Kurds and Christians both want security and autonomy as minorities in Iraq. But one's dream could dash the other's.
Griffin Paul Jackson
A referendum that could lead to the establishment of an independent Kurdish nation is set for September 25. Upwards of 35 million Kurds — a majority-Muslim community and the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, spread across Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria — are on the verge of turning their century-old dream of a homeland into reality. Victimized by the Ottomans during the Armenian (and Kurdish) genocide of the 1910s and regularly persecuted since, Kurds have long been a marginalized population. Ironically, the recent upheaval in the Middle East has presented them with an opportunity. continue reading >>