VOA: Kurdish Rebels, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Renew Decades-old Conflict
13 Jul
10:26

VOA: Kurdish Rebels, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Renew Decades-old Conflict

July 13, 2016 Sirwan Kajjo Mehdi Jedinia Kurdish rebels have been clashing with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard since mid-June in an area along the Iran-Iraq border, according to Iran’s state TV. Videos on social media also allegedly show Iran shelling positions held by Kurdish rebels. The fighting, near Oshnavieh, in northern…

Iran’s Rojhelat Mourn the Loss of Their Leader with Public Strikes
12 Jul
8:24

Iran’s Rojhelat Mourn the Loss of Their Leader with Public Strikes

Following Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s (PDKI) call to stage a general strike across Rojhelat (Eastern Kurdistan) in Iran to commemorate the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou, eye witnesses report of massive response to PDKI’s call.  Major Kurdish cities such as Sine (Sanandaj), Kamyaran, Bokan,  Mahabad, Saqiz, Paweh, Kirmashan (Kermanshah), Mariwan, Bana,…

IRGC Vessels Mounted with Machine Guns Continue to Harass US Warship in Strait of Hormuz with the Top General on Board
12 Jul
1:04

IRGC Vessels Mounted with Machine Guns Continue to Harass US Warship in Strait of Hormuz with the Top General on Board

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AMMAN, Jordan—The U.S. military has released photos of Iranian boats that approached two Navy warships Monday as they transited through the Strait of Hormuz with a special passenger aboard: Gen. Joe Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees all U.S. forces in the Middle East. The images, which…

Iranian Regime as Defiant as Ever with the $100 Billion-plus in Sanctions Relief
12 Jul
10:50

Iranian Regime as Defiant as Ever with the $100 Billion-plus in Sanctions Relief

By Lawrence J. Haas | US News July 12, 2016, at 11:15 a.m. As the global nuclear deal with Iran marks its one-year anniversary this week, Tehran is maintaining its fierce anti-Americanism, receiving $100 billion-plus in sanctions relief with which it can better confront the United States in its region and beyond,…

Call for General Strike on 27th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou
11 Jul
7:13

Call for General Strike on 27th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou

PDKI.ORG July 13, 2016, marks the 27th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou by Iranian diplomats in Vienna, Austria. PDKI has in the past called on the Kurdish people in eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan to stage general strikes to commemorate the assassination of Dr. Ghassemlou. This year, PDKI calls for…

Iranian Lawmakers’ Car Ambushed by Gunmen in Kurdish Region
11 Jul
2:57

Iranian Lawmakers’ Car Ambushed by Gunmen in Kurdish Region

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Mr. Falahatpisheh and the others were traveling in a sport utility vehicle near Iran’s border with Iraq, apparently without security forces protecting them. As they were driving near the county of Dalahu, four men fired on their car. The governor …New York Times 

PDKI Deputy Leader: We have always been fighting against the Islamic Republic.
11 Jul
2:51

PDKI Deputy Leader: We have always been fighting against the Islamic Republic.

If we wait to see unity, a ripe situation & all met means to continue our struggle in #Rojhelat it means never #Iran pic.twitter.com/dG0cj4RHHQ — Sharif Behruz (@sharif_behruz) July 11, 2016

Saudi prince in push for Iran regime change at Paris opposition conference
09 Jul
2:58

Saudi prince in push for Iran regime change at Paris opposition conference

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Gulf News Report 20:23 July 9, 2016 Dubai: Thousands of Iranian opposition activists descended on the French capital on Saturday to attend one of the biggest anti-regime rallies organised by the Paris-based opposition National Council for Resistance in Iran (NCRI). The NCRI, one of the two exiled Iranian opposition groups,…

UNPO Roundly Condemns Iranian Military Aggression and Shelling of Civilian Villages in Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan
08 Jul
3:06

UNPO Roundly Condemns Iranian Military Aggression and Shelling of Civilian Villages in Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan

UNPO Brussels, 8 July 2016 – The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) strongly condemns Iran’s increasing military aggressions in Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan. After 15 June 2016, the situation in this region has been spiralling out of control as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have started shelling civilian villages…

Continued clashes between PDKI Peshmerga and IRGC Terror Group, Two Peshmergas Martyred
08 Jul
3:02

Continued clashes between PDKI Peshmerga and IRGC Terror Group, Two Peshmergas Martyred

PDKI Following ten days of clashes in the Sawlawa region of Mariwan, clashes continued on Tuesday in the village of Boriar. Two of our brave Peshmergas, Kawa Jawanmard and Sarkawt Samadi, fought a large force of Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guards, armed with heavy artillery. Following a heroic battle that lasted…

Why Iranian Kurdish party is stepping up fight against Tehran
01 Jul
3:11

Why Iranian Kurdish party is stepping up fight against Tehran

Mohammed A. Salih for Al-Monitor ERBIL, Iraq — The leader of a major Iranian Kurdish party has vowed to gradually step up his group’s fight against Iranian security forces, as the group ends almost two decades of a unilateral cease-fire with Iran after a series of recent clashes between the two…

