Monthly Archives: March 2013

Iraqi Kurdistan Region Showcases Culture on Nowruz

Kurdish women in traditional dress and men dance during Nowruz celebrations in the southern Turkish city of Mersin, March 21, 2003. Every year on March 21, the Kurds and other peoples across the Middle East celebrate the festival of Nowruz. It … Continue reading

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Kurdish new year celebrations are sweet in the post-Saddam Hussein era

By Martin Fletcher – The Times In numerous trips to Iraq over the past decade the one commodity I had never encountered was fun. Terror, grief and despair yes — but not fun; at least, not until I visited Sulaimaniyah … Continue reading

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Erbil, a city of coexistence and tolerance

It’s also a hub of business. Volatile situation in Baghdad and everyday prowl of soldiers left him with no better choice than leaving his home and settling down with his two sons and wife in Erbil. Laith Selman, people call … Continue reading

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Retaining our heritage

We need to do more to make this city tourist friendly. Erbil is undergoing major renovations to retain its heritage, enabling tourists to understand the history of this ancient city. A country is best known for its history, and through … Continue reading

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Tourism to develop into a source of national revenue

Tourists visit the Citadel of Erbil. Around four million people from across the world are expected to visit Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Region’s Tourism General Board has allocated 68 billion IQD to implement 77 tourism projects across the region. The board … Continue reading

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The dark past of chemical warfare in the Middle East

As we learn of a possible attack with chemical weapons on a suburb of Aleppo in Syria and the deaths of 16 people, Sherko Kirmanj explains Saddam Hussein’s horrific chemical bombing of Halabja in northern Iraq, which occurred 25 years … Continue reading

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Halabja witness tells about Saddam’s poison gas attack

Brussels, 15 March 2013 – Ararat News (ANP) – Ali Zalme from the Kurdish city of Halabja witnessed the tragic events on 16 March 1988, when 5,000 Kurds lost their life and more than 7,000 people were injured or suffered long-term illness … Continue reading

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An Audit of Iraq Ten Years On

The acerbic arguments about Iraq return this month with the 10th anniversary of the intervention. This milestone coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Kurdish genocide which itself began 50 years ago. It is a year of anniversaries. Lest we … Continue reading

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Erbil to have a world-class skyscraper

Naza Tower will give tourists birds-eye view of Erbil City. Erbil is set to be the fifth city in Middle East with the tallest skyscraper, costing US$ 120 Million. The Kurdish capital is set to become a tourist attraction, and … Continue reading

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Iraqi Kurdistan is a Booming Place for Tourism

The Kurdistan Region is one of the most promising emerging destinations for investments and business opportunities. The region has huge resources of oil and gas. However, it is in the middle of a very unstable region. What, in your opinion, … Continue reading

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