Syrian Kurds are now happy and hopeful after the two main Kurdish political parties reached an initial agreement on the common political vision and Kurdish unity.
The Kurdistan region is challenged by the incredibly low oil prices, so that its 250,000 barrels of exports are worth far less than any money it expected to get from Baghdad.
Across the Middle East the traditional events have been cancelled but nevertheless people are actively remembering better times in the past and hoping for next year’s celebrations free from the virus
Communal distrust, feud between Kurdistan and Baghdad create security vacuum
Hassan, a Kurdish resident of Iraqi city, tells The Media Line: ‘I want to return, but I’m afraid’
The mountains effectively exiled the Kurds, and the exile has had immense ramifications
The Kurdistan Regional Government is concerned that US-Iran tensions could result in a renewed rise of ISIS.
Around 20 Kurdish Jews gathered in the town to celebrate the "festival of lights." Some came from Israel, but the majority were from the three provinces that make up Iraqi Kurdistan.
The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government has been wary of changes in Baghdad over the last ten years as pro-Iranian groups have grown in power.
It is obvious that some sort of resolution on the political front is still a long way off.