Voting process unfair at best
As I have done in the two previous Iraqi elections, I flew from Denver to San Diego to cast my vote.  A month before the election date, I called a friend of mine that I visit while I am in San
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Maliki’s Overt Message to the Kurdish Leaders
One has to wonder why Maliki would make such a flagrant move, sending Zaidi to Kirkuk when he is fully aware of the animosity and threat it brings to the Kurdish citizens.  Is there no other
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Genocide in Kurdistan Recognized and Commemorated
On 16 March, 2009 the United Nations[i], the House of Representatives and the Senate[ii] of the United States of America commemorated and recognized the
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The Kurdish Summit
Recently several news items have appeared in both Turkish and international media about a Kurdish summit to be held in Southern Kurdistan and including all
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Finding Kurdistan
Its 1.30 am in my east end London flat. I should be in bed, as a long day awaits tomorrow, but an irrevocable sense of restlessness keeps me up. Perhaps not __________________________________
Lessons From a Kurdish Poet
We settled in a village called Awakurte that was under the control of the Kurdish Peshmarga forces at the time. My dad rented a room from one of the Village farmers we came to know as
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Is Jalal Talabani one of the few?
There are very few great leaders in this world that have voluntarily vacated their post for the good of their people. Very few have risen to this legendary status in world history.  Great
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Birth Pains of an Independent Press
Throughout its existence, the Kurdish press has been one of revolution and resistance. The division of Kurdistan into different states, and the denial of the Kurdish identity by these states,
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Dividing Iraq and Creating a Kurdish State
Previously in his interview with Paul Gigot in the Wall Street Journal President Bush said to partition Iraq would be "a mistake." Bush went on to say "the Iraqi people are going to have to make that decision."
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Nexus between politics and religion: Who is the companion of the poor?
What is politics? Generally politics refers to the art or science of governing, and in democracies to the process by which groups make decisions. Also, politics is the skill to maintain the state’s affairs.
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Media consumption, conformity and resistance: A visual ethnography of youth culture in Iranian Kurdistan - III
This work was undertaken with the aim of carrying our participatory action research which would both identify and draw on existing skills in the community, as well as looking at the local perceptions of what constituted useful ‘research’.
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Is it time to opt for a policy of division in Iraq?
In an exclusive interview with the famous journalist Bill O'Reilly on Fox News, on 18th October 2006 the American President George W Bush rejected any
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Kurdish question in the European Parliament
A resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority that called on the Turkish authorities to bring about further improvements in several key areas, including that of the Kurdish
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A comment on the Land of the Blind!
Accidentally I came across the Land of the Blind, a recent movie directed by Robert Edwards. Surprisingly two months after its theatrical release in June
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Iraq’s petroleum wars
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has always insisted that the Iraqi constitution allows them to drill newly discovered oil
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The oil parade; Being a guest in your own home
Undoubtedly, the formation of the united Iraqi government in Baghdad should be attributed to the skills of the Kurdish leadership
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On Dr. Rice’s visit to S-Kurdistan!
Recently Dr. Rice, US Secretary of State, visited Massoud Barzani, President of Kurdistan Regional Government, and encouraged him to be forthcoming in keeping Iraq
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On two Nazanins
I came across an interesting article about two Nazanins written by David Maynard in irnaian.com. Although he might
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Kurdish phobia that exits in Turkey
The problem is Turkey is not interested in solving the Kurdish issue peacefully. This Kurdish phobia that exits in Turkey goes back to creation of Turkish state from Kamal Ataturk
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New Faces, Old Tunes
To the astonishment of Kurdistan Regional Government, and in an interview with al-Sabah newspaper published 24 September, [Federal] Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein Shahristani said his Ministry
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Al- Anfal and the Final Solution were two facades of one Coin Called Genocide 
More than once, I have promoted the idea that Kurds should never let the world fail to remember about the massacres they have been subjected to in their more recent history. The main focused subject of the Kurdish media must remains the
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What about the combining part?
I had noted the eloquence in the cultural articles of a retired dentist, who describes the beautiful aspect of her Persian heritage and criticizes the less beautiful elements
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How to get things done in Iraq
One of the most definite signs of a civilized society is, paradoxically, the overabundance of bureaucratic rules. As hinted by the etymology of the word, the concept is originally French
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Kirkuk must be recognized as part of South Kurdistan
Kirkuk has been and must be recognized as a part of South Kurdistan to assure the safety and national security of the 5 million Kurds
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Insults to the Kurdish people and all Those Who Suffered Under Saddam the Dictator.
