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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
    http://www.hrtribune.net ^ | 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
    OilPrice.com ^ | 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 ...http://www.wadinet.de/news/iraq/newsarticle.php?id=569 KurdishMedia.com: News about Kurds and Kurdistan, 2 May 2009 ... The Arab League as a useless ideological racist Arabist institution ....http://www.kurdmedia.com/article.aspx?id=9285 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
    pravda.ru ^ | 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...
  • KURDISH POLITICAL LEADER CLAIMS PLAN TO DISSOLVE THE PKK IS FINALIZED

    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...
  • Why Kurds vs. Arabs Could Be Iraq's Next Civil War

    07/22/2009 11:09:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 506+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 07/22/2009 | Andrew Lee Butters
    With a projected capacity of about 40,000 bbl. a day, the new oil refinery inaugurated on July 18 by the Kurdish regional government of northern Iraq is modest even by the standards of Iraq's dilapidated oil industry. But its significance shouldn't be underestimated: in Kurdish minds, the region's ability to refine the oil it pumps is a vital step toward deepening its autonomy from the Arab-majority remainder of Iraq. (Read "The Reasons Behind Big Oil Declining Iraq's Riches.") Until recently, Iraqi Kurdistan had no refineries of its own, and though the area is sitting on a huge pool of oil,...
  • The United States, Kurdistan, and the Future of Iraq.

    07/16/2009 9:12:05 AM PDT · by jxb7076 · 6 replies · 430+ views
    hubpages.com ^ | 7/15/09 | JXB7076
    At the end of WWI, the victorious allies were creating a massive plan to divide what was left of the once great Ottoman Empire. The allies met in 1919 at the Versailles Conference where then US President Woodrow Wilson unsuccessfully pushed for the establishment of an independent state for the Kurds who at the time were spread out among six countries with the majority in what is now northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, with lesser numbers in northeastern Syria, northwestern Iran and the Caucuses. They were, as today - known as the world's largest nation of over 30 million people...
  • Kurds defy Baghdad, claim land & oil

    07/11/2009 2:27:07 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Times of India ^ | July 11, 2009
    BAGHDAD: With little notice and almost no public debate, Iraq’s Kurdish leaders are pushing ahead with a new constitution for their semiautonomous region, a step that has alarmed Iraqi and American officials who fear that the move poses a new threat to the country’s unity. The new constitution, approved by Kurdistan’s parliament two weeks ago and scheduled for a referendum this year, underscores the level of mistrust and bad faith between the region and the central government in Baghdad. And it raises the question of whether a peaceful resolution of disputes between the two is possible, despite intensive cajoling by...
  • 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...
  • Kurdish Mass Grave Discovered in Iraq

    05/18/2009 12:59:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 893+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Kurdish Mass Grave Discovered in Iraq The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry announced that a mass grave has been discovered in southern Najaf, containing the bodies of 3,000 Kurds murdered by the Saddam Hussein regime. It should be noted that about 100,000 Kurds were murdered by this regime, and that, even six years after its fall, the bodies of thousands of murdered civilians remain undiscovered. In Najaf alone, 48 mass graves have been found. Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), May 17, 2009. Posted at: 2009-05-17
  • Non-Arab and/or non-Muslims in the "Arab" world [Racist Arabism and bigoted Islamism]

    05/07/2009 5:36:49 PM PDT · by Masti · 270+ views
    Non-Arab and/or non-Muslims in the "Arab" worldOne key element missing from the discussion is the question of non-Arab and/or non-Muslims in the "Arab" world.  The Arab nationalists have succeeded in establishing some 23 non-democratic, ethnically (Arab) and religiously (Islam) defined nation-states in over 1 million square miles of territory, often at the expense of non-Arabs, such as the Kurds (Muslims, non-Arabs), Assyrians (Christians, non-Arabs), Copts (Christians, non-Arabs), southern Sudanese (Christian and pagan non-Arabs), Maronite Lebanese (Christian and mostly identified with their Phoenician ancestors) and Mizrahi Jews.  Arab nationalist ideology claims all this territory exclusively as "Arab" despite the legitimate claims...
  • Commanders Visit Kurdish President

