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It has been a week since the Kurdistan region of Iraq, despite major protests from regional and global powers, successfully and peacefully conducted its independence referendum. Almost 93 percent of the population, including Armenians, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Yazidis, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmens, voted yes to a free and independent Kurdistan. Besides the question of what the effects of the referendum will be for the Kurdistan region itself, perhaps more pressing at this point is what the vote will mean for the wider…