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  • Fiery Muslim leader to leave Norway

    01/05/2012 5:12:07 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | Published: Jan. 5, 2012 at 6:25 AM | n/a
    SNIPPET: "OSLO, Norway, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Muslim extremist leader facing terrorism charges from his Norwegian hosts said this week he's planning on leaving for his native Kurdistan. Najmaddin Faraj, who goes by the name Mullah Krekar, in the 1990s was one of the co-founders of the Kurdish extremist group Ansar al-Islam, which Western officials say has links to al-Qaida." SNIPPET: "Krekar is due in Oslo District Court next month to face terrorism charges, the news agency said. Should he instead return to Kurdistan, he won't be facing any charges from the PUK, a party lawyer told Rudaw."
  • Sunni..Sheik..Calls upon Muslims to Oppose French Bill Criminalizing Denial of Armenian Genocide

    01/01/2012 8:54:41 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 12--23-11
    Following is an excerpt from a sermon delivered by Sunni scholar Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi, which aired on Qatar TV on December 23, 2011. Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: We stand by our brothers in Turkey. All Muslims must oppose France in [its Armenian genocide bill]. We reject any allegation against the Muslims at any time. Throughout its history, Islam has never wanted to annihilate any nation. This is completely unacceptable.
  • Kurds protest against Turkish airstrike

    12/30/2011 2:28:08 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    China Daily ^ | Friday, December 30, 2011 | Xinhua
    Nearly 1,000 Kurds staged a protest in Istanbul Thursday against a Turkish airstrike that claimed 35 lives in Turkish-Iraqi border last night. Organized by The Peace and Democracy Party and Freedom and Democracy Party, The outraged protesters gathered at Istanbul city center of Taksim square and shouted slogans on Thursday afternoon. Clashes broke out as demonstrators threw stones against the police and attacked nearby shops while the police tried to disperse the crowd by cannoned water and tear gas. A total of 35 people were killed in a Turkish air raid in Iraq's northern region of Sinat-Haftanin Wednesday night. Most...
  • Ankara's "Economic Miracle" Collapses Changes in Turkey

    12/22/2011 9:50:34 AM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies ^ | 12-21-11 | David P. Goldman
    Turkey's high-flying economy, which expanded at a 10 percent annual rate of gross domestic product growth during the first half of 2011,[1] will crash-land in 2012. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan's "economic miracle," to use the Daily Telegraph's admiring words,[2] depended on a 40 percent annual rate of bank credit expansion, which in turn produced a balance of payments deficit as wide as that of southern Europe's crisis countries. Markets have already anticipated a sudden turnaround in the Turkish economy. The Turkish lira (TRY) fell by a quarter between November 2010 and September 2011, making it the world's worst performing...
  • France to criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide

    12/18/2011 5:30:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Spero News ^ | 12/17/11 | Martin Barillas
    French president Nicholas Sarkozy's party has introduced legislation in that nation's legislature that would make illegal the denial of the infamous genocide perpetrated against Armenians and other Christians by the government of Turkey during the Second World War in 1915. This would make it a crime on par with denying the historicity of the Holocaust, perpetrated by the Germany's National Socialist government before and during the Second World War. Historians estimate that approximately 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Turks, at the time ruled by the last of the Ottoman rulers. This was a planned and concerted...
  • What the American Withdrawal From Iraq Means for Israel

    12/18/2011 3:38:13 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    JINSA ^ | December 12, 2011 | Gabriel M. Scheinmann
    snip American allies, such as Israel, are similarly nervous about the precipitous departure. A weak and America-less Iraq will have demonstrably negative consequences for Israel’s security environment. First, no country with an American military presence has attacked Israel. U.S. forces stationed in Turkey, Egypt, and the Gulf States have deterred or prevented those states from embarking on military action. In fact, the presence of U.S. forces has generally signaled the strategic orientation of those countries, first as anti-Soviet and now as anti-Iranian. snip Overall, the American withdrawal from Iraq portends ill for Israel. Iranian domination of Iraq is likely to...
  • Islamists Ready To Pounce As U.S. Lowers Flag In Iraq

