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The Kurds could be the key to the Middle East چاپ ارسال به دوست
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The Kurds could be the key to the Middle East

By: Amir Taheri

October 18,2015

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NyPost.com

 

“I am puzzled by God’s wisdom
That, among all nations, has
denied Kurds a state of their own!”

This is how Kurdish poet Ahmadi Khani expressed his people’s feelings in “Love and Life,” the epic he composed in 1690.

ahmad_khani_kurdish_poem_1605_1706.jpgThree centuries later, the Kurds still don’t have a state but represent a spider’s-web set of ethnic and sectarian fractures that threaten the integrity of at least five nations.

At the time Khani wrote, a majority of mankind lived in a dozen empires or a jigsaw of isolated tribal entities with the concept of nation-state unknown outside Europe.

Now, in a world dotted with 198 nation-states, the Kurds represent the largest “nation” without a “state.”

Stuck in the center of every Middle East conflict, the Kurds are a rarity: a sympathetic ally. Supporting them is not without risk, as it could cause even more upheaval in the region, but if the US acts strongly and prudently, the Kurds could help keep Iran, ISIS and others in check.

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Iran: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Iran: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities

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by: Sarbaz Yousef and Jiwan Saman

May 8, 2015 

ARA NEWS: Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Thousands of Kurds took to the streets on Thursday in the city of Mahabad, northwestern Iran, to protest against an Iranian officer who sexually harassed a Kurdish girl causing her to commit suicide, locals reported.

Local activists reported that the Kurdish girl, Farinaz Khosrwni, 23, who was working in Tara hotel in Mahabad, has committed suicide after an Iranian intelligence officer tried to rape her.

“She threw herself from the hotel’s balcony on the fourth floor, for fear of being captured by the Iranian officer,” the sources said. 

Activists on social networking sites have shared the news in the city and called for a campaign of mass protests across Mahabad. Thousands of Kurds protested in front of the hotel and burned it. 

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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS چاپ ارسال به دوست
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KOBANE: DESTRUCTION IN THE HEARTS
 
The journey of people of Kobane, 
 
 
 
by Apo W. Bazidi
 
16 Feb 2015
 

It was easy to walk out from the refugee camps where they had faced hunger, cold and pain. Excitement belongs in the heartbeat. Their heartbeats were 5 steps ahead of their feet. It was a surreal feeling. They were finally heading home. But they must go through a process which, to them, was alien. Long lines in front of the Turkish Police station, to give fingerprints for the last time to a land that they did not belong. They sign a statement saying if you are willing to go back to Kobane, there can be “no return” to Turkey. A choice which did not matter for them. They were thirsty to go back and step onto the soil they first crawled on, to breathe in their memories that helped them survive many months in Turkey. Whilst in Turkey, many had sworn to kiss the soil three times as soon as they arrived.


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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A STORY OF KOBANÊ: CHILDREN OF DESTRUCTION 

 

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05 Feb 2015

 

  By Apo W. Bazîdî ; A Kurdish-American filmmaker and writer who has been volunteering in the camps in Suruç since October 2014 

 

 

 

Once upon a time there was a little cute town named Kobane. People were happy and busy with their ordinary lives. Barbers, butchers,tobacco shops, tea houses and playgrounds... Farmers came from villages to the city for change. Shopping in the garment bazaars for a wedding dress. Awed by the apartment buildings and cars… In the middle of this ordinary life there was a disabled boy named Azad. His body did not match his name AZAD (Freedom). He was born “abnormal”.

 

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He couldn’t move his body except his head. He never played with his friends, never rode a bike, jumped a rope, nor closed his eyes for hide and seek. But he always smiled and the freedom that he wanted to have in his body was alive in his eyes.

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering چاپ ارسال به دوست
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  UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Iraq, calls for international leadership to end suffering

DOHUK, Iraq, January 25 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency's Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in Dohuk, Iraq, visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

Since Ms Jolie's last visit to Iraq in September 2012, the scale and gravity of the humanitarian situation have increased dramatically, as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq intensify and become intertwined.

 
 
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 UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets members of the Yazidi minority in Khanke IDP Camp, Iraq, on 25 January, 2015. Ms Jolie was visiting Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqi citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to offer support to 3.3 million displaced people in the country and highlight their dire needs.

"It is shocking to see how the humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated since my last visit. On top of large numbers of Syrian refugees, two million Iraqis were displaced by violence in 2014 alone. Many of these innocent people have been uprooted multiple times as they seek safety amidst shifting frontlines."


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