has been amplified by the immolation of a Jordanian pilot.

Call to Include Kurds in Conferences Against Isis

Gary Kent | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

This is not the time to stand on ceremony when all hands are needed to fight the vile forces of Isis and that most certainly includes the Kurds.'

Highs and Lows in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The FAC report and Boris in Erbil are substantial gains for the burgeoning Anglo-Kurdish relationship, which is greatly assisted by a growing global realisation that the Kurds are a vital ally. On balance, last week in Westminster was good for the Kurds and their friends, and made much sweeter by the defeat of Daish in Kobane.

This Defeat Is Going To Be Humiliating For Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

In a highly significant victory, Kurdish fighters backed by intense US-led airstrikes have pushed the Islamic State group out of the Syrian town of Ko...

British Parliamentary Committee Breaks Historic Taboo on Kurdish Independence

Gary Kent | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The stark starting point of the influential and bipartisan Foreign Affairs Committee's long-awaited report on the Kurdistan Region is that the future of Iraq as a nation state is in question as never before. It judges that the clock is ticking on whether Iraq can be stitched back into a functioning whole.

BoJo In Iraq To Witness Fight Against Islamic State

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has visited northern Iraq to see the work being done to tackle Islamic State terrorists. The London mayor made the surprise visit to the...

Kebabs, Kurds and Charb

Gary Kent | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Charlie Hebdo, described by the former far-right French leader Le Pen as "anarcho-Trotskist" and by itself as "irreverent," is not everyone's cup of chai in lambasting all religions and authority but ignore it if you don't like it or sue it if it breaks the law, and that does not and should not include mocking belief systems.

Jessica Elgot

Should We Allow Mentally Ill 'Lone Wolves' To Call Themselves A Terrorist?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK

It was the week where at times it felt the world was falling down in flames, beginning with a 16-hour siege at a cafe in Sydney, where 17 innocent wor...

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.

Foreign Media Coverage of Kurdish Conflicts Must Change

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Kurdish people have lived under different political establishments, none of which has led to independence. Modern day Kurdistan reaches across four sovereign states (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria) yet still manages to inhibit an acknowledged ethnic community. Which is impressive, considering Kurdistan's history - suppressed acts of resistance, and betrayal by foreign entities.

Brits Are Joining The Kurds Fighting IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

A British army veteran is one of several Britons who has travelled to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State, according to Facebook posts. The ...

Fashion, Solidarity and Reform in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

MPs, many of whom once struggled to place Kurdistan on a map, are better informed and understand that Kurds are efficient allies in the common fight against Daish. This is eroding the deep resistance to involvement in Iraq, which came to be defined as a disaster of the first magnitude, and maybe Syria.

Overcoming the Past and Accepting Realities - The Necessary Evils to Defeat ISIS are Boots On The Ground in Iraq and a Diplomatic Channel With Assad

Daniel Marriott | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Western foreign policy vis-à-vis Iraq & Syria is an incoherent and ineffective mess. It is becoming painfully obvious that the lazily sporadic Western/coalition air strikes in the two countries, particularly in Iraq, are proving ineffective at pushing back ISIS, let alone defeating it.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

Healthy Historical Revisionism in Ireland, Britain and Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Historical events linger across generations with sometimes lethal consequences but dispassionate revisionism with new insights, facts and reflections - good history in short - can scotch potent myths and consign running sores to the past, as has been the case with troubled Anglo-Irish relations, and could be for Kurdistan.

Helping IS? Air Drop For Kurds Stolen By Militants, Amid Claims That 'Half' Charity Money Is Going To Group

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State group fighters seized at least one air drop of weapons airdropped by US -led coalition forces intended for Kurdish militiamen battling t...

Baghdad Should Love Bomb the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds face the world's wealthiest and best armed terrorist organisation in Daish (Isil) and are struggling to cope with a 20% increase in its population through a massive influx of desperate refugees and internally displaced people in just a few months...

Kurdish Protesters Shut Down Oxford Circus Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

Kurdish protesters shut down Oxford Circus tube station in central London, to protest about the perceived lack of action to protect the town of Kobane...

Islamic State Is On Turkey's Doorstep, As It Besieges Kurdish Town

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters are close to taking a town just a few miles from the Turkish border, a fight which would be a symbolic victory over the Kurds w...

Air Strikes, Hypocrisy and the Money Trail

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

Air strikes alone won't defeat ISIL. The organisation is clearly goading the West into direct confrontation. Once we get the first pictures of Muslim women and children killed by US missiles, no matter how isolated these incidents would be, that would up the ante in ISIL's propaganda war. This is when allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar will get cold feet.