April 2024 Kurdistan Chronicle features, "woven history" of Kurdistan, diplomatic visits, Shanidar Z, economic insights

“In this edition of Kurdistan chronicle, we shed light on the longstanding culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different religious and ethnic components of society in the Kurdistan Region.”
The cover of the 15th issue of the Kurdistan Chronicle. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
The cover of the 15th issue of the Kurdistan Chronicle. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The latest edition of the Kurdistan Chronicle, Issue 15, published in April 2024, features many cultural, political, and economic issues in the Kurdistan Region.

The cover of the magazine showcases a famous picture of the Kurdish Gelims, a floor textile or a rug. The author, Araz Barzinjyi, delves into the depth of what he calls “woven history”. The history, technique and meaning behind the symbols used in the gelims are given particular attention.

The magazine begins by an editorial, written by Botan Tahseen. In his introductory remarks for the 15th volume of the magazine, Tahseen refers to the importance of the diplomacy, emphasizing that “In this edition of Kurdistan chronicle, we shed light on the longstanding culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence between different religious and ethnic components of society in the Kurdistan Region.”

On pages 6 to 13, two of the most important cases of Kurdistan Region’s diplomatic meetings are showcased. In pages 6-10, the magazine underlined the “historic” visit of Turkey’s President Erdogan to Erbil, highlighting the meeting between KDP’s President Masoud Barzani and Turkish President Erdogan.

During this visit, as the magazine points out, numbers of strategic discussions were held, chief among them, the Development Road Project and diplomatic reaffirmation.

On pages 11 to 13, the magazine pays attention to the official visit by Kurdistan Region’s President Nechirvan Barzani to Islamic Republic of Iran. The meeting between Kurdistan Region’s President and Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is highlighted, showcasing Kurdistan Region’s desire to be a factor of stability in the region.

Moreover, on pages 14 to 17, the visit by US Assistant Secretary Geoffrey Pyatt to Kurdistan Region is analyzed. The magazine starts with a question, “can the Kurdistan Region export clean energy?”

As conflicts in the region spread, from the Gaza war to the Red Sea, and as the result impacting the international trade and oil flow, the author, John V. Bowler, argues that the Kurdistan Region could be a viable alternative route.

Another important topic that the magazine showcases is an interview with the Canadian Ambassador to Iraq, Kathy Bunka. Issues such as disinformation, social media, Newroz on Korek, the Sinjar Agreement and Climate Change are touched upon.

On pages 22 to 29, the magazine highlights two important interviews. During an interview with the Indian Ambassador to Iraq Prashant Pise, the magazine has written about the India’s desire to further assist the Kurdistan Region in terms of education sector by offering 50 scholarships to Kurdistan. “We want Students from Kurdistan to benefit from India’s enterprise. Our hope is that they will return home and contribute to the development of the Kurdistan Region,” Ambassador Pise indicated during the interview.

The other significant interview is with South Korean Consul General in Erbil, Seungcheol Lim.  During this interview, as highlighted by the author Qassim Khidhir, the Consul General remarks that “our histories share a remarkable resemblance. Both Koreans and Kurds yearn for peace. We have no history of aggression; our desire is solely self-defense.”

The South Korean Consul General, Seungcheol Lim, also commended the role of Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS. “When ISIS made significant territorial gains in Iraq, the Kurdish people, through their brave peshmerga forces, stood their ground and defended their land. Their firm patriotism in the face of auch adversity resonated deeply with the Korean people.”

In a piece titled “Genuine Federalism: Towards Prosperity in Iraq”, both authors, Hajar Sadoon and Mohammed Tatarkhan, argue that the key to solve Iraq’s internal struggles is through a genuine implementation of a federal system.

On pages 38-41, Ney Dost covers a report about Kurdish Community Germany (KGD)’s role in “building bridges between cultures, amplifying unheard voices, and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities.” It also highlights the challenges KGD faces, its social and cultural activities, and cooperation with other organizations.   

Douglas Layton’s “Kurdistan: The Cradle of Mankind” is an interesting piece. The author compares the case of Mesopotamia as “the Cradle of Civilization” with Kurdistan as “the Cradle of Mankind”. This comes as a commentary on the recent archeological discovery in Shanidar Cave, where the remains of a Neanderthal was discovered.

On Pages 50 to 55, the magazine deals in detail about the Netflix documentary about “Shanidar Z” and its international reception.

Rebin Rashidi’s report about a book written by Homeira Soufi, “The Tears of Mount Sinjar”, is also an important highlight of the magazine.

Ivan Jani Corbill, through his piece called “Assyrian Language in Voice of Iraqi Kurdistan”, attempts at showcasing the long history of inter-communal ties between various communities of the Kurdistan Region and the emphasis that is given to the protection of coexistence and social harmony among all components of the Kurdistan’s society.

Rohat Alakom, on pages 64 to 67, sheds light on the history of a Kurdish Radio broadcasting called “Rewan Radio” which was founded in 1930 in Armenia.

Moving on, the magazine showcases the Kurdistan Region’s policies with regard to the advancement and development of the agricultural industry. Saman Shali highlights the strategies that the Kurdistan Region can consider in protecting and reviving the agriculture sector: investment in infrastructure,; promotion of modern farming practices; diversification of crops and livestock; support for smallholder farmers; sustainable land management; market development and value-chain integration;  policy and regulatory reforms; climate resilience and adaptation; and supporting the regional government.

A host of other interesting cultural and social topics have been included in this volume of the Kurdistan Chronicle.