New York Times allows Pseudonyms?

I had written here yesterday with regard to an op-ed which a public relations firm placed in the name of Kemal Kirkuki, a senior member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), although he was not identified as such. Kirkuki argued that the Kurds are natural allies of the West in the fight against the Islamic State and that the United States should therefore bypass Baghdad and arm the Kurdistan Regional Government directly. Both are reasonable arguments, on the first of which I happened to concur and on the second of which I disagree on the basis that the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) seems more inclined to hoard weaponry for intra-Kurdish political reasons than deploy them against the Islamic State. Now, several Kurdish interlocutors point out an even more basic problem with Kirkuki’s article: Kemal Kirkuki is a pseudonym. Back in 2011, Shwan Zulal, one of the most talent independent Kurdish journalists, reported that then-Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and a man who had known Kirkuki for decades, had acknowledged that Kirkuki was a pseudonym:

Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani told a US diplomat that Dr Kamal Kirkuki, KRG parliament speaker:” “is not really a doctor, not really named Kamal, and not actually from Kirkuk, as his surname suggests….”

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