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Kurdistan Memory Programme: Documenting history for the world

The Kurdistan Memory Programme (KMP) is a new national archive of modern Kurdish history.
Since 2008, the KMP's experienced international team has traveled across Kurdistan, collecting stories from people who have witnessed major events in modern Kurdish history. Over 1,000 interviews have been captured in high quality film and interactive multimedia. They combine with over 40 years of Kurdish historical footage to create a unique archive that is now available online.  
Click here to learn more at the KMP's website.
The KMP's groundbreaking website brings a world class museum experience to the Web, illuminating over 500 years of Kurdish history in a collection that will inspire and enlighten future generations. 
Click here for the KMP's comprehesive and interactive history of the Kurdish people.

The Kurdish story is about epic sacrifice and courage in the face of colossal persecution. It is the story of an ancient national identity which has been expressed in defiance of th…

Is a Russia-Pakistan corridor in the making?

If Pakistan plays balanced chess moves on the board of international and regional politics, it can become a hotbed of intersecting world economiesSaddam HusseinAPRIL 29, 2018Over the past decade, Pakistan and Russia have been repairing a relationship that was badly damaged during the Cold War.State-to-state ties are not grounded in emotion but based on shared interests. No two countries can remain friend or foes forever; the convergence or divergence of mutual interests decides the nature of ties between two states. Though relations between Russia and Pakistan have remained turbulent over the years, they have been warming up over the last decade, with top political, diplomatic and recent military engagements. Kremlin is reaffirming its role in its immediate domain and beyond, whereas Islamabad is seeking new avenues in its vicinity. Moreover, the new arrangement of Pakistan-Russia defence relations is a symbiotic realism that flouts conventional wisdom. This is essentially a paradigm …

Gwadar under CPEC’s shadow

What does Gwadar hold for common Gwadarites?Naveed Aman KhanMAY 3, 2018The coastal city of Gwadar will benefit almost 63 countries of the world through the development of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A significant part of the world will strengthen it’s economy because of Gwadar.CPEC is a multidimensional unprecedented project. It provides economic opportunities to China, Central Asian, Afghanistan, Russia and East African countries like Kenya and Sudan. The project will bring all of these countries closer to each other in political, diplomatic, and economic terms. The CPEC route starts from China and ends in Gwadar. CPEC’s development in Gwadar will bring countless opportunities for Pakistan’s prosperity.Gwadar is going to be an international megacity and the economic hub of the region. It’s port is fully operational and ready for all levels of economic activities through CPEC. Housing schemes are also being developed in Gwadar as a result of CPEC along with the constructi…

Geopolitics magnify sustained political violence in Balochistan

Without courageous political reform, Pakistani leaders are incentivizing the internationalization of Balochistan and sowing the seeds for a dangerous harvest,” added Pakistan expert Emily Whalen.
 April 27, 2018ByDr. James M. DorseyTwin attacks earlier this week on Pakistani security forces in the troubled province of Balochistan cast a light on a sustained and violent campaign against police and paramilitary units as well as Shiite and Christian minorities.The attacks by groups, some of which have had links to Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence apparatus as well as Saudi Arabia, spotlight the Pakistani state’s inability to implement a coherent security policy that makes a clean break with the employ of militants as proxies.They also raise questions about security in a part of Pakistan that is core to the development of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a China-funded, $50 billion plus infrastructure and energy programme that constitutes a crown jewel in the Peopl…

Afghanistan Looks to India and China To Build Rail Connectivity

May 1, 2018 (EIRNS)—Informed sources in New Delhi have told Indian daily The Statesmen that senior officials from India and China will meet soon to discuss “the broad contours” of their joint cooperation on development projects in Afghanistan which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping discussed at their two-day informal summit in Wuhan last week.Afghan Ministry of Economy spokesperson Suhrab Bahman gave an idea of the scope of development that could result on April 29, reporting that one of the joint projects will be the construction of a railroad connecting Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and China. That exciting potential was reported by Afghan TOLOnews. Bahman said, in TOLOnews’ report, “that China is interested in giving Afghanistan more share in the ‘Belt and Road’ project connecting China with Central Asia.”Such joint work will proceed, even though India is not likely to formally endorse the Belt and Road Initiative by name anytime soon, similar storie…

