Saturday, November 30, 2013

Kurds catch a break

The Kurds have a fierce sense of ethnic identity and have been historically treated as the ugly duckling that deserved no autonomy. The lack of quantified respect has led to a lot of bloodshed and a lot of bad blood. Everyone wants a piece of Kurdistan's rich oil and gas deposits, but no one wants to acknowledge a Kurdish autonomy and identity. Kurdistan, an area predominantly peopled by Kurds, counts parts of Syria, Turkey and Iraq as home.

And Iraq is not amused that the Iraqi Kurds have signed an energy deal with Turkey, a country with which Kurds have fought territorial battles in the past.
(Reuters) - Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan signed a multi-billion-dollar energy package this week that will help transform the semi-autonomous region into an oil and gas powerhouse but infuriate the central government in Baghdad.
Stay tuned ... there's a lot of money in them thar hills.

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