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Twin bomb attacks target PDK-Iran headquarter near Erbil چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Twin bomb attacks target PDK-Iran headquarter near Erbil

 
 
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - On Tuesday night, two explosions targeted the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) - Iran headquarter in the city of Koya in Erbil province.

Following the explosions, ambulances rushed to the scene and transferred the wounded people to the nearby hospitals.

Spokesperson of Koya Hospital told Kurdistan24 that some of the wounded were transferred to Erbil hospital due to their critical health conditions.pdki_122016.jpg

"Now, we cannot blame any side for the attacks on PDK headquarter," Kamal Kareemi, a member of the PDK political bureau, told Kurdistan24 on Tuesday.

The explosions took place around 10:30 pm local time.

 

 

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POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival چاپ ارسال به دوست
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POLARIS U.S. Premiere Screening at the Culver City Film Festival

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 Polaris is a moving drama in which a psychologically traumatized war photographer is locked in a desperate struggle to protect her secrets from her husband and escape her inevitable return to the Middle East.

By: Christina Jo'Leigh, p.g.a.

 

Polaris is a rare, Iranian / American collaboration.  Even rarer, it was created by female filmmakers.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there has been an outcry for films by women, starring women, offering a different perspective and window into a world we’ve not been seeing.  This is just such a film.

 

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Polaris was written by Naghmeh Samini and Soudabeh Moradian.  Soudabeh is also the Director.  She was an accomplished documentarian in Iran and traveled abroad creating many insightful films about Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Her evolving body of work includes over 70 documentaries and TV series for European Channel ARTE and the BBC.  She immigrated to the U.S. for the freedom to create films with empowering social messages and now lives in Los Angeles. Together, Soudabeh Moradian and I have worked over 3 years to bring Polaris and its message to life.

 

Our lead character in Polaris, Baran, is half Persian – from Iran, and is representative of many women today, straddling two worlds, and attempting to cross the cultural divide.  She exemplifies the silent struggle of women who have had the strength to escape war-torn countries wrought with persecution, only to live in an aftermath of the trauma, still subject to the conventional constraints from which they came, while facing an ongoing struggle for independence and equality in the Western world that does not accept them, and in which they do not fit in.

 

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New York Film Academy Los Angeles; Kurdish Cinema, December16, 2016 چاپ ارسال به دوست
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New York Film Academy Los Angeles; Kurdish Cinema, December 16, 2016

 
November 16, 2016
 
Los Angeles -- For the first time New York Film Academy Los Angeles, will be screening Kurdish cinema by showcasing 7 short films created by Kurdish filmmakers. Q&A with filmmaker Khalid Lawa will follow the screening.
 
 
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The seven films are:

1- Ants Apartments (Koshki Merulekan) 2014, Short film, Directed by: Tofigh Amani

2- Bad Hunter  (2013) Short film, Comedy, Drama   Directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa

3- 74 (Shingal/ Sinjar) (2015); Short Documentary Directed by Sattar Chamani Gul

4- Misfortunate; Short film; Written & Directed by Khalid Hamalawa

5- White Mountains;(2006) Short film, Directed by Taha Karimi

6- Human Beings (2009) Short animated film by Mashaallah Mohammadi

7- The Abandoned faces (2015) Short film, Directed by Ashkan Ahmadi

 

These films have been selected to display the wide talents of young Kurdish filmmakers from different part of Kurdistan to the students of the New York Film Academy and the greater community. The organizers hope to create a bridge between cultures through the art of cinema and create a dialogue between fellow creatives. 

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Elected Kurdish Representatives Detained in Turkey چاپ ارسال به دوست
Herman Gardi, VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Elected Kurdish Representatives Detained in Turkey

By: Herman Gardi

November 7, 2016

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    Turkey arresting close to a dozen Kurdish law-makers has created another reason for Kurds to lose faith in the Turkish government. Kurds have always been oppressed ever since the Turkish Republic was created after World War I in 1923. When the Kurdish population finally began to have some form of representation in the form of the People’s Democratic Party or HDP, it was attacked by the Turkish Republic.

The Kurdish population makes up close to 20 percent of the total population of Turkey, creating tensions intentionally can have further consequences within the country. The PKK or the Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey will most likely step up their attacks due to these arrests and cause the Turkish government to retaliate because of it, continuing the vicious cycle of conflict between the groups.


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Solidarity Message of Kurdish –Armenian Communities: Free HDP and Divest From Turkish Fascism چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Solidarity Message of Kurdish –Armenian Communities in Southern California

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Free HDP and Divest From Turkish Fascism:

International Appeal and Message of Solidarity

 

We the undersigned express our outrage at the arbitrary arrests of Turkey’s opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, and its 10 MPs on November 4, 2016. 

With the charges of treason and association with terrorism, HDP MPs are the latest victims of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) dictatorial purge, following an attempted coup in July.

All 59 HDP MPs have been threatened with prosecution, including Armenian MP Garo Paylan, meaning the number of party members arbitrarily detained is bound to increase.

‘We are living in 1915—Today is April 24,’ said Mr. Paylan in a Tweet shortly after the arrests. For many in the Armenian community, the actions taken by the Turkish government toward the Kurdish population and opposition figures echo the Armenian Genocide. 

Erdogan is waging an unprecedented purge in Turkey firing over 100,000 employees, and imprisoning thousands of HDP members, executives, mayors, and city council members associated directly or indirectly with the HDP. Just last week, a prosecutor accused Mrs. Gultan Kisanak, Diyarbakir's first female mayor and a former parliamentarian, and her co-mayor Mr. Firat Anli, of terrorism. HDP lawmakers have issued a joint statement objecting to Erdogan’s inquisition and its legitimacy. 

Erdogan began singling out HDP leadership after AKP lost its parliamentary majority in the 2015 elections and HDP rejected Erdogan’s desires for a powerful presidential system. The arrests aim to destroy the very foundation of the HDP, as the AKP is afraid of future electoral victories, and ethnic and religious representations of minorities including Kurds and Armenians in Turkey.

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