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Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state


On September 8, 2018, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran launched multiple missile attacks on the offices and residential compounds of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Koya, deep inside the federal region of Iraqi Kurdistan in blatant breach of international law. These attacks lead to the significant number of death and injury among these parties' members and civilians residing in the compound.
On the same day, Iranian regime executed three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Loqman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi. The executions took place despite multiple calls by international human rights organisations to halt the executions and address serious procedural flaws in the detention and trial of the three individuals.
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Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran;

"In a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, the Iranian regime recently fired a barrage of missiles from Iran into Iraq. Iran attacked the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, killing eleven people. This was not an act of Iranian proxies but of the Tehran regime itself."
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chairs a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on September 20, 2018.  

Mr. Mladenov, thank you very much for your briefing.

I've listened to my colleagues statements this afternoon with great interest. I have always been open about my belief that this Middle East debate has been excessively and unfairly focused on Israel. Today, I will go one step further. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is serious and worthy of this Council's attention. But if there is one country that is the source of conflict and instability in the Middle East - one country that merits a quarterly debate in the Security Council - that country is not Israel. It's Iran.

For almost 40 years, the Iranian regime has existed outside the community of law-abiding nations. It is difficult to name a conflict in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints on it.


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How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis چاپ ارسال به دوست
Irina Tsukerman, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California   

How US Can Do the Right Thing By the Kurds, While Avoiding Crisis

The US at this juncture has significant leverage over Baghdad.


By: Irina Tsukerman

 October 8, 2017

New Yourk,

Staying out of the issue and refusing to back Kurds in times of need will not win US friends or allies in the Middle East, a region that values strength, loyalty, and strategic consistence over quibbling, appeasement, and insecurity. 

President Trump can exercise that leverage effectively by having the airport ban lifted, not with loud proclamations that can only create indignation with the Iraqi government, but with nuanced behind the scenes diplomacy.

The ban is not going to change anyone's mind about independence, only gets people more intent to move forward as soon as possible unilaterally and with no negotiations.

At the same time, it's causing damage to Kurdish economy, creates undue suffering for civilians, and causing problems for US investors working on oil projects in the region.

The US has invested untold amount of money into Iraqi government - just so they could repay us by creating a de facto blockade against our allies, and preventing us from getting in and out?

It serves no legitimate purpose and actually causes the US to look weak - weaker than the Iraqi government, and unable to defend our own interests.

Weighing in on this issue will allow the US to retain credibility with the Kurds while also pushing both sides towards a negotiated solution to the current face-off.

Second, the US should play a role in negotiations over Kirkuk and oil, which are central to any successful bilateral discussion.

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Iran Offers 2 Pages And No Ground In Nuclear Talks چاپ ارسال به دوست
ELAINE SCIOLINO The New York Times   

Iran Offers 2 Pages and No Ground in Nuclear Talks



The New York Times

July 22, 2008



PARIS - The Iranians called their proposal a "None paper." Indeed, for officials of the six countries sitting on the other side of the table, the paper addressed none of their ideas for resolving the crisis over Iran's nuclear program.

Instead, the informal two-page document that Iran distributed at nuclear talks in Geneva on Saturday ignored the main six-power demand on curbing Iran's enrichment of uranium and called for concessions from the other side.

The title of the English-language text had two mistakes. "The Modality for Comrehensive Negotiations (None paper)," it read, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times. (Diplomatic jargon for an unofficial negotiating document is "nonpaper.")

For the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - the paper's substance was just as disappointing as its style. Sergei Kisliak, the Russian deputy foreign minister, could not suppress a laugh when he read it, according to one participant.

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Dr. Azad Moradian : Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Dr. Azad Moradian :

Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region!

The Kurdistan Voice

12 July 2017

An Interview with Dr. Azad Moradian, on the Kurdistan independence referendum

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The Kurdistan Voice: As you know, one of the most disputed political topics in the Middle East is the independence referendum of Kurdistan, which will be held within the next three months. Until now, Iran has opposed the referendum more than Baghdad or even Ankara. Is Iran afraid of an independent Kurdistan because it is likely to become a catalyst for the Kurds of Iran?

Dr. Moradian: An independent Kurdish state, regardless of size, is a direct threat to Iranian political hegemony and the regional power of the Middle East.

Essentially, the long-term strategic goal of Iran is to create a Shiite block, or as they call it, a Shiite Crescent and claim the territorial and ideological leadership of the Shiite world.

The removal of Saddam Hussein created the space for the Iranian regime to further spread their influence in the region.

In Lebanon and in part of Yemen, Iran has already been able to establish their dominance and have widespread Shiite support. All of Iranian's efforts in Syria are towards this same end.

While Iran has been involved in Syria since the beginning of the conflict, they became physically engaged in 2014 to preserve the power of an Alawite Shiite regime. The territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria and the preservation of the ruling powers in these countries is of paramount importance to Iran. Therefore, anything that threatens this plan is something Iran will vehemently oppose. Kurds are situated, physically and politically, in direct opposition to this plan. Kurds are also positioned to oppose Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ambitions to reestablish an Ottoman Sunni Crescent (please see Question 3 for more on this topic).

Establishing a Kurdish state will shake the balance in the region, as it does not reinforce the larger geopolitical visions of Iran and/or Turkey.
Furthermore, while the situations of Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are different, there is cross-border influence and exchange. The formation of a Kurdish state in any one of these regions can catalyze Kurds in other regions.

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