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Iraqi paper publishes sexist meme to portray post-referendum reality of Kurdistan

By Rudaw 28/9/2017
Screenshot of Al-Nahar newspaper, published on 26/09/2017.
Screenshot of Al-Nahar newspaper, published on 26/09/2017.
The Iraqi newspaper of Al-Nahar has published a sexually suggestive and offensive meme to portray the post-referendum reality of the Kurdistan Region. 

The meme, largely circulated in Kurdish social networking groups has been met with a fervour of anger and disgust. On the front cover of Al-Nahar, the Iraqi-owned newspaper shows five men in boxers, staring in an unwelcoming manner at a young girl. The meme captions the five men as Iran, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan and the girl as Kurdistan.

It comes at a time of heightened tensions as Iraq seeks to put in place a set of measures against the Kurdistan Regional Government for carrying out a referendum on independence. The results of Kurdistan Region’s referendum showed 92.73% voters come out in favour of independence from Iraq, while 7.27% preferred to uphold the status quo.

Iraq’s parliament has called on nations to withdraw all diplomatic missions in Kurdistan Region, and requested the deployment of Iraqi army to Kurdish-controlled disputed areas such as Kirkuk. These measures are part of a 12-point decree issued on Wednesday by the Iraqi parliament as a form of punishment on Kurdistan Region for holding an independence referendum. 

Additionally, the Iraqi parliament has called on Kurdish leaders to face legal measures for holding a referendum, and requested Iran to close its airspace with Kurdistan Region. Some of the online responses to the meme can be summarised as follows:



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Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 28/9/2017
What else do you expect from Muslims and Muslim culture ????. This is exactly how our Muslim neighbors look at Kurdistan, so the presentation is true .
Hoshyar Zaxoy | 28/9/2017
Arabs did that to German girls for real
Bakur | 28/9/2017
Do not fall for the provocative language...they want to use it as a bait to get an angry respond....WE are better than that....let them continue barking and we stand ready and united if anything sparks....stand civil and fair as you've done till now....that will show the whole world what they are all about....and why we can't continue being associated with such mentality and system.....don't forget the Turkmen and Arabs that voted YES ....that alone says a lot about their system.... UNITY and calm is the best weapon....but always stand alert for what could happen....WE have great friends
roger | 28/9/2017
Outrageous, the only animals that would do this claim to be human, but what does it say of their parents, thier country and their gods or should that be dogs
Bakur | 28/9/2017
...keep up the momentum.... don't let actions as such this one ruin the amazing spirits...insults and disgrace won't break's currently coming from everywhere, just as an example of Moallem in Syria calling our kurdish people sons instead of brothers...WE all know what that means by its definition....that's their rooted mentality...we can't change one can..hence, smile at the insults and stand stronger in the aspiration of breaking up from this unbearable system that does nothing but slaughter and destruction.
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