Monthly Archives: June 2014

over and under estimating air force #iraq#isis

following the media discourse on the islamic state of iraq and syria (isis) and the general situation and development in iraq, i am stunned that through all the military advisory analyses on why air force is not a sollution for … Continue reading

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‘we are not leaving’

the generations that lived through the early nineties in the kurdish north of iraq are digging their heels in. ‘i have fled my home in the 90s, i have crossed the iranian border; i have been there and i am … Continue reading

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the oil barometer

oh the things i have learned ever since coming to the kurdish north of iraq: the biggest danger to one’s life are not bombs but cars, cold water is a sanctuary, and danger is measured in oil. particulalry the last … Continue reading

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playing irony

the world is one ironic place right now. granted, life on this planet always has some form of morbid humor to it, but right now it seems to have reached yet another peak. is it just me or is the … Continue reading

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crunching theories in erbil

in erbil right now, a city more stable than ever, people are crunching their heads with ideas, theories and possible scenarios on the developments of the isis in iraq and the potential reasons, options and outcomes for kurdistan. here is … Continue reading

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iraq for beginners

with the news of islamist fighters having taken over mosul finally also reaching the austrian news cycle, the thing concerning me the most is the statements i encounter from people as they comment on the happenings. realizing a substantial lack … Continue reading

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is it a bird? a plane? no, it’s a drone!

there is sentences in life that even in my wildest dreams i would not have thought that i would ever hear. ‘oh look, there’s an iraqi army deserter’ was one of them. but, truth to be told, things get pretty … Continue reading

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