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Real-world choices for Obama, U.S.
PNA - When President Barack Obama sits down to write his foreign-policy memoir, he may be tempted to use as his book title the four words he reportedly uses privately to summarize the Obama doctrine: "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" (with "stuff" sometimes defined more spicily).
Washington Post: 'Open the door to the Kurds'
PNA - AS BLOODSHED in Iraq and Syria has steadily escalated, the importance to the United States of one regional ally has been growing. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, which controls an autonomous enclave bordering Iran, Turkey and Syria, is democratic, secular, pro-Western and a determined enemy of the al-Qaeda forces that operate on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border.
Too Often in Kurdistan, Wrong Person in Wrong Job
PNA - "How can we have a healthy, blossoming society when people do not enjoy the jobs they are in? How can we want our society to grow and prosper while, instead of putting someone who can do the job right, we have someone there who does not have a clue. How can you work when you do not even have a job description? All you have is a job title, which changes every few years."
Kurdistan’s Peace Pipelines
PNA - Not very many people believed that the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), created through the Treaty of Paris between Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will serve as the first step to transform part of the European continent. During the second world war, many American politicians would imagine Europe as a lost continent because of the two world wars.
Michael Knights to Gulan: President Barzani is playing a constructive role in maintaining the PKK ceasefire
PNA - Michael Knights is a Boston-based Lafer fellow of The Washington Institute, specializing in the military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, and the Persian Gulf states.He said to Gulan that President Barzani is playing a constructive role in maintaining the PKK ceasefire.
Iraq’s Kurdish region pursues ties with Turkey — for energy revenue and independence
PNA - As the rest of Iraq descends into a crisis of deepening violence, the autonomous enclave of Kurdistan is enlisting the help of an unlikely ally, Turkey, to reach for a long-delayed dream of independence.
Iraqi Kurdistan: State-in-the-making?
PNA - Wherever you are in the world it takes nerve to invest in the amusement park industry - roller coasters can go down as well as up. But the Chavy Land Park in the Iraqi-Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah offers a particularly challenging balance of risk and reward. On the one hand there isn't much competition for the leisure dollar in the Iraqi tourism industry - not yet at least.
The Kurdistan Region: A Unique Democracy in the Middle East
PNA - The Kurdistan Region is seemingly a unique democracy in the Middle East. With a successful and open foreign policy coupled with economic power, the Kurdistan Region has become an international commercial center in this new and virgin region.
Erbil - Kurdistan
From Kurdistan to New York
PNA - 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; cranes and high-rises clutter the horizon; the roads, many of them smooth and new, are crammed with cars. Women walk the streets in jeans, their hair blowing free. Kurdistan, a self-governing region, has a decadelong head start on the rest of Iraq, and it has peace, too. For that, it can thank—and Kurds do thank—the United States, and especially for the no-fly zone, erected in 1991, that kept Saddam’s armies at bay, until the U.S. took him and his government down, twelve years later. The Kurds are reaping the fruits.
Kurdistan Sightseeing in Iran -Photos
PNA-The province of Kurdistan is 28,817 km in area of the Kurdish inhabited areas of Iran or Iranian Kurdistan.
As Iraq grapples with bombings, Erbil booms
PNA-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, things are getting better.”
From Mountain People to Partner ?
PNA-Speaking at a recent Chatham House event former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright was asked her predictions for the Middle East. Ignoring the continued flux of both the Arab Spring the bloody civil war in Syria Albright responded that the modern relationship between Turkey and the Kurds is evidence of how "things you think will never change – change".
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