    12/15/2011 5:04:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 15, 2011 | Editor
    Mideast: Our premature departure from Iraq tells the world that the U.S., as in Vietnam, can't finish big jobs. But far worse, it opens the door to a nuclear-armed, pan-Islamist empire led by Iran. Why, as Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported Thursday, did Iraqi leaders opt out of the official end-of-war ceremony in Baghdad? Well over 4,000 U.S. servicemen and women gave their lives to free Iraq from Saddam Hussein, and some 32,000 were wounded over nearly a decade of war. Shouldn't the elected representatives of the Iraqi people have been there to express their personal thanks? After all,...
  • Failure of Kurdistan gun control demonstrates universal truths

    12/08/2011 3:21:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Kurdish civilians hold on to their guns,” a Dec. 3 report in The Kurdish Globe reveals. Firearms remain widely accepted by people in a region where possession of unlicensed firearms is considered illegal. There is a gun market, we are told, where “various types of firearms including pistols and Kalashnikovs are presented and sold to customers.” But there’s a catch: [O]nly members of the Peshmarga and other security forces are allowed to purchase here… You know, the “Only Ones.” For everyone else, there’s a black market that’s [surprise!] thriving, where “[c]heap, Turkish-made pistols can be bought for US$300, while a...
  • Talking Turkey

    11/13/2011 5:10:22 PM PST · by varialectio · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/11 | Jeff Lipkes
    There is an illegal occupation that has gone on for decades in the Middle East and it's not being enforced by the IDF. In August 1974, Turkey seized nearly 37% of the then-independent Cyprus. The pretext for the invasion was the protection of Turkish Cypriots, who made up about 18% of the island's population. On July 15, EOKA B, a Cypriot paramilitary organization supporting union with Greece, backed by the junta in Athens, overthrew the government of Archbishop Makarios. But the coup failed. Makarios survived and his thuggish replacement was ousted after eight days in office, when the regime of...
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • The World is Misreading Obama on Iran (Obama Might Nuke Iran)

    11/08/2011 9:40:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | Friday, November 4, 2011 | David Rothkopf
    The government of Iran, much like many across the Middle East, believes that the Obama administration is so consumed with a desire to undo the wrongs of the Bush era and get out from under the costs of two difficult, hard-to-justify wars in the region that it would never intervene against them militarily. Iranian leaders seem to believe that the United States would not risk another war in the region just to stop their development of nuclear weapons. The government of Israel, also worried that its number one ally has lost its appetite for complex entanglements in the region, seems...
  • Turkey investigated over chemical weapons claim

    11/06/2011 3:41:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06 Nov 2011 | Richard Spencer
    A Turkish human rights group is investigating claims by Kurdish activists that Ankara used chemical weapons in an attack on militants in the east of the country last month. The activists are circulating gruesome pictures of some of the 24 rebels, from the PKK guerrilla group, killed in the Kazan Valley in air raids that began on October 19. Blackened and dismembered, the corpses lie in a morgue in a nearby town with weeping relatives nearby. Their allegations have forced their way into the open in Turkey, which is usually fiercely nationalist when it comes to accusations of abuse by...
  • Suicide bomber kills three in SE Turkey

    10/29/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 29, 2011
    A female suicide bomber in southeast Turkey killed three people and wounded around 20 in Bingol, a town in the mainly Kurdish region on Saturday, police said. The blast occurred at a tea house close to the office of the ruling AK Party in the town's main street at around 6.20 a.m. EDT, Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said. Police said the woman had detonated explosives strapped to her body. They also said they were hunting for another suspected bomber, and a cordon had been thrown round the town, 110 km north of Diyarbakir, the region's main city. "It was...
  • Russians Boost Iran's Armory With Mobile Radar: Jammers Against Planes Or Missiles

    10/28/2011 2:43:32 PM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | October 26, 2011, 2:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Moscow has sold Iran the highly-advanced Avtobaza truck-mounted systems which are capable of jamming aircraft radar and the electronic guidance instruments of attacking missiles. This deal, announced in Moscow Tuesday, Oct. 25, substantially boosts Russian military assistance to the Islamic Republic. Military sources said these radar jammers are a component of Russia's most sophisticated anti-aircraft and electronic warfare system for the early warning of approaching assault planes and missiles. Avtobaza is only part of the complete system. Its job is to transmit incoming information via optic fibers to separate electronic command centers and central air defense commands which then act...
  • Turkey Is Sheltering Antigovernment Syrian Militia