    05/05/2009 5:38:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Daniel Nelson, USA
    Brig. Gen. Robert Brown (right), deputy commanding general (support), Multi-National Division - North, and Lt. Col. Stephen Myers, deputy commanding officer, Command Post - North, lay a wreath on the wall that surrounds the grave site of Mustafa Barzani, the most prominent political leader in Kurdish history, during their visit to Barzan, Iraq, April 20. Photo by Spc. Daniel Nelson, 145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. MOSUL — When most people think of Iraq they probably don't think of lush, green valleys, twisting ravines, rushing rivers and snow covered mountaintops. Usually, people think of miles and miles of empty desert, with...
  • NEWSFLASH: Iran shells Iraqi Kurdistan village

    05/04/2009 10:15:17 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 11 replies · 753+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | May 4, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    In a direct slap to Obama's foreign policy, Iran has shelled a Kurdish village in northern Iraq. Iranian helicopters stayed on their side of the border and sent missiles for over two hours today. This event follows similar action on Saturday.
  • Iran Shells Kurdish Rebel Positions in North Iraq

    05/03/2009 7:17:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 436+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, May 2, 2009
    Iran shelled Kurdish rebel positions in a remote area of northern Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region Saturday, a spokesman for the Kurdish Peshmerga border guards said. "They fired shells at the mountain area of Choma Sar. There were no casualties because it is a mostly unpopulated area," Jabbar Yawar said. The shelling started at around 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT) and continued for more than an hour. Border guards also spotted Iranian military helicopters bombing an area just inside Iran. The aircraft did not cross into Iraq, he said. Iranian officials did not immediately comment. The shelling followed clashes between...
  • Israel "troubled" by Turkish-Syrian military drill

    04/27/2009 2:38:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 701+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 27, 2009
    JERUSALEM, April 27 (Reuters) - Israel is troubled by an unprecedented military exercise between its ally, Turkey, and its arch-foe Syria, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Monday. Ankara announced on Sunday it would hold its first drill with Syria this week, using ground forces in a border area that has been the focus of a 25-year conflict between Turkey and separatist Kurdish rebels. Israel has extensive defence ties to Turkey, a NATO member and among the few Muslim nations to have built an alliance with the Jewish state. The Israeli and Turkish air forces and navies have held...
  • Israel - Liberation of the aboriginal Jews from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism

    04/27/2009 6:27:56 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 418+ views
    I have always seen Israel as the result of the national liberation movement of the region's aboriginal Jews. Liberation of the aboriginal Jews (and anyone else lucky enough to find refuge within Israel's borders) from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism which have oppressed and even eliminated so many of the region’s aboriginal ethnic groups. Israel's aboriginal Jews were not unique in accepting outside help (and even immigration) in their liberation struggle. Lebanon's Maronites; Egypt's Copts, Iraq and Turkey's Kurds, and Iran's Zoroastrians have all sought and received outside help in their liberation struggles, each group according to its...
  • Mullen Cautions Iraq on Arab-Kurd Confrontations

    04/26/2009 1:02:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 299+ views
    ERBIL, Iraq, April 25, 2009 – Iraqi Kurds and Arabs must compromise to realize the full potential of the country, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a visit here today. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with the president and prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government areas in Iraq. He also visited the U.S. Regional Reconstruction Team for the area. Mullen said there have been tense times between Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, but that any disagreements must be worked out. Cool heads must prevail, the chairman said. “An outbreak of violence between the peshmerga (armed...
  • ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN'S PERSECUTION OPPRESSION OF MINORITIES - ISLAMIC APARTHEID [update]

