Monthly Archives: July 2013

Kurdistan is looking at France to develop a tourism industry

Kurdistan, also known as the Kurdistan Region or Iraqi Kurdistan, is an autonomous region of northern Iraq. It borders Iran to the east, Turkey to the north, Syria to the west and the rest of Iraq to the south. The … Continue reading

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Icelandic Experts See Tourist Potential in Kurdistan’s Khurmal Water Springs

The Blue Lagoon leisure spa in Iceland. Photo: AFP KHURMAL, Kurdistan Region – Taha Kareem recalls that when a team from Iceland saw the Khurmal hot water springs in Iraqi Kurdistan, their first question was, “How far is the airport?” … Continue reading

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Meet The Iraqi Refugee Who Tried To Repay Over $18,000 In Welfare Money After He Became A Success

In 2009, Sam Eisho walked into the Centrelink office at Maroubra and tried to give the staff a cheque for more than $18,000. Told to line up at the end of the claims queue, he attempted to explain that he … Continue reading

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MEP calls Kurdistan a ‘shining example’ of ‘peace and stability’

Kurdistan is a ‘shining example’ of how ‘peace and stability’ can create economic growth, jobs and prosperity, says Struan Stevenson. Sectarian violence is once again spiralling out of control in Iraq and with each passing day a renewed civil war … Continue reading

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Window in Westminster

It’s bad enough that most westerners don’t know about Kurdistan without its attractions being known at home. Tourism needs to be developed and this was why last week’s conference near Westminster on developing tourism infrastructure, organised by the Kurdistan Regional … Continue reading

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Fiddler on the Roof in Kurdistan

With just a bit of trepidation, I set off in early June last year for Iraq. I was to be there for five weeks, running performing arts academies in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. I was working as the Communications … Continue reading

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From Kurdistan to New York

Posted by Dexter Filkins I’ve just spent several days travelling around Iraqi Kurdistan, a region that endured the worst of Saddam Hussein’s furies in the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Suleimaniya, the Kurdish city where I was staying, is a boom town; … Continue reading

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Between Iraq and a hard place

The 38-metre high Minaret of Madrasat al-Muzaffar built in the 12th century Seljuk style. “How can you live in Pakistan? It’s so dangerous there,” says the bartender in the trendy Erbil bar. I point out that things aren’t exactly smooth … Continue reading

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Kurdistan’s Culture Club

Suleimaniya rekindles its past as an intellectual hub Iraq’s oil-rich “Kurdistan Region” is often billed as the next Dubai, but Kurds are keen to show that they have even more to offer. Last December, the Kurdistan Regional Government finally accorded … Continue reading

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As Iraq grapples with bombings, Erbil booms

As central Iraq grapples with a surge in violence and a longer-term struggle to wean its economy off a dependence on oil, Abdullah Abdulkarim stands at a car dealership in the northern Kurdish city of Erbil and smiles. “Every day, … Continue reading

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