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Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States

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The Kurdistan in America podcast is the official podcast of the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States, based in Washington, DC. The central aim of the podcast is to explore the rich relationship between Kurdistan and the United States. Now in its second season, the English-language podcast is released on a monthly basis. The podcast covers a diverse array of topics, including art, culture, security, politics, humanitarian affairs, and the economy. The podcast begi ...
 
Iraqi Voices showcases authentic perspectives and insights about current developments in Iraq. Each week, we examine one major event in the country through expert analysis, cutting through the conjecture to help listeners better navigate Iraq's complex social, political and economic environment. Iraqi Voices is produced by 1001 Iraqi Thoughts.
 
VEDENGA ROJAVA - ECHOES OF THE RESISTANCE An internationalists radio project bringing an inside look into Afrin resistance. Revolutionaries from different parts of the world organized in different collectives and organizations in Rojava found an importance to come together and launch an audio project focused on the peoples resistance against an invasion of Afrin canton carried by the fascist state of Turkey and its jihadist proxies. Our aim is to spread an awareness of this historical event ...
 
Have you ever wondered about the millions of deaths you haven't heard of caused by organisations you don't usually notice? Or those hundreds of revolutions that go on unreported under your nose? Probably not, because you hadn't heard, seen or even felt them. That changes now. Veritas Populi, hosted by yours truly, Aryan Dixit, aims to enlighten you about those glazed-over parts of the world, those tales left underreported. Veritas Populi takes you to the remotest regions of Sub-Saharan Afric ...
 
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Many of the migrants currently languishing at the Poland-Belarus border come from Iraq. Most of them hail from the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan in the north of the country. This area is often described as a haven of peace, but the reality is somewhat darker. Our correspondent Lucile Wassermann went to meet the Iraqis ready to risk everythin…
 
The Kurdistan in America podcast is honored to have Ms. Karen Young as its guest this month. Ms. Young is a senior fellow and founding director of the Program on Economics and Energy at the Washington DC-based think tank, the Middle East Institute. Previously, she was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, focusing on the politica…
 
Every year, up to 500 French people with disabilities are forced to cross into Belgium to seek the care they need. That's due to a shortage of places in French facilities and is still happening despite a pledge from President Emmanuel Macron to end the practice. Several measures have been taken, including a moratorium signed by authorities in both …
 
Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere: in our old electric razors, our computers and our hoovers. We often throw these devices away without much thought as to where they will end up. But this can be very dangerous, since when these batteries are crushed, they can catch fire and explode. The devices are to blame for major fires that have broken out a…
 
Fighting continues in Ethiopia, where rebel groups are advancing on the capital Addis Ababa. While much has been said about the northern front, where the army is at war with the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF), another armed group – allied to Tigrayans – is fighting from the south and west of the country. The Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) now controls a …
 
Since September, the name Evergrande has caused panic on stock exchanges around the world. Paralysed by $300 billion in debt (€260 billion), or the equivalent of 2 percent of Chinese GDP, the country's second-largest real estate developer is now threatening Chinese growth. Evergrande has more than 1,300 construction projects across China, as well a…
 
Russia is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rates and highest Covid-19 death rates in the world. With just over 30 percent of the population vaccinated, the Russian authorities' vaccination campaign has been deemed a fiasco. And yet when Vladimir Putin announced the launch of the Sputnik V vaccine in summer 2020, it was supposed to "…
 
Every morning in the Rwandan capital Kigali, long queues appear outside milk bars, where people come to socialise and unwind over large pints of ikivuguto, a fermented milk mixed with honey. Milk drinking became engrained in the country's culture as the result of a government policy initiated after the 1994 genocide to revive the economy and fight …
 
In China, patriotic brands are popular. Not so long ago, the label "Made in China" was synonymous with goods of poor quality, but today it is a driver of consumption. Western brands' share of the Chinese market is shrinking every year, supplanted by local alternatives. In a move encouraged by the authorities, buying Chinese-made products has become…
 
Panjshir Valley became known as the last bastion of the anti-Taliban resistance as the militants swept to power in Afghanistan in August. But it was only a matter of weeks before Panjshir too would fall into Taliban control. Once a bustling hub of activity, Panjshir is now largely deserted. The few residents who have stayed are now under constant s…
 
The Yakuza have long been one of the biggest criminal organisations in the world. At the height of their power in the 1960s, the Japanese Yakuza had more than 180,000 members. This Japanese mafia was rich, much feared, and virtually untouchable. But now their numbers, money and power have dwindled. There are only 23,000 Yakuzas left today, and they…
 