Last week’s comments by Judge Abdullah al-Amiri in court telling Saddam “You are not a dictator” is a disgrace to the position he was sworn to uphold. The prejudice statement alone should immediately disqualify him from his position
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Kurdish government complains of unfair budget
The KRG complains that it has not received its share of the national budget, agreed at 17%. Iraq's income
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Kurdish Journalism Student Appeals for Funding
I am an independent Iraqi journalist from Iraqi Kurdistan attending my first semester of the graduate journalism program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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The Flag Controversy in Iraq
For over a week now, there has been a frenzied controversy in Iraq and in the Arab world concerning a decision by the President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Mr. Massoud Barzani not to allow dictator Saddma’s flag
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Iyad Alawi supports Kurdish President in removal of Baath’s flag
The decision by President Massoud Barzani to ban the Baath’s flag in the Kurdistan Regional Government has been criticized by some Arab politicians as a move toward independence.
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Pacifism might save Iranian people!
A main purpose of invading Iraq by the director of the new world was to lead the Middle East toward adopting the universal civic values of this century. Mistakes are inevitable, yet,
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Youth migration and the danger for Kurdish Government
Decades of repression under the hands of successive regimes drove embattled Kurds throughout the region, to escape the violence, suffering and poverty and head for lands of promise and liberty in their masses. Over the last four decades or so, remarkably as many as 2 million
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PKK - nothing more than an excuse
It is clear that the PKK a Northern- Kurdistani party has attempted for more than 20 years to strategically achieve its continuing goal of military action against Turkey. The PKK membership roles both inside and outside Turkey include Kurds in Iran, Iraq,
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A tragic local event
Without knowing the details of a recent tragic event in which an immigrant form Eastern Kurdistan took the lives of his wife and his mother in law, I suspected honor killing.
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Kurdistan Discovered
Kurdistan is a land that does not exist on any maps, but remains important in the lives of many nonetheless. The Kurds are regarded as the world’s largest people without their own homeland, the contours of history having betrayed their ambitions for self-determination endlessly.
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Arab invasion, or specters from the past
An urban legend is doing the rounds of Iraqi Kurdistan. An Arab refugee family knocks at the door of a Kurdish home. They are fleeing the dangers of southern Iraq, and ask for a few days of shelter
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A simple twist of faith
The growing rate of Christian converts among Kurds parks controversy over the individual’s right to worship, according to the Iraqi Constitution, and allegations of Western firms encouraging the phenomenon.
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Turkey’s own Trojan Horse
Xecê Yasar was seven years old when she learned the price of being a Kurd in Turkey. For every Kurdish word she mistakenly used in class, she was forced by the teacher to put a coin in the
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Criticizing Iraqi government on PKK
Mahmoud Othman, Kurdistan Alliance member of the Iraqi National Assembly, has stated that the decision of the government to close PKK headquarters in Iraq is wrong
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The day of reckoning
Mass killings, suppression and annihilation were suffered by the Kurdish people under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein for decades during which nobody in the international community raised a voice to  condemn those crimes against humanity.
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A woman’s work
Although women have played a tremendous role throughout Kurdish history, at the forefront of every revolution, social critics are divided over whether the new generation of women are living up to their Amazonian forebears.
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AUNTY ZEHO
I always remembered Aunty Zeho. When I was a child, she used to be the most beautiful woman of our village. Although from a wealthy and well known family her husband was rather poor and only had a small piece of land, two cows, several sheep and a donkey.
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An investment with long term results
The much-anticipated investment law has been passed within the framework of the constitutional powers of the Kurdistan Region to support the government’s free market policy, promote the private sector
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‘Don’t ask me where I’m from’
"I have a passion to fight racism in all forms, using my films and shows,” said Akram Sleman, a Kurdish film director. Akram wishes to portray a new method of directing by using Kurdish children
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A Time for the Kurds to Embrace Change
This means not only recognising that Kurdish issues are linked to social issues in the region and globally, but also addressing some of the challenges inherent within Kurdish
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Some Advice to Fanatics
Recent escalation of violence in the Middle East initiated by frustrated weak militarists against angry more powerful ones might have caused some ambivalence where to stand! The simple answer
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THE KURDS - History and Culture
Presentation held in German on the 19th September 1997 in the Kurdish Community- House in Berlin, Germany
First published in German in 1997 by: The Kurdish Community House in Berlin, Germany
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PKK is not Hezbollah
Turkey says that Israel's recent action in Lebanon to stop Hezbollah attacks means that Turkey should be allowed to take similar steps against Kurdish guerrillas operating from northern Iraq against Turkish forces, reported The Daily Telegraph.  