    10/27/2011 11:45:17 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 12 replies
    Published: October 27, 2011 ANTAKYA, Turkey — Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.
  • Kurdish flag controversy raises tension as KRG redirects oil export

    10/23/2011 3:47:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 17, 2011 | Shwan Zulal
    Tension between Baghdad and Kurdistan region has reached its peak since the Iraqi PM, Nuri AL-Maliki ordered the removal of Kurdish flags from government buildings in Khanaqin in Diyala province, which is in the disputed territories defined under Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution. Since the directive was issues by the Iraqi PM, many protests in Diyala province and elsewhere in Kurdistan region have taken place... The head of Diyala province also refused to comply with the order from the PM to remove the Kurdish flag from government buildings. The focal point of the incident was in Khanaqin, in an...
  • Turkey and Iran 'collaborating against Kurdish rebels'

    10/23/2011 3:14:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | unattributed
    The Kurdish militants posed a "common problem" for Turkey and Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on an unscheduled trip to Ankara. Turkey vowed jointly to "totally eliminate" the "terrorist threat"... Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships flew bombing sorties against the main base of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in Iraq, the Qandil Mountain on the Iraq-Iran border... "The air and ground offensives mostly concentrate within Turkey and in the Cukurca area, while air and ground operations are under way in a few areas across the border in northern Iraq," the military said in a statement Friday... Tuesday's...
  • Turkey launches incursion into Iraq

    10/19/2011 5:19:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    Ap via Google ^ | October 19, 2011 | SELCAN HACAOGLU
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships launched an incursion into Iraq on Wednesday, hours after Kurdish rebels killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 others in multiple attacks along the border. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had launched large-scale operations, including "a hot pursuit within the limits of international law." He did not elaborate, but added, "We will never bow to any attack from inside or outside Turkey." Erdogan canceled a visit to Kazakhstan after the attacks as the chief of the military as well as interior and defense ministers rushed to the...
  • Azeris get Israel UAVs built under license

    10/10/2011 4:31:51 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Spacewar/UPI ^ | Oct 7, 2011
    Azerbaijan is expected to acquire 60 small Israeli-designed unmanned aerial vehicles built under license in the oil-rich former Soviet republic that's moving closer to the Jewish state as the Baku government modernizes its military. The burgeoning military and intelligence alliance between the countries is causing growing concern in Iran, Azerbaijan's southern neighbor, and in nearby longtime rival Armenia. The Israeli Aerostar and Orbiter 2M UAVs are being manufactured by Baku's Azad Systems Co., a joint venture between Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry and Aeronautics Defense Systems of Israel.
  • Article 140 did not stipulate joining Kirkuk to Kurdistan -- Turkmen statement

    10/08/2011 9:50:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Aswat al Iraq (English) ^ | October 8, 2011 | RM (TR)/SR
    The Turkmen Front said today that Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution did not stipulate adhering Kirkuk to Kurdistan region, charging Kurdish premier Barham Saleh of using Kirkuk question for political ends, according to a statement. The statement, copy received by Aswat al-Iraq, added that "dialogue is the best way to solve all pending questions in Iraq, including Kirkuk, but there are parties want to make hindrances". "Article 140 is a disputed article since it was inserted in the constitution, which many regarded it as constitutionally dead item, because it did not stipulate that Kirkuk should join the Kurdish region",...
  • Turkey's Quiet Deal Keeps U.S. Close, Israel Not So Far

    10/01/2011 2:29:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | October 1, 2011 | Peter Kenyon
    Turkey's leaders have called Israel the "West's spoiled child," and the "bully" of the eastern Mediterranean. When a Tel Aviv soccer team showed up in Istanbul recently for a match, the welcome was less than warm. In September, Turkey kicked out the Israeli ambassador, suspended military and trade deals and threatened legal and naval action to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. As roars of approval went up around the Arab world, few noticed another announcement quietly slipped in by Ankara: Turkey had signed off on a plan to host an American X-band radar system as part of a...
  • PKK Terrorists Kill Six Soldiers in Military Post Attack