    04/24/2009 12:56:25 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 463+ views
    ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN'S PERSECUTION OPPRESSION OF MINORITIES - ISLAMIC APARTHEID In General, Christians, Baha'i, Kurds, Jews, Azeris, Baluchis, Ahwazi Arabs Again, religious persecution in IranFebruary 20, 2009Ethel C. FenigAs Thomas Lifson noted yesterday Iranian authorities destroyed a Sufi holy site, continuing their practice of pressuring and discriminating against religions that do not strictly follow the Shi'ite form of Islam.  But the Sufis are not the only religious minority suffering discrimination in Iran.   The 2500 year old Jewish community, which numbered over 80,000 thirty years ago at the time of the Khoemeni Revolution which overthrew the Shah, has dwindled to about...
  • German police accuse Kurdish men of "honour killing"

    04/04/2009 11:44:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 870+ views
    German police charged Thursday that the grisly death of a 20-year-old ethnic Kurdish woman had been an 'honour killing,' and that her brother had confessed to the crime. Germans have been outraged at a recent series of execution-style honour killings of young women by immigrant families. Police said the family had attempted to force Gulsum into a planned marriage and then discovered she was not a virgin and had undergone one or more abortions. Gulsum had left home last year with the help of welfare officials and moved to a safe house, but then returned home to Rees. Honour killings...
  • The Myth of Kurdistan

    03/28/2009 8:25:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 403+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Mar 14, 2009 | Lennox Samuels
    Iraq's northern enclave used to be called a model for the rest of the country. Not anymore, say Kurds. Until the old man is out of the way, everyone else who hungers for power in Iraqi Kurdistan is on hold. It could be a long wait. Despite his chronic bad knee and a Mayo Clinic heart operation last August, 75-year-old Jalal Talabani, Iraq's president, is a survivor. At present, he and his longtime rival, Massoud Barzani (together with their families and their respective political machines), still control the largest part of what's worth controlling in the three northern Iraqi provinces...
  • [Prime Minister] Maliki urges Iraqis to board the 'love boat'

    03/07/2009 6:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 454+ views
    Yahoo! News / Agence France Presse ^ | March 7, 2009 | Marwa Sabah
    BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on all Iraqis on Saturday to unite aboard what he called a "love boat" in a stirring appeal for reconciliation in the war-torn nation. "The security in Iraq has settled down at a level that allowed the leaders of the tribes to come from everywhere," Maliki told a conference of Sunni and Shiite tribal figures in the capital. "National reconciliation has become a principle that we depend on ... I invite everyone to stay in the boat of national reconciliation, the boat of fraternity, love, justice and equality that will lead us...
  • Obama Blacklists Kurdish Group In Gesture to Tehran

    02/10/2009 4:35:44 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 13 replies · 600+ views
    News Max ^ | February 10, 2009 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The Treasury Department has blacklisted an Iranian Kurdish opposition group based in northern Iraq, a move that was greeted enthusiastically in Iran’s state-run media as part of a initiative by the Obama administration to forge better U.S.-Iranian relations. The Party of Free Life of Iranian Kurdistan, known by its Kurdish acronym, PJAK, was created in 2004 and has never engaged in international terrorism or in military activity outside of Iran. But its guerilla fighters have clashed frequently with Iranian Revolutionary Guards units in Iranian Kurdish towns and villages, making it a primary target of the Iranian regime.
  • Iraq's Christian Assyrians Caught in Middle of Mosul Vote

    02/02/2009 11:57:40 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 956+ views
    AINA ^ | 2-1-2009 | AP
    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Christians still reeling from a string of murders last fall find themselves caught in the middle of a power struggle between Kurds and Sunni Arabs that was fueled by this weekend's elections. The minority community has faced years of violence and intimidation from al-Qaida in Iraq and other Islamic extremists. In the northern city of Mosul and surrounding areas, many also fear the Kurds want incorporate parts of the area into their semiautonomous region in northern Iraq. The issue came to the fore in Saturday's vote for members of ruling councils in most of Iraq's...
  • Fascism in the Arab world - Pan-Arabism, etc. (Part 4)

