Appeals, suspicion, and revocation confine election results

Kirkuk, 12 May 2018, general voting in Iraqi parliamentary election. Photo: Kirkuk Now

Yasin Taha The second extraordinary session of parliament could not reach the quorum and was delayed for an identified time. However, what was exposed in the assembly through some parliamentarians have deepened suspicions concerning the election process, and the Ministers Council issued a decree to investigate the suspicions and fraud evidence, to leave the dossier […]

Kurdish intra-party struggle to win disputed areas

Kirkuk, 7 March 2010, a number of Kurdish voters celebrate after voting in Iraqi parliamentary elections, with waiving Kurdish flag in one of the streets of Kirkuk. Photo: Metrography Agency

Shorsh Khalid – Kirkuk Now In the disputed areas, Kurdish parties fear of losing a huge portion of their votes. The developments of 16 October 2017, the independence referendum, withdrawal of security forces, lack of administrative authority, and their internal chaotic condition, are major reasons which might well lower the votes of the powerful Kurdish […]

5 Principles for Iraq

THE disintegration of Iraq and Syria is upending an order that has defined the Middle East for a century. It is a huge event, and we as a country need to think very carefully about how to respond. Having just returned from Iraqtwo weeks ago, my own thinking is guided by five principles, and the first […]

Justice for Hoshang

Rahman Ghareeb[1] Hoshang Yaseen is an eighteen year old computing institute student in Kirkuk. He is also a reporter for the Zagros space channel and the reporters’ agent for to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK). A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) peshmarga shot him on Election Day and injured him. Before the PUK peshmarga direced […]

‘Blood for blood’ an ignorant statement

  Before talking about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s declaration, I wonder about America and its embassy’s quick and hasty statement that called on ‘the government of Iraq… to hold the perpetrator of this criminal act accountable.’ Is this not a quick decision on an issue that must be decided by the court before anyone else? […]

The Other Side of Kirkuk

Latif Fath Faraj The world of politics in Kirkuk is filled with conflict between the different ethnic groups that live within the province but away from the political arena is a different world. The residences of Kirkuk sit in cafes where the teapots still emit the aroma of coexistence. They talk about the past, present, […]

Shaker Wuhaiyib Al Qaeda “Bogeyman”, alternative to Al-Zarqawi

Mushriq Abbas* “Al Qaeda” youth in Iraq and the region live on the memory of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, they quote his sayings and speeches more than the speeches of the founder Osama bin Laden or the current leader of the organization, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or even the leader of the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”, […]

New Middle East?

      It seems that Al-Maliki’s latest undertaking in the Anbar province is part of the new dynamics in the Middle East, a new Middle East rather. His map goes beyond the borders of Iraq and it will re-define the dynamics of the Sunni-Shiite conflict in the Middle East, as well as, the political […]

Kurds cannot go beyond their ethnical limits in Kirkuk

The Kurdish alliance list was eventually cancelled but it seems it has not had a more harmful effect compared to the past mistakes made in Kirkuk. The administration of a country with one ethnicity and religion is much easier than in a multi-ethnic and multi-religion territory. Kirkuk province is an example of the latter and […]

United States and Journalists of Kurdistan Region

Latif Fatih Faraj The United States is responsible for the lives of Kurdish journalists in Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The US is responsible because they promised to protect the freedom of speech and independence of journalism. When unknown hit-men of political parties assassinated Soran Mama Hama, we, the journalists of Kirkuk, and I, […]

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