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

Last Sunday, on the eve of the independence referendum by the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, Iranian Kurds began celebrating. The next day, as people went to the polls across the border in Sulaimaniya, Erbil and other cities, Kurds in ...and more »

Iraq closes Kurdish airspace as it raises pressure on KRG - Financial Times

Iraq's government on Friday closed airspace in its northern Kurdistan region to international flights as it sought to raise the pressure on the region in the wake of this week's independence referendum that has stirred regional tensions. The referendum ...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 »

Kurdish referendum triggers retaliation from Iraq, Turkey - CBS News

ERBIL — The Kurdish people face their vote for independence as neighboring states ratchet up their opposition to the move. 93 percent of Kurds voted for independence on Monday in a referendum that the Iraqi national government deemed illegal. Turkey ...and more »

Why Should International Community Support Kurdish Independence? - The Jerusalem Post mobile website (blog)

Following the World War One, Kurdish people and the land of Kurds were divided into four pieces; a piece was attached to Turkey, one to Iran, one to Iraq and one to Syria. Although the Treaty of Sèvres, in 1920 guaranteed a homeland for the Kurdish ...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 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 »

The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum - The Guardian

The Kurds' hunger for self-rule must not be denied by dark forces imposing their will on the region. Sat 30 Sep 2017 19.05 EDT Last modified on Fri 1 Dec 2017 21.39 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email ...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 »

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

KIRKUK, Iraq — As the last polling stations closed on Monday evening, crowds of cheering Kurds thronged the Boulaq neighborhood in Kirkuk. Families waved Kurdish flags from car windows and young men clapped and danced in the street. Kurdish Asayish ...and more »