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Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Academics, intellectuals demand forces in Rojhelat to unite against aggression of the Iranian state


On September 8, 2018, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran launched multiple missile attacks on the offices and residential compounds of Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Koya, deep inside the federal region of Iraqi Kurdistan in blatant breach of international law. These attacks lead to the significant number of death and injury among these parties' members and civilians residing in the compound.
On the same day, Iranian regime executed three Kurdish political prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Loqman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi. The executions took place despite multiple calls by international human rights organisations to halt the executions and address serious procedural flaws in the detention and trial of the three individuals.
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Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Iran;

"In a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, the Iranian regime recently fired a barrage of missiles from Iran into Iraq. Iran attacked the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, killing eleven people. This was not an act of Iranian proxies but of the Tehran regime itself."
Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in the Middle East Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chairs a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on September 20, 2018.  

Mr. Mladenov, thank you very much for your briefing.

I've listened to my colleagues statements this afternoon with great interest. I have always been open about my belief that this Middle East debate has been excessively and unfairly focused on Israel. Today, I will go one step further. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is serious and worthy of this Council's attention. But if there is one country that is the source of conflict and instability in the Middle East - one country that merits a quarterly debate in the Security Council - that country is not Israel. It's Iran.

For almost 40 years, the Iranian regime has existed outside the community of law-abiding nations. It is difficult to name a conflict in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints on it.


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Kaziwa Salih; VOKRadio interview چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Kaziwa Salih; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series

August 25, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In honor of the Kurdish Women Writers, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent.

 In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world. In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.
These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction.

                                   Interview with Kaziwa Salih

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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights!


"Ralph D. Fertig documents origins and episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He has been a steady and consistent advocate for civil rights through non-violent direct action in most of his 88 years. We met in the 1961 Freedom Rides and in his book, A Passion for Justice, Fertig chronicles struggles for desegregation before, through and since then. In the current political climate, this is a book for today."

-John Lewis, US Congressman


"Hailed by the Washington Post as the "Conscience of Washington," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a cog in the wheel of justice," Ralph D. Fertig began his social activism in his home, filled with German Jewish refugees."

  Ralph Fertig was born to German immigrant parents in 1930 and was raised in Chicago.

In high school and college, he campaigned for desegregation and justice in housing and employment. At the University of Chicago, he fought for academic freedom.

He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1955.

While earning his bachelor's degree, Fertig formed a student branch of the NAACP. He subsequently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and viewed Paul Robeson as one of his heroes.

He began social work organizing peace between warring street gangs on Chicago's South side. Fertig organized programs for equal rights with the Congress Of Racial Equality and the Americans for Democratic Action.

He became a Freedom Rider on a bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi, to help integrate interstate buses. The Sheriff in Selma, Alabama threw him in jail, where White prisoners kicked in his ribs.

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An Interview with Maryam Pirband a director and producer چاپ ارسال به دوست
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ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband:

"When I saw the videos of ISIS in Kurdistan, I was shocked"



Iranian ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband talks on "Fermysk/فرمێسک ", a short film about a young pregnant Kurdish girl who survived an ISIS attack.

Congratulations, Maryam! Tell us about your award and your experience in Independent Shorts Awards?

Maryam: Thank you very much. Actually, this is a great experience and affected my film journey. For me, the best gift is letting my film be seen by audiences and receiving feedbacks and when it is chosen by such a great, popular festival like ISA and awarded it happens better and my film can be seen better.

ISA: Which festivals "Fermysk" attended so far?

Maryam: I started the distribution recently and I submitted "Fermysk" in 5 festivals. Three of them selected it: Action On Film and Hollywood Dreamz Festivals and Independent Shorts Awards, in which it was awarded. Before that, I submitted "Fermysk"‘s script in some festivals and it was selected by International Las Vegas Screenwriting Competition and Baku International Film Festival. 

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