Category Archives: USA

For History — Unfiltered: How Arab, Turkish, and Persian So-called Intellectuals and Educators Fight the Kurds Thousands of Miles Away From the Homeland

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: (This is not a story; I was a witness to it.) The year was 1973. I had already finished my graduate studies in English at UC Santa Barbara and earned a Ph.D. in that field. At that time, I was working on an English-Kurdish dictionary, which I eventually published in 2006…

Rojan, Live in Concert, LA, August 2

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Rojan, Live in Concert, August 2, 2015, 7:00 PM Wilshire Ebell Theater 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 Rojan, the folk diva of Kurdish music, an impassioned singer, and explorer of different styles and genres of Kurdish and classical Persian music, and an advocate for women’s rights returns to Los…

The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK: Part 2

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 2 OF 2 Part 1 3. Kurdish-Centered Calls Kurdish nationalism predates Europeans organizing themselves into modern nation states. The uprisings for independence have their roots in the Ottoman Empire of the late 1820s. However, modern rebellions for independence began shortly after Ataturk founded his Turkish Republic and replaced the Ottoman dynasty….

US Continues to Fail to Show Strategic Leadership in Fight Against ISIS

By Biza Barzo: Almost simultaneous terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia on June 26th killed dozens of people, barely 24 hours after massacres in and around Kobani. ISIS attacks against Kurds in and near Kobani served both tactical and propaganda goals. The Kurds, however, have by now become the most effective fighting force against…

Kurdistan’s Independence: From 4 to 1-State Solution – The Case for a United States of Kurdistan, USK

By Dr. M. Koohzad: PART 1 of 2 Introduction: The Kurdish political leadership in Erbil, the capital city of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, KRG, in Northern Iraq, was about to carry out a referendum to declare independence when Daesh, meaning Donkeys in Arabic, Jihadist terrorists – the so-called ISIS, showed up at their doorsteps….

The US Senate Fails Those Who Fight ISIS on Behalf of the World

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: While the Kurds applaud wholeheartedly the vote by the fifty-five Senators who supported arming the Kurdish Peshmerga directly in their courageous fight against one of the biggest evils facing humanity today, they deplore the vote by the forty-five who voted against the measure due to some totally indefensible reasoning. One wonders…

US Volunteer ‘Died Fighting For Humanity’ Says Kobani PM, As YPG ‘Enters’ Girê Spî

By John Hunt: Hundreds of Kurds gathered in the ravaged centre of Kobani last Thursday to honour US citizen Keith Broomfield who died on 3rd June while fighting in the ongoing war between the YPG forces of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and Daesh (ISIS). Women, men and children stood around his coffin or above it on…

Ridiculous Recommends of an Imperial Think Tank: The Case of the International Crisis Group and the Kurds

By Dr. M. Koohzad: The website of the so-called International Crisis Group, ICG, claims that it “is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.” Yet, it is fair to observe that their conclusions will only lead to further crisis and conflict. The company is neither “independent” nor non-profit. Instead, it…

Is the US Merely Agitating the Iraqi Government..?

By Yara Kamaran Ismael: In the warfare with the exceedingly forceful and well-equipped ISIS, the minorities in Iraq are demanding to be armed in order to safeguard their areas that were neglected by the official Iraqi military. Arming those forces through the Iraqi government is muddling the affair even more. The weapons and ammunition that…

Mythology in the Art of Zuhdi Sardar’s Kurdish Balakian Women: From Baghdad to North Hollywood

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Legend has it that a king in Kurdistan ordered his men to go to Asia and Europe to find the most beautiful women and bring them back so that he could marry them. Upon their return many years later, they learned that the king had died. The men had fallen in…

The Kurdish People Demand Full Recognition

By Dr. Rashid Karadaghi: “How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.” From a speech by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965 It’s been too long. The needless suffering of the Kurdish people in their divided and occupied homeland has gone…

Barzani’s Washington Trip: PR Without Substance

By a Correspondent: What to make of President Massud Barzani’s visit this week to Washington? His Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) supporters want to trumpet the occasion as an example of their leader performing on the world stage, negotiating face-to-face with the US president on critical issues such as securing direct military aid for the Peshmarga…

Peshmarga: The Only Effective Forces Fighting Daesh

By Arian Mufid: The USA and other Western powers are ‘backing the wrong horse’ by supporting the failed Iraqi army – instead they should be fully assisting and equipping the Peshmarga When Haider Abadi, the current Iraqi prime minister succeeded his notorious predecessor Nuri Maliki last September, two things were on everyone’s mind. First, how…

Barzani Meets Obama and There Are Lots of Questions

By a Correspondent: Kurdistan Region President Massud Barzani is in Washington for a week-long visit which includes a meeting, expected to take place today, with US President Barrack Obama. This is Barzani’s first visit to Washington since April 2012 and the first meeting between the two leaders since ISIS captured Mosul and threatened the Kurdistan…

Sorry the West, Kurds’ Fight is Not Your Fight

By Dilshad Hama: Since the ISIS assault on Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan and the bulwark role played by brave men and women Kurdish fighters, we have been hearing loads of romantic expressions from journalists and some intellectuals from the West. It seems that they have fallen in love with Kurds again. They all have something…