Talk:Iraqi Kurdistan

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Plagiarized map[edit]

The map posted here as "Kurdish Independent Kingdoms and Autonomous Principalities circa 1835" is lifted, redrawn and posted here without mentioning the source, namely, Dr. M. Izady. It is sad that such unethical, in fact illegal, steps are allowed by Wikipedia. Of course the person who lifted it, redrew it and posted it, had no problem stealing things. But why Wiki? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:2000:C686:B00:223:32FF:FE9A:1153 (talk) 21:53, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

[edit: I'm reformulating my response, previous comments are in old version.]
Dear IP user,
Rather than getting all emotional, you could help to fix the problem:
  1. Provide links demonstrating that M. Izady is the originator of the map and not just another copyist. For example, pointing out that there is a Wikipedia article for Michael Mehrdad Izady, that there is a different version of the map at Cornell, and that he has also contributed articles to kurdistanica.com [1] [2] would all have helped.
  2. Edit the map, its caption, or the file information to provide better attribution. That would address the ethical aspect. Note that the file information page does already say that it is based on a map at two original locations. But additional information would be beneficial.
  3. If you really want the file taken down, rather than attributed, then you could file a deletion request as per Commons:Deletion policy. However, be aware that the situation for redrawn maps is far from clear, see Commons:Derivative works#Maps. Your assertion of illegality may be unfounded.
    Further comment: In one sense, all maps are redrawn from other sources, so how different does a version have to be to qualify as not-stealing? For example, the course of a river or mountain range may be used as the boundary of a territory, the position and shape of this line would normally be taken from pre-existing data.
  4. If you are in contact with Dr Izady, you could encourage him to donate some maps to Commons under a By-SA license. That would ensure attribution and provide a chance that his work could be directly featured in one of the world's most widely-used encyclopaedias.
Cheers,
Pelagic (talk) 01:34, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
I looked on http://www.oldmapsonline.org/en/Iraqi_Kurdistan I couldn't find any contemporary maps that delineated these emirates. It would be great if we had more information about how Dr Izady derived his boundaries. Does anybody have links to publications describing this?
Pelagic (talk) 01:34, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

The article mentions Baban, Badinan, and Soran; but the map shows only Baban and Soran. A better map for this article would show all three, and omit the extraneous principalities. Pelagic (talk) 23:02, 12 June 2016 (UTC) However, the map is still valuable for other articles about the individual emirates. [edited 01:34, 13 June 2016 (UTC)]

Article full of politician and war[edit]

Why is the article full of only war, uprising and politicians? There are separate sections for each one, don't put everything here. There is nothing about Geography, climate, education, and economy!!!

ancient period section[edit]

This section is simply full of factual errors and paradoxes. I will go ahead and remove the whole section in a week if no reliable source attesting the claims is added.--Rafy talk

Independence movement[edit]

Hi could anyone find more information about the referendum for the Independence of Kurdistan? I found everywhere sources. But what is the wright story?

External links modified[edit]

Hello fellow Wikipedians,

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YesY Archived sources have been checked N but failed to be useful/working

Only archived copy I could see was an "Oops, not found!" page. Pelagic (talk) 01:43, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Cheers.—cyberbot IITalk to my owner:Online 14:47, 28 February 2016 (UTC)