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Nation And Its Leaders Are Prepared To Die For Independent Kurdistan

By Arian Mufid: For many decades the Kurds have been fighting for self-determination and an independent Kurdish state. It’s worth listening to the young generation of Kurds living in the diaspora who are greatly affected by having no state at all. I was reading the winning submission for the Orwell Youth Prize 2016, which was…

Gorran Is A Party Without Leadership

By Arian Mufid: Since the Gorran movement was expelled by the KDP from the Kurdistan parliament in October 2015 it has never recovered. Gorran’s MPs and their ministers left Erbil and have never returned to their senses. Gorran has been in a long-term struggle with the KDP; it seems to me as though Gorran was…

Al Qaeda On The Rise In Syria

By Manish Rai:  While the United States and NATO remains focused on the defeating Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria is accumulating strength and territory at an alarming pace and may eventually pose the most daunting counterterrorism challenge that the U.S and West has ever faced. Al-Qaeda has reportedly benefited from…

Kurdistan Will Be A Success

By Manish Rai: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is all set to carry out a referendum on Kurdistan independence, thus closing a circle which was opened 56 years earlier in the “September revolution” against the Iraqi central government, headed by Abd al-Karim Qassim. The feeling of attaining full independence is getting stronger by each passing…

After the Fall of Raqqa

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: The military situation on the ground around and in Raqqa is clear: the villages north of Raqqa have been taken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the YPG and YPJ, the villages south of Raqqa by Assad̉΄s Arabian Army with the support of Iranian elite troops, whereas…

Torture in Şapatan Village of Şemdinli/Hakkari – Observations of HDP MPs

HDP Statement: Şapatan, a village in Hakkari’s Şemdinli district with a population of 2000, was raided by Turkish police officers on 6 August 2017. The raid occurred after one special operations police officer had been killed during an operation launched by Turkish army and police forces in Şapatan. Allegations that villagers were tortured began to…

New Book: Helen Ghassemlou’s Memoir in English – ‘Love Against All Reason’

By Sissy Danninger: The reminiscences of Dr Abdol Rahman Ghassemlou’s widow, Helen Krulich-Ghassemlou, are now available in English as well: “Love against all Reason – A European Woman Involved in the Kurdish Fight for Freedom in Iran” was published by LIT Verlag, Zurich branch in August 2017. The book is available in altogether four languages…

The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis

By Rebwar Rashed: With the benefit of hindsight we can acknowledge that the history of human beings is also a history of genocides, murder, arbitrary killings and judgments, unlawful confiscation of people’s property and all other kinds of mistreatment of human beings. There are a few memorials in the world to the honor of the…

Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide

By Peter Nicolaus & Serkan Yuce: Abstract Even though almost three years have passed since the black banners of the terror organisation, calling themselves the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) were first hoisted throughout the Yezidi heartland of Sinjar, the Yezidi community continues to be targeted by ISIS, militias. 300,000 vegetate in camps…

Final Declaration of the KNK’s National Unity Meeting

Final Declaration:  The country and the people of Kurdistan have been divided into four parts as a result of the Sykes-Picot and Lausanne treaties. The Kurdish people have waged a continuous struggle for freedom from this fragmentation onwards until the present day. As a result of this struggle, serious gains have been achieved in all…

Beyond Referendum

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: Few issues have split the Kurdish house like the proposed referendum, which is planned for late September of this year in South Kurdistan. This article is not about endorsing or opposing the referendum because a referendum is the most basic right of any oppressed nation like the Kurds. Thus, no Kurd,…

Ending Turkish Aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin (Rojava)

By Dr Amir Sharifi: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein United States Senate 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Feinstein: I am writing to express my outrage at the Turkish military aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria (SDF). At a decisive moment when ISIS caliphate is waning in its last citadel and…

Kurdish Cultural Festival: Sunday 30 July, Quorn, UK

A great FREE event for all the family, with children’s activities, organised by the General Federation of Trade Unions, Freedom for Ocalan Campaign, Peace in Kurdistan, Kurdish People’s Assembly UK, Kurdish Youth Movement and KNK (Kurdish National Congress) UK. With workshops, music by internationally renowned performers, a series of short, brilliant Kurdish films and 3-course…

Kurdish History Is Waiting To Be Made

By Arian Mufid: If it wasn’t for Churchill’s UK election defeat in 1945, Indian independence would not have been realised two years later. As it was, at midnight on 14-15 August 1947, India gained its freedom and “the Union Jack, emblazoned with the Star of India, began its final journey down the flagstaff”*. If it…

On Referendum or an Independent Kurdish State

By Rauf Naqishbendi: Originally Published October 27, 2003 Rauf Naqishbendi’s address to the Kurdish community in North California. The gathering was sponsored by the Kurdish National Congress Of North America and Kurdish Relief Aid. We have gathered today to discuss the future of our people. In light of the recent U.S. occupation, and the disturbing…