Op-eds

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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Erbil is Erbil, Baghdad is Baghdad

October 25, 2013
Erbil is Erbil, Baghdad is Baghdad

Although the horse-trading has already started among the Kurdistan Region’s various political parties, the politics will officially begin with the end of the legal process over the results of last month’s parliamentary elections. The process will start with the naming of the candidate for prime minister. Formation of the next government will be the...
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When Hassan Meets Hussein!

October 8, 2013
When Hassan Meets Hussein!

Iraq’s Kurds and Arabs both have lessons to learn from the current rapprochement taking place between Iran and the United States: Iran’s President Hassan Rowhani’s reach to the United States was measured, which President Barack Hussein Obama’s response was desperate. The process demonstrates that, while Washington makes foreign policy as it goes along, Tehran’s...
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