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Kurdish-Americans Demonstrate, Plead for U.S. Support for Kurds
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Kurdish-Americans Demonstrate, Plead for U.S. Support for Kurds

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breitbart.com

15Aug 2014

LOS ANGELES -- A group of Kurdish demonstrators gathered in front of the Wilshire Federal Building in Los Angeles on Tuesday imploring the United States to assist the Kurdish people with humanitarian relief and military support in order to establish their independence and to help them thwart the impending genocide and violence being wrought upon them by the Islamic State in Iraq.

Dozens of Kurds held up flags and signs calling for an end to ISIS, while showing glimmers of an optimism which has yet to be realized by way of the formation of an independent Kurdistan. 

Chants of "Down, down ISIS! Long live Kurdistan!" filled the atmosphere on the browning lawns of the federal building. Similar rallies were also held elsewhere win Southern California, including San Diego.

 

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"Faction" "A fictional account of the Syrian Civil War based on actual events"
Corey Hunt   
 
"Faction"

"A fictional account of the Syrian Civil War based on actual events"

 

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By: Corey Hunt

December 2nd, 2013 

 

August 21st, 2013

Aleppo, Syria:

22-year old Ruken Qadir Shah woke up to the feeling of a cold cement floor on the side of her face. The rest of her body ached, making her wonder how long she had been lying in this position for. When she got up and opened her eyes, she was jolted by a rush of panic as she realized she was was looking through the metal bars of a small jail cell. Outside, a light bulb hanging from the ceiling flickered over a desk, emitting a slight buzzing sound as it mustered the last of its power. Papers and folders were strewn all over the place, along with the splintered remains of a bookshelf. I guess this is supposed to be a police station...

 

syrian_refugee_02.jpgRuken tried to swallow her fear. As a member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units – known by its acronym as the YPG militia – she needed to be brave. For the past two and a half years, civil war ravaged her country, Syria, and the YPG had been fighting to secure the rights of the Kurdish people. Long marginalized by the ruling Assad family, the Kurds had many legitimate reasons to protest for more freedoms, and Ruken had been one of them since the first days of a rebellion that began in March of 2011, when massive street demonstrations were erupting in cities and towns all across the country.

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The Washington Times: Nashville's new nickname: "Little Kurdistan"
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The Washington Times:

Nashville's new nickname: "Little Kurdistan"

By Jennifer Harper 

 February 23, 2013, 05:51PM

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 The home of the Grand Ole Opry has earned a new nickname: “Little Kurdistan.”

And no wonder. According to a new analysis of foreign born populations by demographer, Wendell Cox, the fastest growth in the numbers of newcomers is taking place in unusual spots around America, all essentially in Red States. Topping the list is Nashville, which has doubled its number of immigrants in the last decade.

“Besides the Grand Old Opry, the city also boasts the nation’s largest Kurdish population, and a thriving ‘Little Kurdistan,’ as well as growing Mexican, Somali and other immigrant enclaves,” says Joel Kotkin, a contributor to Forbes magazine who analyzed the implications.

“Other cities are equally surprising,” he says.

In the second spot, it’s Birmingham, Alabama - followed by Indianapolis, Louisville, and Charlotte, NC, which have all doubled their foreign born population between 2000 and 2011.

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Kurds in the US Risk Losing Touch with their Culture
MIHEMED ELI ZALLA   

 Kurds in the US Risk Losing Touch with their Culture

 By MIHEMED ELI ZALLA

 20/02/2012

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The biggest Kurdish population in the U.S. is in Nashville, the capital city of the state of Tennessee. Kurds call it Little Kurdistan. This city is home to more than 10,000 Kurds.

Packed with Kurdish restaurants, businesses and homes, Nashville does not have any cultural centers. The Kurdish youth have largely forgotten their native language and culture.

The city has seen limited Kurdish political activity and very few Kurds have made it to the city's academic institutions.

Unlike European Kurds, who have become MPs and occupy important posts in European institutions, Kurds in the U.S. occupy no significant positions in the American system.

Sarwar Hawez, U.S. representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), believes political division among the Kurds is the reason. "Each group here is affiliated with a political party and they want to do their own thing," he says. "This has been very counterproductive."

In addition to factionalism, Hawez says political parties in Kurdistan are not willing to invest in American Kurds.  "For example, my party has carried out few small projects in Nashville, but it does not really provide us with any long-term funds to carry out cultural and political activities here in the U.S.," Hawez said.

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Wall Street and my revolutionary friends
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Wall Street and my revolutionary friends
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By : Cklara Moradian
10/14/2011
 
 Please watch the Video and if interested read my view on it:
 

This video is amazing in the sense that it clearly demonstrates the shocking symmetry and similarities between movements across the world. It is stunning and it really brings out the hypocrisy of our "leaders." It also makes me happy to see people getting involved and voicing their discontent while demanding accountability. I appreciate that this video attempts to show the common humanity of people around the world. It shows that all of us, regardless of our birth place, will rise when discontent.

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Kurdish Culture, Literature and Art Conference in Diyarbakir, Turkey
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Notes on:

Kurdish Culture, Literature and Art Conference in Diyarbakir, Turkey

Prepared by Dr. Amir Sharifi

and Luqman Barwari

01/20/2010

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As 2010 was coming to an end, one could make a forceful argument that the year was an intriguing and fruitful one when it came to the long neglected Kurdish language, art, and literature. Kurdish intellectuals, politicians, and activists in the homeland and Diaspora for the first time discussed their shared interests and aspirations to ensure that they re-discover, reassert and regain their role in studying, safeguarding, and representing their cultural legacy and ethnic and linguistic identity.

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