Newroz Piroz

March 21, 2015

Initially Iraqi Kurdistan was attracting investors & business people because it was offering oil & money.  Today, it is attracting everyone who can not find a place to live or be themselves in the Middle East. Almost two million people are in Kurdistan seeking safety, diversity, coexistence and tolerance. I am very proud and...
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Turkey: Turning the ceasefire into peace.

January 9, 2015
Turkey: Turning the ceasefire into peace.

The following are Hiwa Osman’s notes for his speech at Talking TR, Istanbul: It is a great honour to be invited by Turkish Review to speak here at this great institution. Initiatives like this are excellent opportunities for ensuring a full and fair discussion of complicated issues. I am sure the future prime minister...
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Toward a New Culture of Information in Kurdistan

January 15, 2014
Toward a New Culture of Information in Kurdistan

While many of us are busy with the case of the murdered fellow journalist, Kawa Garmiyani, we are overlooking something as important as that case: The right of journalists, and the people of Kurdistan, to information. This is now a law. At the time it was signed into law in July last year, the...
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A new Middle East?

January 7, 2014
A new Middle East?

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s new adventure in Anbar province will redefine the dynamics of the Sunni-Shiite conflict in the Middle East. As Maliki fights the Sunnis in Iraq, next door President Bashar al-Assad’s flailing regime is doing the same in Syria. Both Maliki and Assad are targeting the Sunnis as a people and...
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Looking Back, Looking Forward

December 24, 2013
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It is that time of the year again where we have to look back and look ahead at the same time. Looking back, 2013 had its ups and downs in Iraqi Kurdistan. Democratically, a very successful election took place, an election that had no winners or losers. It proved that Kurdistan cannot be governed...
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Kirkuk and the Kurdish Failure

December 17, 2013
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What happened in Kirkuk last week, where Kurdish parties failed to unite under a single banner ahead of next April’s nationwide legislative elections in Iraq, should not be called anything less than a political scandal. The failure of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) to cooperate in Kirkuk belies...
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