How the West can protect the unique Kurdish experiment

After the revolt in Syria in 2011, the Kurds managed to control the Kurdish territory (Rojawa) and keep it out of the internal ethnic war in Syria. They then established a form of self-rule entities (Cantons) under the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. Under the new revolutionary constitution, the Kurds empathized with minority rights, gender […]

The Sheladzes’ fury and the KDP—Turkey’s common concerns

    Turkey bombarded and killed six civilians inside the Iraqi Kurdistan in the Sheladze area near the Iraq-Turkey border in January. Six days later, angry people in the area and relatives of the victims gathered and demonstrated in front of a Turkish military base close to them. The Turkish soldiers opened fire, killed one […]

Anfal: The Iraqi State’s Genocide against the Kurds

The facts of the larger campaign of destruction were undeniable… But these horrors captured no headlines… The story of Halabja died down as quickly as it had popped up, and the State Department maintained full support forIraq. –Samantha Power, p. 195, 2003.

The Cruel Double Standard of the International Community toward the Kurds

What happened in Afrin is a confirmation that the international community wants a second rate and marginalized Kurdish people in their own occupied country and the occupier countries are allowed to stifle the Kurdish fight for freedom andattack them across the borders, committing any atrocities they wish. This is the international community’s betrayal against the […]

The political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan and the absence of a democratic solution

Democracy can indeed solve the internal conflict in Iraqi Kurdistan, but democracy cannot exist while the people suffer under the control of the party-militia institutions. Democratization cannot be realized without the liberation of the people from the clutches of the ruling political party. Consequently, the disarmament of the ruling political parties and elimination of the […]

International terrorism and the threat of genocide: A new dimension of genocide study

We had never seen an international terrorist organization commit the organized and systematic killing of a definite religious minority in a specific territory, with the intent to destroy, until the attacks on the Kurdish Ezidis in the Shengal area, committed by jihadists belonging to the Islamic State (IS), on August 3, 2014, and over the […]

Turkey´s double standard policy toward the Kurds

the IS jihadists attacked the Ezidi ethnic minority in the city of Shengal and the surrounding villages and committed crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the innocent Ezidi people. Turkey did not act and did not even condemn the crimes. Turkey did not send aid or supplies to the hungry Ezidi refugees who were […]

Kobani: IS attack and Turkish national interests

IS’s recent comprehensive attack on the key Kurdish city of Kobani is also in Turkey’s direct national interests. Occupation of this city would meet a vital aim of Turkey, as Kobani is a key strategic city in the heart of the Kurdish self-rule territory. Turkey can choose to intervene with its own army to occupy […]

A sufficient defensive power is a neglected Kurdish right

The military support to the Kurds must contain all of the defensive aspects that a sufficient and modern defensive power needs. However, the collapse of the Kurdish forces in the Shengal area was not only due to ineffective defensive weapons, it was also due to corruption inside their forces, which were untrained, militia market forces. […]

The Shengal Tragedy and the Threat of Genocide

Hundreds of them have been killed during the occupation, and several hundred families were captured. Men and boys were killed, and women and girls were treated as war slaves. Several Ezidi temples have been burned and bombed by the terrorists. Many Ezidi elderly and children have died of thirst and hunger. Due to the lack […]

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