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  • Palestinian Nationalism and the Case for Kurdish Statehood

    07/12/2016 4:32:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 7-15-16 | Noah Beck
    An Israeli Orthodox Jew protesting in front of the US Embassy, in Tel Aviv, for Kurdish independence. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot.Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state?The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS); have generously accepted millions of refugees fleeing ISIS to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and embrace Western values such as gender equality, religious freedom and human rights. They are also an ancient people with an ethnic and linguistic identity stretching back millennia and have faced decades...
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into spheres of influence, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • American yogurt billionaire: 'Hire more Muslim refugees'

    01/21/2016 1:08:33 PM PST · by b4its2late · 47 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/20/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    Ever wonder why the federal government would be sending hundreds of foreign refugees to a relatively small town in Idaho? Wonder no more. They’re sent there, many of them, to work in the world’s largest yogurt factory. As WND previously reported, Twin Falls is in line to receive about 300 refugees this year, many of them Muslims from Syria. And the state of Idaho, despite its reputation as a mostly white, conservative farm state, has been a popular destination for refugees in recent years. Boise Mayor David Bieter has gone on record as a huge supporter of President Obama’s welcoming...
  • Syrian rebels say reinforcements get free passage via Turkey

    02/18/2016 10:47:11 AM PST · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Feb 2016 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Syrian rebels have brought at least 2,000 reinforcements through Turkey in the past week to bolster the fight against Kurdish-led militias north of Aleppo, rebel sources said on Thursday. ...Turkish forces facilitated the transfer from one front to another over several nights ..."We have been allowed to move everything from light weapons to heavy equipment, mortars and missiles and our tanks," Abu Issa, a commander in the Levant Front, told Reuters ..."We are getting fresh supplies of everything from missiles to mortars to armoured vehicles. Almost everything is now being delivered to us," said the rebel source.
  • Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

    02/10/2016 12:48:56 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies ^ | February/10/2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse Participants pose for a picture during a ceremony opening a representative office of Kurdish groups in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2016. REUTERS Photo Kurdish groups in Syria on Feb. 10 opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey’s objections. “This is a historical moment for the Kurdish people,” Merab Shamoyev, chairman of the International Union of Kurdish Public Associations, said at the opening ceremony for the office in an industrial neighborhood in southeast Moscow. “Russia is...
  • At least 30 killed, 126 injured in bomb blasts at peace rally in Turkish capital

    10/10/2015 5:36:20 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    ANKARA, Turkey Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured 126 others, Turkey's Interior Ministry said. The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara's main train station as people were gathering for the rally, organized by the country's public sector workers' trade union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.
  • The two deaths of Crazy Fakhir

    11/21/2014 11:45:26 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Medium ^ | 11/11/14 | Vager Saadullah
    The Two Deaths of Crazy Fakhir Former Iraqi commander cleared booby-trapsuntil it finally killed him Many Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have died fighting Islamic State militants this year. But the news of Col. Fakhir Barwarys death on Nov. 11 held special significance.Thats because Barwarys death has been reported on two separate occasions. The media wrongly declared him dead in 2008 following a bomb blast outside Mosul.In fact, hed only lost a legand even that didnt end his soldiering days. After the fall of Baathist regime in 2003, many Peshmerga joined the Iraqi army in order to help protect civilians. Fakhir...
  • Kurdish female soldier gains internet fame for allegedly killing more than 100 ISIS Jihadis

    10/17/2014 6:22:03 AM PDT · by Bratch · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | October 16, 2014 | Frances Martel
    A woman known as "Rehana" has become a hero across the internet as news spread that the Kobani soldier has reportedly killed more than 100 Islamic State terrorists single-handedly. Rehana became famous in Kurdish Twitter circles after a photo of her giving a peace sign began to circulate on the social network. Rehana has killed more than a hundred#ISISterrorists in#Kobane. RT and make her famous for her Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani)October 13, 2014 According to the International Business Times, Rehana is a YPJ (Kurdish female Peshmerga) soldier under the command offamed female soldier Mayssa Abdo, who herself has become famous...
  • Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis (Obama plays thru..)

