Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Halabja Project

In March 1988, Saddam Hussein unleashed the full cruelty of chemical weapons, attacking the rebellious Kurdish town of Halabja. It is estimated that the mustard gas and other chemicals killed at least 5000 civilians. They were hastily buried in mass … Continue reading

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A short conversation about Kurdistan

By Sofia Barbarani. I am Kurdish, he said to me a year ago. I am afraid I cannot quite pinpoint Kurdistan on a map, I replied. Fast forward to twelve months later, and you will find me pointing out the … Continue reading

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Iraqi Kurdistan: Erbil Best Arab Tourism Capital

The prize that was awarded to Erbil will give Iraqi Kurdistan the opportunity to introduce Kurdish culture to the rest of the world.  Erbil has been appointed the 2014 tourism capital by the Arab Council of Tourism. During the council’s … Continue reading

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Erbil and ‘the other’ Iraq

Rosemary Behan “Shish kebab. If you go through Mosul you will be shish kebab – ha ha!” Former journalist Muhammad Jambaz, who is arranging my trip from Erbil to Duhok, shares my fears about our proximity to one of the … Continue reading

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Kurdistan’s new airport set to open in 2015

It may not look like much now, but the somewhat dusty, barren landscape above will soon be transformed into the Middle East’s newest airport. For work has officially started on Kurdistan’s Duhok International Airport, ahead of its planned opening in … Continue reading

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