At Last, Change of Course, in Midst of Setback
30 Oct
1:47

At Last, Change of Course, in Midst of Setback

This commentary first appeared in Iran Roundtable and was prepared to add some more insight to a short interview with BBC World Service Newsday Program.  Below is also the interview: The first death in action of an American soldier in Iraq since 2011 has refocused attention on the role of…

Iran hangs another Kurdish political prisoner in August
26 Aug
10:09

Iran hangs another Kurdish political prisoner in August

Behrouz Alkhani’s execution order was carried out early Wednesday morning, August 26 in the central prison of Wurme, where he was held. On August 9, Sirwan Nejavi, another Kurdish political prisoner was executed in Tabriz Prison following three years of incommunicado. Since Iranian officials warned of retaliation against heightened Kurdish…

Resurgence of terror and repression following the deal with Iran
22 Aug
8:32

Resurgence of terror and repression following the deal with Iran

Four improvised explosives devices (IED), containing more than 25 kilograms of TNT, had been defused at the headquarters of Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan near Sulaimani.  Iranian agents assassinated more than 270 activists belonging to various Kurdish opposition parties inside the Southern Kurdistan Region between 1992-1997. Iran has repeatedly threatened the authorities in the Southern…

Acid Attack on Women in Eastern Kurdistan
21 Aug
7:27

Acid Attack on Women in Eastern Kurdistan

So far, four women have fallen victim to vicious acid attacks by religious zealots and morality plain clothes agents in Kurdistan. Clerics and security officials often publicly call for stricter enforcement measures to restrict inappropriately worn headscarves by women, which often result in mass arrests, harassments and public humiliations. Assailants are the…

Human Rights Organizations Condemn the Destruction of Sunni only Place of Worship in Tehran
13 Aug
5:08

Human Rights Organizations Condemn the Destruction of Sunni only Place of Worship in Tehran

The government of the IRI has been in place for over three decades, but Sunni citizens still have no mosques in Tehran in which to worship. A few days before the attack, Rouhani stated that “Sunni and Shiite are all brothers, we are all equal”! It is estimated that there…

Rouhani visits East Kurdistan’s Sina city empty-handed
08 Aug
4:24

Rouhani visits East Kurdistan’s Sina city empty-handed

At an empty football stadium, in a public speech, Rouhani said Iran had strong ethnic equality! It was Rouhani’s own government who claimed it could find no qualified Kurdish candidates for any of the important posts, including the governorship. Rouhani also claimed that “Sunni and Shiite are all brothers, we are…

Landmines in Kurdistan still take Innocent Lives
08 Aug
4:18

Landmines in Kurdistan still take Innocent Lives

There are more than 20 million left-over mines in the provinces of Ilam, Kurdistan, Kirmashan, Wurme and Ahwaz. more than 2,200 hectares of land in Eastern Kurdistan are laid with deadly landmines by the Iranian government. Iran is the second-most mine-polluted country in the world. on average three people die…

While Iran spends on nukes, people complain of lack of medical resources
07 Aug
4:14

While Iran spends on nukes, people complain of lack of medical resources

Kurdpa: Recently the medical facilities in the city of Sardasht in Wurme (Wast Azarbijan) Province have been experiencing shortages in medical supplies, especially for pregnant woman. Patients have turned to nearby cities for treatment as hospital officials in their hometown have refused admission. According to the relatives of the affected…

Amnesty: 700 Executions in Iran in Just Six Months
29 Jul
4:10

Amnesty: 700 Executions in Iran in Just Six Months

Kurdpa: It is believed the Iranian authorities have executed about 700 people in six months, according to Amnesty International. Iran is believed to have executed 694 people between January 1 and July 15, 2015, said Amnesty International, resulting in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country. This number is…

June 12, World Day Against Child Labour: Child Labor in Iran, Report
12 Jun
7:03

June 12, World Day Against Child Labour: Child Labor in Iran, Report

This report was originally published in May 31, 2014 about the state of Child Labor in Iran.  This is a snapshot of the state of child labor in Iran; however, the situation of children in the Kurdish areas of Iran and other deprived areas of Iran are much worse. The…

Iranian Canadians Rally Against the Celebration of Khomeini in Richmond Hill, Ontario
03 Jun
3:08

Iranian Canadians Rally Against the Celebration of Khomeini in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Kurdpa: Hundreds rallied together against the 26th anniversary celebration of the brutal dictator, Mousavi Khomeini, the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran. On May 31, the Muslim community in Richmond Hill held a memorial at the Islamic Society of York Region to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the death of…

Outrage grows against Islamic celebration of Khomeini in Richmond Hill
03 Jun
3:03

Outrage grows against Islamic celebration of Khomeini in Richmond Hill

York politicians urge federal government to act   Richmond Hill Liberal By Kim Zarzour With boos and shouts of “shame”, more than 700 protesters marched outside the Islamic Society of York Region in Richmond Hill Sunday calling upon the Canadian government to denounce the society’s celebration of Ayatollah Khomeini and…

