Caption: An abandoned IDP camp in Iraqi Kurdistan near the border with Iran., Credit: Rachel Stacy
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An abandoned IDP camp in Iraqi Kurdistan near the border with Iran. 

Development & Displacement in the Other Iraq

From: War News Radio
Length: 05:49

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, a common adage says the Kurdish people have “no friends but the mountains.” Today, the mountains along the northern border of Iraq are sometimes the site of less than friendly fire from Turkish and Iranian forces, while cities south of these giants are the center of economic growth. War News Radio’s Amy DiPierro explores how “Development & Displacement” in Iraqi Kurdistan are reshaping this common wisdom. Read the full description.

Iran_border_idp_camp_small In Iraqi Kurdistan, a common adage says the Kurdish people have “no friends but the mountains.” Today, the mountains along the northern border of Iraq are sometimes the site of less than friendly fire from Turkish and Iranian forces, while cities south of these giants are the center of economic growth. War News Radio’s Amy DiPierro explores how “Development & Displacement” in Iraqi Kurdistan are reshaping this common wisdom.

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Part Two: Development & Displacement in the Other Iraq

DIPIERRO: Since 2006, the Kurdistan Regional Government has marketed itself to investors and tourists as “the other Iraq” .

U.S. SPOT #2, VO NARRATOR: Have you seen the other Iraq? It’s spectacular. It’s joyful. It has an experienced security force. […]

DIPIERRO: While commercial continues dimly in the background.

The commercial begins with images of sweeping mountain vistas, then children running and a man holding Kurdistan’s flag aloft. People are dancing, another man blows a horn, Kurdish soldiers salute the camera.

U.S. SPOT #2, VO NARRATOR: Welcome to Iraqi Kurdistan! It’s been practicing democracy for over a decade. It’s not a dream. It’s the “other” Iraq.

DIPIERRO: After the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Iraqi Kurdistan sought to attract tourists and investors with its relative stability and tolerance. While th...
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