Kurdistan

Britain has turned its back on its Kurdish allies

5 December 2017 14:39

The Kurdish people are facing a deep crisis. Nowhere is their desperate situation clearer than the way an official visit…

Kurdistan defies the threats to hold its referendum vote

26 September 2017 7:11

The Machko teahouse in the centre of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has seen much of the area’s history. Founded…

‘Kurdexit’ would make Brexit look strong and stable

18 September 2017 13:28

Last week, American, British and UN diplomats tried to persuade the Kurds in Iraq to delay their referendum on independence.…

For Iraq’s Kurds, independence looks tantalisingly close

6 August 2017 11:00

Next month, Iraq’s Kurds head to the polls in an eagerly-awaited independence referendum. Ahead of the vote, on September 25th,…

For us Kurds, Western intervention is a lifeline

1 December 2015 18:06

In Kurdistan, we have had reason to be grateful for Western intervention. Last June, Daesh captured one third of Iraq…

Why are student-union officials censoring criticism of Islamic State?

6 November 2015 10:31

Just when you thought the self-important, ban-happy uber-bureaucrats who run student unions couldn’t get any worse, they go and No…

The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…

Britain must assist Iraqi Kurds in their fight against Isis

16 February 2015 17:49

The implosion of Iraq and the durability of Islamic State will be major headaches for new ministers in May. Their required…