    01/29/2009 7:24:28 PM PST · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 521+ views
    Fascism in the Arab world - Pan-Arabism, etc. (Part 4)   Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege... by Elizabeth Thompson - 2000 - History - 402 pages...pan Syrianism... pan Arabism... najjada... Lebanese...The fascist nature of the groupshttp://books.google.com/books?id=5L7QGODjdEkC&pg=RA1-PA193   The Baath Party and FascismThe Ba’ath Party and Fascism. (Leadership Cult). ...Unity has taken the form of a pan- Arabism that envisions the elimination of artificial boundaries fixed by imperial powers after the First World War and the foundation of a single Arab State. The nationalism of the Ba'ath calls for an unquestioning faith: a questioning of reason, a doubting of Party...
  • Witness to Genocide

    01/11/2009 7:13:30 PM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies · 1,580+ views
    ARCHAEOLOGY ^ | January/February 2009 | Heather Pringle
    In May 1988, a prison guard checked Taymour Abdullah Ahmad's name off a list and directed him to a bus idling in the Popular Army camp in Topzawa, southwest of Kirkuk. The camp was one of Iraq's grimmest prisons. During his month-long internment there, the 12-year-old Kurdish boy watched guards beating male prisoners senseless with lengths of coaxial cable. He had seen four children weaken and then die of starvation. He stood helplessly as a guard stripped his father to his undershorts and led him off to his death. So Taymour was not sorry to see the last of Topzawa....
  • For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual

    01/10/2009 2:33:46 PM PST · by Bushwacker777 · 49 replies · 2,757+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec. 29, 2008 | Amit R. Paley
    "Sheelan Anwar Omer, a shy 7-year-old Kurdish girl, bounded into her neighbor's house with an ear-to-ear smile, looking for the party her mother had promised. There was no celebration. Instead, a local woman quickly locked a rusty red door behind Sheelan, who looked bewildered when her mother ordered the girl to remove her underpants. Sheelan began to whimper, then tremble, while the women pushed apart her legs and a midwife raised a stainless-steel razor blade in the air. "I do this in the name of Allah!" she intoned. As the midwife sliced off part of Sheelan's genitals, the girl let...
  • U.S. Scientists Unearth Truth of Saddam's Reign of Terror (Mass Graves)

    01/07/2009 3:19:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,557+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 6, 2009 | Dennis Fisher
    A feature story in the January issue of Archaeology Magazine reports that U.S. efforts in Iraq are doing more than just bringing freedom to the once totalitarian state. American scientists are also delivering a measure of justice to the families of tens of thousands of Kurds slaughtered by Saddam Hussein's forces, according to the magazine, which hit newsstands this week. At the prodding of the investigators at Human Rights Watch, who had heard horrific first-hand accounts of the mass executions from survivors, U.S. Army archaeologists and other experts in 2003 began excavating mass graves and gathering evidence for trials that...
  • Towards another disaster [Arab elite & disastrous pan-Arabism]

    12/08/2008 7:10:41 PM PST · by Righting · 1 replies · 301+ views
    kurdishglobe ^ | Dec 2008
    Towards another disaster By Aso Karim The Kurdish Globe Thursday, 04 December 2008, 02:04 EST Since the Iraqi State has been established under the hands of the English, only the Kurds asked for power-sharing, decentralization, and autonomy, and are now insisting on federalism, democracy, and accordance. The Arab elite see those demands of the Kurds as separatist and rebellion. In short, Kurds were the makers of change in Iraq, but they couldn't find a large front of change around themselves that can accept part of those demands. As a result they have faced big disasters. [...] ...of the governing [Arab]...
  • 'Chemical Ali' sentenced

    12/07/2008 2:47:00 PM PST · by Masti · 17 replies · 695+ views
    iht ^ | Dec 2, 2008
    'Chemical Ali' sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam's who is known as Chemical Ali, was sentenced to death for a second time Tuesday for his part in crushing a Shiite uprising in 1991. Mohammed Oraibi al-Khalifa, a judge for the Iraqi High Tribunal, sentenced Majid and other senior figures from Saddam's government. Among them were Abdelghani Abdul Ghafor al-Ani, who headed Saddam's Baath Party in southern Iraq at the time of the uprising and who also received a death sentence Tuesday. The former defense minister, Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai, received a 15-year prison sentence. Majid already faces a...
  • Memories of Saddam's Horror.

