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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 »

The Kurds desperately want freedom – why won't the free world support them? - The Guardian

Iraqi Kurds celebrate the results of the independence referendum in Erbil. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images. Kurds · Opinion. The Kurds desperately want freedom – why won't the free world support them? Amjed Rasheed. This week's overwhelming ...and more »

The Kurdish referendum portends ethnic conflict - Arab News

On Sept. 25, Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq and set up an independent state. The referendum had been announced in July by Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). Over the last two months, the Iraqi ...and more »

Independent Kurdistan Looks Like a Zimbabwe in the Making - Haaretz

The image of Kurdistan as a democratic, progressive, prosperous state is illusory. The Kurds should get their house in order before they get their state. David Rosenberg. Sep 28, 2017 10:55 PM. 0comments Print Zen Subscribe now · Shareshare on facebook ...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 »

Iraq imposes flight ban on Kurdish region after poll -

A ban on international flights into Iraq's Kurdish region has gone into effect after the central government in Baghdad retaliated against a vote for secession that has also drawn opposition from neighbouring countries. Iraq's Kurds overwhelmingly ...and more »

The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum - The Guardian

Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan region, casts his vote during last week's referendum. Photograph: Feher/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock. Kurds · Opinion. The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum. Observer editorial. The Kurds' hunger for self ...and more »

Iran and Iraq to hold joint border drills -

The Iranian and Iraqi armies will hold joint drills at several crossings on Iran's border with the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, according to officials. The announcement on Saturday came amid rising tensions in the wake of a controversial secession ...and more »

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

More than 92 percent of Kurds voted in favor of independence this week. But their future is unclear. By David Patrikarakos. 10/1/17, 5:30 AM CET. Updated 10/2/17, 6:19 AM CET. Iraqi Kurds take part in a demonstration at Arbil airport, in the capital of ...and more »