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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Syrian Opposition Forces are Terrorists, Barzani Says

According to a new report on Alsumaria TV, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki  and Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s president Massoud Barzani both confirmed that the weapons given to Syrian opposition groups end up in Al Qaida’s hands and are being used in Al Qaeda’s activities inside Iraq.

Speaking at a press conference held on July 7, together with Iraq’s Kurdistan Region’s president Massoud Barzani, Al Maliki added, “We looked into the Syrian crisis which is the cause of the Syrian people and not that of other countries. The weapons certain countries are providing to the radical Syrian opposition; especially that these weapon are being infiltrated into Iraq.”

Al Maliki emphasized, “Radical organizations are attacking us every day and killing Iraqi soldiers. We have asked the countries not to arm these groups and instead find a pacific solution through dialog.”

Head of Kurdistan Region, Massoud Al Barzani, also stressed that there is no conflict between the Region’s stance and that of the center when it comes to the Syrian situation.

Barzani reiterated, “The Syrian people has the right of self-determination and we refuse the tyranny practiced by terrorist groups on the Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

It is interesting to note that Barzani became the leader of the Kurdistan with the help of the USA, after the invasion of Iraq. In return, Kurdistan has signed over 50 oil agreements with major USA and British oil companies. This has caused a severe dispute over the oil rights in the region between the central Iraqi government and Kurdistan’s semi- autonomous government.

Denise Natali, an Iraq expert at the National Defense University in Washington, is a vocal critic of what she calls the “love affair” between the Kurdish Regional Government and the United States. Our special treatment of Iraqi Kurdistan (because of the major oil reserves of Musul and Kerkuk, up to 80% of Iraq’s total oil) only further fractures Iraq, and a unified country is still the U.S. policy.

After the invasion, the U.S. turned a blind eye to the peshmerga (Kurdish regional military force) as they took over disputed territories, picking up the pieces of a shattered Iraq. Natali considers this “one of the most serious mistakes made by American forces.”

As she explains, there are plenty of flaws in the picture of Iraqi Kurdistan as a peaceful, prosperous, and Western-friendly country. Progress in the region has been marred by allegations of corruption, cronyism and bribery.

In December, 2012, conflict over the oil revenues and land rights reached to a breaking point. Iraq President Al Maliki has mobilized Iraq’s army along the fault-line that divides the Kurdish region from the rest of Iraq. Bombs have killed at least ten people in the fighting in Kirkuk. Kurdish leaders said at the time that they were ready to fight and have sent thousands of their peshmerga fighters to face down the Iraqi army. At the time conflict was subdued, but the tensions remain high.

Emine Dilek (194 Posts)

Publisher/Managing Editor: Progressive Press. Contributing Editor: WVoN-Women's Views on News. Columnist: Palm Beach Woman Magazine. Former executive producer and radio host: WVR -Women's Voice Radio, Human Rights/Peace Activist, Aspiring Author/ Journalist/ Poet/ Blogger. Emine also appears as a revolving guest on PNN radio show -international political analyst-, and had been a guest on Liberal Fix and Brian Hammer Jackson Show. Her articles have been published in various publications such as The Vibe UK, The New Agenda, W.E.A Women @ Work, Amazing Women Rock and ICAHK.