    12/05/2008 7:31:24 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 12/5/08 | Yidwithlid
    Memories of Saddam's Horror. Those who prefer to put down the efforts of the heroes who serve their country or like to cast aside the historic surge that our military ran in Iraq; also like to point out that the weapons of mass destruction were not found. (which is a debatable point). Those Kings of the Kumbaya set like to point out that there were years if horror for our hero's in Iraq. What they ignore are the horrors that no longer exist. The chemicals that kill thousands of Kurds and the horrible torture by Saddam and his sons. The...
  • More on devilish racist pan-Arabism - in books

    10/31/2008 4:22:51 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 286+ views
    The Middle East - Page 89 by Library Information and Research Service - Middle East - 1999 After Sayyid Jamal, in Arabic countries and especially in Egypt, many individuals were found who, by leaning on racism, Arabism and pan-Arabism, ...http://books.google.com/books?id=Ma1tAAAAMAAJ&q=arabismA New Road for France - Page 30 by Jacques Soustelle, Benjamin Protter - Political Science - 1965 - 278 pagesIsrael and French Algeria were... two barriers against which the totalitarian wave.. embodied by Nasser... a dictatorial pseudo-state type was created in Algeria, firmly tied to a single party, dominated by the racist ideology of a Nasser-type pan-Arabism and by the...
  • Increased human rights violations against the Kurdish people in Iran

    10/22/2008 9:59:16 PM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 284+ views
    Since January 2008 at least 530 people have been the victim of gross human rights violations by the Islamic regime in Kurdistan. Since January 2008 at least 229 Kurdish NGO and political activist have been detained by the government of the Islamic republic of Iran. Over 58 people have been killed by security forces of Iran and at least 36 have injured. During the last ten months at least 16 people have been killed or injured by land mine, that are being planted by the security forces of regime. During the last ten months at least 102 people have sentenced...
  • PJAK to US: Stop flow of intelligence information to Turkey

    10/22/2008 9:57:09 PM PDT · by BlueSky194 · 1 replies · 488+ views
    On 16 December 2007, a new phase against the will of our people has been started. At the same time the United States of America provides Turkey with intelligence and simultaneously the fascist state of Turkey passes on the intelligence information to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Turkey and Iran cooperated and coordinated joint attacks on the Kurdistan libertarian resistance in Eastern Kurdistan, pioneered by PJAK. This cooperation resulted in death of six cadres of our party members during the Turkish air strike on our Media center in Qandil mountain. A new stage of direct and indirect cooperation of Turkey...
  • Kurds and Arabs exchange accusations over attacks on Christians in Mosul

    10/16/2008 5:04:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 559+ views
    Asia News ^ | 10/16/2008 | Staff
    Who is behind the attacks on Christians in Mosul? The Iraqi government says it does not believe that this is al Qaeda, while media sources note that most of the people struck lived in the area controlled by Kurdish militias. The Kurdish regional government denounces the "malign efforts" of those who want to "conceal the truly guilty," denounced as "religious fanatics," and "orders" all ministers to help those who have been struck. The exchange of accusations over responsibility for the attacks against Christians in Mosul seems to confirm the at least predominantly political nature of what is taking place in...
  • Watch 'Arab Racism & Islamic Bigotry' [Arabism & Islamism] on YouTube

    10/16/2008 6:48:58 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 577+ views
    On BerbersBerber Exploitation [by Arabs, Arabization]- Morocco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymfAxe_XcH8 On Kurds[Kurds, victims of Arab racism] "Halabja" Moments before the Genocide / March/ 16 / 1988 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR-C6aSMp6g On AfricansThe Devil Came on Horseback [Arab racism in Sudan] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV7yQY0dQs4On JewsArab Muslim war crimes against the Jewish people (since the 1940's) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JxE1rFRMRsThe Truth About Arab "Palestinian" Terrorism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlwNXd3_cW0 Israel is a victim of Palestinian Terrorism & Islamic Jihad - background on Arabs' war on the Jews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdH0XxDEjG4