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Why Kurdistan Is a Pillar of Hope in a Turbulent Middle East

Sasha Toperich | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Sasha Toperich

As government officials in Erbil often say, "We've made mistakes, but we are now correcting them." This tends to be true, and although there is much work to be done and the road ahead is long, the Kurdistan region is on the right track.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Home
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

Iraqi Creatives Team Up With U.S. Comedians To Bring Laughter To Their War-Torn Country

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home

ISTANBUL -- For 19-year-old Iraqi comedian Siryan Amer Shabow, laughter is like air. Without it, there’s no surviving. When violent Islamic State fi...

Kurdistan's Slow Rolling Coup d'état

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 10.15.2016 | Home
Luay Al Khatteeb

A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.

Iraqi Catholic Bishop Still Has Vivid Memories Of Mosul's Fall

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.11.2015 | Home

The Iraqi city of Mosul fell to the Islamic State on June 10, 2014. When the militants laid out an ultimatum -- convert, pay a tax or be killed -- tho...

Kurdistan: A Miracle Required, Every Single Day

Sasha Toperich | Posted 06.21.2015 | Home
Sasha Toperich

People in the streets of Erbil are saying these days, "We are fighting three extremely difficult battles: We fight ISIS with poor and outdated weapons, we struggle to absorb the refugees that have increased our population by 28 percent, and we fight with Baghdad to get our money to survive." In a nutshell, all of it is quite true.

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Home
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.


Francis Levy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

Have you ever considered what would happen if the United States was really invaded? 9/11 was a terrorist attack but there was no follow up.

BDA, Genocide and Oil in Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.02.2014 | Home
Matthew Hoh

In all of our lifetimes we have seen the United States led into war based on inaccurate and false assertions of dangers and horrors, often for the benefit of a few. It should not happen again.

Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.01.2014 | Home
Franz-Stefan Gady

There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.

ISIS Crisis: Limits and Limited Success for Obama's Flawed Strategy

William Bradley | Posted 08.22.2014 | Home
William Bradley

If Obama is serious about effectively containing Isis, much less ultimately defeating it, he's going to have to let go of some very non-serious thinking.

Why America Is Dropping Bombs To Defend Erbil

New Yorker | Steve Coll | Posted 08.11.2014 | Home

Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Ru...

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

Progressives Should Stand with the President to Oppose Genocide

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home
Robert Creamer

I have been a vocal opponent of that war since George W. Bush proposed the invasion in 2002. I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in Iraq last night deserve progressive support.

This is Iraq (But Not the One You've Seen Before)

Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Victoria Fine

Iraqi Kurdistan is full of the growing pains and remarkable opportunities of a society that is moving on from violence and redefining a national and regional identity. This is the story we are here to tell.

Why Can't Kurdish Journalists Write Well? A Look at Modern Media in Iraq

Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Victoria Fine

There are virtually no independent news organizations in northern Iraq. This may not surprise you. But what might is that freedom of the press is not Iraqi Kurdistan's biggest media problem.