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Dr. Azad Moradian : Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Dr. Azad Moradian : Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region

 

The Kurdistan Voice

12 July 2017

An Interview with Dr. Azad Moradian, on the Kurdistan independence referendum

Dr. Moradian, a Kurdish- American Politician was born in Iranian Kurdistan (Eastern Kurdistan). Dr. Moradian specializes in Kurdish and Iranian politics. His articles are regularly published in several media outlets and magazines. He gives regular political comments on radio and TV broadcasts. He also analyzed Kurdish politics and internal fratricide between political factions, and its dire consequences.

Dr. Moradian is Chair of Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human right in Iran, and co-founder of Voice of Kurdish-American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom. Dr. Moradian is a former member of the board of directors of Kurdish National Congress of North America.

 

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The Kurdistan Voice: As you know, one of the most disputed political topics in the Middle East is the independence referendum of Kurdistan, which will be held within the next three months. Until now, Iran has opposed the referendum more than Baghdad or even Ankara. Is Iran afraid of an independent Kurdistan because it is likely to become a catalyst for the Kurds of Iran?

Dr. Moradian: An independent Kurdish state, regardless of size, is a direct threat to Iranian political hegemony and the regional power of the Middle East.

Essentially, the long-term strategic goal of Iran is to create a Shiite block, or as they call it, a Shiite Crescent and claim the territorial and ideological leadership of the Shiite world.

The removal of Saddam Hussein created the space for the Iranian regime to further spread their influence in the region.

In Lebanon and in part of Yemen, Iran has already been able to establish their dominance and have widespread Shiite support. All of Iranian's efforts in Syria are towards this same end.

While Iran has been involved in Syria since the beginning of the conflict, they became physically engaged in 2014 to preserve the power of an Alawite Shiite regime. The territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria and the preservation of the ruling powers in these countries is of paramount importance to Iran. Therefore, anything that threatens this plan is something Iran will vehemently oppose. Kurds are situated, physically and politically, in direct opposition to this plan. Kurds are also positioned to oppose Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ambitions to reestablish an Ottoman Sunni Crescent (please see Question 3 for more on this topic).

Establishing a Kurdish state will shake the balance in the region, as it does not reinforce the larger geopolitical visions of Iran and/or Turkey.
Furthermore, while the situations of Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are different, there is cross-border influence and exchange. The formation of a Kurdish state in any one of these regions can catalyze Kurds in other regions.

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Iran: Enforced disappearances of Kurdish men arrested after armed clashes & reprisals against family چاپ ارسال به دوست
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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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Kobani: Landscape of Resistance and Childhood Nostalgia چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Kobani: Landscape of Resistance and Childhood Nostalgia

 

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 By Dr. Amir Sharifi

 

July1, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The opening image of the film vividly shows endless rows of tents against a grey and menacing sky, engulfing refugees in a distance, with children inside a classroom in a new refugee camp. The young talented Kurdish filmmaker, Apo Bazidi, had gone to the refugee camp in Suruc as a volunteer in in 2014 in the thick of the battle for Kobane. Having just graduated from the prestigious film school of the University of Southern California, he wanted to help the refugees of the ISIS genocidal war against Kurds and to “record every day of his journey in the camps and on the front-lines to share their stories with the world”, which initially had turned away from facing the existential threat that Kurds faced. 

 

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Inspired by the invincible and selfless spirit of resistance spearheaded by women, and shocked by the savagery of ISIS, Bazidi was keen on documenting the sufferings and horrors that the refugees faced daily, some of which were reflected in the drawings of the camp children, showing violent scenes and fleeing families in the midst of atrocities.

