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Bye to Iraq

Saturday night, April 9 — I feel like I am back in that dream state I mentioned when I first got to Iraq. It is too much to process. I know that I will have a lot more to say … Continue reading

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Al Qash

We went to Al Qash after our trip to Amedy yesterday. Before I start, let me note translating things from Kurdish or Arabic to English is not an exact science. I’ve seen Duhok and Dohuk; Amedy and Amedi; Al Qash … Continue reading

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Amedy – an ancient cave and Saddam’s palace have been reinvented; an ancient Jewish tomb and church remain intact

Yesterday, I visited Amedy, a town up in the mountains about 45 minutes northeast of Duhok. Along the way we stopped at Inishika Cave. It is in a Syrian village. The cave has been used for centuries as a way … Continue reading

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Iraq – optimism, expectations, “I found you on Facebook” & shiny shoes

Reader Kak Lenny asks: Are the Iraqis you’re meeting optimistic about the future? Any conversations about Iraq post-US? What about media, official & social? Is there a vibrant debate? Did the Vice Gov compliment the shine on your shoes? I … Continue reading

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Requests, TV and Supermarkets

Two Requests I have had only two requests from people that were unrelated to work. The first was from a boy outside the Citadel who asked me to take a picture of a dove. I asked him why. He said, … Continue reading

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Surprise, Smile, Give a Speech

It is almost 11:00pm and I just finished working. So this is going to be a short post. Before telling about my day, here are some pictures of Dohuk, my “5 star” and, at the request of Kak Lenny, my … Continue reading

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Today’s travel to Dohuk and Jersey Shore reminders

Today, we left Erbil and drove to Dohuk — about a 2.5-hour drive. It is rolling farm land, kind of like the Midwest. However, it didn’t have the sweeping sense of the space and openness because, every once in a … Continue reading

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Back to Erbil for a minute – the Citadel

I realized that I didn’t talk about The Citadel in my last posts. It is a 6,000 year old city/fort in Erbil. The compound is built on the top of a man-made hill and is about 11 hectares in size. … Continue reading

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Some Pictures of Erbil

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Kurdish Parliament

I came to Iraq to deliver a seminar to members of the Kurdish Parliament in Erbil and work with Kurdish academics in Dohuk in their efforts to develop a NGO certificate program. I leave for the university in Dohuk tomorrow. … Continue reading

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