A Fishy Tribute To Donald Trump In Iraqi Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK

A restaurant serving fire-roasted carp in northern Iraq has endorsed the US President-elect with the distinctive moniker ‘Trump Fish’. Based in th...

Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women

Phil Brown | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

Considering the Women is impressive in the sense that it leaves its dent upon the reader. I came away from my first reading dizzied, imbalanced and ashamed in a way which I have not felt since first encountering the work of Primo Levi.

Yezidi Women: Surviving the Horror of Isis

Johanna Higgs | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

We must speak out. Whether justifying a slave market with the Koran or an act of sexual violence by a piece of clothing we must recognize this for what it is, an excuse to abuse. We must never allow sexual violence to occur, we must always speak out and we must ensure that our own religion, culture or society does not do what ISIS is doing, find excuses to abuse women.

Taking on Isis in Iraqi Kurdistan: The Female Fighters of the Peshmerger

Johanna Higgs | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

The respect that I felt for this small group of women was profound. What I met that day was a group of warriors who held a tremendous amount of bravery, courage and determination. They are not only standing up against the violence and oppression of the Islamic State but are challenging their own cultural norms and taboos that would typically prevent women from being part of an armed group in Kurdistan.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

Turkey's Oppression Machine - Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Taffan Ako Sharif | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Taffan Ako Sharif

It was not too long ago that we were all expecting the Turkish state to be accepted into the European Union. While President Erdogan and his party AKP...

Iraq: The Plight of the Forgotten People

Laura Taylor | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Laura Taylor

There are currently over three million people in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence and destruction caused by Isis and other internal sectarian conflicts. The country is also hosting some 250,000 of the millions of refugees who have fled the war in Syria.

We Can't Ignore the Kurds Fighting Alongside Violent Extremist Groups

Tanya Silverman | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

The challenge of understanding "who's fighting who" in the conflict in Syria and Iraq has led to a simplified representation of the Kurds solely taking up arms against ISIS. Kurdish groups such as the People's Protection Units (YPG) have indeed proved worthy adversaries to this Islamist extremist group and as allies to the US. However, scores of Iraqi Kurds are also fighting alongside violent extremist groups.

Shakespeare and Soft Power

Gary Kent | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The debate on Britain joining airstrikes against Daesh in Syria generated more heat than light with an exaggerated focus on their impact, for better or worse. The Ministry of Defence website records just one missile strike in Syria over Christmas. This skewed debate also overlooks the contribution of British soft power to defeating Daesh. Airstrikes and Shakespeare.

This Award-Winning Filmmaker Has Been Sentenced To 223 Lashes For Making Movies

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

An award-winning film director has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by a judge in Iran for intending to portray a kissing scene in a movie. ...

Why I Refuse to Share Aylan Kurdi's Picture

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

If you cannot support the Kurds fighting to end the brutalities of racism, fundamentalism and genocide, fighting to create a system based on social and economic justice, do not bother to shed tears over Aylan Kurdi.

ISIS, The Not So Lone Wolf

Joshua Virasami | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Citizens of Kobane in the refugee camps, Suruç "I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our souther...

Preaching to Stop the Converted

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The great hope is that they will return to their classes and spread the word. Hopefully those messages from Noor, Munira and Bushra, will eventually reach the very children preparing themselves to flee their loving, comfortable homes in Britain and head for a new life with Daesh. These Yazidi girls know the horrible truth of the fate that will befall anyone considering that move.

Cardinal Point on Kurdistan's Humanitarian Crisis

Gary Kent | Posted 24.06.2015 | 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 22.05.2015 | 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 09.05.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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.