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Kurds, Arabs and others!

July 11, 2010

The recent tour of President Barzani to the arab neighbourhood was a new reminder to the arab world that Iraqi Kurdistan is not against being part of its arab surrounding and that Iraq’s Arab component is the one that has arab phobia not the Kurdish one.Since the beginning of the new Iraq, ie, 2003...
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An ambassator to Iraq … at Iran!

July 3, 2010

The new US ambassador to Baghdad, James F Jeffery, would have a tough task ahead of him. Not only should he keep focused on Baghdad, he should also look at Tehran too.While he would have to oversee a new phase of relationship between DC and Baghdad, he would also have to establish a new...
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Kurdish security agencies and the public

June 26, 2010

Forty days have passed since the murder of zardasht othman. Regardless of the reasons and the circumstances that led to the killing which is open for interpretation. Nobody still knows what has actually happened.The public is still looking for answers, while the authorities are still trying to fend off the allegations of their involvement...
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New Shia bloc: deadlock or breakthrough

June 18, 2010

The new shia bloc formed recently brings good news and bad news to other blocs and to the political process.it further adds a new complication to the ongoing issue of naming the pm.It brings good news to the kurds because they cease to be the fourth bloc in parliament and they would be dealt...
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Put Policy Before Personality

June 2, 2010

It seems the new Iraqi state still has some way to go before the interests of the public are put above those of its leaders.There does not seem to be any sense of urgency among the leaders in Baghdad to settle the ongoing saga of who is going to form the next government, despite...
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A Turkish Schizophrenia

May 26, 2010

The people in Iraqi Kurdistan lost count of the times that Turkey and Iran, “in pursuit of PKK or PEJAK fighters”, bombed their villages and areas.Every few weeks, we hear news of Turkish aircraft bombing border areas and Iranian artillery shelling the other side.Hours later, we hear a few Kurdish condemnations, nothing from Baghdad...
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