Fazel Hawramy

A rainbow flag is hoisted at the US Consulate in Erbil, Iraq. Posted June 1, 2017. (photo by Facebook/erbil.usconsulate)

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LGBT community struggles for recognition, rights in Iraqi Kurdistan

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 | Fazel Hawramy, Contributor

Due to the strong conservative culture in Iraqi Kurdistan, the LGBT community faces a difficult situation, but there are some signs of growing acceptance.

Iran wakes up to Salafi recruitment in Kurdish regions

Friday, Jun. 9, 2017 | Fazel Hawramy, Contributor

Will the terrorist attacks in Tehran be a wake-up call about the rise of Salafism in Iranian Kurdistan? And will they be the beginning of a sectarian war at home?

Despite deadly border clash, Iran-PKK war unlikely

Friday, Jun. 2, 2017 | Fazel Hawramy, Contributor

Though attributed to the PJAK, the recent deadly border clash along Iran’s border with Turkey involved the PKK and is unlikely to escalate.

Residents of Iraqi Kurdistan stock up on spirits as Ramadan kicks off

Tuesday, May. 30, 2017 | Fazel Hawramy, Contributor

Due to the Kurdish region's policy of closing liquor shops during the fasting month of Ramadan, the prices of alcohol on the black market go up, raising the question, especially by Christians, why they have to be penalized by a secular government.

Iraqi Kurdistan rife with unlicensed guns, gun violence

Friday, May. 19, 2017 | Fazel Hawramy, Contributor

Though the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq is slowly waning, gun violence still riddles Iraq's Kurdistan Region where firearms are readily available and licensing is easily bypassed.

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Fazel Hawramy is an independent journalist currently based in Iraqi Kurdistan. Twitter: @FazelHawramy

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