 
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ئێرانيش ڕیفراندۆمێكی ئازادی پێویستە چاپ ارسال به دوست
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ئێرانيش ڕیفراندۆمێكی ئازادی پێویستە


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سالار حیسامی

٢٧ ى مانگى ئه يار ٢٠١٧

هه ولير- كوردستان

 

گەلانی ڕاپەڕیوی ئێران كە سەرخۆشیی ڕماندنی دەسەڵاتی پاشایەتیی پەهلەوی-یەكان لە ڕێبەندانی 1357ی هەتاوی سڕی كردبوون، لە ریفراندۆمیكدا كە لە رۆژانی 10 و 11 خاكەلێوەی 1358 جێبەجێ كرا و  زياتر لە (20 مليۆن و 288 هەزار كەسی خاوەن دەنگ) تێیدا بەشداربوون، (2و98%)ی دەنگدەران بە (بەڵێ) دەنگیان بە (كۆماری ئیسلامی) دا.


ئەو رێژە بێ هاوتایە لە بەشداریی دەنگدەران كە رۆژی ١٢ی خاكەلێوەی كردە "روز جمهوری اسلامی ایران"، مەشرووعییەتێكی شكۆداری بە ئایەتوڵا ڕوحوڵا خومەینی بونیادنەری يەكەم دەوڵەتی كۆماريی (لە دوای دەسەڵاتێكی 2537 ساڵەی پاشایەتی) بەخشی، ئەویش كۆمەڵێ لە كەسانی ناسیاسی، بێ ئەزموون، بێفرشك و توندڕۆی لە خۆی كۆكردبووەوە، بۆیە حوكمڕانییەكەی چەند مانگی پڕ نەكردەوە، ئەو شكۆیە نەك هەر خەوشدار بوو، بگرە بەتەواوی كەوتە ژێر جڕومەنگەنەی پرسیارەوەو بە حوكمی جیهاد لە دژی كوردانی ڕۆژهەڵاتی كوردستان شكۆیەكە بووە بڵقی سەرئاو! هاوتەمەنەكانی ئێمە باشیان لە بیرە دوای نەمانی بەرگریی خەڵكی و دووركەوتنەوەی هێزەكانی پێشمەرگە لە شارەكان، سادق خلخاڵی (دادوەری بێ دادگە) چۆن بەربووە گیانی خەڵك و بە فەرمانی ئەو تاوانبارە، هەزاران گەنج و كەسایەتی لە لادێ و شارەكان، یان قەنارەیان بۆ هەڵخرا، یان بە ڕێژنەی گوللە هەناسەبڕیان كردن.


تا ئێرە مەبەست لەم نووسینە وەبیرهێنانەوەی ئەو گشتپرسییە بوو، كە دوای نزیكەی چوار دەیە، تا ئێستاش دەسەڵاتدارانی تاران خۆیانی پێ گیڤ دەكەنەوەو هەموو ساڵێك ئەو ریفراندۆمە بە چاوی خەڵكی وەزاڵەهاتووی بندەستیان و ڕای گشتی جیهانیدا دەدەنەوە، بۆ ئەوەی  مەشرووعییەتی دەسەڵاتی مەزهەبگەرای خۆیانی پێ بسەپێننەوە، هەتا دۆلارە نەوتییەكان بۆ بەرفراوانكردنی هیلالی شیعە و شەڕی بەوەكالەت تەرخان بكرێ و ئەوەندەی دی گەلانی ستەملێكراوی ژێر دەسەڵاتیان بەلەنگاز و بێنەوا و داماو بكەن!

 

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ISW: Iraq Situation Report: April 21 - May 5, 2017 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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The Institute for the Study of War

Iraq Situation Report:  April 21 - May 5, 2017


By Jessa Rose Dury-Agri and the ISW Iraq Team
 
 
ISIS is setting conditions for its annual Ramadan campaign, anticipated to begin on May 26 with intent to exploit security vulnerabilities across the country. ISIS tested security in and around Baghdad by conducting a successful Suicide Vehicle-Borne IED (SVBIED) attack in central Baghdad and attempting additional attacks in Balad, Tarmiyah, and Jurf al-Sakhr.
 
ISIS strained Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) resources by increasing the tempo of attacks in Ramadi and far west Anbar Province. ISIS attempted numerous attacks in Salah al-Din province, which the ISF foiled.
 
The attacks indicate ISIS's continued attack capabilities in this zone. ISIS attacked Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) near Mosul in a potential bid to incite sectarian violence and detract from Mosul operations.
 
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