Hundreds vow to protest event honouring Ayatollah
31 May
3:20

Hundreds vow to protest event honouring Ayatollah

YorkRegion.com By Kim Zarzour Emotions are running high in the lead-up to a planned protest outside the Islamic Centre of York Region in Richmond Hill this weekend. Organizers say hundreds of Iranian and Jewish Canadians and politicians will converge on Stouffville Sideroad in front of the Islamic Society of York…

Kurdish Political Parties in Canada Voice Their Concern over Khomeini’s Memorial in Toronto
31 May
3:14

Kurdish Political Parties in Canada Voice Their Concern over Khomeini’s Memorial in Toronto

Kurdpa: PDKI and Komala representations in Canada call for the annulment of Khomeini’s memorial event in Toronto. Following the Toronto Muslim Community’s decision to hold an event for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s founder, Ayatollah Mousavi Khomeini on Sunday May 31, 2015, there were large outcries of opposition for such…

Khomeini’s Anniversary Stirs Outcry in Canada
31 May
3:09

Khomeini’s Anniversary Stirs Outcry in Canada

Kurdpa: Khomeini’s Anniversary in Toronto is greeted with opposition from Iranian and Canadian politicians, activists and communities. The Muslim community in the GTA, Canada has decided to hold an event for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s founder, Ayatollah Mousavi Khomeini on Sunday May 31, 2015. Politicians and organizations were quick…

Tensions and Unrest in Shino, One Dead and Two Injured
28 May
3:00

Tensions and Unrest in Shino, One Dead and Two Injured

Kurdpa: As a result of a shooting by Iranian security forces around Shino (Oshnawieh), several Kurds were killed and injured. Kurdpa has learned that on May 28 one Kurd was shot dead and another severely injured by armed forces. Kurdistan Media reported that the assault killed Rebwar Molodi instantly. His…

Interview with Jerusalem Online: PKK Widely Interferes in the Affairs of other Parts
27 May
2:25

Interview with Jerusalem Online: PKK Widely Interferes in the Affairs of other Parts

Iran Roundtable It was reported yesterday that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacked the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) Peshmerga on the border between Iraqi and Iranian Kurdistan, killing one PDKI Peshmerga member.   In an exclusive interview withRachel Avraham of the JerusalemOnline, Sharif Behruz, the former US Representative of…

PDKI and PKK Abrupt Clashes Kill and Injure Several
27 May
1:42

PDKI and PKK Abrupt Clashes Kill and Injure Several

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Kurdpa: Kurdistan Workers Party, PKK guerilla fighters, attack teams of PDKI Peshmargas in Eastern Kurdistan mountainous areas. On Friday, PDKI leadership informed the media of the siege of a team of their Peshmargas in the hands of PKK fighters. Mohammad Saleh Qadiri, Head of the PDKI’s Erbil office, told Rudaw…

Three IRGC Guards Killed, Two Injured, Ten Arrested
26 May
3:03

Three IRGC Guards Killed, Two Injured, Ten Arrested

Kurdpa: Latest border unrests in Wurme (Orumieh) Province have led to the deaths and arrests of a dozen IRGC members. Kurdpa has learned that the corpses of three IRGC members were transferred to Shino city from Kelashin mountain range. One source told Kurdpa that these IRGC members might have been…

Unrest in Kurdistan, Nukes Deal with Iran, Parts of Our Discussion on WSRadio with Host Cynthia Dillion
14 May
1:38

Unrest in Kurdistan, Nukes Deal with Iran, Parts of Our Discussion on WSRadio with Host Cynthia Dillion

This interview was conducted on Wednesday May 13, 2015.  Here are some of the discussion excerpts from WSRadio website: The View from Abroad. Iran. Sharif Behruz Sharif Behruz is co-founder of the Iran Roundtable, described in its website as a “non-partisan, non-profit coalition of Iranian-American of all ethnic groups and…

Al Arabiya: Clashes between Kurds and Iranian forces after suicide
08 May
2:33

Al Arabiya: Clashes between Kurds and Iranian forces after suicide

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Thursday, 7 May 2015 Clashes erupted between Kurds and Iranian security forces on Thursday in Iran’s city of Mahabad where a woman is said to have committed suicide after a man tried to rape her, Al Arabiya reported. Security forces were deployed to…

Mirror: Protesters burn down hotel after ‘female worker jumps to her death to avoid being raped by army officer’
08 May
2:28

Mirror: Protesters burn down hotel after ‘female worker jumps to her death to avoid being raped by army officer’

7 May 2015 | By John Shammas This is the moment a group of enraged protesters set fire to a hotel after the mysterious death of one of its workers. Protesters have claimed that the woman jumped to her death from the fourth floor of the building to avoid being raped by an…

New York Times: Riot Erupts in Iran’s Kurdish Capital Over Woman’s Death
08 May
2:23