    08/12/2014 11:14:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/12/14 | DIAA HADID and BASSEM MROUE - ap
    MALIKIYA, Syria (AP) In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop. While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from the air, the Syrian Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them. ... For the past few days, fighters have been rescuing Yazidis from the mountain, transporting them into Syrian territory to give them first aid, food and water, and returning some to Iraq via a...
  • Kurdish Forces Enter Shangal (Going after ISIS)

    08/04/2014 7:47:32 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 28 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 8/4/14 | Rudaw
    The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on Sunday after Islamic militants captured Shangal 200 kilometers west of Erbil. SHANGALKurdish Peshmerga forces have entered Shangal, said military officials, and they have cornered militants of the Islamic State in parts of the town. Rudaw reporter in the area said that units from the 10,000-strong Peshmarga force who had encircled the town earlier in the day are now in the town center and try to rout the Islamic militants. The Peshmerga were able to enter Shangal following a heavy bombardment of the Rahman and Nasir sectors where the militants had taken position....
  • Kurdish activists' murder in Paris casts shadow over peace process in Turkey

    01/10/2013 1:31:37 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Jan 2013 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Constanze Letsch in Istanbul
    On a busy road near Gare du Nord station in Paris, sandwiched between a Bengali grocery and a mobile phone shop, the green door of number 147 rue Lafayette did not stand out. There was no plaque to advertise the first-floor office of the Kurdistan information centre, where three female Kurdish activists had met on Wednesday afternoon. As their dead bodies were removed on stretchers on Thursday morning after what French authorities described as an execution-style killing ...
  • Kurdish Asylum Seekers Face Terrorism Charges

    10/01/2012 5:57:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    SWISS - English ^ | Oct 1, 2012 - 16:56 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two brothers of Kurdish origin are being prosecuted by the Swiss authorities on charges of being involved via the internet with an Islamic terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. The asylum seekers are accused of setting up internet platforms that were designed to attract new members to the recently formed terrorist organisation, issue propaganda, pass on messages to the al-Qaeda network and disseminate details of terror attacks.
In addition, the brothers are alleged to have downloaded videos of executions and stored them on their computers.
According to the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office, the unnamed terrorist organisation was headed by Kurdish extremist cleric Mullah Krekar,...
  • (UK) Honour killing: father convicted of murder of Tulay Goren

    12/17/2009 6:09:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 338+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/17/2009 | John Bingham
    Mehmet Goren, the father of 15-year-old Muslim schoolgirl Tulay Goren, has been convicted of her murder in a family "honour killing" in London. Tulay, who had come to Britain from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was drugged, tortured and then killed by her father Mehmet Goren, over her relationship with an older man of whom Mehment Goren and his relations did not approve. Although Tulays body has never been found, her father Mehmet Goren, 49, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey after a 10-week trial. He was also convicted of conspiracy to murder Halil Unal, Tulays former...
  • Kurdish, Iraqi Interior Ministries Prepare for Cooperation and Coordination Conference

    08/13/2009 5:36:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 533+ views
    BAGHDAD A preparatory session for the upcoming Conference for Cooperation and Coordination between the Iraqi and Kurdistan Ministries of Interior was held here last week, when MoI and KMoI representatives discussed plans to unify their efforts to fight the insurgency and strengthen the nation of Iraq, Aug. 4 5. This was the third series of meetings held between MoI and KMoI since January 2009 to discuss issues of security cooperation. Iraqi Maj. Gen. Waleed Hadawi Khalifa, director general of the MoI Planning and Tracking Directorate, served as overall coordinator for the talks. The Kurdistan General Director of Police,...
  • Ahmadinejad linked to 1989 Kurdish killings in Austria

