Author Archives: Harem

Security and Economy of the Gulf State and Kurdistan State

By Dr. Saman Shali: The economy plays an important role in the international stage. How to protect it, however, is one of the top priorities of the producing countries, especially in areas where oil is a dominant force in the world economy. We all know that the interests of consuming countries in the Gulf. Any…

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…

An Open Letter of Protest and Condemnation against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Execution of Kurdish Political Prisoner, Mansour Arvand To the UN Secretary General and The UN  High Commissioner for Human Rights Dear Secretary General: The Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group (KHRAG) and Kurdish community in Southern California vehemently condemn the savage execution of Mansour Arvand, a Kurdish political prisoner by the Islamic Republic of Iran…

Livestock Production: A Neglected Oil-Substitute in South Kurdistan

By Rawaz Sulaiman: As a part of symbiotic process ‘Living together’, animals have been long coexisted with humans. The former, on one side, have received protection and food from humans. The latter, on the another side, have benefited from animals’ skins, bones and meat, eggs and milk as sources of food. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

Sports and the Educational System in Kurdistan

By Yara Kamaran Ismael: Public learning in Kurdistan lacks the necessary attention from relevant authorities. The system must be adjusted to the essentials that the students need which changes every day. One of the numerous changes that needs to be considered in the schools’ network in Kurdistan is evolving the interscholastic athletics. School sports needs…

PUK has to get over its leadership problem

By Arian Mufid: For the last four decades Jalal Talabani dominated his PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) party. His illness and stroke left the PUK without a leader and there is a fear that they will never find one to match him. The PUK is haunted by its success and good ratings in many previous…

Children of the camp – a photo-story

KT Photo-Story: Kurdish refugee children from Rojava (North Syria) who are currently living in the Arbat Refugee Camp in Sulaymani province enjoy less media coverage and international support than other Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and the Lebanon. In tough conditions, there is little to protect them from the ravages of disease this winter. Many…

Letter of Condemnation against the Brutal Murder of Three Kurdish Women Activists in Paris

Dear Mr. Manuel Valls: We members of the Kurdish Communities in Southern California are outraged, appalled, and anguished by the barbaric assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Solyemez, three Kurdish women activists in a Paris based Kurdish Center. The office by press accounts is called Kurdistan Information Center. The Kurdish media note their…

PYD leader puts the Kurdish case for achieving peace in Syria

Press release: Saleh Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), addressed a packed room in Westminster on 3 December, at a meeting hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP and sponsored by Liberation and Peace in Kurdistan campaign. The meeting brought together members of the British parliament, representatives of the National Coordinating Body for…

Kurdistan, Turkey and the West’s immoral hypocrisy again!

Dr Kamal Mirawdeli’s Memorandum to the British Prime Minister: His Excellency David Cameron, the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, City of Westminster, SW1A 8th November 2012 Dear Prime Minister, Kurds in Turkey and Syria  I am writing to express my grave concerns about the fate of Kurdish hunger strikers in Turkey’s prisons, the general deterioration of…

Is Turkey Losing to the PKK?

By Michael Rubin: On the evening of August 4, Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK] fighters attacked three military outposts in southeastern Turkey, killing six soldiers. The attack culminates a series of successful PKK operations. The Turkish military, its morale low after years of having its officers targeted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his allies…

Call for support and protection of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Syria

Call for support and protection of the peaceful establishment of the self-governed Syrian Kurdish region: The Kurdish areas in Syria, except from the city of Qamishli, have recently been liberated from the brutal Assad’s regime and are under Kurdish control. Consequently, we, the Democratic Union Party ( PYD), with other Kurdish political parties in the…

A full year has passed and still no news from Ocalan

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK): Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan has been forced to endure strict isolation and torture since February 15th 1999. The government of Turkey deliberately constructed a unique and elaborate prison on the island of Imrali to contain Ocalan. While the world is turning a blind eye to this cruelty, every kind of unlawful…

Efforts for Kurdish Independence Failed by Political Parties, Campaigners say

By ROZH AHMAD: This article first appeared on rudaw.net ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Organizers of the online e-petition campaign, “Support An Independent Kurdish State”, which called on British MPs to debate and support Kurdish statehood at the Westminster, told Rudaw that London-based representatives of Kurdish political parties and Kurdish businessmen had failed them in their…

Determination to end FGM in Middle East

PRESS RELEASE: The Hague / Slemani June 11, 2012 The silence on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Middle East needs to be broken. To end this brutal violation of human rights that is systematically applied in the region, NGOs Wadi and Hivos are expanding their pioneering work in Iraq to eleven countries. FGM was…