Free State Aleppo

Aleppo's torment

Aleppo’s torment

By Dr Jan Best de Vries:

If the present-day province of Aleppo would have covered the same large area as that of the ancient realm of Yamkhad with its capital Aleppo, Yamkhad might have become again the future name of Syria after the deconstruction of this former, rather haphazard, mandate handed over to the French in 1919. In any case, since Aleppo – until October 2011 a culturally and economically flourishing town with an international atmosphere – has been systematically destroyed by the jets of the Arab Syrian Air Force, it should not be returned to (or restored under) any Arab regime in Damascus: to rebuild Aleppo is, for both old and new times’ sake, the responsibility of the civilized, international community. After giving up Kobane in advance, caring about Aleppo is the latest whim of Mr. Erdogan, who has justifiably been accused by Mr. Assad of helping IS, but unjustifiably of starting his own civil war in Syria. An Aleppo under Turkish instead of Arab supervision is not what the desperate inhabitants and the rest of the world are waiting for. As a free state, Aleppo would in the North be protected by the three democratic cantons of Rojava, inhabited by a Kurdish majority, but also by the members of many ethnic minorities who likewise in the people’s army of the YPG and YPJ and together with the Free Syrian Army have so courageously defended Kobane against IS.

Kobane: Victory of Humanity

Junaid

By Junaid Jamali: The Kurdish militia YPG-YPJ, together with Peshmergas of the autonomous Region of Kurdistan, Iraq, drove the Islamic State (IS) group from the North Syrian city of Kobane, which is populated by ethnic Kurds, and raised their flags on Monday, dealing the jihadists an important blow after months of heavy fighting. These Kurdish forces have…

Saudi Arabia, Fountainhead of Beheadings

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Some thousand (1000!) Peshmergas from Bashur have meanwhile died in Northern Iraq, but how many boys of the YPG and girls of the YPJ in Rojava have been slaughtered by the Sunnites of IS who share their superior belief of beheading with the Saudis who have financed them and…

The Dawn of an Independent Kurdistan

Kurdish flag

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Hawler (Erbil) is the international capital of Bashur, public life is well organized, both streets and offices of American and many other foreign oil companies are well protected by the police, and, notwithstanding the permanent threat of IS at the borders of this part of Kurdistan, the atmosphere is…

What Else Would it Take?!

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: A performance of Macbeth without Macbeth, Hamlet without Hamlet! On January 23rd, a conference of the US-led coalition against ISIS was held in London hosted by the U.S. and Britain and attended by over twenty countries to discuss ways and means of fighting the terrorist organization. What was striking about this…

Kurdish-Jewish Covenant of Friendship Azadi Shalom

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: Winter has arrived in Kurdistan and many babies born in the cold tents of the fugitives from the killers  of the “Islamic State” will die. My bodyguard Azad Kardoi and I visited in Erbil a camp of 62 tents within a church compound and are sure that the inhabitants…

Turkey’s Internal Islamist Dangerous Tensions

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The birth of the state of Turkey from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1923 meant major changes. Mustafa Kemal, the Ataturk, as a president had the opportunity to put his ultra-nationalistic project into practice by forcing large political changes on the people of the area; for example, by waging a…

Returning to Dictatorship

Rizgar

By Rizgar Anwar Abdullah: After the end of direct European imperialism, a kind of autonomy was given to various tribal groups within the new Independent states, and the power in each of those states, including economic power, was controlled by a family or a tribe with absolute force. And that’s without any regard for the indigenous…

Kurdish Voices on Iraq’s Future Must Be Heard

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Aras Ahmed Mhamad speaks to Kurds about their views on the Iraqi conflict against the Islamic State.  The lighting advance of the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014 remains a direct threat to coexistence in Iraq. Sparking intensified religious conflict, and economic and political disintegration, the sudden surge prompted fears of further destruction in the minds of…

De-islamization in a Free Kurdistan?

Dr. Jan Best de Vries: I am grateful that, as an outsider from Europe, in December 2014 I had the opportunity to relate in broad terms, to staff and students at the Mesopotamia Academy in Qamishlo, the history of the Kurds. When combining all the data from archaeology, history and linguistics at our disposal, one…

Women Gyn Doctors Urgently Needed by Yazidi Refugees

Amy

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Over 400 Yazidi girls and women have  escaped from the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria and made their way to Dohuk in northern Iraq.  Some have been bought back for ransoms.  Since their kidnapping last August 2014 from their homes in Shingal, Iraq,…

The ‘PK’ Movie Spoke Out, It’s Time for the Right Call

Ausama Anwar (2)

By Ausama Anwar: I’ve never been hooked on Bollywood productions. Actually, only a few Hindi movies have attracted me. Lately, I came across a headline describing one of them as the finest production to emerge from decades of Bollywood films. I didn’t care much at first, but then decided to study the extent of technical…

Message of Solidarity with the French People

By Kurdish American Education Society: The following message was delivered to the French General Consul in Los Angeles on behalf of the Kurdish American Education Society (KAES) and the Kurdish community. Dear Mr. Axel Acruau: We members of the Kurdish American Education Society and the larger Kurdish community in Southern California express our revulsion and…

KCK Statement on the Paris Massacre

By the KCK Co-Presidency: To the Press and the Public Opinion We vehemently condemn the assault and massacre conducted by the fascist thugs against the weekly satirical magazine and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, the French press, and the French people.

Execution of Another Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran & Imminent Threat of More Executions in 2015

Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group Press Release: The Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group expresses its outrage at and condemns the brutal execution of Kurdish political prisoner Sabir Moklid Moane at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran on January 6, 2015 in a prison in Urmiye. According to Kurdish Human Rights activists Mr. Moane…