    06/21/2009 12:23:08 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 1 replies · 337+ views
    Peter Pilz, the Austrian Green party's spokesman on security, recently accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of taking part in the July 12, 1989 assassinations of Mr. Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou -- the Secretary- General of the Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party -- and two of his colleagues in Vienna, Austria. "I have no doubt he was involved", said Pilz, adding that Ahmadinejad may have pulled the trigger on one of the guns used to kill the men: Pilz said new eye-witnesses had come forward who had identified Ahmadinejad as being involved in the assassination of Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran chief Abdul Rahman...
  • iPod Warriors: Tech Gadget Breaks Barriers for Troops (Translator)

    02/11/2008 4:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 211+ views
    WJXX-TV12 ^ | February 8, 2008 | Grayson Kamm
    ORLANDO, FL -- A small Florida company has turned one of the world's most popular high tech gadgets into a tool for American troops that can help save lives. "They speak with their hands -- a lot," US Army Sergeant Darren Williams said, remembering the times he worked to communicate with the local people during his year as a soldier in Iraq. "If you grab something, or if you say, 'Hold it.' Or, 'Pick it up. Pick it up.' You use that a lot, too," the Jacksonville-based Army recruiter said, waving his hands through a series of gestures. For Williams,...
  • New Pics Posted by Clinger

    09/29/2007 9:26:12 AM PDT · by Clinger · 6 replies · 122+ views
    09-29-2007 | Charles Lingerfelt
  • Kurds denounce U.S. detention of Iranian

    09/20/2007 4:52:09 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies · 113+ views
    Yahoo News Page ^ | 19 Sept 2007 | Jay Price and Yaseen Taha
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq U.S. troops arrested an Iranian man during an early morning raid on a hotel in this northern Iraqi city Thursday and accused him of helping to smuggle a deadly type of roadside bomb into Iraq . But the Kurdistan Regional Government in a statement called the arrest "illegitimate," said the man was a member of a trade delegation that had been invited to Sulaimaniyah by the local government and demanded that he be released. "Actions like these serve no one," the statement said. The United States has detained several Iranians in Iraq in the past year and...
  • Kurdish Guerillas Launch Clandestine War In Iran

    09/09/2007 6:07:57 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 765+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-10-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Kurdish guerillas launch clandestine war in Iran By Damien McElroy in the Qandil mountains Last Updated: 1:54am BST 10/09/2007 Kurdish guerrillas have launched a clandestine war in north-western Iran, ambushing troops as they seek Western backing to secure an ethnic homeland. Kurdish fighters in training. Iran claims that the US is secretly supporting Kurdish attacks upon its infrastructure and troops In retaliation, the Iranian army has carried out a series of counter-attacks in the mountains, which span the border with Iraq. Murat Karayilan, a Kurdish guerilla commander, told The Daily Telegraph that Teheran had originally tried to recruit the outlawed...
  • Peshmerga Sent to Secure Sinjar - 340-Strong Force to Protect Yazidi Community

    08/16/2007 7:29:16 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 20 replies · 634+ views
    iraqslogger ^ | 8/16/07
    Arbil, Aug 16, (VOI) A 340-strong Kurdish Peshmerga force was sent to northwestern Iraq's district of Sinjar to restore security and provide protection to the afflicted community, an official Peshmerga source said on Thursday. "The force will remain in the district until the security situation is secure," Peshmerga Commander Maj. Gen. Aziz Waizy told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
  • Shia, Kurdish Parties Form Political Alliance

    08/16/2007 7:09:22 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 7 replies · 685+ views
    iraqslogger ^ | 8/16/07
    Four major Iraqi political parties unveiled an new governing coalition of moderate Shia and Kurdish parties on Tuesday. The deal formalized an alliance between Maliki's Dawa Party, Vice President Adel Abdel Mehdi's Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Massud Barzani's Kurdish Democratic Party (PDK), giving the four parties a parliamentary majority. If the alliance remains intact, they will be positioned to push through legislative initiatives. One of the new blocs goals, according to Prime Minister Maliki, would be to address charges that his government is biased against Sunnis, which could prove a difficult task...
  • Turkey Bombards Kurdish Border Villages

