Kurdistan is a nation that historically never made it

Kurdistan is a nation that historically never made it to be a fully-fledged state. The reasons are many and varied. Per The Kurdish Project, the contiguous Kurdish regions of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria sit in the north central area of the Middle East. Over the millennia, numerous ethnicities have migrated, settled or natively inhabited the area including Turks, Persians, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Chechens, Azeris and others. To get a feel of how things are locally appreciated, we reproduce an article of ASHRQ AL-AWSAT written by Salman Al-dossary , former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, on a real Kurdish Project. Landlocked and spread over large portions of the above-named countries, it will obviously have an uphill development plan.

Iraq set to get back to its pre-war Market Share

A piece of information as reported by Reuters yesterday Saturday August 27, 2016 regarding an OPEC member oil producer of importance. That is Iraq set to get back to its pre-war Market Share. Its sight is on expanding its production and would not hear of reducing it at the forthcoming September meeting of Algiers.
A general view shows a lake of oil at Al-Sheiba oil refinery in the southern Iraq city of Basra, in this January 26, 2016 file photo. Iraq set on expanding oil output to gain market share
Flames emerge from a pipeline at the oil fields in Basra, southeast of Baghdad. (Image: Reuters)
Iraq is willing to play an active role within OPEC to support oil prices but will not sacrifice its goal of expanding market share and will continue to ramp up output, its oil minister said on Saturday.
Jabar Ali al-Luaibi, on a visit to the southern oil city of Basra, renewed calls for local and international oil companies in Iraq to increase production and announced plans to double crude storage capacity at the country’s southern export terminals to 24 million barrels in the “coming years” from 12 million barrels currently.
“The ministry has new ambitious plans to develop the oil sector,” he told reporters. “Among them, the most important is to increase crude output to reach a level that suits Iraq’s needs; we don’t want to specify a ceiling for future production like in the past.”

Touching story about an all-girl school

The Dash of Zaha Hadid This week on one of the national news TV stations, I saw a touching story about an all-girl school in Jordan which was already overcrowded.  When all the Syrian refugee girls started showing up, the principal of the school declared that the refugee girls could attend only if they brought […]

EU funds for major Iraqi infrastructure projects

Trade Arabia posted on 28 December 2015 reporting the news of Italy to fund major Iraqi infrastructure projects Italy is set to provide a $2.72-million fund to a United Nations agency to support the stability of Iraq and boost its civil infrastructure, said a report. The grant is a part of an Italian pledge of […]

World’s tallest tower to be in Iraq

Basrah being home to Iraq’s oil main reserves, is also its southern province capital city that has become lately one of the fastest-growing business centres in the world.
Basrah urban development has recently undergone major changes, with a new town centre master plan commissioned by the Basra governorate with the aim of avoiding any urban sprawl and protect the environment. Hence the preference for the concept to build vertically was consensually arrived at, and looks like to be concretised in the near future.
Basrah town centre will feature a gigantic tower called “the ‘bride’ tower”.

Kurdistan Mountains Landscapes

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been thrust into the news spotlight that year. While some parts remain dangerous and completely off-limits to travellers, life continues as normal elsewhere. Resident and regional expert Sofia Barbarani of Lonely Planet went out there, exploring the safest parts of this little-visited part of the world.

Landscapes of Kurdistan

  Kurd, member of an ethnic and linguistic group living in the Taurus Mountains of eastern Anatolia, the Zagros Mountains of western Iran, portions of northern Iraq, Syria, and Armenia, and other adjacent areas.  Most of the Kurds live in contiguous areas of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey—a somewhat loosely defined geographic region generally referred to as […]