New York Times: Riot Erupts in Iran’s Kurdish Capital Over Woman’s Death

Reporting from Tehran By THOMAS ERDBRINK MAY 7, 2015 TEHRAN — Furious over the unexplained death of a chambermaid, ethnic Kurds in an Iranian provincial capital rioted on Thursday, apparently setting the fire that roared through the hotel where she had worked. Police officers used tear gas to disperse the crowds,…

ARA News: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities
08 May
2:20

ARA News: Kurds in Mahabad protest against authorities

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Hundreds of Kurds took to the streets on Thursday in the city of Mahabad, northwestern Iran, to protest against an Iranian officer who sexually harassed a Kurdish girl causing her to commit suicide, locals reported. Local activists reported that the Kurdish girl, Farinaz Khosrwni, 23, who was working in…

Rudaw: Hotel torched, tear gas in streets of Iran’s Mahabad
07 May
6:31

Rudaw: Hotel torched, tear gas in streets of Iran’s Mahabad

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Tensions are on edge in the ethnically Kurdish city of Mahabad, Iran, where protesters earlier torched a hotel over the unexplained death one of its female employees. Police on Thursday used tear gas to remove hundreds of demonstrators from the area in front of the damaged…

Video: Anti-riot Forces Fire at Protesters in the Kurdish City of Mahabad
07 May
4:55

Video: Anti-riot Forces Fire at Protesters in the Kurdish City of Mahabad

A large demonstration in front of Hotel Tara to protest the murder of a young Kurdish girl who escaped rape in the hands of intelligence agent by jumping from the four story hotel. She died immediately and the hotel owner is alleged to be an accomplice in the murder. Apparently…

Islamic Republic Is Betting on Time
01 May
1:25

Islamic Republic Is Betting on Time

Iran Roundtable The Five Permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and  Iran announced a framework parameters regarding the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program on April 1st in the run-up to reach a final deal by June 30. Despite the high optimism of a…

Iran’s Rouhani: Lift sanctions immediately or no final nuke deal
09 Apr
1:27

Iran’s Rouhani: Lift sanctions immediately or no final nuke deal

USA Today Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, joined that nation’s president Thursday in saying any nuclear agreement must include the immediate lifting of economic sanctions choking the country. In his first public comments on the framework for a deal with world powers released last week, Khamenei told a gathering…

In Pictures: At the Conference of Armenian Genocide
01 Apr
3:30

In Pictures: At the Conference of Armenian Genocide

March 20, 2015: At the Conference on Genocide ‘Prevention to Justice’ organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial and Armenian National Committee of Canada at University of Toronto. Honored to be here, however, disgusted by the presence of so-called Yeizidi representative from ‘Yezidi Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International‘ as a guest speaker who…

In Pictures: Meeting with the Canadian Defence Minister, Mr. Jason Kenney
01 Apr
2:07

In Pictures: Meeting with the Canadian Defence Minister, Mr. Jason Kenney

On March 20, 2015, at the request of the Office of Canada’s Defence Ministry, a delegation of Canadian Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan met the Minister, Mr. Jason Kenney. At the meeting, the Member of Parliament  for Mississauga-Streetsville, Mr. Brad Butt was also present.  So far, Brad has made several…

What are Iran’s Goals in Iraq?
22 Mar
4:12

What are Iran’s Goals in Iraq?

By: Mustafa Hijri pdki.org Currently, Iranian forces alongside with Shiite militias, who are funded and controlled by Iran, are fighting the Islamic State in Tikrit and other places in Iraq. The Islamic State, or Daesh, gained international attention following the seizure of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. However, more than…

Season’s Greetings – Happy Newroz
20 Mar
3:16

Season’s Greetings – Happy Newroz

To US Congress: Reform VOA-Persian Service to better communicate US policy to the peoples of Iran
27 Feb
12:06

To US Congress: Reform VOA-Persian Service to better communicate US policy to the peoples of Iran

Iran is the most diverse country in the Middle East; understanding this population’s diversity has serious implications for an effective US foreign policy towards Iran and to the future US-Iran relations.  US need a consistent policy that supports the human rights and democratic aspirations of Iranians in their struggle for…

Iran executes young Iranian Kurd despite global outcry
21 Feb
12:55

Iran executes young Iranian Kurd despite global outcry

Iran on Thursday executed an Iranian Kurd arrested at the age of 17 for belonging to the rebel Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and involvement in armed confrontations with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards despite calls for leniency. Saman Naseem, 22, was sentenced to death in April 2013, after allegedly…

Former Iraqi Shitte Cleric MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din: There are thousands of mosques that incite youth to join ISIS
21 Feb
12:50

Former Iraqi Shitte Cleric MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din: There are thousands of mosques that incite youth to join ISIS

In a recent TV interview, former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din called for the establishment of a civil state in Iraq based on man-made law and equality, rather than on Islamic jurisprudence, as the only way to combat ISIS. He further said that there were thousands of mosques in the…