    06/25/2007 7:58:35 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 325+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2007 | Damien McElroy
    Turkey bombards Kurdish border villages By Damien McElroy in Kashan Valley, northern Iraq Last Updated: 3:16am BST 26/06/2007 On a mountain ridge overlooking a riverside picnic spot in Kashan, Roshad Adel picked at the broken soil. Within minutes he was holding a handful of shrapnel. Kurdish army guards in Kashan Valley, northern Iraq Looking at the twisted pieces of metal glistening in the sun, the threads of rifling clearly visible, the 23-year-old described how his brother was hit by such a chunk of metal as the family slept in a tent nearby. "It was midnight, we were all asleep when...
  • Iraqi Kurds report Turkish, Iranian shelling in northern Iraq

    06/08/2007 8:28:50 AM PDT · by ASC2006 · 22 replies · 722+ views
    AP ^ | June 8 2007
    Turkish and Iranian forces shelled Kurdish rebel positions across the border in northern Iraq, Iraqi Kurd officials reported Friday, amid fears that the conflict could open a new front in Iraq. Turkey has been building up its forces along the border with Iraq, and its leaders are debating whether to stage a major incursion to pursue separatist rebels who cross over from bases in Iraq to attack Turkish targets. Such an operation could ignite a wider conflict involving Iraqi Kurds, and disrupt Turkey's ties with its NATO ally, the United States. Iran has also clashed with Iranian Kurd fighters who...
  • Kurdish Regional Government assumes control of security

    06/02/2007 1:48:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 347+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Lajaun Hickman
    IRBIL The Kurdish Regional Government assumed control of security in three provinces from Coalition forces at a ceremony here Wednesday. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander of Multi-National Division-North, and South Korean Maj. Gen. Yoon Young-Bum, commander of Multi-National Division-Northeast, signed a memorandum of understanding with Nechiran Barzoni, prime minister of the KRG, to return control of security to Dahuk, Irbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces in Iraq. The Kurdish region has set the example for the rest of Iraq, said Mixon. While each province is traditionally turned over one at a time from Coalition to Iraqi control, the KRG...
  • Kurds send 3 brigades for surge; Insurgent strikes down 80 percent

    02/19/2007 4:52:17 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 40 replies · 1,468+ views
    World Tribune ^ | February 19 2007
    Kurdish troops comprise a significant part of the Iraq Army contingent in the joint counter-insurgency mission in Baghdad. Three Iraq Army brigades from the autonomous Kurdistan region in the North have been deployed to Baghdad as part of the counter-insurgency operation being conducted with the United States. Officials said the brigades, with about 7,500 troops, are already in Baghdad, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said insurgency strikes have dropped by 80 percent since the Baghdad security operation was launched more than a week ago. They said the biggest drop was in operations by the Iranian-sponsored Mahdi Army in the city....
  • Anonymous Pulitzer Photographer Identified After 27 Years (Iranian photo of Kurd executions)

    12/03/2006 7:00:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 40 replies · 4,890+ views
    WallSt.Journal ^ | Josh Prager
    Iranian photographer Jahangir Razmi, took 70 pictures of an execution in Kurdistan on Aug. 27, 1979. One picture (No. 20, below) won the Pulitzer Prize. It was, however, awarded to an unnamed photographer -- the only anonymous recipient in the 90-year history of the award. Mr. Razmi preserved 27 of the photos on a contact sheet and stowed it away in his home. Below are those photos -- made public for the first time. Photos: VIDEO - interview of WSJ reporter's story about identifying the photographer
  • Iraq - Condoleezza Rice in Iraqi Kurdistan after Baghdad visit