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Do you mind letting Kurds be?
I welcomed the invitation of a dear Persian friend, a humanist by nature and a physician by profession, to support an initiative for release of political prisoners
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Will Americans implement the Kissingerian Concept of Status Quo?
In a memorandum dating December 15, 1975, Henry Kissinger, American Secretary of State assures the Iraqi Ambassador to France, Saadun Hammadi, that there should be no concern over the Kurdish issue
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Humans for Humanism
Protesting to show disagreement or to gain control is a natural human reaction. Methods used to show such a reaction depends on ones character, upbringing, and physical and emotional well-being
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Kurdish genocide denied by Ramsey Clark Saddam’s attorney
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and every other human rights group that exists today are confirming the use of chemical weapons by Saddam on Kurdish civilians?
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Sleepless in Kurdistan
Avisitor to Kurdistan is astonished at the speed of development. Work is underway to build or rehabilitate roads connecting the main cities, and foreign companies are enthusiastically competing to obtain contracts
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The art of earning a living in Slemani
Kurdish Canadian artist regrets that talented young artists are dissuaded by economic hardships from pursuing a career in the arts, and must instead take up menial jobs to earn a living
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Taqtaq, who’s there?
Nestled in the hills surrounding the town of Koya, is the small village of Taqtaq, which until recently was just another farming village in the Kurdish countryside. Following the discovery of oil beneath the little village, Taqtaq has become internationally known (at least to those in the oil industry).
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Another sad story - Red Kurdistan
As a Kurd born in Red Kurdistan, the Kurdish area tucked away between Armenia and Azerbaijan and speaking very little Kurdish, ever since my childhood I became aware of our certain cultural differences from the rest of people-Azeris and Armenians around us. Although, I grew up speaking Azerbaijani, a branch of Turkic languages and some broken Russian, we still had a lot of strange-sounding, different words in our everyday language which were not used by Azeris. Afterwards I found out that these words were borrowed from Kurmanci which was our original
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Turkey lost in space 
In contrast to the rest of historical Europe and regretfully despite a constant physical presence in Europe, Turks still have not learned from a democratic Europe how to move forward on time by acting accordingly and properly. However, the time when Turks behaved like
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Kurds making a difference vis-à-vis the wrath of adversaries 
I, along with many other anxious observers have been following the column; both Onder Aytac and Emre Uslu are sharing in "The New Anatolian" daily.
What I found, is that many of their articles, while based on sheer imagination and irrational analysis, are also, startling and unsettling.
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Iraq is a joint Arab-Kurdish country
Iraq is a joint Arab-Kurdish country, a Kurd likewise an Arab, could be elected as president or as foreign minister. Those who reject this clear right of Kurdish people and deny the real identity of the country are neo-Baathists who are against justice, equality, democracy, and federalism.
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The Kurdish National Movement and the  
Philosophy of Non-Violence   
Unlike armed struggle which benefits only from limited Kurdish resources, this method of fight which is newly introduced to the Kurdish effort to liberate itself from slavery and servitude can muster and dislodge all the potentials of the Kurdish people reserve of supplies to serve the cause while the whole world is watching
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Coalition Forces and Iraqi Obligations towards
Protecting Kurdistan 
Ever since the overthrew of dictator Saddam’s regime and the new found liberties and freedoms Iraqi people in general have enjoyed for the first time in their modern history, as well as the turmoil and chaos the country has witnessed following that, the majority of the Iraqi people and their representatives
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Kurds, safety valve of the new Iraq
No one in Iraq today has the majority. No one parliamentary group can form a government on its own. Whoever wants to form a government has to enter into an alliance with other parliamentary groups.