Kobane Liberation: Emotions and Reactions
04 Feb
4:18

Kobane Liberation: Emotions and Reactions

Pictures: Tweets: Pictures of the Day – Liberation of Kobane (Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images) http://t.co/DRdd5tXm1c pic.twitter.com/f38S7fUSs0 — Telegraph Pictures (@TelegraphPics) January 28, 2015 Kurds celebrate after victory is declared over ISIS in Kobani. Photo: @Gettyimages http://t.co/1XY7dZF6qV pic.twitter.com/LkwvMG91x1 — TIME.com (@TIME) January 27, 2015 Kurds push ISIS out of Kobani, score…

Sunni Muslims’ Tale of Grievances in Iran
23 Jan
11:28

Sunni Muslims’ Tale of Grievances in Iran

Sharif Behruz for BasNews published on 22.01.2015 The Municipal authorities of Iran’s capital city, Tehran, closed and sealed off the only prayer house – not a mosque – for Sunni Muslims in Tehran, Kurdpa News Agency reported. The Municipality acted on the closure a week after the Greater Tehran Police barred the…

Efforts to Shield Iranian Regime Cost AMIA Prosecutor’s Life
23 Jan
2:56

Efforts to Shield Iranian Regime Cost AMIA Prosecutor’s Life

BUENOS AIRES — Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in…

CNN Travel: Hills, hairpins, harmonies: On the road in Iranian Kurdistan
22 Jan
10:00

CNN Travel: Hills, hairpins, harmonies: On the road in Iranian Kurdistan

A British photographer’s adventure into the heart of Kurdistan in Iran.  Adam Chidell’s piece is published on CNN’s Travel Section. (CNN)“Yavash, yavash,” the small, gray-haired doctor says, leaning across from the passenger seat to put a hand on his friend’s shoulder, imploring him to slow down the black Toyota as…

Israel devastating and decisive blow against Iran and Hezbollah terror
22 Jan
12:02

Israel devastating and decisive blow against Iran and Hezbollah terror

In a very concise piece for FrontPage Magazine Ari Lieberman explains why Iran and Hezbollah would be hesitant to retaliate against Israel’s targeted strike  that “struck a devastating and decisive blow against terror and has sowed paranoia and fear in the hearts of its enemies.” As Congress gets set to impose new…

Congressional Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Status of Talks and the Role of Congress
21 Jan
11:31

Congressional Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Status of Talks and the Role of Congress

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the committee’s ranking member: “Iran needs to know that there will be consequences for failure – and that consequence will be additional sanctions,” “Up until now, Iran has not been motivated to make tough decisions. I hope that there will be an agreement in March, but…

Clifford May: The ideology of Islamic Republic of Iran does not differ from that of the ISIS
20 Jan
11:38

Clifford May: The ideology of Islamic Republic of Iran does not differ from that of the ISIS

Without the threat of pain, Iran’s rulers won’t budge By Clifford D. May – – Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins. The side that seems desperate for a deal loses. Yet President Obama is telling the…

Hostage taking, Iranian style
20 Jan
4:47

Hostage taking, Iranian style

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Mullahs keep jailing Iranian-Americans to trade for Iranians in US custody By Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor There are numerous theories about why Iran keeps jailing Iranian-Americans, including hard-line efforts to undercut the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. Another motive, however, has been clear at least since the days of Rouhani’s predecessor: seeking to…

Argentina prosecutor who leveled Iran accusations found dead + Video
19 Jan
11:45

Argentina prosecutor who leveled Iran accusations found dead + Video

APJanuary 19, 2015, 2:02 PM BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A prosecutor who had accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects in the nation’s deadliest terror attack was found dead of a gunshot wound in his apartment, but prosecutors said Monday there was no indication that anybody else was involved…

Financial Times: Federalism is a real demand of Kurds in Iran
13 Jan
3:46

Financial Times: Federalism is a real demand of Kurds in Iran

“I can coexist with any state and rulers who give me my rights as a citizen,” says Vafa, sitting in the bookstore he owns in Sanandaj, the capital city of Kurdistan province in northwestern Iran. “But I will not accept to be treated as a second-rate citizen.” Financial Times’s correspondent،…

Iraqi Kurds’ Double Standard on Terrorism
12 Jan
3:15

Iraqi Kurds’ Double Standard on Terrorism

Sharif Behruz for Iran Roundtable The Iraqi Kurdish leadership often prides itself on being in the forefront of the fight against terrorism.  This status was well attested following the recent surge of Islamist militants to their south, infamously known as the Islamic State (ISIS). They proved themselves as willing and capable,…

Charb, the Editor of Charlie Hebdo on Kurds and the price of free speech
09 Jan
4:13

Charb, the Editor of Charlie Hebdo on Kurds and the price of free speech

Last commentary by Stephane Charbonnier (Charb) the Editor of Charlie Hebdo on Kurds, murdered in the barbaric attack on January 7, 2015 “Kurds defend us all” Oct. 22, 2014 “I’m not Kurdish, I do not know a word of Kurdish, I would not be able to name a Kurdish author. Kurdish…

