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Deadly Earthquake Hits Van City

Rudaw.net - A powerful earthquake shook the Kurdish city of Van in eastern Turkey on Sunday and around 138 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more injured. The earthquake that was of 7.2 magnitude destroyed scores of buildings in the close vicinities of Van. Officials expect the death toll to rise as a nighttime search is under way to find survivors. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib...

Debate Lingers Over Regulating Kurdistan’s Sex Trade

Rudaw.net, Iraqi Kurdistan -- Prostitution has become a hot topic of debate for legislators and activists in Iraqi Kurdistan, with some arguing that the sex trade should be legalized and regulated. Chlura Hardi, a prominent civil society activist and director of Khatuzeen women’s center in Erbil, believes that Kurdistan’s openness to the outside world has caused prostitution to spread...

Iran shelling of Kurd separatist rebels displaces over 200 families

Dayilystar.com: Over 200 Iraqi Kurdish families have been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of rebel bases in northern Iraq, local officials and an NGO said Tuesday. The shelling has targeted camps of the separatist Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) since mid-July, and the two sides have engaged in on-off clashes along the Iraq-Iran border. The International...

The Kurdish case | Jerusalem Post

The unilateral declaration of Kurdish autonomy in Turkey was greeted with deadly silence. The world couldn’t care less. Few of us may realize it, but 850 delegates from North Kurdistan recently declared democratic autonomy in Amed (Diarbakir), proclaimed as the capital of North Kurdistan. They invited all Kurds to regard themselves as Kurdistani citizens. The area the autonomy claims...

Kurdistan Deploys Troops Along Border As PJAK-Iran Fighting Intensifies

Kurdistan has deployed 12,000 forces to an area along the Iran-Iraq border as ongoing fighting between Kurdish rebels and the Iranian military has killed civilians and raised concerns that Iranian troops are crossing into Iraqi territory. Salah Dilmani, a high-ranking Peshmarga officer, told Rudaw that the Kurdistan Region has sent around 12,000 Peshmargas or Kurdish military forces, to the...

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How do we build a state? | Bedran A. Habeeb

The Kurds are a lazy, non-working people, and this is no slander, no story that I am making up about my own people. I am a Kurd and I love Kurds. But just go out there and ask around to find out for yourself, you will see that the Kurds are notorious among other nations for their helplessness and laziness. In Kurdistan, where we experience day and night this reluctance to work, and where we can...

Kirkuk for Kurdistan - Part I & II | Bedran A. Habeeb

AK-NEWS - Kirkuk cannot be incorporated into the Kurdistan Region through fighting or violence. If it could, the largest Kurdish armed movement in 1961 through to 1975 led by the legendary leader Mustafa Barzani would have resolved the issue in favor of the Kurds. Kirkuk, and some other districts and towns like Khanaqin and Shingar have kept the Kurds and Arabs in Iraq deadlocked for the past 50...

Bad Food Increases Cancer Incidents in Kurdistan | HEMIN BABAN

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan: As the border has almost unrestrictedly been open for unchecked Turkish, Iranian and Chinese exported foods and goods, there were 4746 cases of cancer found here in the federal region of Kurdistan in Iraq in 2009, 463 of them died, and 19 were under 5 years old, according to the statistics provided by the government last week. The numbers also told that breast cancer among...

REPORT: Decree 49 — Dispossession of the Kurdish population?

Commentary on the political implications and economic consequences of a decree On September 10, 2008, the Syrian president issued Decree 49. The decree amended Statute 41 of October 26, 2004, which regulated the ownership, sale and lease of land in border regions.1 In Kurdish and pro-Kurdish circles, the decree was almost unanimously described as »anti-Kurdish«. Thus an editorial in...

Damascus: Ten years after Bashar al‑Assad’s inauguration, the situation of the Kurdish population remains poor

KURDWATCH, July 17, 2010—Ten years ago today the then 34‑year-old Bashar al‑Assad was sworn in as the new Syrian head of state. His inauguration raised hopes for change in the West and beyond. Admittedly, as the son of the deceased Hafiz al‑Assad, he stood for continuity, but at the same time, the young London-educated technocrat was nevertheless considered capable of opening up the...

 

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Will Barzani declare independence? | jppost.com

Since the 2003 war the Kurds have become the US ally and the most credible partner in post-Saddam Iraq Masud Barzani, president of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is in the habit of dangling...

 

Kurdistan Forum

Kurdistan, Îsrail û Cîhana Îslamî/Şefîk Pêşeng

By Aso Zagrosi, 1 day 5 hours ago

Aso Zagrosî: Kurd wekî netewe xwedanê ol û olzayên cuda ye. Kurdên Misilman bi sedan û bi hezaran zanyarên olî dan cîhana îslam...

Sayin Remzi Çakın ile Irak ve Güney Kürdistan Gelişmeleri Üzerine

By Aso Zagrosi, 6 days 4 hours ago

• 10 Haziran 2014 tarihinde IŞİD olarak bildiğimiz „Ad-Davla Al-Islāmiyya fi al-'Irāq wa-sh-Shām” adlı oluşum tarihi Kürdistan şehri Musul’u ele geçirerek...

Sayin Hüseyin Turhallı ile Irak ve Güney Kürdistandaki Son Gelişmeler ÜzerineRöportaj

By Rêvebir, 2 weeks 2 days ago

Sayin Hüseyin Turhallı ile Irak ve Güney Kürdistandaki Son Gelişmeler ÜzerineRöportaj Aso Zagrosi S-1- 10 Haziran 2014 tarihinde İŞİD olarak bildiğimiz „Ad-Davla...

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Half Moon

Half Moon (Kurdish: Nîwe Mang/Nîvê Heyvê) is a 2006 film written and directed by the Iranian Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi. Half Moon is a joint production of Iran, Austria...

 

Camp Unity

CAMP UNITY was constructed from over 100 hours of footage shot during the Summer and Fall of 2008, when filmmaker Ryan White spent a total of 9 weeks filming in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Primary...

 
 

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