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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,


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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Annual Irvine Global Festival and Kurdish Community of Southern California چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Annual Irvine Global Festival and Kurdish Community of Southern California

 
 
Dear community members,
 
Kurdish Community of Southern California is happy to invite you to the unforgettable Irvine Global Festival on Sept 23, 2017 from 10am to 6pm. See the attached announcement and also below for details.
 

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Kurdish Community of Southern California and Kurdish American Education Society once again join the Irvine Global Festival on September 23,2017 in partnership to raise awareness of the Kurdish cultural heritage and celebrate multiculturalism in Southern California.
 
Like every year the festival is filled with a kaleidoscope of cultural expressions and activities.
 
 The day will feature hundreds of cultures, lively music and performances by different bands and musicians.
 
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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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Dr. Azad Moradian : Establishing a Kurdish State Will Shake the Balance in the Region چاپ ارسال به دوست
vokradio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

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

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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
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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