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The King is Still Naked                                                               
Now that the Shiite politicians have picked their new nominee, Jawad al-Maliki, for a prime minister to replace outgoing PM Ibrahim al-Jaafari, we can expect another long doldrums state of stalemate in Iraq. I don’t mean to say that nothing will change – obviously it already has. A new government has been formed, the parliament has convened, and it would seem that everything is going smoothly.
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Who is Talabani?  
I have no problem with anyone choosing any identity, ideology and approach as long these are based on clear values or at least boundaries. So I do not have a problem with a Kurd being an Iraqi president or even assuming identity, ideology and role of an Arab as long as this is a personal choice that does not affect me, my people or infringe upon our next generations. The Arabs know what they want.
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Sorry Mr President you have never been our leader!   
“What we struggle for in the mountains we lose at tables”, this is a clear statement defining the characteristics of the confused and divided revolutionary ideological lines. But this time it was different. We did not lose at tables we lost in posts when we turned our back to ourselves.
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Both in here and Baghdad: What are they up to?  
We are in a situation when people cannot believe any one any more: neither those officials who have posts in Baghdad on behalf of Kurdistan and apparently represent the Kurds, nor those officials in Kurdistan who are busy jumping and jittering.
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There is no military solution to the Kurdish question      
The Kurdish question has gained momentum, both in regional and international arenas. Therefore, it begs the question for how long the states ruling over Kurdistan will continue to deny the Kurdish rights.
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Iraq after three years of criminal lunacy:
Questions and Answers                                      
No I say it is criminal to sacrifice so many American and Iraqi lives for political failure. This is not necessary if Iraq is allowed to be what it is and was: different nations. I say choose the only right, realistic and legitimate solution. Divide Iraq to democratise it. Don’t centralise it to Vietnamize it.
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Era of shamelessness   
In this country of chaos, lawlessness and disorder, we live according to the laws of fate, moods, luck, jungle laws, lies, the rule of gangsters and ignorant people.
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Moral Contract       
Elections are before anything else moral contracts between the voters and people elected by them. This moral contract is based on trust and proved by action. But is this the way the so-called Kurdish leaders understand elections?
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New Kurdish strategy needed  
As you read, Arabian parts of Iraq are slumping into a sectarian war. It is therefore necessary for Kurds to adapt a new strategy in building their relationship with Iraq, in particular the Shiia and Sunni communities, not least the international community.
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Views About The Politics Of Kurdistan    
My brother and I are politically inclined especially about Kurdistan. His views and mine are quite different when it comes to shaping the process of democratization of Southern Kurdistan. They are also different with respect to the political strategy for greater Kurdistan.
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The hypocrisy of Erdogan 
For long, Erdogan’s “Turkey,” driven by fascist codified beliefs of Ataturk, also known as “Kemalism,” has brought nothing more to us Kurds than assimilation and destruction. This brutal nation, based on secular Turkish nationalism,
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Terrorizing terrorism    
The use of the word terrorism by Turkey and its allies on all the unrest that Ankara faces in northern Kurdistan has led to a point where it has lost its meaning.  It is one of the greatest impediments to the progress of democracy in Turkey.
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An interesting Kurdish-Turkish encounter!
After obtaining the necessary permits from the city of Los Angeles for a peaceful demonstration, the Kurdish Community in Southern California was surprised by an unusual cold and wet weather in Los Angeles on April 5th, 2006. Despite the weather,
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In emporium we might trust!
During the past weeks the media has had a fair amount of coverage on two violent and sad events (and rightfully so), men setting fire on Halabce’s monument and an earthquake shaking people in Lurestan, a modified version of Kurdistan.
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Who is the terrorist?    
In the last few days members of the Turkish security forces have attacked Kurdish civilians across Northern Kurdistan with vengeance.  Hundreds have been arrested and eight have been killed including three children. And what does the Prime Minster of the so-called democratic Turkish state has to say about the civil unrest
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The Burning Monument
Until March 16, if anyone would have asked me about the most appalling political event in the past twenty years, I would have answered that it was on August 31, 1996 (when the Kurdistan Democratic Party asked Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces to help them defeat Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's militias in Erbil.
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The Kurds and the US
When thinking about the Kurdish question in Iraq, it might be useful to examine the worldwide political status since the end of The First World War. By doing so, one can consider which factors helped internationalize the Kurdish question and examine whether this awareness was because of “Kurdish will “.