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.

Countries of the MENA are getting indebted

Countries of the MENA are getting indebted, starting with those involved with internal conflict such as Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.  As far as Syria is concerned, The National https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-war-has-cost-226-billion-to-its-economy-world-bank-1.484138 on July 10, 2017 per Agence France-Presse and Associated Press reported citing a report of the World Bank that came out as the UN in yet another attempt to revive a moribund dialogue between the various parties to the conflict were again invited to the seventh round of indirect talks in Geneva. These will sit down knowing that per the World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/syria/overview, now into its sixth year, the violent conflict in Syria continues to take a heavy toll on the life of Syrian people and on the Syrian economy. The UN estimates that more than 250,000 people have died, while other sources place the death toll at almost 500,000 (470,000) with 1.2 million people injured. More than 6.3 million people are internally displaced and 4.9 million are officially registered as refugees. It is good to remember that at start of the conflict in 2011, the country had a GDP of $65 million.

Middle East 1 in 20 displaced people from their homes

As highlighted in this WEF latest article written by Emma Luxton, Formative Content, on human displacements in the world, most are from the north-east end of the MENA region. This is due principally to a certain lack of good governance that is coupled to and / or consequent to the prevailing historically defined under-development of the majority of the nation states of the region. The title of the WEF quotes 1 in 100 but adds later on in the article that in the Middle East 1 in 20 displaced people from their homes is the current picture.
One objection, though, could be the huge numbers of expatriate workers displaced from their original homes in south Asia, the Philippines, Nepal, etc. and number up to 90% of some of the GCC countries are also displaced for this time obvious economic reasons. Would not they count as displaced as well? Meantime [. . .]
Nearly 1 in 100 people worldwide have been driven away from their homes

Damascus University versus forged degrees

Diploma Forging ! It is amidst the country’s ongoing internal war, that Damascus University versus forged degrees through an unprecedented effort to digitise its documentation is unfloding. In effect, Damascus University recently issued its first digitally enhanced diplomas, part of an initiative to combat the use of forged diplomas by students wanting to claim they graduated from the […]

Des réfugiés Syriens à la Sorbonne

L’annonce, des réfugiés Syriens à la Sorbonne, effectuée en août 2015, est reprise récemment par des journaux français surpris de la somme engagée par Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri, le procureur général du Qatar et ancien élève de l’université Panthéon-Sorbonne. C’est, en effet, à cet alumnus, docteur en droit, que Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne doit d’avoir obtenu une aide financière de […]

One week in Saudi Arabia and in the US

The opening of the road between the 2 largest countries of the GCC for the first time ever, Saudi’s unprecedented budget shrinkage becoming more important and planning the issue of sovereign bonds together with possibility of doing away with petrol subsidies is now more certain whilst a Saudi – US gathering reviews the situation that presumably does not include consideration of the Syrian refugees’ plight.

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 […]