Kurdish Officials Could have Avoided Greeting Ghassemlou’s Killer
05 Jan
4:02

Kurdish Officials Could have Avoided Greeting Ghassemlou’s Killer

Sharif Behruz 03.01.2015 for BasNews The well-known terrorist Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi accompanied Iranian regime’s official parliamentary delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan. He was responsible for the assassination of the renowned Iranian Kurdish leader and General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou along with two of his…

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence
23 Dec
8:52

Iraq: Yezidi women and girls face harrowing sexual violence

Amnesty International Torture, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, suffered by women and girls from Iraq’s Yezidi minority who were abducted by the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS), highlights the savagery of IS rule, said Amnesty International in a new briefing today.   Escape from…

Kurdish Canadians on hunger strike in front of CBC headquarters in Vancouver
23 Dec
1:23

Kurdish Canadians on hunger strike in front of CBC headquarters in Vancouver

A group of Kurdish-Canadian activists in Vancouver BC have started protesting in front of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) main office to attract media attention to the plight of 29 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike for more than a month in Orumiyeh’s Central Prison. The campaign to stage a hunger strike…

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution
19 Dec
10:56

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don’t cease their hunger strike, a source told…

Kurdish Peshmarga forces retake key positions from Islamic State militants
19 Dec
10:39

Kurdish Peshmarga forces retake key positions from Islamic State militants

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By Abdel Hamid Zebari Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s top aide in Iraq has been killed. Kurdish peshmerga forces were securing the surroundings of Mount Sinjar after…

Amnesty: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution
19 Dec
9:57

Amnesty: Alleged juvenile offender among 10 hunger strikers threatened with immediate execution

The Iranian authorities’ threat to expedite the execution of 10 men on death row in retaliation for going on hunger strike is deplorable, said Amnesty International as it called for the death sentences to be commuted immediately. One of the 10, Saman Naseem, was sentenced to death in 2013 for…

Kurds’ vulnerability: a divided Peshmarga force
18 Dec
11:07

Kurds’ vulnerability: a divided Peshmarga force

By RANJ ALAALDINDEC. 16, 2014 for the New York Times LONDON — In August, Iraq’s Kurds faced their most serious threat since the Baath Party’s massacres and genocide of the 1980s. The Islamic State came within 30 kilometers of Erbil, the bustling capital of the Kurdistan region. The jihadist offensive…

Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day
10 Dec
9:35

Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day

Sharif Behruz for The Daily Beast Today, December 10, marks United Nations Human Rights Day, first proclaimed in 1950 “to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Today also…

Freedom House: Iran, world’s worst abuser of internet freedom
05 Dec
6:37

Freedom House: Iran, world’s worst abuser of internet freedom

U.S.-based rights watchdog says Internet freedom around the world has deteriorated for the fourth consecutive year, with the steepest declines in Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. In its “Freedom On The Net 2014″ report, released on December 4, Freedom House says that Iran, Syria, and China are the world’s worst abusers…

No prospect of any deal, Iran will either dither or change course
27 Nov
2:01

No prospect of any deal, Iran will either dither or change course

Sharif Behruz for Iran Roundtable When the Joint Action Plan was agreed upon back in 2013 to reach a deal by this past July on Islamic Republic of Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the parties involved in the negotiation, P5+1(5 Permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) and Iran agreed…

MSNBC: Kobani, the little city that stood up to ISIS
18 Nov
3:03

MSNBC: Kobani, the little city that stood up to ISIS

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, outlines the features of the fight against ISIS in the closely watched battleground city of Kobani in Syria, where local Kurdish men and women fight the well-supplied “Islamic State.”  

Observations on Islamic state of Iran’s second UN review
12 Nov
4:02

Observations on Islamic state of Iran’s second UN review

Sharif Behruz The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a mechanism of the Human Rights Council which works on reviewing the human rights record of UN member states reviewed the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran’s human rights record on Thursday, October 31. In this session of the Council, 102 countries commented…

Talking with Iran is like bargaining with the Devil
11 Nov
3:37

Talking with Iran is like bargaining with the Devil

Having missed a July deadline for reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the six world powers party to the talks — the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom and Germany — have set Nov. 24 as their new deadline. Iran says there will be no extension…

American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS
03 Nov
4:07

American, Jordon Matson fights with Kurds against ISIS

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The Situation Room|Added on October 27, 2014 CNN’s Ivan Watson profiles an American soldier fighting with a Kurdish militia against ISIS forces in Syria.

Religious minorities under threat in the Middle East: Yazidi Leaders Seek Help Against ISIS
01 Nov
8:15

Religious minorities under threat in the Middle East: Yazidi Leaders Seek Help Against ISIS

A delegation of top Yazidi religious and cultural leaders came to the US this week (October 24-31) seeking help for their community in Iraq, which has been devastated by ISIS extremists. ISIS considers the ancient religious minority to be pagan. More than 300,000 Yazidis have been driven from their homes…

Video: How and how much is Iran paying Afghans to fight for Bashar’s Syria
31 Oct
3:02

Video: How and how much is Iran paying Afghans to fight for Bashar’s Syria

Syrian rebels claim that Iran is paying Afghan mercenaries to fight against them in Syria. Nick Paton Walsh has more.

