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About Gary Kent

Gary Kent is the director of the all party parliamentary group on the Kurdistan Region, writes a weekly column for the Kurdistani Rudaw media outlet and is writing a book, Choni Kurdistan, about independence. He is also the Deputy Chair of the European Centre for Training and Technology in Erbil, which is setting up an Academy for Enterprise and Management. He holds the Centre for Kurdish Progress award for extraordinary contribution to the Kurdish cause. He has visited Kurdistan and Iraq 26 times since 2006 and writes in a personal capacity.

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Can the Kurds pull off Kurdexit?

Iraqi Kurdistan president Masoud Barzani and former Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari share their thoughts about the upcoming referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Jeremy Corbyn and British foreign policy

The anti-war movement, with all its errors and omissions, is central to Corbyn's popular appeal.

Without realism Labour will achieve nothing but opposition

Unromantic as it may be, without a feasible alternative to capitalism it is capitalism we have to work with. At this time, a reformed and civilised capitalism is the best Labour can do, and it is what the public want.

Prospects for a future Kurdistan

A future independent Kurdish state faces many political, economic, and administrative challenges, but its success could be a game-changer in the Middle East.

The coming Kurdish spring

British recognition of the genocide against Iraqi Kurds reinforces their significant political and economic successes of the past ten years since the 'liberation' of the Iraq war. What future lies ahead for those in neighbouring Kurdistans?

How the Commons can break the silence over Halabja

The British Parliament is set to debate the political recognition of Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds as genocide. With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria a declared 'red line', the need to properly understand and account for the legacy of the largest chemical attack against a civilian population remains as pressing as ever.

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