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Kurdish referendum: Iraqi forces to take control of borders, flight ban comes into effect - ABC Online

Iraq's military is preparing to take control of the international borders of its northern Kurdish region, as the central Government in Baghdad steps up moves to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week. Key points: Iraq ...and more »

The Turn of the Kurds - Project Syndicate

There is not and should not be any automatic right of self-determination, not least because a world of frequent secession would be in even greater disarray than the world we already have. To gain international recognition, secessionist entities should ...and more »

The Who, Where, and When of Secession - Project Syndicate

National self-determination, the principle that US President Woodrow Wilson put on the international agenda in 1918, is generally defined as the right of a people to form its own state. The independence referendums in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia are ...and more »

Not Everyone in Kurdistan Is Cheering Kurdish Independence - Foreign Policy (blog)

In Iraq's multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, this week's referendum has sparked celebration — and serious discontent. By Campbell MacDiarmid. | September 28, 2017, 1:17 PM. KIRKUK, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 25: People are seen casting their referendum vote at a ...and more »

After the Vote, Does the Kurdish Dream of Independence Have a Chance? - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — After a century of yearning, the Kurds of Iraq have managed, at last, to pull off a vote for independence, but not without antagonizing nearly everyone in perhaps the world's most volatile region. The question now is whether an arid ...and more »

What Should Trump Do About the Kurds? - Newsweek

On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held an independence referendum not only in its recognized territory, but also in ethnically-mixed areas of Iraq to which both it and the Iraqi government have laid claims. The Kurdish move came despite multiple ...and more »

Post-referendum: Kurds in Iran demand rights as regime cracks down - The Jerusalem Post

Peshmerga from the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan stand for a photo at a secret location. (photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN). Last Sunday, on the eve of the independence referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, Iranian ...and more »

Iran and Iraq to hold joint border drills -

Military exercises to take place near Iran's border with Iraqi Kurdish region in response to 'illegitimate' referendum. 30 Sept 2017. Iran is cooperating with Iraq in building pressure on Iraqi Kurds [File: A Kenara/AFP/Getty Images]. The Iranian and ...and more »

Too much democracy may damage your health - Al-Arabiya

One quote widespread in the Arab region, a few decades ago, was that it was facing the danger of 'partitioning what has been already partitioned. Those days, several Arab capitals were run by leaders who cover their tribalism and sectarianism by ...and more »

What's Next: Sept 29, 2017 - The Straits Times

Passengers flying to Arbil wait to check-in for their flight at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul, on Sept 28, 2017. PHOTO: AFP. Published. Sep 29, 2017, 5:00 am SGT. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Email More. Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ Reddit ...and more »