Francis Fukuyama: Trump’s America is in a ‘democratic recession’

Political scientist and author Professor Francis Fukuyama, best known for his controversial 1989 essay “The End of History”, warns that America is stuck in a “democratic recession”. Far from basking in the victory of liberal democracy as the natural conclusion of mankind’s political evolution, Fukuyama says the United States is suffering a crisis of national […]

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Yezidi women must not face rape stigma: Congolese doctor Mukwege

Photo: Panzi Foundation     ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — World renowned gynecologist and women’s rights campaigner Dr Denis Mukwege visited Duhok and Lalish in late June to meet Yezidi women recovering from the ordeal of sexual slavery at the hands of ISIS. Mukwege, 63, who is widely celebrated for his work treating victims of rape […]

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Youth unemployment a major challenge for Iraq’s next government

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s next government has a problem. Almost half the population is under the age of 19 and unemployment among 15-24 year olds already stands at 18 percent. Unless opportunities are created for them, their disillusionment will only grow. According to the latest figures from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the […]

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From Afrin to Erbil: One refugee family’s journey

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Ahmad and his daughter Berivan are from Afrin. They are among the first refugees from the city to reach Erbil since Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies seized the northeast Syrian canton in March. Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 with the stated aim of pushing the Kurdish Democratic […]

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