Watering War or Peace in the Middle East

March 29, 2013
Watering War or Peace in the Middle East

There appears to be very little coordination and cooperation among countries of the Middle East over sharing or managing water resources that cross international boundaries. The people and countries who share the water have very little information about each other and about what is happening to the water that they share with others across...
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In the Back Rows of the Sulaimani Forum, a Hint of Iraq’s Future

March 18, 2013

“The changing geopolitics of the Middle East” was the complex and timely topic of the first Sulaimani Forum, which gathered more than 130 international experts, academics, politicians and journalists at the ballroom of the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. For an Iraqi Kurd and someone who has attended many such events around the...
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In withdrawing from Baghdad, Who is backing the Kurds?

March 13, 2013

By meeting urgently and issuing a statement Iraq’s Kurds, who are part of the coalition government in Baghdad, sent a strong message to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after he recently forced the budget through parliament. But questions remain over how long and to what extent the Kurdish position will last. Almost a week before...
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Reporters with Borders

February 12, 2013

The hysterical reaction against NRT television reminded me of the Muslim outrage to cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. For those who don’t know what happened: During a live call-in show on NRT, a caller tried to insult the late Mustafa Barzani, regarded by many Kurds as the father of the Kurdish nation in modern...
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A Legislation to End or to Strengthen Maliki?

January 30, 2013

The new law passed by the Iraqi parliament limiting the premiership to two terms is meaningless if the current political paralysis that is sweeping Iraq continues. It is meaningless because Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is the target of the legislation, has become too powerful to be contained by such a law. He is...
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The Story of Mahabad Lives On

January 21, 2013

For the younger generation of readers, whose history books may not have been very tempting, 67 years ago the first Kurdish republic was established in Mahabad in eastern Kurdistan under the leadership of Qazi Muhammad. On December 15th of the same year, Iranian forces entered Mahabad. They closed down the printing press, banned the...
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