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What is the Future for Kurdish Women چاپ ارسال به دوست
Ghomri Rostampour   

What is the Future for Kurdish Women?

Disclaimer:The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the official opinion of the VOKRadio. 

By: Ghomri Rostampour

November 29, 2017 

 The impact of patriarchy will damage women's character and society in two specific areas: The first aspect of patriarchy is the dominance of male over female. The second is the dominance that elders impose upon the younger generation. For Kurdish women, not only "patriarchy" but also state, religious, tradition and gender discrimination have further damaged and eroded their identity. This study focuses on the future of Kurdish women and the recovery from this. Brief references to the geography of Kurdistan and the history of cultural uprisings can help to understand these arguments better.

Kurdistan is one of the most ancient areas in the Middle East. Unfortunately, Kurdistan was separated from the other societies by colonial intrigue, genocide, and ignorance of the past governments. Kurds before Islam and after Islam had many uprisings: The first Kurd, Amir Badr Khan, ascended to power in 1821. He would not submit to current Ottoman's Amir. He established the properties of a kingdom, and among those he set forth were minting currency and reading sermons of his accomplishments. He extended his territory from East into the depths of the borders of Iran and from West to Mesopotamia. He occupied the Christian territories in 1843. In 1846 he attempted to attack the Christians, which had deadly consequences for him. In August 1848, he surrendered himself to Osman Pasha. At the end of his life, he was exiled to the island of Crete and Damascus, where he died in 1870.
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Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Iran earthquake survivors, sleeping on rubble, ask for help


Sarpol-e Zahab

Wednesday, November 15, 2017



Earthquake survivors mourn in front of destroyed houses in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Survivors are waiting for badly needed aid, three days after a powerful earthquake along the Iraq border killed hundreds and left thousands injured. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

In a western Iranian town devastated by this week's powerful earthquake, families are sleeping on the rubble of their homes and were fashioning reed shelters to offer protection from the elements on Wednesday, saying authorities haven't delivered enough tents ahead of the fast-approaching winter.

Icy rains will be coming soon to Sarpol-e-Zahab, hard hit by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake, which killed more than 530 people and injured thousands. Survivors in other towns and villages nestled in the Zagros Mountains face the same tough conditions, still awaiting badly needed aid three days later.


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A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismi چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

A personal cry by an Iranian-born earthquake scientist for a change in how Iran addresses its seismic risk and resilience

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By Manuel Berberian, Ph.D., PG (University of Cambridge, UK, Elected Member, New York Academy of Sciences)

The heart of the matter

Iranians do not deserve death and complete destruction in 2017. In my judgment, neither earthquakes nor buildings kill the people in this beautiful and ancient country. The culprits are instead the lack of democracy, accountability, and transparency, which has permitted corruption in the building industry. Despite the presence of a strong 50-year-old building code, the failure of earthquake-resilient construction and permitting today should be treated as a criminal case.


The state of damage in Iran

The 12 November M=7.3 earthquake devastated a large area in the Iran-Iraq border region, and ruined or severely damaged several towns. The latest restrained state official news released on Tuesday November 14 at 16:18 local time (+5 hr UTC, +8.30 hr ET, and 11:30 WT) reports 530 dead and 7400 injured in Iran, mostly in the cities and towns of Qasr Shirin, Sar Pol Zahab, Kermanshah, Eslamabad (the former Shahabad) Gharb, Kerend, Salas Babakhani, and numerous villages (;, Etela'at, Kayhan). The border area is mountainous and is not densely populated. Many villages have not yet been visited by the officials due to landslides. Despite cold winter nights, people stayed outside many with few tents. Schools in the epicentral area have been closed since Monday in the city of Kermansh, as well as in the earthquake stricken area.

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Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake چاپ ارسال به دوست
VOKRadio, Los Angeles, California, USA   

Maskan-e Mehr government built affordable housing in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran damaged severely in quake


Report by Radio Zamaneh

photos "Maskan-e Mehr" housing by IIRNA


Powquake-damage-maskan-e-mehr-housing-sarpol-e-zahab-4.jpgerful Earthquake Near Iran-Iraq Border Kills Hundreds. According to latest official tallies, 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured. 

A powerful earthquake centered 30 km to the east of city of Halabja, near the Iran-Iraq border has killed more than 400 people, injuring more than 6,650 in Iran alone.

According to Iranian Seismological Center at University of Tehran, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border region Sunday Nov 12, followed by at least 50 aftershocks.

Iran's western province of Kermanshah which borders Iraq through the Zagros Mountains has suffered significant damage.

Mojtaba Nikkerdar, deputy governor of Kermanshah province told state media that rescuers were working through the night to find people trapped. Nikkerdar says that the death toll would rise: "There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won't rise too much, but it will rise."
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23 October 2017, Index number: MDE 13/7327/2017 

 Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Nazari, who has been unjustly languishing in prison for over two decades, is critically ill and needs urgent medical care outside prison. He has been on hunger strike since 30 July, demanding his release from prison. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.

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