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  • Linnanmäki Disturbance Highlights Tensions between Somalis and Kurds in Finland ( Muslims )

    06/07/2010 9:14:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies · 12+ views
    YLE ^ | yesterday
    Representatives of two immigrant minorities believed to have been involved in Sunday’s group fight at Linnanmäki have sharply condemned the melee. The incident has highlighted tensions that sometimes emerge between Somalis and Kurds in Finland. Some Somalis have taken issue with the dress and habits of Kurds, who are often fairly relaxed in their interpretation of Islam. Dozens of young people with immigrant backgrounds took part in Sunday’s melee – mainly Somalis and Kurds. Kurds have said that there have been tensions between the groups before, because some of the Somalis, many of whom are devout Muslims, have been known...
  • UN Urges Inquiry Into Israel Convoy Raid [Security Council: No US Veto?]

    05/31/2010 11:35:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 481+ views
    BBCNews ^ | May 31, 2010
    UN Urges Inquiry Into Israel Convoy Raid 1 June 2010 Israeli army footage claiming to show the violence on board the flotilla - the captions and circled points on this video were inserted by the Israeli army The UN Security Council has issued a statement calling for an impartial inquiry into Israel's raid on a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships. The statement said the inquiry should be "prompt, impartial, credible and transparent". The statement was reached after hours of discussion as the council deliberated through the night. At least nine activists were killed when Israeli commandos stormed the ships in...
  • Turkish (blood)bath

    06/01/2010 3:53:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 660+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 1, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Yesterday's "aid convoy" incident off the coast of Gaza wasn't about bringing humanitarian supplies to the terrorist-ruled territory. It wasn't even about Israel. It was about Turkey's determination to position itself as the leading Muslim state in the Middle East. Three ships of that six-ship pro-terror convoy flew Turkish flags and were crowded with Turkish citizens. The Ankara government -- led by Islamists these days -- sponsored the "aid" operation in a move to position itself as the new champion of the Palestinians. And Turkish decision-makers knew Israel would have to react -- and were waiting to exploit the inevitable...
  • The ‘Second Israel’ - How being Kurdish is like being Jewish.

    05/28/2010 11:25:55 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 445+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 27, 2010 | Clifford D. May
    The ‘Second Israel’How being Kurdish is like being Jewish.  Halabja, Iraq — Twenty-two years ago, in this dusty town hard up against the mountainous border with Iran, Saddam Hussein’s military used chemical weapons to murder 5,000 Kurdish men, women, and children. The Halabja massacre was only the most infamous atrocity of Operation Anfal, a name Saddam took from a sura of the Koran that details permissible conduct against enemies of Islam. Of course, most Kurds are Muslims. But they are not Arabs. Kurds have had their own distinctive culture and language since long before armies from Arabia embarked on the first...
  • Arabism's racism against Kurds in "modern, moderate" Iraq

    03/16/2010 11:53:54 PM PDT · by Masti · 3 replies · 171+ views
    wpr ^ | 03-10
    Allawi's uphill climb got even steeper when Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a key leader in Allawi's bloc, went on al-Jazeera after the election to say that Iraq's president must be an Arab. Kurds reacted with outrage, while Maliki aides fanned out in the media to praise Talabani and deplore the racism behind Arab opposition to a Kurdish president. This aggravated Allawi's liabilities: Though not anti-Kurd himself, much of his bloc is. Al-Itthad, a newspaper published by Talabani's party, did not fail to notice, quoting Maliki representative Safiya Suhayl on March 10 praising Talabani. Allawi and Hashemi travelled to the Kurdish...
  • Kurdish Counterterrorism Group Works to Prevent Terrorism in Kurdistan and Iraq

    03/16/2010 1:38:47 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 3/11/2010 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    With an intelligence and military wing of over 1,000 people, the Sulaymaniyah-based Counter Terrorism Group (CTG) collects intelligence and carries out operations to prevent terrorists in Iraq from destabilizing the Kurdistan region in cooperation with U.S. forces. Lahur Talabani, the nephew of the Iraqi president, heads the CTG. “What we do in Kirkuk, Mosul, Diyala is like a buffer zone. We try to prevent the terrorists from entering these areas.” [1] The CTG was set up by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 2002 with U.S. assistance against the threat of Ansar al-Islam in the Halabja region. Lahur says...
  • Hundreds of Chilldren Found in Mass Grave (Iraq)

