The Slemani Museum was just named as one of the Top Ten Must-Visit Museums of Gulf States!

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William O. Douglas, the longest serving justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court (nearly 37 years), while still a justice, drove from Karachi (Pakistan) to Istanbul via Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.  Just the three of them - Justice Douglas, his wife who was the car mechanic, and a woman friend of hers - without security arrangements of any kind. They drove 11,000 kilometers, much of it over unpaved roads, in the summer of 1957, in a 1956 Chevrolet station wagon without air-conditioning. 

September 11 is (also) the anniversary date of the Kurdistan revolution that began in 1961.  From his assignment in Beirut, The New York Times Middle East correspondent Dana Adams Schmidt “disappeared in Kurdistan” during the summer of 1962 for 59 days. Avoiding Syrian, Turkish, Iranian, and Iraqi authorities, Schmidt trekked with peshmerga and rode donkey, mule, and horse across today’s Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  Following this assignment he received a prestigious award, “For the best reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad.”

Features "The Other Iraq".  It's all there in black and white text, and convincing color photographs by Ed Kashi.

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