Category Archives: Iraq

International Community Must Cooperate With Kurdistan

By Yara Kamaran Ismael: ISIS has been advancing almost continuously. Take, for example, how, after the refugee crisis in Shingal (Sinjar) and the seige of Kobani and many other tragedies, now ISIS has recently set its sights on another battle and commiting another atrocity in Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. The Iraqi army evacuated this area, just…

A Few Days’ Life of Revolution in Halabja

By Yasin Aziz: Published on Amazon, 24th April 2015 This is the story of my generation’s experience from the time of the 1961 September (Aylul) Revolution. As a child in Halabja I witnessed most of what was happening when the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown, with the hope of a democratic government and equality for all…

No End in Sight to Violence and Persecution: Iraq 12 Years after the Fall of Saddam Hussein

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Press Release: Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights calls on Iraqi government to ensure access to rehabilitation for survivors of the Ba’ath regime and victims of recent human rights abuses. Erbil, 9 April 2015 – On the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the fall of the Ba’ath regime, the Jiyan…

Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s Post-War Era Chamran

By Ramyar Hassani: As the new Middle-East has become the battlefield of different extremist groups linked to the regional countries, Iran knows how to conduct proxy wars. The Sunni-Arab countries are on one side and Shiite-promoter Iran is on the other side of an ideological war. However, sometimes they are fighting from the same trenches and…

Yazidis Demonstrate for International Protection and Asylum

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On March 23, 2015, 1500 Yazidis demonstrated in Brussels to plea for International Protection and aid from countries of the world. They were supported by demonstrations of thousands of Yazidis in Europe and refugee camps in Turkey and Iraq holding up signs written in both Arabic and English for the…

The Wounds Have Not Healed: Commemorating the 1988 Chemical Attacks on Halabja

Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights Press Release: On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the chemical attacks on Halabja, the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights calls on the Iraqi government to provide victims with the much-needed medical and psychological care, financial assistance and rehabilitation they are entitled to. Amidst the current refugee and IDP…

Why Does ISIS Fight the Kurdistan Region?

By Nawzad Jamal: Answering a simple question like this can cause us a headache because there is not only one convincing response. I keep myself away from arguments like the one that a Kurdish political party is suspected of having dealings with ISIS at the time of the first attack on Mosul. Those kind of theories…

Liberating Mosul: Why Should the Kurds Care?

By Goran Abdulla: The fall of Mosul to the barbaric Islamic State of Iraq and The Levant (ISIL) was seen by many Kurds as a golden opportunity to finally achieve our ancient dream of statehood. The embarrassing collapse of the US armed and trained Iraqi army in Mosul, they argued, heralded the dismantling of the Iraqi…

Fighting and Mourning for Kurdistan

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Three years ago I wanted to travel to Aleppo and help there the wounded Kurdish, female and male freedom fighters in the northern district Sheik Maksud. Fate decided otherwise and now I’m teaching, with intervals of half a year, Kurdish history and archaeology at the Mesopotamia Academy in Qamishlo…

Finders keepers, losers weepers

Evin Cheikosman

 By Evin Cheikosman: Congratulations to the Kurdish men and women, who have expelled the Islamic State from Kobanê on January 26th, and are now working harder to extend their influence to the surrounding areas currently under IS control. Support for the YPG, YPJ, and the Peshmerga is growing on many levels: Internationally: The U.S. led…

The Dawn of an Independent Kurdistan

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: Hawler (Erbil) is the international capital of Bashur, public life is well organized, both streets and offices of American and many other foreign oil companies are well protected by the police, and, notwithstanding the permanent threat of IS at the borders of this part of Kurdistan, the atmosphere is…

What Else Would it Take?!

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: A performance of Macbeth without Macbeth, Hamlet without Hamlet! On January 23rd, a conference of the US-led coalition against ISIS was held in London hosted by the U.S. and Britain and attended by over twenty countries to discuss ways and means of fighting the terrorist organization. What was striking about this…

Kurdish-Jewish Covenant of Friendship Azadi Shalom

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: Winter has arrived in Kurdistan and many babies born in the cold tents of the fugitives from the killers  of the “Islamic State” will die. My bodyguard Azad Kardoi and I visited in Erbil a camp of 62 tents within a church compound and are sure that the inhabitants…

Kurdish Voices on Iraq’s Future Must Be Heard

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Aras Ahmed Mhamad speaks to Kurds about their views on the Iraqi conflict against the Islamic State.  The lighting advance of the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014 remains a direct threat to coexistence in Iraq. Sparking intensified religious conflict, and economic and political disintegration, the sudden surge prompted fears of further destruction in the minds of…

De-islamization in a Free Kurdistan?

Dr. Jan Best de Vries: I am grateful that, as an outsider from Europe, in December 2014 I had the opportunity to relate in broad terms, to staff and students at the Mesopotamia Academy in Qamishlo, the history of the Kurds. When combining all the data from archaeology, history and linguistics at our disposal, one…