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A Book Review; Assassins of the Turquoise Palace چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  A Book Review; Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

cklara_kurdish.jpgBy: Cklara Moradian

February 9, 2012

Ms. Roya Hakakian is one of those authors whose work leaves a lasting impression on her readers. Her sensitivity to the complexities of life, her poetic writing style, and impeccable investigative journalism makes her work unforgettable.  Few authors are able to bring atrocities to light without wallowing in the darkness. She gives us hope while asking us to face the unpleasant realities of our world.

 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 assassins_of_the_turquoise_palace.jpgthe 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 diasporas. The assassinations led to the Mykonos trial, which is considered one of the most significant international court cases in European judicial history. The German court implicated the highest officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran as responsible for ordering the assassinations which led to a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Rather than writing a political book, Ms. Hakakian chronicles the aftermath of the assassinations through the lens of those closest to the case.

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The vice president bears good news from Iraq چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  The vice president bears good news from Iraq

    biden_vp.jpgBy David Ignatius for Washingtonpost
Sunday, April 11, 2010; A19  

Vice President Biden didn't use the jinxed phrase "mission accomplished." But he offered an optimistic assessment of Iraq after last month's parliamentary election, saying that Iran's covert bid for influence there had been "clobbered" and that Baghdad appears headed toward an "inclusive" coalition government.

"Politics has finally broken out in Iraq," Biden said in an interview Thursday. "Everyone is in on the deal, and it's real."

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Mourning for my burned City, Sardasht! چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Mourning for my burned City, Sardasht!

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By: Ghomri Rostampour

 June 30th, 2015 

Today when I woke up, during the sunrise, it felt different. It felt like the dark cloud that hung over our home was full of tears for the children that were left behind in Halabja. The cloud was full of the tears of the families whose children and relatives were lost from them. The cloud was so full of tears, and wanted to cry for the young women and men that were hit by the chemical bombs. All the wishes you held in your heart were blinded by the fear of death. Those wishes bubbled up and burst with the bomb as it hit.

sardasht_02.jpgMy dear friends, I want to share my own experience with you, because I was also once one of those victims, not in Halabja, but Sardasht. When I was in my first year of college, like every other young woman or man in the world, I was full of the newfound energy, brought from the joy of finishing high school, and to prove to everyone my independence. To show, and to prove that with my friends that I could go anywhere and do anything, and that I could follow my dreams. Anyway, I called my mom from Tabriz, and told her that with my friend, Nasrin, I would visit home. My mother didn’t want to shock me, and she knew how dangerous the city where they lived was, they knew that there would be a rain of bombs. The moment we came home, it seemed like there was a heavy cloud over the city.

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Henry Kissinger and Iraq-Master of Treachery چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Henry Kissinger and Iraq-Master of Treachery

 
  barry_lando.jpgby Barry Lando
February 4, 2010

It is amazing how Henry Kissinger has been able to retain his aura of invincible genius in international relations, continuing to counsel presidents, foreign governments and major global businesses, while occasionally writing lofty Op Ed pieces advising the U.S. on what it should or should not be doing next. This mind you, despite Kissinger’s own history of monumental cynicism and duplicity when he was guiding foreign policy for President’s Nixon and Ford. Indeed, it’s a tribute to the ability of mainstream American media to forgive and forget.

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Three years of detention, no convictions - for five Kurdish politically activists in Syria چاپ ارسال به دوست
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thumb_syria-map.jpgThree years of detention, no convictions - for five Kurdish politically activists in Syria

January 30, 2010

by SK.S

Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD reports that hearings took place at the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus of five young Kurdish men on 26 January 2010:


  • Nazmi Mohammed,
  • Yasha Qadir,
  • Ahmed Darwish,
  • Dilgesh Shamo Mamo,
  • Tahsin Khayri Mamo.
 
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