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Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help

 

Sarpol-e Zahab

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Earthquake survivors mourn in front of destroyed houses in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Survivors are waiting for badly needed aid, three days after a powerful earthquake along the Iraq border killed hundreds and left thousands injured. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)


In a western Iranian town devastated by this week's powerful earthquake, families are sleeping on the rubble of their homes and were fashioning reed shelters to offer protection from the elements on Wednesday, saying authorities haven't delivered enough tents ahead of the fast-approaching winter.

Icy rains will be coming soon to Sarpol-e-Zahab, hard hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 530 people and injured thousands. Survivors in other towns and villages nestled in the Zagros Mountains face the same tough conditions, still awaiting badly needed aid three days later.

 

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More than 50 US political activist & academics women support the Kurdistan independence referendum چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

More than 50 US political activists and academics who signed a statement supporting the Kurdistan independence referendum as a democratic process, valid under international law

September 23, 2017

Los Angeles, 

The following is the full text of their statement: 

 

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Statement of support
for the right to hold a referendum in the Kurdistan region in Iraq on Sep 25th


To all people who may be concerned with conflict resolution in the Middle East, concerned about the rights of all people to self-determination, and/or who would simply like to learn more about why this referendum is being held.


We ask our representatives to support Kurdistan referendum. We, women who are in one way or another originated from or related to the world's largest nation without a country, the Kurds, in this crucial moment of history, stand by the Kurdistan Regional Government's decision to hold a referendum in Kurdistan of Iraq.
 

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A personal note (because the personal is always political) on the Sep. 25th Kurdistan Referendum چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA, Cklara Moradian   

A personal note (because the personal is always political) on the September 25th Kurdistan Referendum

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Cklara Moradian

September 21,2017

Los Angeles,

 

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   Like almost every Kurd I know, I begin each day with Google Alerts: "Kurds," "Kurdistan," "Kurdish," "Rojava," "Rojhelat," "Northern Iraq," "Southeast Turkey," "PKK," "PDKI," "Komala," "Peshmarga" etc. The day starts out with a series of losses, a series of frustrations, a series of questions. What is the world saying about the "Kurdish Question today?" It's always a demoralizing start, on a personal and grand systemic level. It's epistemic gaslighting. My experience as a person is rarely reflected or accurately portrayed. I'm perpetually seeking validation. As if our existence will somehow be cemented, a little "more real," if a major newspaper mentions us beyond the old tired headlines about "being brave good fighters" and fetishized images of a female brigade fighting ISIS.

Lately, I too have been immersed in the upcoming referendum, watching in anticipation, reading EVERYTHING with conflicting feelings. By now, everything that needs to be said about the referendum has been said, by someone. Some "think tank" or another, some white journalist, some "Middle East expert" has said their piece, on all sides. People, mainly our neighbors, oppressors and colonizers, are spilling words of hatred faster than they can catch their breaths. Those who have always been silent on our pains (the security council) have now spoken in opposition. The White House has spoken. Some would argue that the very fact that the whole "international community" is "advising" us not to go ahead with this referendum should be reason enough to turn back. But when has freedom been handed to us? What has the international community done for us lately? They loved us when we were at their disposal in proxy wars, but now chastise us as if we are children. They cannot agree on anything else. Note how our neighbors are at each other's throats at almost all other times, except when it comes to the Kurds. No, there is no turning back.

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Can Kurds learn freedom from Israelis چاپ ارسال به دوست
Kani Xulam, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Can Kurds learn freedom from Israelis? 

By Kani Xulam

Aug. 25, 2017

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First our commonalities: we are both children of the soil. 

Jews fondly call the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael) their homeland; we reserve the same affection for Kurdistan, the land of our ancestors.

Jews ruled their homeland for nearly a thousand years-but mighty Rome destroyed their sacred temple (built by Solomon) in 70 AD and turned them into refugees.

We are still living in Kurdistan, but as subjects of Turks, Persians, and Arabs.

The Romans didn't last long. After a brief Persian interlude, Arabs conquered the land of Israel, now called Palestine, and settled with the local population.

But one thing stayed constant: Whether it was old Israel or new Palestine, Jerusalem remained consecrated for Jews, Christians, and Muslims-all esteeming Abraham as their cherished patriarch.

In the Middle Ages, a Christian Europe conquered Palestine, including Jerusalem.

A resurgent Muslim Middle East took back the city under the leadership of our Great Saladin. The Kurdish ruler treated captured Christians fairly, leading Dante to place him in purgatory, not hell, in his celebrated poem, The Divine Comedy.

In 1917, Palestine had another consequential change in ownership. This time Brits replaced Turks as custodians of the Holy Land.

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Iran: Enforced disappearances of Kurdish men arrested after armed clashes & reprisals against family چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   
Iran: Enforced disappearances of Kurdish men arrested after armed clashes and reprisals against families must end immediately

 

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Dear friends,

Please find below and attached a Public Statement that Amnesty International issued today on five men from Iran’s Kurdish minority who have been subject to enforced disappearances since 23 and 24 June 2017.

Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old member of the Komala armed opposition group, was arrested on 23 June 2017 after he took part in armed clashes with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the neighborhood of Shalman, in Sanandaj, Kurdistan Province, northwest Iran. His fate and whereabouts have been unknown since then.

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