Category Archives: Language

Syria: Cultural Autonomy and the Risks of a Late Negotiation

By Carlos Rocabado: The draft Constitution prepared by Russia gives new hopes to Kurds on their demand for autonomy. It is not the federal scenario some expect, and of course it has nothing to do with dubious separatist wishes, but it is a step in the right direction: the acknowledgement of a long time ignored…

How Kurdish Education Neglects Homegrown Experiences of the Peoples of Kurdistan

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Two critical minds investigate the inherent challenges of the Kurdish educational system – why does it keep looking West? While language can be one of the main factors of unity among members of a society, it can also be a devastating factor and the source of unbalanced relationships between peoples, nations…

KRG Must Promote Kurdish Language in Kurdistan

By Scherco R. Baban: We, the People of South Kurdistan, the Land of the Warriors and Poets, resting place of the martyrs for freedom, cradle of civilizations, birthplace of the Tigris and Euphrates, land of the Hurrians and the Kingdom of Mitanni. In our land Mem û Zîn, the story of Love and Freedom, was born….

First-Ever Online Courses in Kurdish Launched

Raber Aziz

By Raber Y. Aziz:  Alison, an Ireland-based online learning provider, has launched the first ever online courses in the Kurdish language to provide free online education for Kurdish speaking individuals. The courses are live now. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

The UN and the non-implementation of existing rights laws by the Iran government

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Most of UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Shaheed’s recommendations concern some hundreds of individuals and, linked with this, Dr. Shaheed makes recommendations to the government in Iran about how to improve its legislation. However, in reality, the problems of human rights in Iran are not only associated with the need for new laws….

Shaheed, the UN and ignored historical grievances of Balochestan, Ahwaz and Kurdistan

By Jamal Ekhtiar: The term ‘minority’ has been wrongly used in UN literature to define sizable nationalities in Iran and minority rights has been a pillar of the UN rights system, but retrograde developments have prevented the realization of even recognized minority rights for several nationalities in Iran. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share…

Shaheed and the need for a deeper look into rights to information in Iran

By Jamal Ekhtiar: Freedom of expression and the safety of journalists captures special attention in the reports of United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; these are mutually important and, along with this, rights to information for citizens is another vital issue. The Special Rapporteur is generally concerned about freedom for…

Helen Ghassemlou’s reminiscences of her life with Abdul Rahman

By Sissy Danninger: German version newly available – Survey of other translations The project took three years, but at the beginning of August 2014 the German translation of Helen’s/Nasrin’s memoirs was finally published by LIT Verlag inVienna/Austria. Unfortunately the book could not be printed in time before the 25th anniversary of Dr Ghassemlou’s assassination on July…

Catalonia in solidarity with Jaume Sastre, on hunger strike to defend teaching of Catalan in Balearic Islands

By Help Catalonia: Help Catalonia has launched a campaign through the social networks which consists of taking a photo with a poster containing the message “#Solidarity with #HungerStrikeForCatalan” to show our solidarity with the protest in favour of the Catalan language which is taking place in the Balearic Islands; and with the hunger strike to…

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its language War against the Kurdistan Regional Government

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Until recently the Islamic Republic pretended that it was getting along with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and not intervening in the affairs of the KRG. Rudaw recently reported that the KRG Department of Foreign Affairs had summoned the Iranian acting Consular in Arbil to protest and condemn a condescending statement that…

We are human, you are not

Evin Cheikosman

By Evin Cheikosman: As many of us are already aware, on May 11th the Iranian consulate released an absurd statement about Iran’s perspective regarding the history of Iranian-Kurdish relations. It came as a shock for many Kurds who, without question, regard themselves as a legitimate people with a long, rich history. In the statement, Kurds…

In Kurdish speaks the Turk-Vezir!

Dr Kamal Mirawdeli

Original poem in Kurdish and translation by Kamal Mirawdeli: In Kurdish speaks Kurdish the Turk-Vezir Speaks Kurdish the Turk-Vezir Kurdish sounds come out of his throat, Like the first surge of oil In a newly-dug well Rusty, unrefined –   The servants jump in joy Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet…

A Reflection on ‘The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom’

By Pashew Majeed: The influence language and color have on our life and the changes they make are just unbelievable. Most of us have been pre-judged by the way we look and speak on daily basis. By ‘look’ I do not solely mean color but also the appearance of your face. I have enough personal…

‘Translation is Science and Art combined’

Interview with Muhammad Fatih Ghareeb: Interviewed by Aras Ahmed Mhamad  AAM: How would you define translation? What’s the importance of translation in this commercial and technological world? MF: There are various definitions. Most of them are known to students of translation and translators. Here, I would like to define it from a day-to-day life of…

Great values of successful communication

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: How many months have 28 days and how many of each species did Moses take into the Ark? Take a wild guess! How many times have you told your friends or parents ”You did not make yourself clear?”, ”why didn’t you tell me that”, ”if only you’d told me”, ” you…