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Kurds and the Persian Nuke Deal چاپ ارسال به دوست
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kani-xulam.jpgKurds and the Persian Nuke Deal

July 22,2015

The so-called nuclear “peace” agreement negotiated with Iran has generated lots of diplomatic niceties—but little substance.

President Barzani of little Kurdistan hoped for “peace” in the region while his Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, a graduate of University of Tehran no less, envisioned “better economic ties” with Iran.

Diplomatic baloney aside, what do ordinary Kurds think of the deal?

What should they think?

They should certainly realize that this great “deal” missed by only one day the 26th anniversary of the ruthless assassination of a Kurdish diplomat by Iranian “peace” emissaries—only miles from the Palais Coburg, the Viennese hotel, where the “hopeful” nuclear pact was just inked.

Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), thought he was negotiating a peace deal with his Persian interlocutors on July 13, 1989, in Vienna, Austria.

But his Iranian counterparts had murder on their minds.

After luring him to meet with them in an apartment of a turncoat Kurd, they viciously slaughtered him and his bodyguards along with the traitor Kurd—shot them all point-blank like sitting ducks.

This brutal fact was conveniently disregarded in the Austrian capital.

It was also missing from the triumphant comments following the newest “peace” announcement.

It was a thousand miles away from the jubilant mind of French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, flashing smiles and flamboyantly hoping that their deal would stand the test of time like the Bastille Day—the independence day of France—and usher an era of peace in the world.

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Embarassment for Erdogan: He Wanted a Supermajority, and He Got a Minority چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, California, USA   
 Embarassment for Erdogan: He Wanted a Supermajority, and He Got a Minority
June 7, 2015 9:35
The ruling party in Turkey, President Recep Tayip Erdogan's AK Party, came up short of a majority in today's Turkish elections, while a Kurdish party won official - and substantial - representation in parliament for the first time.
It's a big loss for Erdogan, and a big step back for his personal stature and his attempt to weave more Islamist elements into Turkey's political fabric. His party had a strong majority of the seats in parliament for the last 13 years, having won between one-third and half the vote; Sunday he won 42 percent of the vote but is a bit short of a majority, meaning he will scramble to form a coalition - or call new elections if a government isn't formed in time.
(Turkey's parliament works on proportional representation, but does not seat parties that get less than 10 percent of the vote, so the parties above 10 percent get a bigger share of seats than they do of the vote - hence, Erdogan's party held a solid majority of seats despite getting just 49 percent of the vote last time around.)
Compare this result - having to form a coalition - with what Erdogan had hoped to do: Over the last couple years, he had talked up the possibility of rewriting Turkey's constitution to include an executive presidency, giving the president - currently himself, in a role without many formal powers - a great deal of influence. He needed two-thirds of parliament to change the constitution, and seemed to hope that with the right combination of economic growth, patronage politics, and fear-mongering about violence from the opposition that he could get it. Now, he could still form a coalition to govern, but he's about a hundred seats away from the goal he'd aspired to.


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A big win for Kurds at the White House چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A big win for Kurds at the White House

The Kurds have made a conscious effort to step back from a damaging feud with the United States over weapons shipments.

15 May 2015 08:40 GMT

Barzani meets with Obama and Biden during his official visit to Washington [Getty]



michael_knights.jpgMichael Knights

Michael Knights is the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He specialises in the politics and security of Iraq. He has worked in every Iraqi province and most of the country's hundred districts, including periods embedded with Iraq's security forces.



From May 3-8, Washington DC hosted a high-powered delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). KRG President Massoud Barzani was flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, National Security Chancellor Masrour Barzani and Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Mustapha Sayyid Qadr, among other KRG ministers and officials.

In the three years since Barzani's last White House visit, a lot has changed. Back then, just six months after the withdrawal of US forces, Iraq was a bad memory that the Obama administration wanted to forget. Today Iraq is the key theatre of the war against the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

As important, US-Kurdish relations had frayed badly since Barzani's June 2012 visit. Washington had refused to back a cross-sectarian May 2012 effort, led by Barzani, to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. 

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Iran nuclear talks: 'Framework' deal agreed چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Iran nuclear talks: 'Framework' deal agreed


 April 2nd, 2015


An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme has been reached after marathon talks with six major powers in Switzerland.

Under the deal, Iran will reduce its uranium enrichment capacity in exchange for phased sanctions relief.

US President Barack Obama said a "historic understanding" had been reached with Iran.

The world powers and Iran now aim to draft a comprehensive nuclear accord by 30 June.

The framework agreement was announced by the European Union and Iran after eight days of negotiations in Lausanne.

The talks between the so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany - and Iran at Lausanne's Beau-Rivage Palace hotel continued beyond the original self-imposed deadline of 31 March.

Iran denies Western claims it is trying to build a nuclear weapon. It entered negotiations in order to see sanctions lifted.

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A letter to the Hon. Brad Sherman:Please Vote in Favor of Recognizing the Genocide Against Kurdish چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A letter to the Honorable Brad Sherman, Representative in U.S. Congress from the State of California:

Rep. Sherman Official PortraitPlease Vote in Favor of Recognizing the Genocide Against Kurdish People (H.RES. 422)

March 2nd, 2014

The Honorable Brad Sherman

2242 Rayburn House Office Building

United States House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Sherman:

As the Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran (KACDHRI), I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the bi-partisan legislation, H. Res. 422, recognizing the campaign of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq. It calls on the U.S. government to reaffirm the commitment of the House of Representatives to the friendship between the United States and the Kurdish people in Iraq.


During Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraq conducted a campaign of genocide against Kurdish minority population. Atrocities included the deportation and disappearances of Kurds in the 1970s and 1980s and the use of chemical weapons in the late 1980s, most notably on the town of Halabja. The campaign of genocide against Iraq’s Kurdish population consisted of poison gas on civilian villages, killing thousands indiscriminately. It had become the first in history to attack its own civilian population with chemical weapons. As a result, some 200,000 Kurds perished or disappeared, families were torn apart, and 4,500 villages were destroyed between 1976 and 1988.


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