Baghdad City of Peace Carnival Finding Peace in a Hopeless Place

In 2011, a group of young people who live in Baghdad came together, and decided to organize a peace carnival in a city that is known as the “House of Peace” but has… Continue reading

Violation of Gender Identities by the Islamic State

“The Islamic State is becoming victorious in Iraq, Syria, and everywhere. I swear we will divide America in two.”         These are not the words of Abu Bakir Al-Baghdadi; the leader of IS,… Continue reading

The Fifth Annual Kurdish Youth Festival

            The Kurdish Youth Festival is an annual event that brings together a diverse network of students, young professionals, and charity and community organizations that generate and share ideas, learn from one another, and… Continue reading

Awat Anniversary

Three years ago, Awat newspaper was just a vision. A vision for a group of young people, some still in highschool, and some barely out of highschool. We had no resources, very little… Continue reading

What Would You Do If You Were President?

If I were President… ‘If I were President’ is a phrase that litters many a conversation in the Kurdish community. As a child I would always wonder whether a group of ‘grown-up’ Kurds… Continue reading

The Power of Thought

Have you ever contemplated how powerful the thoughts that occupy your mind really are? … “You are what you think.” It may just be one of the most hauntingly true clichés of the… Continue reading

Overwhelming Aspect of Teaching in Kurdish Culture

  Teaching should go beyond giving advice. Teachers, as well as giving guidance, should provide a warm, encouraging, comfortable environment where humor, supportive feedback, lesson planning, regular meeting with parents, and checking progress… Continue reading

A Life Without a Cause is a Life Without an Effect

A few days ago, I saw a post on one of my friends’ wall on Facebook saying, “I was born to die.” A negative status like that is definitely one of the biggest… Continue reading

The Odyssey

         Renowned as one of the most famous masterpieces of literature around the globe, The Odyssey is an epic poem that establishes the morals of patience and modesty in the heart of… Continue reading

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

         When I decided to read the alchemist, I started turning the first few pages and that’s where the authors note appeared. I saw the most powerful speech written in a letter. The… Continue reading

Fenek Restaurant, Grand Millenium Restaurant review

  The newly opened Grand Millennium protrudes proudly from the heart of the bustling city of Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. This new and modern hotel is home to many great facilities for the public to… Continue reading

World War One: Do We Ever Learn From the Mistakes of the Past?

The world that we have inherited is a product of everything that has preceded us; the wars, the treaties, the alliance, the traditions, the cultures, the nations, the people, the kings, the queen,… Continue reading

Behind the Eyes of a Refugee

Since the appearance of IS, Iraqi people have been livingin panic and pressure from all aspects. Our lives have become difficult; you can see the signs of depression and hopelessness on people’s faces.… Continue reading

Kurdish Lean In; Get the Lean In Book and Make a Change

You might’ve seen your friends or acquaintances hashtag ‘KurdsLeanIn’ on Facebook and twitter. You might have also wondered what the fuss is about and what it is you’re missing out on. Well, I… Continue reading