    09/27/2011 8:03:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    National Turk ^ | Monday, September 26, 2011 | unattributed
    Six Turkish soldiers were killed and 11 were injured when terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacked a gendarmerie post in the southeastern province of Siirt on Saturday, the Siirt Governor's Office announced on Sunday. A group of terrorists attacked the Belenoluk gendarmerie outpost in the Pervari district around 6 p.m. with automatic rifles and rocket launchers. The gendarmes responded to the attack and six soldiers were killed in the ensuing clash. Three terrorists were also killed by soldiers. The eleven soldiers who were injured in the clash were taken to hospitals in the neighboring Sirnak and Van...
  • Erdogan: Israel Killed Thousands of Palestinians

    09/27/2011 1:27:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/9/11 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Israel once again on Sunday, suggesting his country’s ties with the Jewish state may never be normalized. Erdogan, who was speaking in an interview on CNN, said, ..... He added that the flotilla “had passengers from 33 different countries and was attacked both from the sea and the air. At the end of these attacks, nine Turkish citizens died. One of them is an American citizen of Turkish descent and the American citizen’s rights have not been defended by the United States.” Erdogan, who was referring to the incident on the Mavi Marmara...
  • Obama Sold Turkey Drones (Predators)

    09/26/2011 1:07:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 53 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9/26/2011 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday, the Turkish media reported, “Turkey … agreed with the US on a deal involving the transfer of US-engineered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that could prove crucial in combating terrorism.” The Predator drones, expected to be delivered in June 2012, are supposed to help the Turks combat terrorists, which in Ankara’s narrow definition means the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) crossing into Turkey from the Iraq border. The Predators, said Turkish defense minister İsmet Yilmaz, “are UAVs with better qualities and features than the [Israeli-made] Herons.” Ankara, the report explains, was “disappointed by Israel's failure to return six Herons it had...
  • Iranian sniper kills shepherd in northern Iraq

    09/03/2011 9:06:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/03/2011 | YAHYA BARZANJI
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq—A young Kurdish shepherd was killed Saturday by an Iranian sniper... Both Iranian and Turkish forces have increased shelling and airstrikes this summer against Kurdish rebels with bases in Iraq who for years have battled for autonomy in Iran and Turkey. The shepherd was killed early in the morning, said Maghdeed Ahmed, the mayor of Haj Omran, a town in northern Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region... Iran also shelled the border, Ahmed said
  • Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets in Iraq

    08/17/2011 5:08:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:16pm EDT | Seyhmus Cakan
    (Reuters) - Turkey sent warplanes to attack Kurdish targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday, military sources said, hours after a rebel attack in southeast Turkey killed a dozen soldiers. The planes took off from a base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and struck targets in the mountainous Kandil and Zap areas of Iraq where the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operates a number of bases, the sources said. They said the targets included anti-aircraft defenses and rebel shelters in the region. The air raids came hours after reports of an attack by Kurdish guerrillas on a military convoy in southeastern...
  • Kurdish MP fights battle to legalise prostitution

    08/15/2011 6:34:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Kuwait Times ^ | Sunday, August 14, 2011 | AFP
    In Kurdistan, where conservative mores still dominate despite its reputation as a haven compared to the rest of Iraq, one female MP is fighting a lonely battle: legalised prostitution. Haza Sulaiman's efforts to regulate and control the trade in northern Iraq's three Kurdish provinces have so far run into widespread opposition from rival lawmakers and religious groups, but the 44-year-old remains undeterred. We need a special law for the region -- Iraqi law is not consistent with the reality on the ground here," the women's rights activist and current chief of the Kurdish parliament's women's rights committee said. "I have...
  • Trade flow between Turkey and Syria dries up

    08/04/2011 5:07:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 3, 2011 | Abigail Fielding-Smith & Funja Guler
    "I don't know how long it will last," says Mehmet Deveci, the owner of a mountainside restaurant on the outskirts of the city that would normally be bustling with Syrian tourists at this time of year. "God knows." "Our trade relationship broke," says Ali Bagci, a shop owner in an area of Antakya better known in the west as Antioch, where many of the staff are drawn from the province's Arabic-speaking population in order to serve tourists who come to shop for the latest fashions from Turkey. Mr Bagci says that 95 per cent of Syrian business "is lost". Although...
  • Oslo attack speculation centers on Kurdish group (Ansar al-Islam; The 2001 Original Iraqi Al-Qaeda)