In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane
29 Oct
6:30

In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane

Kurds have helped each other in the past, so why is this troop movement so significant? Briefly: -Kurdish peshmarga troops from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq crossed Iraqi border without the authorization from the Iraqi central government or parliament. -The Kurdish peshmarga forces aim to enter the territory of…

Kurdish Peshmarga forces pass through Turkey to rescue besieged Kobane
29 Oct
3:07

Kurdish Peshmarga forces pass through Turkey to rescue besieged Kobane

  Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters were on their way to joining militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobane from the Islamic State group after setting off from Iraq Tuesday. Military trucks loaded with weapons were seen departing from the base northeast of the Iraqi…

TEV-DEM and ENKS from Rojava visited PDKI
29 Oct
2:55

TEV-DEM and ENKS from Rojava visited PDKI

from pdki.org On October 26, a joint delegation representing TEV-DEM and ENKS from Syrian Kurdistan visited the PDKI’s headquarters to discuss recent progress made with respect to Kurdish unity. PDKI’s leader Mustafa Hijri received the delegation. Mr. Hijri praised their efforts toward unity and expressed PDKI’s support for the Kurds…

Worsened human rights violation by Iran’s Islamic Republic, reports Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed
28 Oct
5:48

Worsened human rights violation by Iran’s Islamic Republic, reports Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed

Watch Dr. Shaheed officially present his report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on Tuesday, October 28, 2013 at 3pm. Source

Another top Iranian military commander killed in Syria
17 Oct
8:21

Another top Iranian military commander killed in Syria

Sharif Behruz Iranian regime’s state owned media confirmed the death of another senior Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, brigadier general Jabbar Darisawi in Syria. Ahvaznovin.ir reported that the body of Darisawi was buried in Ahvaz on Thursday, but failed to mention when the top commander of the IRGC was killed in Syria.  Regime sources confirm that…

Scores arrested in Iran following Kurdistan-wide Kobane solidarity protests
17 Oct
1:40

Scores arrested in Iran following Kurdistan-wide Kobane solidarity protests

Following the wave of solidarity for Kobane across the Kurdish communities, the Kurds of Iran also staged large demonstrations in major cities across the Kurdish region. Protests were held in major Kurdish cities of Sanandaj, Kirmashan, Wurme, Ilam, Mahabad, Saghiz, Sardasht, Jiwanro, Kamyaran, and even Tehran and Tabriz. Almost all…

Protests in support of Kobane in Kurdistan region of Iran
12 Oct
9:39

Protests in support of Kobane in Kurdistan region of Iran

Rêpêwîna piştîwanî ji Kobanê le Rojhelata Kurdistanê #Sardasht, Protests in support of #Kobane #Syria #ISIS #IRAN pic.twitter.com/w2SLG7tCrC — Sharif Behruz (@sharif_behruz) October 10, 2014 Rêpêwîna piştîwanî kirin ji Kobanê le Rojhelata Kurdistanê Jowanro, Protests in support of Kobane #Kobane #ISIS #IRAN pic.twitter.com/HpHE8AwwSR — Sharif Behruz (@sharif_behruz) October 10, 2014 Rêpêwîna…

PDKI and Komala reject claims of having negotiated with Iran
10 Oct
2:18

PDKI and Komala reject claims of having negotiated with Iran

By pdki.org On October 7, 2014, Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alawi appeared before the parliament and claimed that his ministry had negotiated with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and Komala. PDKI and Komala immediately issued a statement, describing Alawi’s claim as false. According to PDKI and Komala, no…

With Kobnane on the verge, US dual-track policy is imminent
08 Oct
2:52

With Kobnane on the verge, US dual-track policy is imminent

This resourceful depiction by Foreign Policy online magazine is by far the best in its kind in exploring the political dynamics and landscape in Syria’s Kurdistan and the US involvement with the actors in the region. As the Islamic State terrorists continue to consolidate territories in Iraq and Syria, and as…

Beşîkçî: Regime orders, the sole cause of Kurdish leaders` death in Iran
04 Oct
11:46

Beşîkçî: Regime orders, the sole cause of Kurdish leaders` death in Iran

Îsmaîl Beşîkçî, a prominent Turkish scholar paid homage to the monument of Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi, then the leader of Democratic Party of Kurdistan of Iran, who was gunned down in Berlin, Germany in 1992. Dr. Beşikçi was accompanied by number of Kurdish activists, artists and politicians including the legendary Kurdish…

Despite the charms, Iran’s IRGC still vow to ‘trample the US’
03 Oct
2:47

Despite the charms, Iran’s IRGC still vow to ‘trample the US’

By: Sharif Behruz This past week marked the week-long “Holy Defense Week” on the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran’s calendar, commemorating the first bloody decade of the Islamic regime in Iran—notably the 8 year Iran-Iraq war and the war waged against the Kurdish resistance movement in the west and…

Iran’s Kurds: A Possible Gateway to Political and Democratic Change?
03 Oct
2:06

Iran’s Kurds: A Possible Gateway to Political and Democratic Change?

