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Latest update : 2014-08-12

Iraq violence: ISIS insurgency catches up with Kurdistan

We focus on events in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan. The Baghdad parliament has handed the role of Iraqi president to the veteran politician Fouad Masoum, who is of course a Kurd. It’s a largely ceremonial post and in line with unofficial power-sharing agreements, the president is always a Kurd, the prime minister a Shiite and the speaker a Sunni.

Meanwhile, for several weeks now, Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been battling militants from ISIS and in several areas they are providing the only effective counterweight to these advancing jihadists. But how long will that last?

By Tom BURGES WATSON

Our guests

Abdelraman Dara SULEIMAN

Iraqi Writer and Political Analyst

Ardavan AMIR ASLANI

International Lawyer

Shwan ZULAL

Kurdish Blogger; Political and risk analyst

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2018-01-17 Europe

Poland's existential struggle: Abortion debate spurs protests over right-wing shift

Women across Poland have taken to the streets wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights, which they say are under threat from the ruling conservative Law...

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2018-01-16 Emmanuel Macron

Macron on migration: Humanity or closed-border policy?

Emmanuel Macron has made his first visit to Calais as French leader. After talking with some migrants and listening to their stories, Macron said he would not allow another...

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2018-01-15 Africa

Tunisia's revolutionary fire: Fresh protests, seven years after Arab Spring

It's been seven years since the uprising that saw a wind of change blow across North Africa. The Arab Spring began with the exit of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia. Nine...

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2018-01-11 Europe

Merkel's last chance? German chancellor in crunch coalition talks

Germany has been in a holding pattern since September 24, when citizens voted in a general election where the big centre-right and centre-left blocs underperformed badly. And...

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2018-01-10 Emmanuel Macron

Conspiracy theories: How to sort truth from fiction?

Long before there was the internet, there were conspiracy theories: neatly-bundled stories to explain events that are hard to swallow. So why does a new survey show that a...

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