    07/22/2011 12:57:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/22/2011 | Jason Ukman, Peter Finn and Greg Miller
    In the immediate aftermath of the attack in Oslo, speculation about the party that might be responsible has centered on Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish militant group that has been tied by U.S. officials to al-Qaeda and that carried out attacks on American troops and civilians in Iraq at the height of the war there. Norway’s contingent in Afghanistan, or even its “cartoon crisis” of 2006, could make the country a target for any number of terrorist groups, as the Atlantic has noted. Already, there’s been at least one claim of responsibility for Friday’s bombing from an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist. The U.S....
  • Hotels Head for Kurdish Iraq

    07/08/2011 7:16:39 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 9, 2011 | ALEXANDRA BERZON
    A rendering of a proposed Marriott that will be developed in the city of Erbil. U.S. hotel chains are joining projects in northern Iraq. U.S. hotel brands are moving into the north of Iraq, a reflection of growing economic development in the Kurdistan region of a country that most U.S. consumer brands have long avoided. On Sunday at the U.S. consulate in Erbil in northern Iraq, Marriott International Inc. plans to disclose two of its brands, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Executive Apartments, will join a large real estate development project. That follows an announcement in May that Best...
  • News Analysis: Fissures in opposition may spoil Syrian national dialogue

    07/04/2011 6:06:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Hummam Sheikh Ali, ed by Mu Xuequan
    More than 100 intellectuals and reformist held a one-day meeting on Sunday at Semiramiss Hotel in Damascus under the title "National initiative for the future of Syria." Organizers said the meeting aims to discuss ways of heading off further "bloodletting" and moving Syria to a democratic and civil state. However, the meeting was marred by wrangling among participants and faced many obstacles. It ended up with clashes, when Syrian dissident Majed Salha broke into the meeting room and shouted slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime. Participants beat him and threw him out of the room. Mohammad Habash, a...
  • Why the Failed State of Iraq Should Be Dissolved

    06/13/2011 5:37:53 AM PDT · by junios2100 · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 13, 2011 | Steven Simpson
    As of this writing, another murderous attack against American soldiers has taken place in Iraq, leaving a total of 4,459 American soldiers killed since the beginning of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” This does not include the thousands of Iraqis that have murdered each other over the years since Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003. Whether it is Sunni, Shia, or Christian; Arab, Kurd, or Assyrian, it appears that Iraqis of different ethnicities and religions cannot co-exist in one state. From its Frankenstein-like creation, Iraq has been nothing but an artificial entity that has caused untold misery to its inhabitants, neighbors, and...
  • Unrest in Syria Inspires New Wave of Kurdish Activism

    06/02/2011 5:47:46 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 6/2/2011 | Chris Zambelis
    As the momentum of opposition demonstrations targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gains in the face of an increasingly violent crackdown by the state, questions are emerging as to the survivability of a regime widely considered to be among the most autocratic in the region. Like others in the Arab world toiling under decades of authoritarianism, Syrians are protesting the absence of democratic freedoms, disregard for human rights and widespread corruption pervading their society. As legitimate grievances engendered over time define a discourse of dissent, underserved segments of Syrian society, including persecuted ethnic minorities such as the sizeable Kurdish community, are...
  • The Squeaky Wheel Syndome (Michael Rubin)

    04/17/2011 5:14:02 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Commentary Mag. ^ | 4-11-11 | Michael Rubin
    Can President Obama, Vice President Biden, or Secretary of State Clinton walk and chew gum at the same time? Evidently not. Perhaps Obama can take the 3:00 a.m. phone call, but alas he and his team are ill-prepared to take that, and the 3:10 a.m. and the 3:15 a.m. phone calls together. What is going on in the Middle East is truly incredible. A Tunisian fruit vendor’s self-immolation leads to the fall of the Tunisian dictator—truly a noxious character albeit a secular one—followed in short order by Hosni Mubarak, an ally in name only. Now, Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh...
  • Will Iraqi Kurdistan Be the Next Domino to Fall?

