The Takeaway

Kurds Step Up in Fight Against ISIS

Monday, November 10, 2014

While the official U.S. policy is that Iraq must remain unified, Kurdish officials have made no secret of the fact that they do not intend to be again dominated by Baghdad.

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PRI's The World

It might take a miracle to get Iraq back on track

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sectarian discord in Iraq is mounting, and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi must convince Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to keep working together in a united Iraq. He's Iraq's best hope, but even a change in leadership may not be enough.


The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. in Iraq: Where's Our Coalition?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The U.S. is bombing key ISIS strongholds in Northern Iraq, helping Kurdish forces reassert their control. But what's the role of the other regional powers in helping the cause? Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, also a columnist for Frontline, discusses the conflict in the region and how other groups are providing help.   

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PRI's The World

A mystery oil tanker is anchored in limbo outside of Houston

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.


New Sounds

Kurdish Music

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Not having a single homeland hasn't stopped Kurdish musicians from making their influence felt, especially the high-octane Kamkars Ensemble, now based in Europe. For this New Sounds, it's a sampling of Kurdish music from a variety of artists.  We'll also hear from renowned fiddler Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Akbar Moradi, Israeli-based singer Ilana Eliya, the Iranian sisters Mahsa and Marjam Vahdat, and a Kurdish melody from the G I Gurdjieff/Thomas De Hartmann piano collection.