    10/06/2006 12:06:51 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 409+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 6, 2006
    Condoleezza Rice in Iraqi Kurdistan after Baghdad ERBIL (Iraq) - the American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived Friday morning at Erbil, principal city of Iraqi Kurdistan, for discussions with the president of the autonomous area of Kurdistan Massoud Barzani, noted a journalist of AFP. Mrs. Rice had arrived Thursday to Iraq, in Baghdad, for a surprised visit intended to encourage the process of national reconciliation Iraqi, after visits in Israel and in the Palestinian territories. The American Secretary of State must go to London later in the course of the day to take part in the meeting of...
  • Fire rips through Islamic Center near San Diego

    08/17/2006 9:48:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 185 replies · 3,526+ views
    EL CAJON A fire ripped through an Islamic center early Thursday morning, causing $2 million in damages before it was put out, officials said. The three-alarm fire at the Kurdish Community Islamic Center was reported just after 2 a.m. and burned for more than an hour before firefighters from 15 different crews extinguished it, said Monica Zech, a spokeswoman for the El Cajon Fire Department. "When they got here, there was heavy smoke coming from the building and then the fire broke through the roof and flames were shooting through the roof," Zech said. "It's pretty much a total loss."...
  • Iraqi Army Units Clash After Insurgent Attack

    05/12/2006 4:09:48 PM PDT · by Axlrose · 12 replies · 568+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq Clashes erupted Friday between two Iraqi army units following a roadside bombing north of the capital, and Iraqi police said a Shiite soldier was killed in an exchange of fire with a Kurdish unit. The U.S. military and Iraqi police provided differing accounts of the incident, which began with a roadside bombing near Duluiyah, about 45 miles north of Baghdad. The Americans said one soldier from the Iraqi army's 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Division was killed and 12 were wounded in the attack. But Iraqi police 1st Lt. Ali Ibrahim said four were killed and three...
  • Iraq warns on Iran border moves

    05/06/2006 12:38:28 AM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 577+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06MAY06 | Jim Muir
    Iraq has expressed concern about troop build-ups by both Iranian and Turkish forces along their borders with Iraq. Outgoing foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said Iran had been told of Iraqi concerns but said his country wanted to resolve any problems through dialogue. On the formation of Iraq's new government, Mr Zebari expressed scepticism that including Sunni leaders could help to reduce violence. It is hoped a new government will be announced within the next week. Border tensions Recent weeks have seen a number of cross-border bombardments by Iranian troops along Iraq's north-east border, directed against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups taking...
  • Iran 'Attacks Iraq Kurdish Area'

    04/30/2006 11:57:42 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 395+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-30-2006
    Iran 'attacks Iraq Kurdish area' Iraq has accused Iranian forces of entering Iraqi territory and shelling Kurdish rebel positions in the north. Iranian troops bombed border areas near the town of Hajj Umran before crossing into Iraq, the defence ministry in Baghdad said on Sunday. It said the Iranians targeted the PKK, a Kurdish group that has waged a 15-year insurgency against Turkey. The PKK is believed to have links with anti-Iranian Kurdish fighters. There are no details on casualties. The Iraqi defence ministry also says Iran launched a similar attack on Kurdish rebel positions in the same area on...
  • Iraqi Kurdish party-led governments unite

    01/08/2006 8:28:33 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 149+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | January 08 2006
    KurdSat TV reported today that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reached an agreement on the unification of the two party-led Iraqi Kurdistan regional governments. Speaking at a news conference on 7 January, President of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Mas'ud Barzani announced the deal and said: "Today, I can announce to the people of Kurdistan that the two parties have reached an agreement on the reunification of the two [party-led] administrations. It is a historic day and a great achievement for the people of Kurdistan. We will present the deal in parliament after the...
  • Iraqi poll winners woo rivals

