In­ter­na­tional Me­dia see Kur­dis­tan step­ping to­ward in­de­pen­dence

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - Barzani wants to de­clare in­de­pen­dence The wall street Jour­nal: Is­rael Na­tional News: Reuters: Oil and in­de­pen­dence Forbes: To­day Za­man:

Fol­low­ing the se­cu­rity un­rest in Iraq, po­lit­i­cal views have changed to­ward Iraq in and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. In­ter­na­tional me­dia in gen­eral see Iraq go­ing to be di­vided and Kur­dis­tan be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent.

The Guardian:

Iraqi Kurds strengthen their po­si­tions while Isis ad­vances on Bagh­dad

Iraqis in Bagh­dad and the coun­try>s south are al­ready call­ing the events of the past weeks «the catas­tro­phe». Not so an in­hab­i­tant of the would-be Iraqi Kur­dish cap­i­tal of Er­bil, where joy is un­re­strained and a long-held sense of des­tiny is ever closer to be­ing re­al­ized.

As the cen­tral govern­ment teeters un­der the in­sur­gent on­slaught, the fate of Er­bil ap­pears more as­sured than ever. Kur­dish politi­cians, in the past not shy to crit­i­cize Arab Iraqi lead­ers, but coy about their na­tional am­bi­tions, are now openly tout­ing «a new re­al­ity».

To Kur­dish of­fi­cials and lo­cals alike, a tec­tonic shift in the bal­ance of power be­tween Iraq>s two power bases, and peo­ples, has taken place. And Kirkuk, the bit­terly con­tested oil hub, is at the epi­cen­ter.

The Kur­dis­tan re­gion has al­ready landed on the global en­ergy map. Re­gard­ing the so-called dis­puted ter­ri­to­ries, Pesh­merga forces have en­tered these ar­eas af­ter the Iraqi army aban­doned their po­si­tions. The KRG had and still has an obli­ga­tion to pro­tect civil­ians in these ar­eas and to en­sure that army bases, cities, and land ar­eas do not fall into the hands of ter­ror­ists. Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Comes

into Its Own

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry vis­ited the Iraqi Kur­dish cap­i­tal Er­bil, where govern­ment cof­fers have been swollen by the sale of its first ship­ment of crude oil—at $97 a bar­rel the un­known buyer has struck a de­cent deal.

Mr. Kerry hopes to per­suade Er­bil to help form a new cen­tral govern­ment. The Kurds will prob­a­bly take the op­por­tu­nity to pour wa­ter on Bagh­dad’s ire about its crude ex­ports. Three tankers laden with KRG oil have sailed from the Turk­ish port of Cey­han since May 22—the Iraqi govern­ment is fu­ri­ous, im­po­tent and dis­tracted.

The Lon­don Pan-Arab daily al-Hayat says that its sources in Er­bil are say­ing that Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent, Ma­soud Barzani, told U.S. Sec­re­tary of State, John Kerry that he planned to se­cede from Iraq and that the U.S. would have to ac­cept it.

Is­rael re­it­er­ate their sup­port for Kurds Time for Is­rael to Help

the Kurds

To­day the world clam- ors for a Pales­tinian Arab state but strangely turns its back upon Kur­dish na­tional in­de­pen­dence and state­hood.

There is a people who, like the Jews, can trace their an­ces­try in their home­land back thou­sands of years. They are the Kurds, and it is highly in­struc­tive to re­view their re­mark­able his­tory in con­junc­tion with that of the Jews. It is also nec­es­sary to re­view the his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices im­posed upon them over the cen­turies by hos­tile neigh­bors and em­pires.

Even though it lives in a ter­ri­ble neigh­bor­hood and des­per­ately seeks friends, Is­rael can­not and must not evade its unique re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the Kur­dish people, who also suf­fer from the depre­da­tions of their hos­tile neigh­bors. The Jewish state must not ig­nore the Kurds, who re­main state­less and shunned by the world and who seek, at last, the his­toric jus­tice they have craved for cen- turies but been de­nied - an in­de­pen­dent, sov­er­eign state of their own.

Is­rael tells U.S. Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence is <fore­gone con­clu­sion>

Is­rael told the United States on Thurs­day Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence in north­ern Iraq was a «fore­gone con­clu­sion» and Is­raeli ex­perts pre­dicted the Jewish state would be quick to recog­nise a Kur­dish state, should it emerge.

Is­rael has main­tained dis­creet mil­i­tary, in­tel­li­gence and busi­ness ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, see­ing in the mi­nor­ity eth­nic group a buf­fer against shared Arab ad­ver­saries.

Iraq>s Kurds Sell Oil to Is­rael, Move Closer To In-

de­pen­dence

Since Sad­dam Hus­sein’s fall, Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan re­gion thrived – largely thanks to the oil in­dus­try. It’s grown about 10 per­cent an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to an Oct. 2013 re­port in the New York Times.

In­ter­na­tional oil com­pa­nies are pour­ing bil­lions of dol­lars into Iraqi Kur­dis­tan, home to about 45 bil­lion bar­rels of oil, ac­cord­ing to Forbes mag­a­zine.

And the Kurds have built a new pipe­line to Turkey that will even­tu­ally al­low 400,000 bar­rels per day to flow to the Turk­ish port of Cey­han.

Turkey, which has a col­le­gial re­la­tion­ship with Iraq’s Kurds but not its own Kur­dish pop­u­la­tion, sup­ports the pos­si­bil­ity of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan in­de­pen­dence. Huseyin Ce­lik, spokesper­son for Turkey’s gov­ern­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party, told Ru­daw the people of Iraqi Kur­dis­tan “would have the right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion like other na­tions” if Iraq splits apart. But he said Turkey would rather Iraq stay united.

With new grip on oil fields, Iraq Kurds un­veil plan to ramp up ex­ports

Iraq>s self-rul­ing Kurds out­lined plans to swiftly ramp up oil ex­ports now that their forces have seized con­trol of Iraq>s main north­ern oil fields, a move that could tear up the set­tle­ment hold­ing Iraq to­gether since the fall of Sad­dam.

Ac­cord­ing to many po­lit­i­cal ob­servers and busi­ness re­searchers, the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq has cre­ated great chances for have an in­de­pen­dent state. Kurds have to work hard in or­der to find suit­able mech­a­nisms for mak­ing their dream come true.

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