    02/26/2010 5:52:58 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 84 replies · 3,475+ views ^ | 2/25/10 | Mihemed Eli Zalla
    Anfal genocide was a campaign against the Kurds in 1980s. It was aimed at the elimination of the Kurds in Iraq, by destroying and burning Kurdish villages down. Killing and burying alive the people of these villages. It costed over 200,000 lives of innocent Kurds. A group of experts from ministry of Anfaled and Martyrs are to excavate these graves soon. The graves hold remnants of 272 children and the oldest one among them is a 16 year old girl. A pregnant woman is also among them, added Amin.
  • Tide Turns As Kurds Push For Oil Law Amid South’s Sudden Bright Future

    02/24/2010 6:52:17 AM PST · by Bookworm22 · 3 replies · 154+ views ^ | 02/24/2010 | Fawzia Sheikh
    While the Iraqi government has made overtures to its Kurdish counterpart in the north to end an oil standoff, much remains in doubt without an actual law keeping the industry in check - rules which this time the Kurds are pressing for rather than Baghdad. For a long time, the northern Kurdistan region was seen as the most attractive oil market in the country but the latest bid rounds in December and subsequent contract signings in the south have made it suddenly “less clear that Baghdad actually needs an oil law with Kurdistan, because they’re actually doing pretty well on...
  • Arabism's racism against Kurds, Ba'athism, Saddam, gas, Halabja, Chemical Ali, etc.

    01/27/2010 5:12:08 PM PST · by Masti · 184+ views
    Arabism's racism against Kurds, Ba'athism, Saddam, gas, Halabja, Chemical Ali, etc. Halabja: The Racism of so-called Arab Intellectuals towards Kurds ...Mr. Al-Obaidi starting with wrong information on Halabja, which Halabja was not and is not a village. Halabja was and is a large Town. If not so, the Racist ... News about Kurds and Kurdistan, 2 May 2009 ... The Arab League as a useless ideological racist Arabist institution .... Ali Hassan al-Majid, notorious for commanding the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians in Kurdistan in 1988, has been sentenced to death again. This time the death...
  • 'Chemical Ali' buried to adulation in hometown

    01/27/2010 9:10:36 AM PST · by EBH · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | Jan 27, | Mahmud Saleh
    OUJA, Iraq (AFP) – Dozens of Iraqis gathered at the grave of "Chemical Ali" in northern Iraq on Wednesday to praise the cousin and notorious henchman of Saddam Hussein who was executed for gassing thousands of Kurds in 1988. "He was one of Ouja's most remarkable men," said Abu Shehab, a 45-year-old man who insisted that Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known by his macabre nickname, had been hanged to appease Iran and the United States. "The execution of Majid was done to satisfy the American and Iranian governments, but he will always be one of the icons of Iraq," Shehab...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin, "Chemical Ali" gets another death sentence

    01/18/2010 3:03:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 325+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD — Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity and received a death sentence for his involvement in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of some victims in court cheered when the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid was handed down in a trial over one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already received previous death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam's rule, particularly in the government's suppression of the Kurds in the late 1980s. Other officials in Saddam's regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin 'Chemical Ali' sentenced to death for poison gas attack which killed 5,000

    01/17/2010 1:39:59 PM PST · by driftdiver · 31 replies · 818+ views
    Daily Mail online ^ | Jan 17, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" has been sentenced to death by hanging for his involvement in a poison gas attack on the city of Halabja. Families of some of the 5,000 Kurds killed in the 1988 attack cheered when the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid was handed down Sunday. Other officials in Saddam's regime, including former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie, also received jail terms at the Iraqi High Tribunal. The brutal attack on Halabja close to the Iranian border 22 years ago killed mostly women and children through a series of mustard and nerve gas bombings by...
  • Amazing Story/Pictures-Soldiers Are Rock Stars to Kurds-Don't Let Anyone Say the World Hates America

    11/20/2009 7:12:48 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 28 replies · 1,320+ views
    Notoriously Conservative ^ | 11 20 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    We shut the aircraft down and what we saw was 350 plus people ranging in ages from 6 months to old and gray standing silently at a fence watching our every movement. I walked around the nose of my aircraft a mere 150 feet away from this crowd, I gave a simple smile and raised my arm up over my head and was greeted with the most substantial roar of levity that I have ever heard in my life. 350 plus people were cheering. Not because I play an instrument in some notable band, acted in a big Hollywood movie,...
  • New alliance emerging in the Middle East (Syria, Iran, Irag & Turkey quadripartite?)

