Tag: Iraqi Kurdistan

Signs of Hope in the Middle East? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Signs of Hope in the Middle East? Don’t Hold Your Breath

The optimistic view may be that the Middle East is six years into an era of political, economic and social change. Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State...

My Name is Kurdistan

My Name is Kurdistan

A unique perspective on the Kurds, experienced through a trip to Kurdistan. The prospect of Kurdistan as a homeland for the Kurds began with the colonial division of western Asia, which followed World War I. With the breakup of the Middle East that created new borders in the Levant, the Treaty of...

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

Despite appraisal for Iraqi Kurdistan’s thriving democracy, journalists are under threat. It appears there are two ways to depict life in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity....

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

Wars and Bars: Women in Iraq

Failure to enforce law correctly hinders the protection of women in Iraq. Iraq has always been a country of both national and international upheavals. The frequent political changes have made Iraqis doubtful of their status, especially women. Time and again they were left homeless and in panic....

Kurdistan, Autonomy and Soccer: Redrawing Colonial-Era Borders

Kurdistan, Autonomy and Soccer: Redrawing Colonial-Era Borders

James Dorsey analyzes the meaning of a potential bid by Iraqi Kurdistan for membership in the Asian Football Confederation, amid the greater struggle for Kurdish autonomy in a changing Middle East.   A decision by the European soccer body, UEFA, to grant Gibraltar the right of membership...

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