Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kurdish Democracy Needs Free and Professional Media

Chris Bowers, the British consul general in Erbil, examines the role of the media in a free society. As a government representative, I am a little wary about commenting on the media in the Kurdistan Region.  But as a former … Continue reading

KRG Representative: We expect trade with UK to continue to grow

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s High Representative to the UK today told British companies that Kurdistan’s economy is booming and there are many opportunities to do business there. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman was speaking at a lunch hosted in her honour … Continue reading

Health co-operation between the UK and the Kurdistan Region

Professor Deiary Kader, the founder of the Newcastle/Gateshead Medical Volunteers group and an Iraqi Kurd himself, recently addressed the APPG on his work. Over the last two years, the charity has recruited more than a hundred health professionals of whom … Continue reading

Rudaw column on women’s rights

This week’s column by Gary Kent A paradox I have found in travelling around Kurdistan is that I often learn as much about Britain as about Kurdistan. Exposure to a different culture and thinking forces me to re-examine what I … Continue reading

Two events on the Jews of Kurdistan

The Jews of Kurdistan Lecture by Professor Yona Sabar, Professor of Hebrew and Aramaic, UCLA and Ariel Sabar, author of My Father’s Paradise Royal Geographical Society, London Thursday 28th June 2012 Lecture by Professor Yona Sabar, Professor of Hebrew and … Continue reading

Hanzala Malik: Iraqi Kurds want the Scots’ support. And they deserve to get it

DISCUSSING the nature of national identity and its complex links to political power doesn’t apply just in Scotland. The Kurdistan region in Iraq is also such a place; it has about five million people, a strong historic identity and is … Continue reading

An enthusiasm of engineers

Westminster is in recess, the focus is on the Queen’s 60th anniversary and I have been back to Kurdistan for my ninth visit which prompts me to offer a view from Westminster rather than about the UK Parliament. To paraphrase … Continue reading