Kurds

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

Paul Reynolds | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 20.08.2014 | 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 14.08.2014 | 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...

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?