The Drug Abuse Threatening Kurdistan

Mohammed Ismail

By Mohammed Ismail:

In recent history, the Kurdish revolution and involvement with the KCK (Koma Civaken Kurdistan – Group of Communities in Kurdistan) was the main reason that the Kurdish youth were sent to prison; now they face a new enemy that sends them to prison: drug abuse.

Tragedy of Yazidis: Challenges and Directions of International Relief Aid in Kurdistan

By Dr Amir Sharifi: We still remember the ubiquitously ghastly images of tens of thousands of tired, traumatized, sunburned, bedraggled, de-hydrated, and beaten Yazidi refugees. The images are too haunting to forget: a mother still clinging to her dead child, tears streaming down the cheeks of a young daughter, a woman telling the shocking tale…

Iran: Shaheed’s UN fact-finding mission versus repeating bygone flaws

By Jamal Ekhtiar: The human rights situation in Iran will be considered by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council during a series of meetings in September, but the UN’s old fashioned human rights rhetoric on Iran has not been fruitful so far. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights…

PKK Refugees Arrested at Turkish Border while Roboski Kurds Welcome Refugees

Amy

By Amy L. Beam, Ed.D: On August 11, 2014, Today’s Zaman reported that 6 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members “escaped” from the PKK and entered into Turkey at the Harbur border gate, south of Silopi, where they “turned themselves in”.   According to an unnamed security officer interviewed on August 15, the six men are being…

Current Affairs in Kurdistan

Sherzad-Al-Khalifa

By Dr. Sherzad Al-Khalifa: There are a great deal of events happening in the whole region and very fast. Of course most people from the Middle East unfortunately believe in conspiracy theories and read about the events that they face either as fate (God’s doing!) – therefore, nothing can be done about it – or…

How to end this war against Kurdistan?

Hawkar

By Hawkar Jabbar Kandinawy: After September 11th 2001, a war was declared against terrorism, in which al-Qaida represented terrorism. What al-Qaida in the past wanted to gain in the Middle East, ISIS is gaining today. It is establishing a caliphate in the Middle East. By having a ‘heaven’, it has ground from which to strengthen…

Kurds and the post-Maliki era

Payraw

By Payraw Anwar: Nothing worth speaking of was achieved during the past ten years of Maliki’s rule. Nothing changed politically except for increased tensions and crises. Maliki was clever at causing crises and creating dilemmas for all sides in Iraq. Throughout his tenure there have always been bad relations between the Kurds and Arabs, and…

Chain of genocides in Southern Kurdistan demands international help

Solin Hacador

By Solin Hacador: The human tragedy in Southern Kurdistan is increasing and it demands more international help. Following Friday’s massacre of Yezidi Kurds in Kocho village of Shengal , there are reports of 300 more civilians killed yesterday by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists and many are still trapped on the mountain. This can be…

Abadi is Iraq’s last chance to stay united

By Arian Mufid: This week Haider Abadi was endorsed by the Iraqi parliament as the new prime minister of Iraq. Mr Abadi is a Shia from the Dawa Party, the same party as the former premier, Nuri Maliki. He has an educated background and did most of his postgraduate studies in the UK.  Kurds have…

Why the tragedy of Yazidi Kurdish women should unite the world

By Arian Mufid: The night of 2nd-3rd August was one we should have anticipated: when the Kurdish nation suffered at the hands of people who have the same roots as the perpetrators of the Anfal of 1988, which was comparable to the Jewish Holocaust. On that dreadful, recent night when the Islamic State (IS) attacked Sinjar, no…

Why U.S. should support independence for Kurds

By Sen. Conrad Burns (Ret.): This article first appeared on CNN World In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan laid out his vision for re-establishing the United States as an “exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.” This was hardly a new concept in 1981, yet as…

IS guilty of sexual violence against women and children says UN

KT News: The ‘Islamic State’ group (IS, also known as ISIS) has been accused by senior United Nations (UN) representatives of systematic sexual violence and child abuse, among its other barbaric acts, in Iraq and Kurdistan.“We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys…

KCK: Kurdistan Defense Forces will defend existence and freedom of Yazidi community

By the KCK Co-Presidency: On 14th August 2007, our Yazidi people in the Shiba and Shex Khidir villages of Shingal suffered a bloodthirsty massacre in which 450 Yazidi Kurds lost their lives. We vehemently condemn the perpetrators of this massacre and remember with respect the victims of the massacre. KCK declared as martyrs those who…

Oil and ISIS

Freeyad

By Freeyad Ibrahim: The terror organization , so-called ISIS, undeniably has multifunctional missions and tasks to achieve in the Middle East. It began first in Iraq. First: to be involved in Iraqi interior affairs and to impose a government to their liking, and that is what has happened recently. Second: to put pressure on the…

What has ISIS taught me?

By Payraw Ahmed: ERBIL: 6th August, after coming back from work, another usual day – had discussion with colleagues about different subjects, it starts from chocolate then ends up talking about God.  When I got home my mother was welcoming me like I am the most precious gift she will ever ask for. My father said…