India Can Relax. There’s a Bigger Belt and Road Bet Than Pakistan

While South Asian investments get headlines, Malaysia gets the money.By Shuli RenMay 2, 2018, 2:30 AM GMT+5:30Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergAfter a two-day “informal summit” between Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, China and India agreed to avoid military disputes on their contested Himalayan border. Left unresolved was a much bigger issue: what China is doing in Pakistan. Fifty years ago, Pakistan’s foreign minister gave a box of mangoes to Mao Zedong, little realizing that this gesture would secure a special friendship.Now, Islamabad relies on China for infrastructure – and weaponry – after its relationship with the U.S. soured. As part of Xi’s Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan has received $62 billion of investment pledges to build the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The brotherly warmth doesn’t end there: “CPEC marriages” are going viral.Sweet Like MangoesPakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Philippines are the biggest beneficiaries of China's Belt and Road initiativeSou…

China emerges top destination for Pakistani students

Currently, 2,700 Pakistani students are pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in top Chinese universities on fully funded scholarships sponsored by the Chinese government.12:24 PM | May 02, 2018China has recently emerged as top destination for Pakistani students, who prefer Chinese educational institutions for their higher study, mainly in medical and engineering field.The number of overall foreigners enrolled at Chinese universities has risen almost tenfold from 52,150 in 2000 to 489,200 last year.The nation is Asia’s top destination for international students, with the majority arriving from Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand and the United States, according to the Chinese Ministry of Education.A recent poll of overseas students at Peking University found 82.7 percent had chosen to study in the country because they wanted a career related to China, while a survey taken at a 2016 job fair organized by the ministry’s Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange and Peking University f…

NZ needs to avoid potholes in China's Belt and Road Initiative 

It is estimated that China will invest as much as US$2.5 trillion ($3.5t) in infrastructure across the region during the next decade. Picture / Getty ImagesBy: Liam DannNZ Herald Business Editor at Largeliam.dann@nzherald.co.nz@liamdannNew Zealand's preferential position in the Chinese market is at risk unless we actively pursue our place in its epic Belt and Road Initiative, says a report by PWC.Commissioned by the New Zealand China Council, Belt and Road Initiative is pitched as a first step toward a strategic plan to maximise the benefits of Beijing's massive global infrastructure push.The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was announced in 2013 by President Xi Jinping, who described it as the project of the century.It seeks to enhance economic growth across the traditional Chinese trade routes – over land to Europe and by sea down through the Pacific.ADVERTISEMENTAdvertise with NZME.It is estimated that China will invest as much as US$2.5 trillion ($3.5t) in infrastructure acr…

New Zealand releases report on Belt and Road opportunities

ource:Xinhua Published: 2018/5/1 22:38:390The New Zealand China Council (NZCC) on Tuesday released a report on the opportunities New Zealand could face under the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative.The report, intended to be a first step in helping to shape New Zealand's engagement with the initiative, shows that opportunities exist for New Zealand to engage and enhance existing linkages not only with China, but also with other countries along the Belt and Road routes."Choosing not to engage will not only be a missed opportunity but also mean these opportunities are available for other countries to explore and realize the benefits. Other countries will take up these opportunities if New Zealand does not engage, thereby eroding our preferential position in the Chinese market," the report says."New Zealand has a number of comparative advantages that give us the opportunity to offer a meaningful and mutually beneficial proposition to China," said Don McKinnon,…

As China eyes global clout with Belt and Road Initiative, what price will the environment pay?

