Monthly Archives: April 2012

British Ambassador’s notebook: A week in Kurdistan Region

Rather than the usual one or two day visit to Erbil, I have just spent a week in Kurdistan Region travelling to Suleymaniya, Dohuk, Soran and Shanidar.  What a country; a land blessed with breathtaking mountain views, hydrocarbons, fertile plains, … Continue reading

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Mountaineering in Iraqi Kurdistan

KRG Photo - Travelmag By Levison Wood “Kurdistan is the only safe place in Iraq” Hussein Hassan is 84, and, with a neatly trimmed and brilliantly white moustache looks every inch the immaculate host. He sits on the carpet smoking a cigarette … Continue reading

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Missing link’ in human evolution discovered in Kurdistan

SULAIMANIYAH, April 24 (AKnews) – An British archaeology team has found the “missing link” of the stages of human evolution in Sulaimaniyah. The exploration team began excavation last month at the the Bistan Sour site in Sulaimaniyah, home to at … Continue reading

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Swiss-Belhotel International expands regional presence

Swiss-BelHotel International will mark its Arabian Travel Market (ATM) debut by announcing the addition of three new Middle East properties to its rapidly expanding regional portfolio. First off the development block will be The Beach Bay Hotel by Swiss-Belhotel Muscat; … Continue reading

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DOLE lifts OFW ban to Iraqi Kurdistan Region

LABOR Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday said Filipino workers can now be deployed to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) after the area has been declared “safe and stable.” She issued the statement following a report from the Department of Foreign … Continue reading

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Calligraphy art vanishes in Kurdistan

A man uses digital printing machine./Globe Photo by Muhammad Najat Digital printing machines weaken livelihoods of calligraphers With the development of digital printing, businesspeople and shopkeepers prefer to advertise their products and services via rented billboards and screen-printed placards. If … Continue reading

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Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Villagers tend to their livestock near the village of Palangan, in Iran’s Kurdistan province. Amos Chapple, a photographer with Lonely Planet travel guides, documented life in the village over the winter Photograph: Amos Chapple Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/picture/2012/apr/18/eyewitness-the-high-life-iran?newsfeed=true An Australian/Kurdish joint venture, Kurdistan Adventures combines … Continue reading

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The Round Trip part 9: Country living

From Tzemach to Raba via Kurdistan, Morocco, the stone age and the wild west. I spend another night in Hukok with Danielle and the dumb but cute Great Dane she is watching, then in the morning return to where I left off. … Continue reading

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Turkish Airlines ramps up Iraq service from April

Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is boosting its operation in Iraq, which sees service operating to Baghdad and Erbil via Ankara and/or Antalya for the first time. Istanbul – Erbil: Starting 18APR12, service increases from daily to 11 weekly, as the additional 4 weekly … Continue reading

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Turkey: Preserving Kurdish Culture Through the Power of Music

The ancient Kurdish singing tradition called dengbêj is undergoing a revival after decades of state persecution of Kurdish culture in Turkey. In 2007, the Kurdish-nationalist-oriented government in the city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, opened the Dengbêj House, devoted to … Continue reading

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