    02/17/2011 8:46:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 2/17/11 | Michael Rubin
    According to independent journalists in the Iraqi Kurdish city Sulaymani, a sympathy protest in favor of Egypt and Tunisia turned bloody just a few moments ago. After the gathering, some youths threw stones at the local headquarters of Masud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). From within the building, KDP officials shot into the crowd, killing five and injuring at least 15.
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Iran arrests family of Kurdish activist due to be executed

    12/27/2010 1:40:40 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | Dec. 27, 2010
    Iran has arrested the family of a Kurdish student whose execution, scheduled to take place on Boxing Day, was delayed because of protests outside the prison in which he has been held for three years. A source close to the family of Habibollah Latifi, a 29-year-old student activist, said his parents and his three brothers and three sisters were arrested last night. Human rights activists fear Iran might carry out the death penalty in secret. At least 10 other Kurdish activists who have been active in the campaign to prevent Latifi's execution were also arrested. Among them was Simin Chaichi,...
  • Government Says 41 Percent of Kurdish Women Are Circumcised

    12/04/2010 1:30:06 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    rudaw ^ | 01/12/2010 | ARI OSMAN
    A survey by the Kurdistan Minstiry of Health shows that 41 percent of women have gone under the practise of female genuital mutilation (FGM). The survey was carried out in July this year. The results of the survey were announced during a campaign to raise awareness on violence against women in Kurdistan earlier this week. Part of the campaign has focused on FGM. The survey by the government shows that mothers are the main party responsible for forcing their daughters experience the painful ritual and then grandmothers and fathers.
  • Turkey: Ankara adds Israel to list of strategic security threats

    11/01/2010 4:40:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times 'blogs ^ | Monday, November 1, 2010 | Meris Lutz in Beirut
    Turkey and Israel are at it again, but this time it's over reports that Turkey has added Israel to its so-called "Red Book," the top-secret security document that lists the country's threats and enemies. Israeli tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov struck back on Sunday by calling on Israelis to boycott Turkey as a tourist destination out of "national honor." According to Turkish media, the Red Book, which is amended every five years, now identifies Israel as a "strategic threat" to Turkey. The document, which is drawn up by Turkey's National Security Council, accuses Israel of being a destabilizing force and says...
  • An Israeli in Kurd Country

    10/01/2010 11:51:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 30, 2010 | Barry Rubin
    Dr. Jonathan Spyer, the first Israeli analyst to meet with Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq, shares his experiences in an interview with Barry Rubin. Dr. Jonathan Spyer, senior fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, has just returned from a visit to northern Iraq. He is the first Israeli analyst to meet leaders of the Kurdish-ruled region there, and to interview the leader of the radical Kurdistan WorkersÂ’ Party (PKK). He is interviewed here by Professor Barry Rubin, director of the GLORIA Center. Rubin: What were your impressions of Kurdish-ruled northern Iraq?Spyer: The most important impression is...
  • Toward the Second Turkish Republic

    09/19/2010 3:26:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Mustafa Akyol
    Despite the challenges, Turkey is heading toward the abolition of the semi-democracy that the military and its allies in the judiciary have imposed since 1960... It was religious conservatives, who made at least one-third of society, that needed change, and thus supported the liberal agenda. This is what lies beneath the interesting story of the AKP, the incumbent Justice and Development Party. This "Islamic" party proved to be more dedicated to the EU cause than its secular rivals, because its Muslim base had suffered a lot under the status quo... The Kurds, on the other hand, are a more complex...
  • Tyranny of the Majority

    09/15/2010 6:55:29 AM PDT · by Omikronos2100 · 1 replies
    Kurdish Aspect ^ | September 15, 2010 | Aland Mizell
    It is an undisputed fact that democratic principles are closely linked to the will of the people almost any place where even fledgling democracies exist. Turkish citizens are able to take an active role in deciding issues that face their country. Whether the public wants to maintain the status quo or whether they want change and whether the majority of the people want change through constitutional reform and vote “yes,” the question is, “Did the majority of the electorate know what they were voting for?” Or did they just not like the military, so people wanted change? In a similar...
  • Turkey votes 'yes' to amending military-era constitution

    09/12/2010 12:47:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Globe and Mail | AP ^ | 9/12/10 | Christopher Torchia
    Street clashes mar voting at polling stations in areas with large Kurdish populations, as Kurdish party urges boycottTurks approved sweeping changes to their military-era constitution Sunday — a referendum hailed by the government as a leap toward full democracy in line with its troubled bid to join the European Union. With 99 per cent of the vote counted, 58 per cent had cast ballots in favor of the constitutional amendments, state-run TRT television said. About 42 per cent voted “no,” heeding opposition claims that the reforms would shackle the independence of the courts. The referendum on 26 amendments to...
  • Baghdad, Where Are You? (Eastern Liberty - Iraqi Christians Women's Blog)