The potential environmental impacts of the mega-construction program could be severe, warn analysts.by  Giovanni OrtolaniPublished Yesterday · 08:30 pmNicolas Asfouri/Pool/ReutersPresident Donald Trump second guessed himself this month, as he announced a decision to revisit his withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the first acts of his controversial presidency.The agreement, already signed by 11 states, would eliminate 98% of tariffs in a Pacific marketplace worth close to $14 trillion, even as Trump aims US tariffs at Asia. TPP nations have already indicated that they won’t be jumping to let Trump and the United States back into the game.This means not only that trade and investment barriers between the US and the 11 TPP states will likely remain in place, but also that the Asian economic vacuum left by the US will be filled by another nation. And that nation is most certain to be China, which, while not a TPP member, boasts total geographical do…

Second Chinese medical team leaves for Gwadar to provide medical assistance

BEIJING: The second batch of Chinese Red Cross medical team comprising 14 doctors and medical staff has left here for Gwadar to provide humanitarian medical assistance at emergency medical center.The second batch will replace the first batch which has been providing medical assistance for the last six months at the center.The China Red Cross Society and the Chinese Red Cross Foundation have established the first public welfare project to jointly carry out the One Belt One Road International Humanitarian Assistance at Gwadar in February last year, according to official sources on Monday.The steel structure boardroom and medical equipment of the center were donated by domestic enterprises.The medical personnel were selected by the Chinese Red Cross Society and the National Health and Family Planning Commission from the doctors of the cooperative hospital.In September 2017, the 12 medical staff of the first medical teams began to provide half-year medical services to Pakistani residents …

CPEC and Gwadar

By Hasaan KhawarPublished: May 1, 2018The Gwadar Port, an integral part of CPEC. PHOTO: REUTERSGwadar Port is one of the four key priorities of CPEC with complementary projects, including Gwadar International Airport, Eastbay Expressway and the CPEC Free Zone. China Overseas Port Holding Company is responsible for development and management of Gwadar Port, with three subsidiary companies to manage and operate port terminals, provide berthing solutions and develop the free economic zone in the northern harbour.But the ambitions about Gwadar far exceed these projects and extend to creating an international port city that can rival Dubai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. A new master plan for Gwadar Smart Port City is being formulated and the future of the city banks upon its implementation, with the underlying assumption that traditional government institutions like the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) can perform this feat.Gwadar ignites spark for science, discoveryEven if the GDA matches the…

China-Pakistan Ties: A Question of Faith And Doubt for India

TRIDIVESH SINGH MAINI UPDATED:1 DAY AGODuring the course of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in China, and days before Indian PM Narendra Modi arrived in China for his summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, an editorial in Daily Timestitled ‘China’s re-assurance on CPEC’ made an interesting point:If anything, Beijing has been asking Islamabad to engage with New Delhi and keep tensions to a minimum. Such an environment is also conducive to timely completion of various projects under CPEC, and transforming South and Western Asia into a high economic growth zone. Keeping the economy first is a lesson that our state has yet to learn from its big brother in the hood.

Can India-China Rethink Compel Shift in Regional Dynamics?Given some of the steps which have been taken in the past few months, it seems as though both New Delhi and Beijing are rethinking their relationship (some analysts have dubbed as ‘reset’), the Modi visit to China was very much part of this strategy.The k…

Businessmen fear dumping of Chinese goods under CPEC

By Bilal Hussain
Published: May 2, 2018Pakistan’s business community needs to learn how to compete in the market and add value to their products … it should not always look at the government for a helping hand. PHOTO: FILEKARACHI: Though government officials have been highlighting the gigantic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a great achievement for the past around three years, the project has also sparked fears that domestic industries will be crippled in future as China will dump its commodities in Pakistan.A few months ago, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics’ CPEC Centre of Excellence Executive Director Dr Shahid Rashid predicted that investment in CPEC projects would eventually swell to $100 billion by 2030 compared to the existing estimate of around $60 billion.“China has already eaten half of our economy, what else it could do,” Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Mufassar Ata Malik told The Express Tribune while referring to the business …