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Disputistan - Resolving Injustice in Iraq

Collectively, the disputed areas in northern Iraq tell a story of injustice, a story of people being forced out of their homes for the crime of belonging to one ethnic group and not the other. The city center of Kerkuk is undoubtedly the most important of the disputed areas as its mixed population is estimated to be close to a half a million, and within the landscape of Kurdish politics, few things are more important than the issue of Kerkuk.

The evolution of the modern electoral process in the Kurdistan Region by Delovan Barwari

Spirits are running high in the streets of Iraqi Kurdistan as the upcoming regional elections on 25 July 2009 approach. Kurdish television stations, newspapers, online news sources, blogs, and chat rooms have been dominated by this monumental event in Kurdish history as the preparation for the third parliamentary election and the first direct election for the presidency of Kurdistan region is underway. Undeniably, it will be a transformative test case for Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iran: Protests against election results or the entire establishment? by Sayeh Hassan

An important debate has emerged in Iranian society about whether protests persist in opposition to the election results or whether people are or should be protesting the entire system of government in Iran. A question within this debate begs to ask what the difference would be between an Ahmadinejad presidency and a Mousavi one and what types of changes would have taken place.

Village Life in the Qendil Mountains by Thomas James

In any other country, an area such as the Qendil Mountains in the northernmost part of Iraq would be a tourist attraction, on a par with the Swiss Alps or the Spanish Pyrenees. Rugged, snow-capped peaks and deep gorges give way to carpets of wild flowers and small farm holdings. The people here are broadly self-sufficient, able to meet their needs from the fertile land and mountain streams. Ostensibly, it should be a simple and peaceful way of life for the population of the area’s two hundred odd villages.

No country, no identity – the story of the Makhmour refugees by Derya Cewlik
Makhmour's inhabitants - Kurds from Turkey and their children - are officially registered as refugees. Their numbers grow every year, having risen from about 10,000 people two years ago to an estimated 12,000 at present. The refugees have a very uncertain future due to Turkish pressure to close the camp, which they label a "PKK camp". Day-to-day life in the camp is very difficult; as electricity is anything but consistent and Clean water is limited as well. According to one camp resident, the intense heat in summer spoils food very quickly.

“Transforming Every House into to a School”:
Abdullah Demirbas, Mayor of Sur District, Diyarbakir

Kurdish Herald sits down with Mr. Abdullah Demirbas, Mayor of the Sur District in Diyarbakir, for an exclusive one-on-one interview regarding a new project his municipality has initiated to help educate Kurds and minority groups in Turkey in their own languages and about their cultures and heritage through the art of storytelling. Mayor Demirbas is persistently and passionately working for the preservation of Kurdish culture.

Poetry & Art Feature: Mystery - Nepenî by Sibel Akman

Kurdish Herald publishes Poetry & Art from featured Kurdish artists and writers. In this issue, Kurdish writer, Sibel Akman, contributes a piece that expresses deep thoughts and emotions. The piece entitled, "Mystery", is Sibel Akman's latest work.

Kurdish Herald Special: Dispatches from Iraqi Kurdistan following the events surrounding the 2009 elections

The residents of Iraqi Kurdistan participate in the parliamentary and presidential elections where 111 seats and the post of the President of the Region are up for grabs. Kurdish Herald brings you the latest up-to-date news directly from Iraqi Kurdistan regarding the 25 July 2009 elections.


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