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  1. Kurdistan Strongly Refutes Baghdad’s Claim of Human Organ Trafficking Basnews English 12/06/2018 - 15:21 Kurdistan ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Health Ministry has strongly rejected a report which accuses hospitals in the Kurdistan Region of human organ trafficking, saying an official institution may not make accusations with no evidences. The statement comes after al-Qazaa newspaper, which belongs to Iraq’s supreme judicial council, published a report, claiming that hospitals in the Kurdistan Region extract human living organs and trade them. “An official side should not speak without evidences. The reports indicates no evidences, not even the name of a hospital, timing of a suspicious surgery. The paper is not an ordinary newspaper that could make accusations so simply,” ministry spokesperson Khalis Qader told BasNews. “We strongly reject the report as there is nothing illegal [in Kurdistan hospitals]. Every surgery is carried out in accordance with the laws and regulations. [Hospitals] do kidney transplants, but this is totally different from what is claimed [by the paper],” Qader emphasized. He noted that similar accusations were made before and the ministry’s investigations found them to be baseless. However, he asked for evidences and documents “if available” to Kurdistan’s health ministry so authorities could launch a rapid and thorough investigation.
  2. Iraq’s Miss Universe visits Israel, reunites with Israel counterpart PM spokesman announces visit of Sarah Idan, whose family was forced to flee Iraq after Instagram photo with Israel's contestant Adar Gandelsman went viral last year By TOI STAFF12 June 2018, 4:35 pm 7 3,250shares Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman (left) and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan pose for a picture at the Miss Universe pageant in 2017. (Instagram) Iraq’s representative at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant — whose Instagram photo last year with her Israeli counterpart forced her family to flee the Middle Eastern country — is visiting the Jewish state and has reunited with Miss Israel, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Tuesday. “Friendly relations between Israelis & Arabs will definitely help in ushering in a better tomorrow for all of us in the Middle East,” Arabic-language spokesman Ofir Gendelman wrote on Twitter. Iraqi-born Sarah Idan lives in the United States, but her family was forced to relocate from the Arab country after the photo of her with Israel’s Adar Gandelsman went viral last year. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top storiesFREE SIGN UP At the time, she withstood considerable pressure and refused to remove the Instagram image. In December, Idan spoke about her ordeal to CNN, recounting “scary” death threats and anxious calls to her mother back home. Twitter Ads info and privacy Idan said she “didn’t think for a second there would be blowback” when she posted a selfie to Instagram with Gandelsman. Both women published the joint selfie on their Instagram pages, expressing a desire to promote peace, while participating in the Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant in Las Vegas. But the response in Idan’s home country was swift and vicious. “I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary,” she said. Sarah Idan’s Instagram post (Instagram) Her Iraqi sponsors demanded that she remove the photo from her account. “The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they’re getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.” Idan refused to take down the photo, though she did write a second post stressing the photo was not a show of support for the government of Israel. “I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote, going on to apologize “to all those who consider [the picture] harmful to the Palestinian cause.” But that clarification didn’t do much good. “People in Iraq recognized my family, they immediately knew who they were. And they were getting death threats,” Idan said. “My mom was freaking out. I told her ‘Mom, just get out. Get out.’ I told her I’m sorry and asked if she wants me to leave the competition. I was ready to drop out right then.”
  3. Middle East Six months after receiving death threats, Miss Iraq reunites with Miss Israel Karzan Sulaivany | 3 hours ago Share share The pair toured the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem where they ate okra at a popular Iraqi-Jewish restaurant. (Photo: Instagram/Sarah Idan) Miss Iraq Miss Israel Israel Iraq A+AA- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Six months ago, Sarah Idan and her family received death threats because of a photo the Miss Iraq model took with her Miss Israel counterpart Adar Gandelsman. On Monday, the pair reunited, this time at a photoshoot for a magazine. According to Israeli media, while in Jerusalem for the photoshoot, the pair had toured the Mahane Yehuda Market in the city where they ate okra at a popular Iraqi-Jewish restaurant. Idan posted one of the photos from the shoot to her official Instagram page as well as a video of the two women enjoying lunch at the restaurant in Jerusalem. Last December, the family of Iraq’s Miss Universe Pageant contestant fled Iraq due to security concerns over the woman’s modeling in a bikini and posting photos taken with Miss Israel on social media. During a competition in Las Vegas, United States, in November, both Idan and Gandelsman posed for photos to post on their respective social media pages. Idan posted a photo of her and Gandelsman with the caption: “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.” Following the post, Idan, who lives in the US, said her family faced threats to their lives and were forced to leave Iraq. Despite the controversial news of her family’s forced displacement, she has not removed the photo from her Instagram account, instead, defending the picture in a post written in Arabic. “I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote last year.
  4. I remember a link to a real Iraq Ministry of planning page. Totally legit site....…. Sadly it was pre Saddam . The link no longer works. It was what appeared to be an awesome find. I was doing a happy dance. But if you went to the link and then dug into the site it was pre 1990 info. That was kind of sad to find out Here is link to DV thread from 2012 one from 2017 and 2013
  5. Do you know if that study was pre or post Saddam era?
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    No regrets Umbertino. Thats life.. I too miss that time of my life .
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    Love this song.. Thanks
  9. Kurdistan Iran deliberately cuts flow to river in Kurdistan, causes water crisis: Ministry of Agriculture Karzan Sulaivany | 21 minutes ago Share share In addition to farming, Kurdistan uses water from the Lower Zab to produce electricity. (Photo: Kurdistan 24) Iran Kurdistan Lower Zab River Little Zab Qaladze A+AA- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources on Saturday said Iran has deliberately cut water flow to the Lower Zab River in the Kurdistan Region town of Qaladze in Sulaimani Province. According to a statement from the ministry, the cutting of the river’s water flow has caused locals several problems, the main one being access to a supply of drinking water. The statement noted that the area had not been provided with water on Saturday. It added that the KRG was in contact with the Iranian consulate in the Kurdistan Region as well as the relevant authorities in an effort to resolve the issue. The cutting of the river’s water flow has caused locals several problems, the main one being access to a supply of drinking water. Iran has restricted the flow of water to border towns in the past. Most recently, following the Region’s historic independence referendum on Sep. 25 where Tehran limited the water flow to the Lower Zab. Also known as the Little Zab, the river originates in Iran and joins the Tigris just south of al-Zab in the Kurdistan Region. The river is approximately 400 kilometers-long (250 miles) and drains an area of about 22,000 square kilometers (8,500 square miles). Photos circulating on social media show the severe affect the reduction in water flow has on the river. In addition to farming, Kurdistan uses water from the Lower Zab to produce electricity, and a decrease in water flow has increased hydro problems in the Region. The Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Abdulstar Majeed, has complained in the past of a deliberate reduction of water flow to the Kurdistan Region. Last July, Majeed said Iran had reduced water flow to the Lower Zab by 80 percent.

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