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Newfoundlander in Northern Iraq hoping for calm as country cracks down on Kurdish region - CBC.ca

A tumultuous situation in the Middle East has left at least one Newfoundlander with few options for getting out. The people of Kurdistan, an autonomous region of Northern Iraq, have voted for further independence from the country. The Iraqi government ...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 »

Baghdad imposes international flight ban on Iraqi Kurdistan after referendum - CBC.ca

The last international flight left Erbil airport on Friday as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban in retaliation for an independence vote by Iraqi Kurds that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers. Iraq's Kurds overwhelmingly backed ...and more »

Airlines Scrap Kurdistan Flights on Backlash to Referendum - Bloomberg

Major airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Qatar Airways terminated services to Kurdistan as Iraq moves to sever outside ties with the autonomous region following Monday's independence vote. International flights were to be suspended at 6 p.m ...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 »

In Iraqi Kurdistan, hope tainted by disappointment over European response - POLITICO.eu

ERBIL, Iraq — His index finger was raised skywards as if he were making tawhid, the declaration of faith that often accompanies a call for jihad. But here in Iraqi Kurdistan, the man's gesture meant something else. His fingertip was coated in dark ink ...and more »

Macron offers to help Baghdad calm tensions over Kurdish vote - RFI

The Elysee announced in a Friday statement that President Emmanuel Macron invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit Paris on 5 October to discuss the Kurdish independence referendum. However, the next day Abadi's office denied the ...and more »

The Kurds deserve their independence like no one else - Pravda

The overwhelming majority of Iraqi Kurds have voted for the dream of their lifetime - independence. The outcome of the referendum about the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan was predictable - and justified. 39 comments 60 share. The Kurds deserve their ...and more »

Netanyahu mocks Turkish claims Mossad helped Kurdish independence bid - Middle East Eye

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday rejected claims from Turkey that Mossad intervened in the 25 September Kurdish referendum vote. "Israel played no part in the Kurdish referendum, aside from the natural, deep and long-standing ...and more »

Iraqi PM promises to defend Kurds against any attack - Middle East Eye

Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, on Saturday said he would defend the country's Kurds from attack as internal and regional tensions soared over a controversial independence referendum. "To our people in the Kurdistan region: we defend our ...and more »