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The Hyphenated Nostalgia—When a Person Becomes a Nation

Last week, Kurds in the city of Sulaimani, the Cultural Capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), gathered in a public place to unveil an equestrian statue of Ibrah


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Why we named our daughter ‘Asenath’

“Spell it out,” “Say it again.” “Ase…?” “What?”

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The Kurdistan Region Is Dangerous for Journalists

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is one of the most dangerous regions in the Middle East for journalists. In the last ten years, journalists have been kidnaped, tortured, a


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Shia Hashd al Sha'abi Ordered to Leave Shingal

As of August 2018,  Shingal is being protected by the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Army, the Hashd al


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The Yezidi Crisis Worsens: No Escape, No Return

Nearly four years after the Islamic State attacked Yezidis in Shingal, northern Iraq, in August 2014, their biggest problem is hopelessness and profoun


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Iran on the Verge of Total Revolution

The recent three days of protests which broke out in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, with hundreds of angry shopkeepers taking to the street against the sharp fall in the


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Seven Questions With Sarkawt Shamsuldin

Articulate and well versed in the important issues affecting both the Kurdistan region and Iraq as a whole, Sarkawt Shamsuldin made his first bid for elected office this year in Sulaymaniyah, campa


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The Coming War Against Iran

I spent nearly 15 years in the CIA. I like to think that I


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Appeals Judges To Review Case of Yezidi Rape Victim Ordered To Be the Wife of Her Rapist

Faiza, a thirty-year-old, unmarried Yezidi woman from Sinjar, northern Iraq, will appeal her case in front of 22 judges in Baghdad, Iraq


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The Yezidi Crisis Worsens: No Escape, No Return

Nearly four years after the Islamic State attacked Yezidis in Shingal, northern Iraq, in August 2014, their biggest problem is hopelessness and profound disappointment in humanity. They can


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Interview with Major General Najim al-Jubouri on the Ezidi Disaster and Returning to Shingal

Dr. Amy L. Beam sat down with Major General Najim al-Jubouri on May 21, 2018 in Mosul to discuss the Ezidi Disaster in N


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Ramadan Arrives, Kurdistan's Political Scene Remains an Open Question

With the advent of the Islamic world's holiest month, Iraq finds itself a country in search of a viable political pathway by which it can sustain itself socially, economically, morally, and spiritu


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Kurdish Rugs Break Ankles

When I was younger every room in our house was carpeted with Kurdish rugs, which had beautifully intricate little details and showed off the magnificent heritage


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Election Eve Finds New Generation Candidates Hopeful

After a flurry of impassioned, inspirational campaign speeches delivered in cities around Iraq by New Generation's dynamic president, Mr. Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadi


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How America Abandoned Its Iraqi Interpreters

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq to topple the dictator, Saddam Hussein.  They tho


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What To Expect From Iraq’s May 2018 Elections

In May Iraq will hold parliamentary elections for a new government. Prime Minister Haidar Abadi is the odds on favorite to return to office, but there have been s


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How Iraq can become a peaceful country

The Iraqi people need a stable and peaceful life. They need a life without war and conflict. They need a country where people do not drive each other away. Iraqis are c


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