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How 5 Countries Could Become 14 چاپ ارسال به دوست, Los Angeles, California, USA   
How 5 Countries Could Become 14

September 28, 2013

5countries14.jpgSlowly, the map of the Middle East could be redrawn.

Sectarian and ethnic rivalries could break it into at least three pieces:

1. Alawites, a minority that has controlled Syria for decades, dominate a coastal corridor.
2. A Syrian Kurdistan could break off and eventually merge with the Kurds of Iraq.
3. The Sunni heartland secedes and then may combine with provinces in Iraq to form Sunnistan. 

In the simplest of several possibilities,northern Kurds join Syrian Kurds. Many central areas, dominated by Sunnis, join Syria's Sunnis. And the south becomes Shiitestan. It's not likely to be so clean.

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Kani Xulam: ‘Innocence’ or ‘Schadenfreude’ چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

‘Innocence' or ‘Schadenfreude'

October 16, 2012kani_xulam.jpg

By Kani Xulam: As the explosive power of the film trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” ricocheted across the Middle East—violently sparking its own grim trail of fire, blood and death—I became weary of part of the title: “Innocence.” I began looking for its hidden meaning, its sinister part, as it were. Even before the toxic dust settled on the barbaric bloodbath—dozens assassinated, including at least four Americans, with the U.S. ambassador to Libya, murdered and dragged through the streets like a dog and allegedly sodomized—I found it. Sadly, it came in a shocking ugliness where I least expected it.

The new “innocent” shocker arrived courtesy of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a nonprofit group in Brussels, Belgium. It was their annual report ambitiously titled, Turkey: the PKK and a Kurdish Settlement, Europe Report # 219 (Last year they had issued another report, with somewhat academic wishful thinking, entitled, Turkey: Ending the PKK Insurgency, Europe Report # 213). What the California film did for pious and impious Muslims across the world, this Crisis Group report did far more—and with a lot less fanfare—to maliciously malign and callously trample the Kurdish cause of freedom across the globe.

The Crisis Group is headed by a former Canadian judge, Louise Arbour, whose exalted resume includes stints at United Nations as High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. One of her online biographies says that while editing the school magazine at the Canadian convent she attended, she developed “a reputation for irreverence.”

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VOKRadio Live broadcast: Seminar on Kurds in Syria چاپ ارسال به دوست
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VOKRadio Live broadcast:
Democratization in Syria, Perspectives and prospects, Syria and Kurds at the Crossroads of Change
 راسته و خو له ريگاي ده نگي كورده كاني دانيشتوي ئه مريكا،
  كونفرانسى كورد له گورانكاريه كانى سوريه دا
١٠ ي بياني روژي شه ممه 6 ئوكتوبر به كاتي لوس ئنجليس
پخش كنفرانس كردها در سوريه  بصورت زنده از صداي كردهاي مقيم امريكا مشاهده كنيد 

Today  Saturday October 6th 2011, 10 AM pacific time 
Live from  California State University, Long Beach
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Democratization in Syria, Perspectives and prospects, Syria and Kurds at the Crossroads of Change چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Seminar ; Kurds and Syria 

Saturday Oct 6th, 2012

California State University, Long Beach

Democratization in Syria, Perspectives and prospects, Syria and Kurds at the Crossroads of Change  

By Cynthia Karam , Returns 

This seminar will provide a forum for those who have an interest in exploring the unfolding developments in Syria as the contending forces in the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse Syria are attempting to reshape the country in its challenging path to democratization. These developments have been both the source of inspiration and uncertainty for Syrians as a whole, ethnic and religious minorities including Kurds, in particular. 

The program is based on the critical need for understanding the gravity and complexity of the humanitarian and political crisis both regionally and internationally. Our distinguished panelists consisting of academics, human rights activists, researchers, lawyers, journalists, and representatives of the Syrian and Kurdish opposition, will discuss the key issues that Syrians are confronting. The seminar will consist of two consecutive panels on separate but related themes. Each panel will consist of short talks on specific topics, debates and panel discussions that will feature distinguished speakers from investigative media, history, political science, law, religion, human and language rights, and political opposition.
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An Interview with Roya Hakakian چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   
An Interview with Roya Hakakian
cklara_roya_122011.jpgBy Cklara Moradian
February, 19, 2012
Ms. Hakakian's most recent book is titled Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, published through Grove/Atlantic  in 2011. This book is the non-fiction account of the 1992 Mykonos restaurant assassinations in Berlin. Four Kurdish and Iranian opposition leaders were brutally assassinated as part of a terror campaign carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran to silence political dissidents in diaspora. The assassinations led to the Mykonos trial, which is considered one of the most significant international court cases in European judicial history.
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