    12/27/2005 11:10:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/27/05 | Shamal Aqrawi
    ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Leaders of the Shi'ite and Kurdish blocs that emerged triumphant in this month's Iraqi election agreed on Tuesday to push ahead with efforts to bring Sunni and other parties into a grand coalition government. The visit of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim of the Shi'ite Islamist Alliance to the Kurdish capital Arbil opened a series of planned meetings among rival factions intended to ease friction over election results which Sunni and secular parties say have been rigged and to begin building a consensus administration. "We agreed on the principle of forming a government involving all the parties with a...
  • Turkey and Denmark clash over press freedom

    11/26/2005 7:45:34 PM PST · by dajudem · 15 replies · 905+ views
    KRG, Kurdish Regional Government ^ | 16 Nov 2005 | Teresa Kchler
    Turkey and Denmark clash over press freedom Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan boycotted a joint press conference with the Danish leader in protest at the presence of a Kurdish TV station on Tuesday (15 November), highlighting European values on free speech. "There is a fundamental difference between Turkey and Denmark in matters of freedom of expression," the Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at the press conference his Turkish counterpart avoided. The Turkish prime minister was visiting the Danish capital Copenhagen as the first stop in a tour around EU capitals to discuss the prospects of Turkey's EU membership....
  • Turkey Pressures Denmark over Kurdish Broadcasting

    11/26/2005 7:19:57 PM PST · by dajudem · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Rast ^ | November 26, 2005 | Mizgn
    Yes, the enforcers of the Turkish state, those guardians of Kemalism, are once again thrown into a panic because the people they have officially denied and repeatedly attempted to silence for a little over eighty years still have voice. In case you don't know, I am talking about the recent panic over the Kurdish satellite TV channel, Roj TV. Turkey has been applying pressure to Denmark so that it will shut down Roj TV, because of Turkish claims that it has ties to a "terrorist" organization, the PKK. The US has also began attempting to pressure Denmark on behalf of...
  • The enduring consequences of the First World War

    10/25/2005 12:52:35 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 15 replies · 2,905+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | October 25, 2005 | Mark Dubowitz
    The struggle over Palestine, with contradictory promises made by Britain to both Jews and Arabs, fueled four Arab-Israeli wars, brought the US and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, contributed to the use of oil and terrorism as political weapons, and was used as a pretext (amongst others) for Islamists dedicated to Israel's and the West's destruction.
  • Turk government ordered to pay damages over ill-treatment of pro-Kurdish activists

    09/25/2005 11:45:54 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 254+ views
    Turk government ordered to pay damages over ill-treatment of pro-Kurdish activists STRASBOURG (AP) - The European Court of Human Rights yesterday ruled that Turkey had breached an international rights treaty in 10 separate cases concerning pro-Kurdish activists and ordered the Turkish government to pay damages. Turkey, which is seeking membership of the EU, is a member of the Council of Europe, the continents leading human rights organization, and is bound to uphold the European Convention on Human Rights. The Strasbourg court said several articles of the convention were breached in the 10 cases, all dating back to the mid- and...
  • Iran; Security Forces Kill Kurdish Protestors

    08/10/2005 5:26:33 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 351+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 Aug 2005 | Human Rights Watch
    The Iranian government must investigate the deaths of at least 17 people at the hands of security forces in the western province of Kurdistan over the past two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces reportedly also wounded hundreds when they opened fire on demonstrators protesting the killing of a young Kurdish man, Shivan Qaderi, on July 9. In addition, the government forces arrested hundreds of people throughout the province, including Roya Toloui, a women's rights activist, and several other leading human rights defenders and journalists. On July 9, security forces shot and killed Shivan Qaderi in Mahabad. Kurdish...
  • Kurdish unrest in Iran kills two: Kurds say Iran discriminates against them

