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“Joyfully Defiant”: A Photographic Introduction to the Kurds

By Sam Hardy on December 2, 2014 Spring Sandstorm Under Ararat, village of Kani Kork, eastern Turkey (2001) (all photos courtesy and © Rob Leutheuser) Robert Leutheuser is an independent cultural photographer who has dedicated himself to documenting community life in … Continue reading

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Pomegranates, not oil, the star of Iraqi Kurdistan’s rebirth

Hugh Naylor – October 4, 2014 HALABJA, IRAQ // For Shakhawan Mohammed the future of Iraqi Kurdistan lies not in oil but in pomegranates. Mr Mohammed cultivates a dozen varieties of the fruit in his orchards in Halabja, a town … Continue reading

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Iraq is a war zone, but for these Americans in Irbil, it’s quiz night

Despite their proximity to the Islamic State front line, expats maintain their American lifestyle. Sept. 8, 2014 Players discuss the quiz questions at T-Bar in Irbil. Sebastian Meyer/For The Washington Post For the first time since Islamic State fighters advanced to within … Continue reading

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Will the Kurdish economy last for long on easy money?

By Swara Kadir Do lottery winners keep their money after they win, or do they usually lose it? What has this got to do with the Kurdish economy? Let me tell you. Until recently the Kurdish economy has been getting … Continue reading

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Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State: why Australia has an obligation to act

In 2003, the objectives of our intervention in Iraq were flimsy. Today, the clear objective is to help the Iraqi government protect innocent civilians from atrocities. Displaced Iraqi children who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul. Photograph: Ahmed Jallah/Reuters … Continue reading

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The right Iraqi invasion

United States President Barack Obama deserves unconditional support for his decision to use military force to protect the persecuted Yazidi minority from threatened genocide by marauding Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq. The United States’ action is completely consistent … Continue reading

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Flood of requests for help follow promises of Australian aid for Kurds

Erbil: As Islamic State militants continue to wage their campaign of terror throughout northern Iraq and Syria, Kurds have expressed strong support for an international coalition including Australia that is designed to back them in their fight. With militants from the … Continue reading

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Statement on Security Situation – Sep 2014

Kurdistan Adventures wishes to make an updated statement regarding the current security situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As per our previous statements, it is again important to recognise that the Kurdistan Region has continued to maintain its territorial … Continue reading

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Iraqi Kurdistan capital’s prosperity, tolerance threatened by Islamic State

IRBIL, Iraq — Neon lights up the night. Young people of both genders mingle freely in bars. Shoppers stroll by smart shops offering gleaming new cars and appliances. The relative normalcy of Irbil, the capital of the thriving Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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Why U.S. should support independence for Kurds

Yazidi Kurd refugees By Sen. Conrad Burns (Ret.) In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan laid out his vision for re-establishing the United States as an “exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have … Continue reading

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