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Iran’s Language War against the Kurdistan Region چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Iran's Language War against the Kurdistan Region

amir_sharifi.jpgBy: Dr. Amir Sharifi

23 May 2014
 

Until recently the Islamic Republic pretended it was getting along with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and not intervening in its affairs. Rudaw recently reported that the KRG Department of Foreign Affairs had summoned the Iranian acting consul in Erbil to protest and condemn a condescending statement that had appeared on the consular website, in which  the Kurdish language had been proclaimed to be a " dialect of Persian," and Iran was described as the ancestral  "motherland" of Kurds. I must commend KRG officials for repudiating this outright breach of diplomatic protocol.

I should hasten to add that, anywhere else, such a diplomatic breach would be cause for expulsion. The central question is why the Islamic Republic is so blatantly and perniciously reviving a moribund myth against the official status of Kurdish in Iraq?

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Why won’t Washington support Kurdish Independence? چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Why won’t Washington support Kurdish Independence?

May 10, 2013

By Michael Rubin:

rubin_michael.jpgNot since the second decade of the twentieth century has the Kurdish dream of independence appeared so attainable. Saddam Hussein is gone, and Kurdish oil has earned billions of dollars. The Syrian civil war has enabled Salih Muslim’s Democratic Union Party to consolidate control over much of Syrian Kurdistan. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s peace deal with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan has led many Turkish Kurds to believe themselves to be on the verge of confederation inside Turkey, an intermediary step toward independence. Even if the Turkish initiative collapses, Erdoğan has confirmed Öcalan as the indispensable man, undoing more than a decade’s worth of Turkish efforts to consign the PKK leader to irrelevancy.

 

Kurds might expect the Obama administration to support Kurdish ambitions. After all, while still a senator, Vice President Joseph Biden famously supported a tripartite division of Iraq. American officials openly worry about growing Iranian influence Baghdad-controlled Iraq. Kurdish officials expect the many former American officials—both Democrats and Republicans—who are heavily invested in Kurdish oil to hew Erbil’s position in its disputes with Baghdad.

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Ocalan's Newroz statement: Calling PKK to lay down arms and withdraw from Turkey چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Ocalan's Newroz statement: Calling PKK to lay down arms and withdraw from Turkey

 bianet.org

3/21/2013

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Let all the oppressed have a free and happy Newroz! 

Greetings to all peoples of Middle East and Central Asia who celebrate newroz, the day of revival and rejoice, with the greatest participation in the world...

Greetings to all other peoples of the world who celebrate newroz, the landmark of a new era and sunshine, with enthusiasm and a democratic tolerance.

Greetings to all who take democratic right, freedom and equality as their guides...

Greetings to all Kurdish people, a folk that mothered one of the most  ancient rural and urban civilizations at the lands of Mesopotamia and Anatolia from Zagros and Taurus Mountains to Tigris and Euphrates Rivers...

For Kurdish people, who coexisted peacefully and co-created this civilization with other peoples from different racial, religious, ethnic backgrounds; Tigris and Euphrates are siblings with Sakarya and Maritsa rivers. Mount Ararat and Cudi Mountain are friends of Kachkar and Erciyes Mountains. Haley and Delido dances are relatives with Horon and Zeybek dances.

This great civilization, these sister entities have been separated from each other by political oppressions, external interventions and group dynamics; they have been compelled to build entities ignoring justice, equality and freedom.  


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An Open Letter to the President of the United States ; By Kani Xulam چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 An Open Letter to the President of the United States
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By Kani Xulam:
 
 March 18, 2013
 
 
"We are the ones we have been waiting for",
Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

Dear President Obama,

Like the sudden fall of Berlin Wall you showed up unannounced in my life.

Like most Americans, I was not prepared for your spectacular entrance- exploding upon the national scene as the star-studded keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.  I watched in amazement at the mesmerizing power of your stunning rhetoric, catapulting convention delegates to their feet, some in tears, many in awe, all in enthusiastic applause, and the whole scene inspiring even former Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev to offer his heartfelt congratulations.

obama_ap.jpgStudying the trajectory of your life, however, I can't believe your good luck.  Call me simpleminded if you will, but I am beginning to see you not a person-or even the president-but as "transformational" agent whose likes come around once in a thousand years.  I am thinking, If Ralph Waldo Emerson were alive, he would revise his observation about "events are in the saddle and ride mankind," to "Barack Hussein Obama is in the saddle and rides humanity."

The triumphant, Caesar-like depiction of you by a rather sympathetic press obviously is not news to you.  Graciously, you have even joked about it.  In fact, there is so much material out there that it was really hard for me to work a bit of originality into this letter of mine.  But your late father and I have at least one thing in common.  We were both goat herders at one time in our lives.  Maybe this little detail is my ticket to your attention!  By the way, I like how you honored your Old Man with the title of your first book, Dreams From My Father.

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Kurds in Azerbaijan Republic چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Kurds in Azerbaijan Republic

  • August 22,2013
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By;  Shamil Askerov, PHD(1929-2005 Baku)

Translated from Turkish By Nizameddin Rzayev

The settlement of Kurds in Azerbaijan dates back to ancient times, which is supported by numerous historical sources. Antique Greek historians provide us with valuable information about the Kurds living in modern-day Azerbaijan. The works published both in Azerbaijan and abroad are also valuable sources of knowledge about the Kurdish inhabitants of these lands. For example, the book titled “Sources on the History of Azerbaijan” (pages 68-69) talks about the heroic resistance of Balasican (Balasacan, Balasakan) Kurds against the invading Caliph Armies headed by Salman Ibn Rebiyye during the Islamic expansion (Sources on the History of Azerbaijan, Baku, 1989, page 72). The same book describes Balasican as a province located on the Mugan plains on the right-hand side shores of lower ends of Kura River. The same source also mentions Sabalan and Seturdan Kurds in Azerbaijan.

The fact that Terter river (Terter river taking its source from Kelbajar mountains joins Kura River) was called the “Waters of Kurds” in the14th century (during the time of Hurufi leaders-Neimi-Nesimi in Azerbaijan) is another strong evidence of Kurds’ more ancient presence in modern day Azerbaijan than is generally thought (Isa Huseynov, “Meshher” novel, Baku, 1978, page 141)

Sheddadi dynasty

A Kurdish dynasty Sheddadis ruled large parts of modern day Azerbaijan and Armenia from Dvin (951-971) and Ganja (971-1174) for 223 years. During this period, 20 Kurdish Kings between the reigns of Muhammad Ibn Sheddad and Shehanshah ruled Azerbaijan. Sheddadis were well-known for their massive construction and engineering projects such as building roads, bridges, mosques etc. After the Ganja earthquake they rebuilt Ganja as an even more magnificent Sheddadi capital than before in a very short time. 

 

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