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Mosul plain - Assyrian Bagdeda 2004

It is said that the real democratic value of a state can be determined by the way it treats its own minorities: the Kurds in Turkey for instance, or the Iraqi Kurds under Saddam. If this is true, the democratic qualities of a minority struggling for cultural, political and even national autonomy can also be judged by the way it trreats the even smaller ethnic and religious communities on its territory. In other words: Free Kurdistan in northern Iraq still has a long way to go to fulfil the pledge of its title. Kurdistan now, heaven can wait.