    08/07/2005 5:17:14 PM PDT · by humint · 292+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | Monday 08 August 2005, 1:04 Makka Time | Reuters
    Two people have been killed, eight injured and 145 arrested in renewed unrest among the Kurds of western Iran, the Interior Ministry has said. The ministry offered only vague details on the deaths and arrests in the town of Saqqez, which followed rioting and a gun battle elsewhere in Kurdish-dominated territories in July. Iranian officials deny the rash of unrest on the western borders is ethnically motivated, but Kurdish leaders disagree, saying Tehran's discrimination towards their people was fomenting discontent. Shots fired The Interior Ministry website named the dead men in Saqqez as Mohammad Shariati, a 55-year-old retired teacher,...
  • 6th of August named as day of protest in East Kurdistan

    08/06/2005 1:15:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 262+ views ^ | 05 August 2005
    6th of August named as day of protest in East Kurdistan 05/08/2005 London ( 05 August 2005: has been informed by local residents of Sinne that the city is calm, but that the atmosphere is highly tense. According to resident Kurds, army helicopters have been flying very low over the city in order to intimidate the population and gather information on potential protestors, who like most other cities of Eastern Kurdistan have been protesting for the past weeks Irans Islamic regime. One local Kurd informed that the streets were empty in Sinne as the soldiers were covering "every...
  • Iran sends in troops to crush border unrest

    08/04/2005 9:34:04 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 22 replies · 856+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday August 5, 2005 | Michael Howard
    The Iranian government has deployed large numbers of troops in cities in the northwestern region which borders Iraq in an effort to quell three weeks of civil unrest that has left up to 20 people dead and more than 300 wounded, according to reports from dissident groups. They said as many as 100,000 state security forces, backed up by helicopter gunships, had moved into the region to crack down on pro-Kurdish demonstrations. The claims, from Kurdish groups in Iraq, could not be independently verified, and Iranian officials remained silent about the unrest. The state-owned news agency IRNA said the trouble...
  • Demonstration in west of Iran as at least 6 are killed by Iranian regime agents in Kurdistan

    08/03/2005 12:03:24 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 14 replies · 410+ views
    Kuridsh Media ^ | 02/08/2005
    There is a large demonstration in the city of Sanandaj in Iranian Kurdistan since 6.30 PM local time Monday 1st of August, 2005, to condemn the brutal acts of the regime of Iran in the cities of Mahabad, Sardasht, Piranshahr, Shino, Divandareh and Baneh, where the Islamic Republic security guards have opened fire on peaceful demonstrations and massacring civilians. In support to the people of above mentioned cities, all shops and markets were closed and an outsized demonstration was organized in at least 13 district of the city of Sanandaj. Slogans such as down with the Islamic Republic, Long live...
  • Barzani to be sworn in as Iraqi Kurdistans president tomorrow

    06/11/2005 3:34:13 PM PDT · by Rebin · 214+ views
    The Kurdistani ^ | 11/06/2005 | The Kurdistani
    11/06/2005 The president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, will be sworn in as Kurdistans president for the next four years in the Kurdistan Parliament, Hawler, south Kurdistan, according to radio and newspapers based in Kurdistan. The Hewal weekly today published on its first page that Barzani will be sworn in as Iraqi Kurdistans President for the next four years. The parliament will also approve the presidency bill.
  • Barham Salih: We are not ready to compromise on "Article 58"

    06/11/2005 3:28:50 PM PDT · by Rebin · 243+ views
    The Kurdistani ^ | 11/06/2005 | TheKurdistani
    Barham Salih: We are not ready to compromise on "Article 58" Saturday, 11 June 2005 In an unannounced visit the Iraqi Planning Minister and the former Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Suleimani, Dr. Barham Salih arrived in Kirkuk, reported the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's online news journal "". 11/06/2005 In an unannounced visit the Iraqi Planning Minister and the former Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Suleimani, Dr. Barham Salih arrived in Kirkuk, reported the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's online news journal "". Dr. Barham Salih met the Kurdish governer of Kirkuk, Abdulrahman Mustafa...
  • Iraq leader lauds Shiite, Kurdish militia

