British Perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 15.07.2014 | 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.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

Maliki, the Kurds and the Future of Iraq

Gary Kent | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is a time of historic reckoning which could either disintegrate Iraq or reintegrate it on a more democratic and inclusive basis with or without Maliki whose warm words no longer tide things over.

Tony Blair and Radical Islam

Gary Kent | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Tony Blair, seen by some as one of the worst because of the so-called illegal and immoral war in Iraq, last week offered a stark analysis of Radical Islam, this century's "biggest threat to global security" on a par with environmental and economic challenges. The speech was derided by those who think that shouting warmonger suffices but merits close inspection.

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Leaving A Nasty Taste: Lebanese Restaurant Displays Giant Saddam Hussein Poster As 'Political Protest'

Huffington Post UK/ National News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Customers are calling for a boycott of a Lebanese restaurant after the owner placed a giant photograph of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the...

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

Ukip Challenges David Cameron to Withdraw Support for Turkish Accession

Janice Atkinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

This week the European Union agreed to resume membership talks with Turkey. The EU's European affairs ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, said the talks would restart on 5 November, after being stalled for three years...

Why Do We Call Chemical Weapons "Weapons of Mass Destruction"? They're Nothing Of The Sort

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

All of us have a visceral, emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons. It repulses us... Yet there's a question that must be asked: why are we more offended by the killing of civilians with chemical weapons than we are by the slaughter of far greater numbers of civilians with conventional weapons?

A Case for Intervention in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The feasibility of intervention was greater two years ago. I know that there is little public appetite for it in the west but inaction has empowered the radical jihadists. This has made it harder to achieve either a political settlement or a pluralist Syria which would protect the rights of minorities such as the Kurds, the Christians and the Alawites.

Turkish-Kurdish Peace: It Is Different This Time

Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci

Arriving at a peaceful settlement will take some time and will require a great deal of honesty as well as transparency. But the short answer is yes, this time it is different and there is reason to be hopeful for peace.

'Being A Woman Is Not A Tool To Humiliate Or Punish Anyone': Kurdish Men Cross-Dress To Champion Gender Equality In Iran

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK

Iranian men from the Islamic Republic’s Kurdish community have launched an online campaign championing gender equality – by dressing in women’s ...

The Loss of Democracy in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

While the West frets over the increasingly bellicose utterances of North Korea's deranged delinquent dictator and wrings its hands in frustration over the on-going bloodbath in Syria, attention has strayed from Iraq as it spirals towards civil war.

Under a Chemical Cloud

Jonathan Fryer | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Fryer

Halabja is one of those place names, like Srebrenica and Katyn, that are etched into the collective memory of the extremes of man's inhumanity.

Exposing the Myth Ten Years On: Humanitarian Intervention and Iraq

Daniel Wickham | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

Throughout the war, our governments insisted that they had a genuine humanitarian interest in bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. To put it simply, this is a lie, and needs to be exposed as such. A brief look at the West's record in the Middle East provides all the evidence we need in order to unearth the great myth of 'humanitarian intervention' in Iraq.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

The PKK, Ceasefires and the Turkish State

Jody Sabral | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jody Sabral

Last week Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK, called for a ceasefire with the Turkish state. The announcement garnered widespread international coverage largely because the announcement was made to coincide with the Persian/Kurdish New Year and not long after the government announced it was in direct talks with Ocalan himself. But will this lead to a meaningful lasting peace?

Energy, Federalism, the Constitution and Iraqi Unity

Gary Kent | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The great achievement of post-Saddam Iraq is its transition from a centralised and mainly Sunni dominated one-party rule to federalism and power-sharing between Sunnis, Kurds and Shia, and small minorities. All this is, or should be, governed by the constitution, approved by over 80% of the people in a referendum in 2005.

An Audit of Iraq Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurdistan region is clearly thriving as the safest, most stable, and prosperous part of Iraq, with a headstart of 12 years of relative freedom from Saddam. The number of deaths through terrorism is about 200 since 2003. It has built a major energy sector from nothing in just a few years. And it has helped stabilise the rest of Iraq and could be a model for it to follow.

Kurdistan Region, Iraq Freedom of Speech

Laween Atroshi | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Laween Atroshi

It is not a secret, anymore, the torment and suffering the Kurdish population have endured under nationalistic and fascist regimes. It is painful enough to be tortured under inhumane methods, but to be a victim of ethnical cleansing is another level of intense suffering.

Kurdish Genocide E-Petition Vs British Parliament

Laween Atroshi | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Laween Atroshi

It is no secret that Kurdistan has become wealthy, and that they are developing rapidly with a modern outlook on life. However, this does not mean that the Kurds must neglect their past, and not seek justice for the crimes that were committed against them under the Ba'aath party regime.

Overcoming Tensions in Iraq and a Possible Railway Revolution

Gary Kent | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

New freight and passenger lines between, say, Basra, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Dohuk and Ceyhan in Turkey would drive new markets and knit people together wherever the borders are. And Iraq would be the transport hub of the whole region.

Was It Worth It? Iraq, Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

We are not only marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saddam but the 50th anniversary of the beginnings in 1963 of a campaign of demonisation of the Kurds that proceeded to full-blown genocide, most notably at Halabja where 5,000 people were killed and many more hideously injured by Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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.

Kurdish Activists Protest In Paris After 'Political Execution' Of Three Women

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK

Hundreds of Kurds have gathered to protest the killings of three women activists in Paris, who were the victims of a politically-motivated "execution"...