Category Archives: Iran

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…

Iran: 38 Years of Success Against Democracy, Human Rights and Peace in the Middle East

By Rebwar Rashed: The Kurdistan National Congress/KNK was participating in a conference on ‘The U.S- Kurdish Cooperation in The Course of Reshaping The Middle East’. organized by the KPRC/Kurdish Policy Research Center: Kurdish Policy Research Center Talk 05/25/2017 Washington DC Panel 1: Iran´s Internal Repression Overshadowed by Its Interventionist Foreign Policy Speakers: Rebwar Rashed Co-Chair, Kurdistan…

Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Triangle of Terrorism

By Rebwar Rashed: The war in the Middle East is as fast and as furious as a forest fire. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are just like trees. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon are undergoing a war-ready fermentation, a fragile stability that could turn into chaos in a short time. The…

Iran Should Be Dealt With In A Different Way

By Manish Rai: The United States new President Donald Trump decision to quickly slap new sanctions on Iran after it conducted a ballistic missile test clearly signals the hard turn the new administration intends to take with Tehran. Neutralizing the Iranian threat in the Middle East has been an American aim since the 1979 Islamic…

Southern Kurdistan: Are We Neglecting Our Sovereignty?

By Ramiar Bilbas: In the aftermath of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) between the European powers, through the Treaty of Westphalia it was multilaterally contracted that no state would be allowed to intervene in the internal affairs of another. This is regarded as one of the most important elements of that treaty. When it comes…

Iran and Turkey are Dragging Kurds Into Their Cold War in the Middle East

By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: The rivalry between Turkey and Iran over dominating the Middle East is not something new. It is in fact the legacy of the historical conflict between two empires, the Persians and Turks who dominated Middle East several times and under different names and ideologies in history. However, these two ethnicities have developed…

The Region’s Two Triangles and the Future of the Kurds

By Saman Shali, Ph.D., former President of Kurdish National Congress in North America (KNC): One could reasonably say that many countries of the Middle East, especially, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, have recently been enjoying a period of political and economic peace and tranquility. It can also be said that these states have enjoyed a…

Sykes-Picot: An Agreement That Should Never Have Been (Part II, Eastern & Southern Kurdistan)

By Hiwa Nezhadian: In Part I the Sykes-Picot agreement and its impact in Northern Kurdistan was discussed Eastern Kurdistan (Iran): In 1917 Serdar of Maku, who established the first Kurdish school in 1913, was invited to Tabriz for negotiations but was poisoned and killed. His abundant wealth was confiscated by the Iranian parliament. By summer…

Politics of Demography: Worldwide Total Kurdish Populations Approaching 41 million in 2015

By Dr. M. Koohzad Preface We need to forcefully press on the accuracy of fact and figures related to the abuse of statistics in politics as bargaining chips. Perhaps, you have heard Staffan de Mistura, the UN Rep. for Syria, has recently said that ONLY five percent of Syria’s population is Kurdish. Unfortunately, nobody has asked…

Solution to Iran Regime’s Nuclear Ambitions Linked to Human Rights

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Iran’s nuclear ambitions have been a headache for the world for the last two decades, and so far there is no reassurance and distrust endures. The current deal and lifting of sanctions will not halt the ruling clergy’s appetite for nuclear weapons. There is no change in Iran’s domestic situation, the world…

Kaboudvand Ends his Month Long Hunger Strike in Iran

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: Thank you for your expressions of solidarity with Mr. Kaboudvand and participating in the campaign to save his life. Your efforts have been consequential and successful. According to Mr. Kaboudvand’s family members and human rights organizations, Mr. Kaboudvand has ended his hunger strike after receiving assurances that his prison sentence would…

Stand Up For Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand, On Hunger Strike In Iran

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: Letter to  UN Special Rapporteur Dear Dr. Shaheed I am writing to you with great urgency to call your attention to the tragic case of Mr. Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist and journalist, who has been on protest hunger strike since May 8 and his declining heath…

Mahabad Amnesia

By Ata Hariri: In the modern age it is all too easy to get caught up in what is going on today and tomorrow, and forget what happened yesterday, last week, last decade. At first this may not seem like such a bad thing — after all the future is what is important, right? Well…

New Website Launched for Human Rights in Iran

KT Report: A new website, Iran Rights Transparency (IRT) has been launched to cover news and in-depth issues on human rights in Iran. Its vision states: “Over the last three decades … the United Nations human rights system has been pushing its old-fashioned rhetoric on Iran; nevertheless with its fruitless agenda, policies and operation, the system admits…

Iran: Between Fuad and Behrouz, an Islamic Fascism!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Iran, according to US President Carter in 1977, was “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world”. But it became a centre of murder and destruction just two years later. The Ayatollahs came to power in 1979 and established the Islamic state which soon developed into…