    06/08/2005 3:28:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/8/05 | Paul Garwood - AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. officials are negotiating with Sunni Arab leaders to pull insurgents into Iraq's political process, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. An American-Iraqi offensive, meanwhile, killed at least 10 militants, including four blown apart by their own car bomb. The U.S. official's statement to reporters came after a Sunni Arab politician and a senior Shiite leader told The Associated Press they were holding talks with some groups in the insurgency, thought to include up to 20,000 fighters in their ranks. "Some insurgents are irredeemable and have to be dealt with in a purely military way and there...
  • Iraq's Kurdish Leader Backs Shiite Militia

    06/08/2005 4:55:20 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 2 replies · 399+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 8, 2005 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's Kurdish president backed his Shiite allies Wednesday by openly supporting a militia that Sunni Arab leaders have accused of killing members of their minority. Clashes in Baghdad and other attacks around Iraq killed at least eight people as the Sunni-dominated insurgency pressed on with its campaign against the Shiite-led government. The bloody wave of violence that broke out after the April 28 announcement of Iraq's new Shiite and Kurdish dominated government has killed more than 874 people. During the spree, more than 10 Sunni and Shiite clerics have been killed in apparent tit-for-tat slayings that raised...
  • U.S. position in Iraq improves even as violence surges - (latest from Stratfor Intel Briefing)

    05/16/2005 7:45:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 649+ views
    Though the violence and death tolls on all sides are mounting, with a series of deadly bombings and other attacks, it appears through the swirling dust and the fog of war that al-Qaida in Iraq is in an increasingly untenable position. The guerrillas are mounting more sophisticated attacks than in the past albeit fewer but their political purpose is clear-cut. The strikes are directed partly against the Iraqi government and partly against the Sunni political leadership. The guerrillas want to force the Sunni leaders to remain in opposition to the new Shia-dominated government. In speaking of...
  • U.S. Needs To Learn Patience [in Iraq]

    11/30/2004 10:56:08 AM PST · by forty_years · 11 replies · 1,204+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 11/30/04 | Daniel Pipes
    In a petition to the Iraqi electoral commission, an array of Sunni and Kurdish political parties and individuals on November 26 called for a six-month delay in Iraq's national elections for two reasons: "To address the current security situation and to complete the necessary administrative, technical, and systematic arrangements."The interim Iraqi government, with American support, quickly rejected this appeal and a spokesman for the Shiites insisted that the planned date of January 30, 2005, is "non-negotiable." But there are good reasons to postpone the vote until Iraq is truly ready for it, even if that is months or years away.While...
  • Kurds Flooding Back Into Northern Iraq

    09/16/2004 1:37:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 599+ views
    AP/ ABC News ^ | 16 September 2004
    KIRKUK, Iraq Sept. 16, 2004 Kurds are on the move again in northern Iraq but this time they're not fleeing. As many as 500 Kurds a day streamed into Kirkuk last month in a land rush that took city officials and U.S. troops by surprise. The influx, which has slowed in September, leaves the nascent city government struggling to cope with dozens of refugee camps on once vacant patches of ground. Migrants like 60-year-old Tarek Salman Dawoud say they are reclaiming the ancestral city they were forced to flee under Saddam Hussein's campaigns to make Kirkuk an Arab city...
  • Anti-Terrorism Plaque in Berlin Pits the Islamic Government against Germany

    04/27/2004 11:11:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 215+ views ^ | April 27, 2004
    Anti-Terrorism Plaque in Berlin Pits the Islamic Government against Germany The unveiling last week of a small plaque commemorating the 1992 killings of anti-regime Kurdish leaders in Berlin's Mykonos restaurant has created a rift in the otherwise smooth relations between Germany and the Islamic Republic regime. We have information that the Islamic Republic officials tried hard, through meetings with Germany's foreign ministry officials, Berlin's mayor and others, to prevent the installation of the plaque, Berlin-based head of the society of Iranian political refugees Hamid Nowzari, who campaigned for the plaque, tells Radio Farda. The concept of installing a plaque came...