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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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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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