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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        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.
(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        Friday, March 23, 2007
The Transition to Renewable Energy For all the hoopla about Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and given Senator Gore's own background in the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government, there is little in the way of concrete policy proposals that have been introduced as a cornerstone of a new energy policy.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Public Education: Reform -- or Revolution? Have American public schools passed the point of no return?
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 26, 2007
The Third Party Project Third parties arise because the two-party system isn't up to the task of providing representation for the people.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2007
Water Planning in the South West In the Middle Rio Grande region of New Mexico water planning is taking on a significant character that is open and inclusive. Proposals dealing with issues ranging from water quality to conjunctive management of surface and ground waters, and from establishing funding sources for water programs to increasing water supply and decreasing water demand have all been incorporated into the recommendations.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 25, 2007
A Successful Nation-Building Strategy Under Construction in Kurdistan There are many peoples in the region of South West Asia that have been relegated to the status of national minorities due to the partitioning of the region after the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after its defeat in World War One. But, no people have been so systematically abused by the nations in which they inhabited as the Kurds.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 29, 2007
Turkey's Problems Lie in Its Actions
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.
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.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 7, 2007
Are the Turks and Kurds Now Fighting in Iraq? News has begun to filter in regarding a Turkish incursion into southern Kurdistan in violation of the UN Charter and in violation of the sovereignty of the Kurdish people and the Kurdish nation.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 1, 2007
The Need for Change in Iran Versus War We stand unequivocally united in moving forward together and seeking a better future for our children, so that all might live in peace and provide mutual support for all the citizens of the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 15, 2007
DRAFT PEACE PLAN FOR SOUTH WEST ASIA The foreign policy of the US Government ought to be focused on facilitating peacemaking and ending its military actions against the nations and peoples of the region.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2007
Are Third Parties the Answer? "Power concedes nothing without a struggle." -- Frederick Douglass.
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.
(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        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 14, 2007
Kurdish Disagreements Within the Autonomous Region The maintenance of a strong centralized Baghdad government appears to be the underlying motivation of Baker and Gunter. Continuing to bank on this proposition is a no-gainer and is a policy that is fraught with its own consequences in the region.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 10, 2007
The Kirkuk Referendum Is there any more just solution for a people who have endured so much suffering at the hands of both the Sunni and Shi'a? Is there a people who have endured a more oppressive occupation by the Syrians, the Turks, the Persians and the Arabs for so long?
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Supporting Palestine, Opposing Jihadists The definition of Islamists as anti-imperialist lies at the root of the continued efforts to promote their political organizations as revolutionary or progressive or better then others. We cannot continue to obscure the analyses regarding the strategies of people in the region for liberation.
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, March 7, 2007
The Missing Conversation and the Road Forward- a Green Perspective There remains a future to define that is just now emerging and becoming evident. But, if we go back and try to resurrect old models, we will surely miss our opportunity to have influence. The road is forward.
(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        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        Friday, January 19, 2007
THE ROAD IS FORWARD ┬ľ WE LEARN AS WE GROW We travel the road less traveled to gain the victories that are more difficult to accomplish. The road to victory is forward. The Democrats have no leadership, the Republicans have only mis-leadership. It's past time to build our own ship.
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?
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Saladin Lives! What is happening in the Middle East is not merely sectarian strife, but an expression of the conflict between different national forces.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 15, 2007
The Costs of Unchecked Migration There are really two major alternatives that we face in addressing these costs, not three. One is to increase public revenues to address the increased needs on the infrastructure. For those born after Proposition 13, this means higher taxes. The other is to refuse to invest in any of the basic public services that have long been funded by state and local governments and force those institutions to respond as they must in order
(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        Sunday, January 14, 2007
There is No Peace in Escalation As Americans whose government is currently engaged in a ruthless and reckless exercise in Iraq, it is time for us to begin the process of formulating a package of policies that lead in the direction of peace.
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        Thursday, January 11, 2007
Paging Oliver Cromwell This is a legal and Constitutional crisis that must be fought first and foremost in that arena. Through the courts and in the COngress will be the appropriate arenas for action. That doesn't mean back off. That means move forward with audacity. Tourjour l'audace!
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        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.

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