Springtime for Kurdistan

Aug 30, 2006
The semiautonomous northern region of Iraq is an island of relative stability in an ocean of turmoil. If America does not support Kurdistan's independence, we may well lose our best shot of having a desperately needed secular ally in the region. New America Foundation fellow Parag Khanna, just back from the area, reports.
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Kurds Riot and Turn Against Their Leaders

Mar 17, 2006
Remember Kurdistan, that semiautonomous northern part of Iraq that the U.S. always points to as a model of stable, quasi-democratic governance? Well, corruption up there is so systemic that thousands of people vented their anger by burning down a government museum. The horrible irony: The museum commemorates the thousands of Kurds who died in Saddam Hussein's 1988 gas attack. It had become an emblem of government greed. Another front just opened up in the Iraqi civil war that the Pentagon claims doesn't exist.

In Iraq, It Keeps Getting Worse and Worse

Jan 23, 2006
The rebuilding of Iraq was hobbled and mismanaged from the get-go, according to an official history of the program leaked to the New York Times | story The Kurds, in exchange for a quasi-autonomous secular state of their own, will allow Shiite theocracy to dominate the rest of the country Hardly the neocon fantasy of a secular, united and American-friendly Iraqlatimescom/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-alliance22jan22,0,6427404story?coll=la-home-world" title="story">storyMeanwhile, a mass exodus of Iraq's professional, educated class is resulting in a brain drain, just when the country needs its thinkers mostwashingtonpostcom/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/22/AR2006012201112html" title="story">storyAlso, an influential cleric who has led uprisings against the US says that his militia would defend Iran if it was attacked | story.