According to a latest statistics in Kirkuk, the number of electoral forms given to voters of Arab origins in Kirkuk is 440 000, while those of Kurdish origins were 370 000 and Turkmen origins were 104 000. ChaldoAssyrians were about 10 000, reported the Kurdish weekly, Hawlati.
The Kurdish refugees who were kicked out from Kirkuk by the successive Iraqi governments have not returned to Kirkuk yet. The Arab settelers who were given lands and money to relocate in Kirkuk from Southern Iraq have not been compensated to return to their homes in south Iraq.
We have had enough of "empty promises" and "lies" from all the Iraqi governments including Allawi's "selected" government.
The Kirkuk issue was the main reason of the failure of the 1970 peace accord between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish faction. It seems that history is going to repeat itself.
In this "democratic" part of Iraq (yet many refuse to be part of it but technically and according to Koffi Anan we are) this is what happened to a guy who told the bodyguards of a high ranking member of one of the Kurdish parties to mind the queue. He was in a queue at a petrol station when a car jumped infront of him.
He told them "Heyyy mind the queue"...and they told him "Heyyy mind your a$$" . The photo of the victim was published in one of the Kurdish newspapers. The politician is called (Mahmood Sangawi).
*I am planning to visit one of the neighbouring countries (no not to tell them to stop exporting terrorism) but for some other private issues but I won't stop blogging.