Twenty years ago, Portugal was plagued with heroin addiction and HIV infections. The country decided to take a new approach to the problem, becoming the first in the world to decriminalise drug taking. Since then, drug users are no longer treated as criminals to be locked up in jail, but as people who need medical care and supervision. The gamble h…
 
During a visit in October, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin described the new refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos as a "European model" for the reception of asylum seekers. The EU-funded Samos camp is closed and isolated – a far cry from overwhelmed reception centres such as the Moria camp on Lesbos, which was nicknamed the "camp of s…
 
In Afghanistan, women have now been waiting for three months for their fate to be decided by the Taliban government. One key question is whether older schoolgirls will be able to return to high school. With winter school holidays coming up, women in Kabul fear that the Taliban will simply play for time and postpone any decision on the issue. In the…
 
Women have long been left to bear the responsibility of contraception. But more and more young men seem willing to share or even take on this burden. Some 37 percent of French men aged 18-30 would be prepared to use a free male contraceptive pill and 22 percent would agree to have a vasectomy, according to a recent study. Yet male contraception rem…
 
Though discussions at COP26 are usually among national governments, the US state of California sent its own delegation to the UN climate conference in Glasgow. California is already feeling the effects of climate change and in recent years it has taken aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gases, with a target of 100 percent clean electricity by 2…
 
The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is entering the final hours of what are likely to be tough negotiations. In order to reduce carbon emissions, one key objective is putting an end to coal power. South Africa is among the countries that have pledged to progressively phase out this highly polluting fossil fuel. But on the ground, coal mines are…
 
The Kurdistan in America podcast is honored to have Senator Chris Van Hollen as its guest in this special bonus edition. Senator Van Hollen, who has a long record of public service in the US Congress, has co-sponsored S.Con.Res.16 with Senator Marco Rubio. The bipartisan resolution commemorates the anniversary of Operation Provide Comfort, the huma…
 
Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, is home to immense cedars and firs, some of them 800 years old. It's here that an environmental battle is raging between the logging industry and defenders of the Fairy Creek forest. The fight over logging has gone all the way to British Columbia's Supreme Court and is resonating withi…
 
With 11 million inhabitants, the Indian city of Bangalore has seen its size increase in a very short space of time. Nicknamed the Indian Silicon Valley, its rivers and lakes are now the city's unofficial sewers and are used by locals as dumping grounds for all kinds of waste. Out of the 850 lakes in Bangalore, more than 500 are extremely polluted. …
 
Tetiꞌaroa, an almost deserted Pacific island northeast of Tahiti, is a sanctuary for birds, sea turtles and all sorts of marine life. The atoll is perhaps most famous for being bought by US actor Marlon Brando. But this picturesque French Polynesian island is being invaded by plastic waste washed ashore by ocean tides. As a result, a team of volunt…
 
Since 2018, Portugal has seen a boom in farming, made possible in large part due to cheap labour from Asia run by mafia networks. Migrant charities estimate that around 30,000 Indian, Nepali, Thai and Pakistani labourers work on broccoli fields, pick berries and tomatoes in greenhouses or pick grapes in vineyards. In return they receive poor salari…
 
Almost three months after the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, the country's economy is imploding. Many NGOs and foreign companies have left, leaving thousands of Afghans suddenly unemployed. Some $9.5 billion of assets have been frozen abroad and banks are running out of money. The value of the local currency is plummeting and food prices ha…
 
Today we speak to anthropologist Ben Chang about recent clashes in Guatemala between indigenous resistance movements and the police, over nickel ore mining corruption. - https://www.prensacomunitaria.org/ - https://oiegt.org/ - - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/jake_hanrahan - www.instagram.com/popular.front…
 
In the far north of Cameroon, Nigerian refugees have been fighting desertification for the past four years. The desert advances by 12 percent every year in the region, which gets on average three times less rainfall than the rest of the country. But the UNHCR is hoping that its programme at the Minawao camp can help turn back the tide. More than 36…
 
Six months ago, DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi placed North Kivu and Ituri – two provinces in the east of the country – under "a state of siege", effectively imposing martial law in a region that has been rocked by conflict for decades. Today, although the government claims that hundreds of armed militiamen have surrendered, massacres continue…
 
This month, the Kurdistan in America podcast is going north to Canada and is pleased to have the Honorable Tom Kmiec MP as its guest. Mr. Kmiec is serving his third term as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for Calgary Shepard. He is also the co-founder of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of the Kurds. Mr. Kmiec shares his insights on Canada's …
 
Today we speak about the news that JStark has died after being raided by police. JStark is the man behind the rise of 3D printed guns in Europe and the main character of our "Plastic Defence" documentary. Watch Plastic Defence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlB2QV5wVxg&t=0s - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/ja…
 
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