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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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Different Journalist, Same Crime

December 9, 2013
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Much has been said and written about the assassination of journalist Kawa Garmiyani. But fundamentally, the killing has two aspects: First, this is a normal criminal case, which needs a response from the government and authorities. Second, the attack is on press freedom in Kurdistan. If the authorities are taking what happened seriously, the...
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From a Tale of Two Cities to a Soap Opera

December 3, 2013
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The recent debacle over the Kurdish pipeline to Turkey and the argument over whether or not the Kurdistan Region’s move to begin direct oil exports was constitutional is set to intensify. Soon, we will see strong statements from Baghdad. That will be reciprocated by Erbil, with either more contracts or stronger statements. Then, the...
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Turkey’s ‘Good Kurds, Bad Kurds’ Concept Still Lingers

November 18, 2013
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Events of the last week and weekend in North Kurdistan (Turkey) and West Kurdistan (Syria) testify that the Kurds have moved to the next level in the Middle East: They are now interconnected and interdependent across the international boundaries that have created so much of their misfortune over the last century. In Syria, the...
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Two Meetings, one crisis & no leaders

November 12, 2013
Two Meetings, one crisis & no leaders

Two very short meetings took place in Kurdistan: One was the PUK plenum and the other a gathering of the newly-elected Kurdish parliament. Both had many similarities, but a key difference. The PUK meeting that lasted for under an hour was the result of a defeat in the election and the ongoing crisis in...
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