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    But world fails Nadia’s Yazidi people

    Lara Whyte | Updated at 12:05am on October 11, 2018

    YAZIDI activist and ISIS survivor Nadia Murad has been named this year’s Nobel peace prize winner, along with Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, for their efforts...

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    Kurdish leader Barzani resigns after independence vote backfires

    Reuters | Updated at 08:55am on October 30, 2017

    Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said he would give up his position as president on November 1, after an independence referendum he championed backfired and...

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    A political fiasco

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 26, 2017

    When Kurdish troops recaptured the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar from Islamic State two years ago, Massoud Barzani gave a triumphant speech....

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    Tehran emerges as the winner

    by Salman Rafi Sheikh | Updated at 12:05am on October 23, 2017

    NOTWITHSTANDING the overwhelming vote the Kurdish referendum for independence received, there is no gainsaying that regional circumstances were far from suitable for such an undertaking,...

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    The thwarted dreams of Kurdistan

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 20, 2017

    IT WAS in 1916, in the midst of World War I, that Britain and France (pitted against the Germans, Austrians and Ottoman Turks) made their...

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    Why such referendums are doomed to fail

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on October 12, 2017

    BREXIT, Krexit and Crexit: Britain leaves the EU, Kurdistan declares independence from Iraq, Catalonia secedes from Spain — three massive political changes either under way...

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    Crimea, Kosovo, Catalonia, Corsica and Kurdistan

    by Deena Stryker | Updated at 12:05am on September 29, 2017

    JUST three years after a citizens’ referendum returned Crimea to Russia, from which it had been separated for 60 years, the people of Catalonia, Spain’s...

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    Why Kurds are seeking independence from Iraq

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on September 28, 2017

    ON APRIL 10, 2003, I was driving on a road west of Kirkuk, waiting for the city to be captured by the Kurdish Peshmerga and...

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    Referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish north sets cat among pigeons

    by Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:05am on September 24, 2017

    IRAQI Kurdish region’s planned referendum on September 25 for independence has set the cat among the pigeons...

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    Papering over the cracks

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 17, 2017

    THE Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum, planned for September 25, reflects unresolved disputes over political authority between Baghdad and Erbil...