Kurdistan Genocide Office Prepares Cases for Prosecutions

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The Genocide Office to Identify Crimes Against Kurdish People Outside of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was established in Duhok, Kurdistan, in September 2014, under the Kurdistan Ministry of Interior.  It serves Kurds, Yezidis, Christians and other minorities who suffered at the hands of the Islamic State jihadists (also referred to as IS, ISIS, ISIL, ISHID, or Daesh).

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Captain Falah Hasan Jiyan and Dr. Amy L. Beam

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Yazan Rooney King, interpreter and medic, speaks English, Arabic, Kurdish.

On August 3, 2014, ISIS violently attacked Shengal, killing and kidnapping over 10,000 Yezidis in 48 hours, and sending approximately 400,000 Yezidis fleeing north to the peaceful and protected Kurdistan region.  Shengal is a disputed territory between Baghdad and Kurdistan.   Most of it has now been freed from ISIS but remains uninhabitable.  Peshmerga defense forces from Kurdistan and YPG forces from Rojava, Syria, are defending Shengal.

‘Girls Should Not Shout!’

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By Tania Mirza: "I am dead but nobody is searching for my murderer" "Who and what do I defend ... For this dead body?" These are some of the sentences from a Persian movie that I watched recently called 'Shhhh Girls Should Not Shout'. This amazing movie reveals the enormity of the many hidden social…

Yezidi Mass Exodus from Turkey Fails

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On June 26, 2015, Shengal Yezidis from refugee camps in southeast Turkey, began a mass exodus to the Bulgarian border. They were hopeful of leaving Turkey and entering Bulgaria or camping out between borders to gain the attention of the international community. They are pleading with countries to open their…

Kurdistan’s Independence: From 4 to 1-State Solution – The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 1 of 2 Introduction: The Kurdish political leadership in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, in Northern Iraq, was about to carry out a referendum to declare independence when Daesh, meaning Donkeys in Arabic, Jihadist terrorists - the so-called ISIS, showed up at their doorsteps.…

The KRG Bond: A Double-Edged Sword

By Harem Karem and Kamal Chomani: In an article entitled ‘The KRG Economy: Booming or Dooming’, published March 2015, we explained how the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) had stumbled into financial crisis. Since then, things have only worsened. The KRG debt has surpassed $22 billion – 190% of its GDP; this includes $2 billion owed to…

Eyewitness: The Liberation of Tel Abyad

Special Report by Jack Fallon: Introduction Last week's ISIS raid on Kobane, with the murder of more than 240 civilians, was a fiendish reprisal for the humiliating defeat the jihadists had suffered the previous week when they were driven from Tel Abyad by the YPG, supported by US air strikes. The Kobane raid began, probably…

International Mobilisation to Rebuild Kobanê: Conference at European Parliament

KT News: Following the ISIS genocidal attack on Kobane last week, today's conference at the European Parliament to discuss the rebuildng of the city assumes added signifcance. As Kobane's deputy foreign minister Idriss Nassan has put it: "Rebuilding is another form of resistance to terrorism". The conference is being live-streamed at: http://helpkobane.com/ The event will be…

Open Letter to President Obama on Turkish Complicity in ISIS’s Second Assault on Kobani

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By Dr. Amir Sharifi: The following  letter was sent to President Barack Obama; another version  of it to to Vice President Joseph Biden:  Dear Mr. President: We write to urge you to denounce the Turkish complicity in the recent attack launched by the Islamic State on the town of Kobani. Islamic State in its twin attack…

$7.3 billion on KRG fuel imports could have been saved with affordable gas: Luay al-Khatteeb

Interview by Harem Karem: Luay al-Khatteeb is a nonresident fellow in the Brookings Doha Center and founder of Iraq Energy Institute, focusing on the geopolitics and political economy of the GCC and Iraq. His experiences in the private sector span more than 20 years, and he is a frequent commentator on issues related to energy…

Witnessing HDP Victory in Turkey: Election Monitors Report Back (London, 7 July)

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Where: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA When:  Tuesday 7 July 2015 // 6.30pm - 8.30pm Hosted by Kate Osamor MP KT Comment: Following the abominable ISIS massacre in Kobane - an atrocity that was clearly initiated from inside Turkey - the building of solidarity with the HDP…

Yezidis Want Mass Exodus from Turkey

By Dr Amy L. Beam: Over 20,000 Yezidis from Shingal, Iraq, have been living in refugee camps in southeast Turkey since September, 2014.  They do not want to face a second winter stuck in tents or over-crowed rooms in Turkey.  They are faced with choosing between three deeply problematic options: remain living in refugee camps…

The US Senate Fails Those Who Fight ISIS on Behalf of the World

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: While the Kurds applaud wholeheartedly the vote by the fifty-five Senators who supported arming the Kurdish Peshmerga directly in their courageous fight against one of the biggest evils facing humanity today, they deplore the vote by the forty-five who voted against the measure due to some totally indefensible reasoning. One wonders…

Kurdistan Undergoes Real Demographic and Geographic Changes 

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By Mohammed Hussein: About 2 million Arab IDPs have fled into Kurdistan (the KRG areas and its disputed territories with Iraq) since 2014, and more than five towns have been depopulated in the disputed areas because of the IS combat. All these facts put Kurdistan in front of real demographic and geographic changes, so we…

Strathclyde Students Honour Kurdish Leader Imprisoned For 15 Years

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Leading Scottish writer James Kelman was among the speakers at a ceremony to honour imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan held at the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) in Glasgow on Saturday 20 June. Kelman reflected on history and recalled how, “The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had been a legitimate…

DEMOCRATS V. AUTHORITARIANS: KURDISTAN REGION AT THE CROSSROADS

By Harem Karem & Kamal Chomani: The predicted Kurdistan Region (KR) internal political conflict has arrived, as the president’s controversial tenure fast approaches its expiry deadline following a two-year extension in 2013. The relentless battle for an alternative, collaborative and participatory democratic system has intensified following the submission of two similar motions to parliament by…