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In the midst of everything else . . .
Films by Jano Rosebiani that have found their way to Hollywood.

 

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Actually, it's quite easy to do, getting off the beaten path.
The article below from an archaeology magazine talks of many places to visit that illustrate Kurdistan's rich cultural heritage. 
​Some sites are among the oldest in the world - Shanidar Cave, Erbil Citadel, Dwin Castle, the Jerwan aqueduct, Gaugamela, Lalish, Mount Maqlub, Al-Qosh, and Koye. 

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In describing the people of Kurdistan (Kurdistanis), someone, someplace, sometime ago wrote something like this: 

"Kurdistanis are a people who are more like themselves than like anybody else."

This simple (brilliant!) English sentence says everything while it says nothing.  

Just who are the Kurdistanis?

Excerpt: "Iraqi Kurdistan is at the heart of the Fertile Crescent, the region where farming and settlement first arose, stretching from the Mediterranean across modern-day Turkey and through Iraq to the Persian Gulf. Some of history's greatest civilizations--not just the Assyrians but also the Babylonians, Sumerians, and Hurrians--reigned over the rolling hills and valleys of Iraqi Kurdistan. "It's a crossroads of cultures in all periods," says Jessica Giraud, head of the French Institute in the Near East's mission in Erbil. "It's vital to answering all kinds of questions, from the domestication of plants and sedentarization to the birth of civilization." "
 

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were not in Babylon south of Baghdad! 

We learned in primary/elementary/basic school about the 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon' as one of the 'Seven Ancient Wonders of the World'.  Of the seven, the Gardens were the only one of the Wonders that hasn't been found. 

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