    09/07/2010 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Mister Ghost
    Eastern Liberty ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | Freedom
    In past when we decided to spend summer vacation, we usually as a members of small family, voted to go to Baghdad because; it is the Capital most beautiful place in Iraq has Electricity 24 hours, has some good places that we had liked to go,That was in Saddam's regime, Iraq was limited in Baghdad & his own city only; the rest cities were neglected; then after 2003 we waited the new regime, new Iraqis leaders for new Iraq, new future, new life, meanwhile Kurdistan region has grown a lot since 1991 when they separated & has their independence from...

    06/28/2010 2:24:58 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    "Rooz: Kurdish Officials' Silence on American Hikers Affair – Motivated by Fear of Iran" SNIPPET: "A recent article in the American journal The Nation stated that the American hikers who have been detained in Iran for over a year for entering the country illegally were actually seized in Iraqi Kurdistan. In response to this article, Kurdish journalists told the Iranian online daily Rooz that the silence of Kurdish officials in this matter was due to their desire to avoid confronting Iran." The spokesman of the Kurdistan government has refused to answer Rooz's questions on this issue."
  • Turkey opposition gains ground amid eastward drift

    06/21/2010 2:16:38 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies
    AP ^ | June 21, 2010 | SUZAN FRASER
    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey rallied behind Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his blistering condemnation of Israel after its commando raid on an aid ship to Gaza. But as dust settles from the May 31 attack, Turkey's resurgent opposition seems to be gaining traction by articulating fears that Erdogan is steering NATO's only Muslim member away from the West, jeopardizing EU membership efforts, and even undermining a long-running battle against separatist Kurds. The views of the Republican People's Party — which considers itself a guarantor of secular values and enjoys a power base among Western-leaning urban elites — are increasingly...
  • Why Iran will continue to shell Iraq - Cross-border incursions allow neighbouring states to...

    06/18/2010 2:44:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 279+ views ^ | 16 June 2010 | Ranj Alaaldin
    Cross-border incursions allow neighbouring states to hamper Iraq's economic progress without resorting to full-scale war Over the past month Iran has continuously and relentlessly shelled villages along its border with Iraqi Kurdistan, displacing thousands, wounding many and killing one 14-year-old girl. The ostensible target of these attacks is the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, an Iranian-Kurdish militant movement known as Pejak. However, the decision to send military units across the border and establish bases (according to Kurdish sources) could be part of a broader Iranian strategy to maintain a long-term physical presence inside Kurdish territory. At the very least...
  • Turkish Raid May Have Killed 100 Kurdish Rebels

    06/18/2010 9:39:42 AM PDT · by HearMe · 36 replies · 421+ views
    N Y Times ^ | 6/18/2010 | AP
    June 18, 2010 Turkish Raid May Have Killed 100 Kurdish Rebels ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's military said Friday it killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month and a daylong incursion by elite commandos into Iraq this week. Kurdish rebels have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey in recent months in an escalation that poses a dire threat to a remarkable attempt at ending one of the world's longest guerrilla wars. The Turkish military responded to the rebels by sending its warplanes across the Iraqi border to bomb...

    06/16/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies · 725+ views
    SNIPPET: "The Turkish group IHH announced Wednesday that it will send another flotilla to Gaza comprised of six ships during the second half of July. On the same day, Israel added IHH to its terrorist watch list." SNIPPET: "An IHH press conference was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, organized by Richard Howitt, a British member of the Parliament. During the conference, Howitt encouraged the EU to back the new flotilla initiative, stating: "If this terrible (May 31) tragedy tips the balance so that the international community finally insists on full and unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza, then some...
  • Increased Violence in Turkish-Occupied Kurdistan

    06/07/2010 1:31:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 24+ views
    inn ^ | 6/7/10 | Avi Yellin
    Three Kurdish resistance fighters were killed over the weekend during clashes with Turkish military forces currently occupying Northern Kurdistan (often referred to as South East Turkey). Two of the rebels were killed near Uludere in Sirnak province, close to the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, when soldiers pursued a group of fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who had allegedly detonated explosives on a road as a military vehicle passed. The blast had failed to claim any casualties.