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Why the Kurdish referendum is none of Turkey's business - Washington Post

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was angry last week with the neighboring Iraqi Kurds for holding a referendum on independence. “Once we put our sanctions in place, you'll be out in the cold,” he said, addressing Turkey's neighbors to the south.and more »

How the US Can Quell the Kurdish Crisis - Bloomberg

More than 90 percent of Iraq's Kurds voted to declare independence last week, bringing tensions to an even higher boil across the Middle East. The regional governments that opposed the referendum -- Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi government in Baghdad ...and more »

NY screening of Kurdish fighter film sold out despite terror threat - The Jerusalem Post

Despite a reported terror threat by the Islamic State terror group, 500 people attended a sold-out screening in New York of a film about Kurdish fighters and a talk with its director, the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy. Police provided ...and more »

After the Kurdish Independence Referendum - Foreign Affairs

In the face of enormous opposition, on Monday Iraqi Kurdistan went ahead with a referendum on independence. Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States were among the major international powers that urged the Kurdistan Regional Government ...and more »

Kurdistan: a dangerous and volatile moment - Irish Times

The Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq declares itself ready for independence after organising a referendum last week in which 93 per cent voted for separation, with a turnout of 72 per cent. The result pitches Iraq into a constitutional and ...and more »

Why Israel supports an independent Iraqi Kurdistan - CNN

Jerusalem (CNN) When Iraqi Kurds a look around, they see potential enemies to the north, south, east and west. The Turks, Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians all rejected last week's referendum for an independent Kurdistan. Despite the objections, more than ...and more »

Catalans and Kurds have a long battle ahead for true independence - The Conversation AU

Secession movements come not in ones but twos, it seems. In the space of a week, two regions in which national groups have chafed at central government diktat have voted overwhelmingly for independence. In both cases, these protest votes are having ...and more »

How Baghdad is punishing the Kurds post-referendum - The Jerusalem Post

In the wake of the Kurdistan independence referendum, Iraq's central government took the unusual step of closing two international airports in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq Friday, Iraqi troops have been sent to Turkey and Iran for military ...and more »

Former Iraq president Jalal Talabani dies aged 83 - Irish Times

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. The leader of one of Iraq's main Kurdish factions died in a hospital in Berlin after his health rapidly deteriorated, a relative told the ...and more »

Strengthen the Kurds in Syria - Haaretz

The result of a national referendum in the Kurdish region in northern Iraq once again raises the question of the future of the Kurds in the Middle East. While most of the attention is directed at Iraqi Kurdistan, we should also focus on the Kurds ...and more »