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

Humans of New York: Kurdistan or Iraq?

    Humans of New York (HONY), is a photo blog initiated by Brandon Stanton, the man behind the camera, in the summer of 2010. “I thought it would be really cool to create… Continue reading

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or KRG’s IDP Bucket Challenge?

    “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the… Continue reading

Save Shingal Event

        Recently, a group of volunteers decided to come together and collect donations for the Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP’s) of Shingal. They proposed the idea to Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC) and the… Continue reading

Choices You’ll Regret in 10 Years!

        There are so many lessons that we can learn from others who have lived this life and witnessed many things that we, as young adults, still have or have not yet discovered!… Continue reading

The Importance of Personal Self-Development

       In the few months that I’ve been here in Sulamania, I’ve observed great aspects of the city. I’ve also witnessed potential for the city to improve and develop into a region to… Continue reading

How Traveling Changed Me

         In the past 3 to 4 years of traveling I can’t imagine what my perspective on life would be now if I had never decided to leave my home years ago. Not… Continue reading

Fikra Space

If there are two things that are developing the world, they are entrepreneurship and technology. Of course this is not only from my point of view, they are the main components that are… Continue reading

The Effect of the Islamic State on the Economy

      In early August, Kurdistan received a reality check as IS (Islamic State) formerly known as ISIS gained more ground and started closing in on the Kurdish capital of Erbil, taking… Continue reading

The Nestlé Formula Scandal in Iraq

Don’t forget the milk!         Humanitarian aid comes in a lot of ways, some of which are not as sincere as they claim to be. One of the vilest humanitarian relief fiascos is the… Continue reading

138 Cases of Rape

Originally published on According to the annual report issued by the Women’s Legal Assistance Organization (WOLA) at a press conference, there were 138 cases of rape in the Iraqi Kurdistan in 2013.… Continue reading