Kurdish singer sparks identity debate on Arab talent show

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By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – A singer from Iraq’s Kurdistan region has made it through to the semi-final of an Arab talent contest, igniting heated debates over Iraqi identity and politicizing the popular TV show. A panel of judges praised 24-year-old Parwaz Hussein and she was voted through to the next round of “Arab Idol”, in which aspiring popstars from Morocco to Bahrain compete for a recording contract. …