    08/26/2009 8:53:53 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 45 replies · 1,552+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | Aug 25, 2009 | Samuel Segev
    Syrian President Bashar Assad's..visit was officially described as a goodwill trip to congratulate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his re-election as Iran's president. But what came out following Assad's meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, was an idea for an unofficial quadripartite alliance between Syria and Iran, with Turkey and Iraq....Turkey has begun to accept the possibility that its European dreams are unlikely to materialize... Obama...appears determined to announce his Middle East peace plan next month in New York in the presence of both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas
  • Gun-loving Kurds all fired up

    08/22/2009 6:00:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 21 August, 2009 | Falah Najim
    SULAIMANIYAH and IRBIL - Weapons loudly welcomed the outcome of Iraqi Kurdistan's latest political contest, and may even discreetly have helped determine it. In the run-up to last month's election, politicians gifted guns to prominent supporters. When the results were announced, celebratory gunfire streaked the night skies. Opposition leaders said the weapons had been dished out to buy votes. Their rivals denied this, arguing that they were honoring Kurdish loyalists with a traditional gift. Kurdistan's fondness for firearms is a legacy of battles against Saddam Hussein's troops and among rival internal Kurdish parties. "Guns are in our blood," said Guevara...
  • Odierno Proposes Three-Part Security Force for Northern Iraq

    08/17/2009 5:48:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 334+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2009 – The top U.S. commander in Iraq has proposed a tripartite arrangement between American, Iraqi and Kurdish forces to shore up security in disputed areas of northern Iraq. The proposal by Gen. Raymond Odierno is only in the discussion phase, but leaders involved in the talks have been receptive, according to a defense official speaking on background. The initiative has been characterized as “a confidence-building measure” aimed at protecting Iraqis and preventing disputed areas “from being used as a seam” by insurgents. Defense officials declined to comment on how the proposed security force would be implemented...
  • Iraq's Kurds and Arabs struggle to defuse tensions

    08/02/2009 1:52:51 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 269+ views
    AP ^ | August 2, 2009 | Yahya Barzanji
    DOKAN, Iraq – Iraq's prime minister headed north Sunday to the self-ruled Kurdish region to defuse rising tensions and address a range of disputes that have poisoned relations and threatened to become a new source of the conflict for the battered country as U.S. forces increasingly disengage. The meeting came as six died in bombs in Baghdad and western Iraq. U.S. officials have warned that Arab-Kurdish tensions could jeopardize security gains, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered U.S. help to mediate during his visit last month to Iraq in which he traveled to Baghdad and the Kurdish city of Irbil....
  • Robert Gates's Visit to Iraq Unveils USA's Another Major Problem in Iraq

    08/02/2009 12:15:06 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 455+ views ^ | 31.07.2009 | Ivan Tulyakov
    Many connect US Defense Secretary’s sudden visit to Iraq with a new problem which has appeared in the US administration. The Pentagon has recently announced that the United States would accelerate the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn nation, although the situation in Iraq is far from being stable. The US administration is particularly concerned about the Kurds’ claims for Iraqi oil wells. It is an open secret that Iraq’s Kurdish minority has been a staunch ally of the United States during the nation’s incursion in the country to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime. On the one hand, Gates had...
  • Arabs, Kurds Should Take Advantage of U.S. Help, Gates Says

    07/29/2009 4:09:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 314+ views
    ERBIL, Iraq, July 29, 2009 – Arab and Kurdish Iraqis should take advantage of the remaining time U.S. forces will be in the country to work out their differences, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani here today. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates meets with Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, at the government’s version of the White House during a brief visit to Erbil, Iraq, July 29, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gates met with Kurdish Regional Government leaders...

    07/27/2009 11:55:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 410+ views
    Bayram Bozyel, the General Chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Hak-Par (Rights and Freedom Party) has disclosed a plan he claims will soon be implemented to dissolve the Kurdistan Workers Party (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan – PKK) and end the longstanding conflict between Turkey’s military and the Iraqi-based Kurdish militants (Haber Turk, July 6; Sabah, July 11). Hak-Par seeks greater Kurdish autonomy within a Turkish federal system. According to Bozyel, who made the revelations following meetings with leading members of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the four-part plan was drawn up by Turkey, Iraq and the United States and has the full...