Kurds

Kurds Are the New Jews

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

Kurds is the last remaining sizable population that underwent constant violent injustice, whether by Turkey in the first half of 20th Century or, more recently, by nasty ISIS-like Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, which didn't hesitate to shower the population with chemical, weapons mercilessly. However, the Kurds were never allowed to initiate their own completely independent state...

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 03.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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.

Why Arming the Kurds Is the Only Option - Even for Anti-War Progressives in the West

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It isn't a contradiction to be anti-war and left-wing at the same time as being pro-Kurd and in favour of arming the Kurds. I have been a long-standing opponent of western military interventions in the Muslim-majority world, almost all of which - from Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 to Libya in 2011 - have resulted in civilian bloodshed and terrorist blowback. But I'm not a pacifist.

The Christian Contingent: Foreign Fighters Are Again Shown to Be More Diverse Than We Assume

Tom Johnson | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

A former tank commander from the Swedish army posts a comment on the page of a man he believes to be fighting in Syria. Asking for guidance on where to travel to and which groups to join, he writes: 'I don't know who to trust'...

What ISIS Must Mean for Kurdish Statehood

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

Yesterday, British MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine as a state. This followed the earlier declaration by Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven that Sweden would do the same. These gestures demonstrated that international attention would not easily be diverted from the tragic events of Israel's 50-day war on Gaza - not even by the terrible threat to civilization that is ISIS.

NUS Votes Against Condemning ISIS ... Because That Would Be 'Islamophobic'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been widely mocked after it voted against a motion to reject Islamic State (IS) - because it would be "Islamophobic...

The Moment Airstrike Stopped Islamic State In Its Tracks (For Now)...

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK

Outgunned Kurdish fighters struggling to defend the Syrian border town of Kobane have had a belated, yet welcome boost from a series of US-led airstri...

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...

Fighting to Protect Failure: Another War to Mop Up After the Last Ones

Paul Reynolds | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

British journalists are wrong. Countries do not frequently go to war without strategies, with flimsy aims, bad intel, or for spurious reasons. If it appears that they are doing so, then it is usually because war aims have to be concealed. Concealment can be necessary for many reasons.

Social Networking Sites Facilitate a Platform for ISIS

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Tech
Ruwayda Mustafah

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of accounts on Twitter that promote and justify killings of civilians in Iraq, as well as Kurdistan. Some of the accounts tweet in Arabic, but have a English disclaimer that says, "Not IS". Other accounts are promoting IS ideological beliefs and urging others to join IS.

Mehdi Hasan

Islamic State Could Attack West In Response To Air Strikes, Top Terror Expert Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics

Anglo-American air strikes on Islamic State positions in northern Iraq could "increase the risk" from homegrown terrorists in the West, the former hea...

'700 Britons' Have Joined Islamic State Forces

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

Iraq-born Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, who is on a visit to Kurdistan, said local leaders believed up to 700 Britons had joined the IS forces - and that som...

Hammond: 'Britain Will Arm Kurds Fighting Islamic State'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK would "consider favourably" any request for the supply of arms to help Kurdish forces combat Islamic Stat...

US Airstrikes Against ISIS - America's Selective Humanitarian Interventionism

Dilly Hussain | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The issue I want to raise is why the U.S. has decided to intervene now? Whilst I'm totally against any western military intervention in the Muslim world, one can't help but question the thought process of foreign policy makers in Washington.

After Disastrous Iraq Aid Mission Aborted, UK Will Try Again

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

After a disastrous attempt to deliver food supplies to besieged Iraqis was aborted because experts feared they could hit the desperate people below, B...

Who Are The Yazidis?

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

Over 4,000 of Iraq’s Kurdish Yazidi community are at risk of death, after being driven onto a mountaintop for fear of being massacred by the radical...

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.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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 16.08.2014 | 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...