How independent is Kurdistan?

Ironically, as Ben Van Heuvelen writes, if Iraqi Kurdistan becomes a viable state, it may be thanks largely to Turkey:

Kurdistan has already staked out significant autonomy, providing its own public services, controlling airports and borders, and commanding police and army forces. The energy deal with Turkey would all but sever Kurdistan’s economic dependence on Baghdad, which is perhaps the primary tie that still binds the two sides.

“We are having serious discussions with the [Turkish] company,” Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said. “We hope they participate in the region.”

The Turkish government has softened its opposition to Iraqi Kurdistan since the invasion of Iraq, while its relations with Baghdad have deteriorated. This stands in stark contrast to Turkey's concerns over Kurdish gains in Northern Syria. 


An explosive scandal in the Caymans

When you see a headline about the premier of the Cayman Islands being arrested in a corruption probe, it's natural to assume it has something to do with the country's lucrative, but often shady offshore banking sector. And indeed, McKeeva Bush -- who essentially acts as the country's finance minsiter as well as prime minister -- has been the target of investigations for financial irregularities for years.

But this particular case turns out to be much more interesting:

The 57-year-old Bush was detained “in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations,” Dougall said in a statement. Those include probes into suspected theft related to misuse of a government credit card and breach of trust for the alleged importation of unspecified explosive substances without valid permits.

I know details are still sketchy, but shouldn't the illegal explosive substances be a slightly bigger concern than the credit card here?

Bush plans to continue working as the country's leader as the investigation procedes. 

Cayman Islands Government