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Martin Zehr is an American political writer in the San Francisco area. He spent 8 years working as a volunteer water planner for the Middle Rio Grande region. His article on the Kirkuk Referendum has been printed by the Kurdish Regional Government, Another article was reprinted in its entirety by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) He is a Contributing Writer to Kurdish Aspect where his articles have appeared on line and in print. URL links to articles on can be found at:

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sarah Palin and Alaska Natives- Part 2 "Despite strong Indian support at the convention, Palin has drawn concern from some Alaska Natives, especially on issues surrounding an initiative to stop development of the Pebble Mine adjacent to the Bristol Bay fishing grounds, which is a prime area for both commercial and subsistence salmon fishing."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 15, 2008
Sarah Palin and Alaska Natives Part 1 A recent web article is worthy of some review and discussion in regards to Governor Palin's "Record on Alaska Native and Tribal Issues". It is good when substantive policy issues are referenced in the discussion of Palin.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 3, 2008
A Water Resolution for America In a resolution intended to focus attention on the national and international issues surrounding water, the EcoAction Committee of the Green Party of the United States has raised the concerns of Greens and provided a template for further internal discussion, public education and candidate consideration.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 2, 2008
India, Shiva and Water The issue of public infrastructure investment impacts on the issue of water management and the political tasks required to influence and elect policy makers. Unless we formulate a political strategy that promotes structural reforms by integrating regional stakeholders into the decision-making process, the issue of privatization will continue to dominate the debate.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 20, 2008
Longshoremen Up the Ante Against the War Without real change the "Hope" that is so bandied about by the Democrats and Republicans will be an illusion that disappears after election day.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Time for Kurdish Rights Who is being unrealistic here? Is it the Kurds who confront the power of the largest military states of Turkey and Iran in the region that have demonstrated a hostile intent towards Kurdish people or the KRG that acts to establish the needed economic, political and military infrastructure that can build for the future without the shadow of genocide looming over them?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2007
Turkey's Problems Lie in Its Actions
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2007
Democratic Challengers or Third Party Alternatives I for one cannot agree either that the Democratic Party is capable of presenting significant policy changes and structural reforms before the American people or that the Democratic primary system and candidates lie at the root of the failure to redefine the opposition in a manner to make it more relevant to the American people.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Kurdish National Claims Disputed and Compared to Israel Without getting pulled into the discussion of Israel, it is incumbent that the political rights of Kurdish people not be defined outside of political entities that do not represent them. States exist to empower people into forging a common national direction and building a common economical structure that is stable and empowers people in their day-to-day lives.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2007
Turkish Military Looks for US "Sincerity" Along with the carrot came a decisive declaration by the Turkish Prime Minister in the same issue of the paper. He stated unequivocally before the : "The enemy is an element that must be eliminated, and to do this we have to be united." Unity with Turkey remains pre-conditioned with sanctioning its present military actions against Kurds. History repeats itself.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 22, 2007
Defending Southern Kurdistan The issue at stake remains the sovereignty of the Kurdish Autonomous Region and its right to implement Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution through the Kirkuk Referendum.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The American Case Against Turkish Invasion We have no right to impose on the Kurdish people, given the actions of Saddam Hussein, the requirement to support any subjugation of the Kurdish nation.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 8, 2007
Kurdistan Moving Forward Toward the Kirkuk Referendum The Kurdish Regional Government has worked within the institutional framework of the Iraqi Constitutional process from the beginning. It has neither provoked any particular sect or political organization of Iraq nor has it attempted to undermine the sovereignty of the existing government. The promise of the Kurdish Regional Government is stated unequivocally:
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 19, 2007
Let no one say Kurds are dead; Kurds Are Living To the Kurdish nation, a new sense of shared sacrifice. To Kurdistan, a determination to never allow the next generation to be forced to endure such a sight again. To the world an irrefutable historical document announcing the message of Kurdistan.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Kurdish Civil War Warning The response from President Barzani is a singular notification to the US government of the intentions of the Kurdish Regional Government and the armed forces under its control. It also is a warning to Turkey and the current Iraqi government of the position of Kurdish peoples. There is nothing in this interview that might be misconstrued.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2007
Kurdistan, Not Iraq, is the Success Story (Part 2) For the Kurdish nation and peoples there is no retreating to prior historical strategies to achieve victory. These options have been tried for the past 30 years in Turkey. There is no gain if this moment is allowed to pass in history without decisive leadership and precise action.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Nader and the Dead-enders The debate for reformists is not who to elect, but how to elect. The changes needed are already transparent, but the political leadership is lacking. Like an old general who is still fighting the battles of the past war, liberals and progressives continue to lead a cavalry charge against the armoured division and still have no clue about what happened.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 16, 2007
The Building Blocs for Peace for Kurdistan The construction of the Kurdish nation is in its first stages. It has come remarkably far in a remarkably short period of time. Every step forward is a new step and every action becomes a precedent upon which the next action can be based.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 5, 2007
SENATOR CLINTON WRITES KURDS OUT OF HER SCRIPT There has also been some distinct positions developed by particular candidates and parties. What has been missing is a separate conversation regarding future American policy vis-a-vis the emerging Kurdish nation.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2007
The News of Wars and Rumors of Wars Let's begin with the primary goals: Demilitarization of the region, Withdraw from Occupied Territories, Recognition of Nation-Building Projects, Accountability for Human Rights and War Crimes, Accountability Within the US Government and Regional Oversight. There are many facets and projects that fall underneath each of these overall objectives. There are many mechanisms that need to be enhanced and developed.

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