  UNPO Brussels, 30 September 2014 – Justice for Iran’s Kurds was the title and overarching theme of a conference jointly organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the International Network of Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights (INIKHR), which was held yesterday [29 September 2014] at Nieuwspoort in…

As Rouhani delivered his verdict at the UN, so were his hanging judges back home
02 Oct
2:32

As Rouhani delivered his verdict at the UN, so were his hanging judges back home

Iranian President Rouhani speaks reasonably about nuclear negotiations and stabilizing the Middle East, but at home the “hanging judges” are still at work. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answered questions from media leaders at the United Nations General Assembly about the Iranian nuclear program and ISIS last week, there were…

Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town
01 Oct
6:34

Airstrikes target IS militant advance on key Kurdish town

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US-led coalition forces launched at least five airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) group militants advancing on the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday. US-led forces carried out at least five air strikes on Wednesday against Islamic…

Netanyahu at the UN: ISIS and Islamic state in Iran must be defeated
29 Sep
7:09

Netanyahu at the UN: ISIS and Islamic state in Iran must be defeated

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly: “To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power would be to win the battle and lose the war.”

Islamic State’s Hypocrite at the UN debating racism
25 Sep
7:51

Islamic State’s Hypocrite at the UN debating racism

Sharif Behruz On September 23, 2014, Human Rights Council debated the issues of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance in follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The Islamic State of Iran’s hypocritical representative went on the offensive and lambasted number of…

Mustafa Hijri: “Iran’s military doctrine is aggressive, not defensive”
24 Sep
3:22

Mustafa Hijri: “Iran’s military doctrine is aggressive, not defensive”

pdki.org In an article, published on PDKI’s official website Kurdistanmedia.org, Kurdish leader Mustafa Hijri raises questions on a classified Defense Department assessment on Iran’s military doctrine. The Pentagon report, delivered to Congress on July 7, has leaked to the press. The thrust of the report, which departs from Pentagon’s previous…

U.S. Strikes Follow Plea by Syrian Opposition Leader on Behalf of Kurds
23 Sep
6:45

U.S. Strikes Follow Plea by Syrian Opposition Leader on Behalf of Kurds

Abdul Hakim Bachar, the vice president of the Syrian opposition coalition and an ethnic Kurd, said that the Islamic State appeared to have attacked vulnerable Kurds in northern Syria in retaliation for earlier American airstrikes aimed at protecting Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq. The Obama…

Iranians Debate Combating ISIL & Defending Kurds/ Kurdish Women
20 Sep
7:22

Iranians Debate Combating ISIL & Defending Kurds/ Kurdish Women

The urgent need to combat the onslaught of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and the fact that the Kurds are being seen as a democratic bulwark against ISIL, has led to some important debates among Iranians. These debates concern the struggles of the Middle East region’s Kurdish…

Mykonos, a Vicious Call and a Historic Verdict
18 Sep
3:34

Mykonos, a Vicious Call and a Historic Verdict

September 17, 2014 Compiled and written by Sharif Behruz As the man with the black and green Sportino sports bag shouted in Persian: “You sons of bitches.” the first barrage of shots came from the Israeli made Uzi machine gun cloaked in the Woolworth bag.  The first three of the…

Islamic Republic of Iran: Mother of all terrorists
13 Sep
11:05

Islamic Republic of Iran: Mother of all terrorists

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that Iran “is a bigger problem than ISIS.”  Huffington Post reported. In an interview with NPR that was released on Saturday, Kissinger explained that because Iran has a stronger footing in the Middle East, it has a greater opportunity to create an empire….

Observation: Back-to-school & Back-to-hell
12 Sep
11:55

Observation: Back-to-school & Back-to-hell

Sharif Behruz for www.sharifbehruz.com This week was back-to-school day in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  As this part of Kurdistan faces uncertainty vis-a-vis the adamant central government in Iraq and the surging Islamic State terrorists, infamously known as ISIS, the pupils head back to school optimistically.  To begin with, they…

Never too late, BUT…
11 Sep
5:55

Never too late, BUT…

Post by Sharif Behruz.

14-year-old Yezidi Kurdish girl’s ordeal in the hands of ISIS terrorists
11 Sep
3:42

14-year-old Yezidi Kurdish girl’s ordeal in the hands of ISIS terrorists

How 14-year-old girl escaped from ISIS after she was kidnapped and given as a gift to Islamist fighter Mohammed A. Salih, Washington Post | September 11, 2014 This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I’ll call “Narin,” currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. I am…

Iran’s Kurdish leader: Iraq’s crisis, an extension of Iran’s destructive policies
10 Sep
3:24

Iran’s Kurdish leader: Iraq’s crisis, an extension of Iran’s destructive policies

In an interview with the Kurdish weekly Levin, Kurdish leader and PDKI Secretary-General Mustafa Hijri addressed recent political developments in Iraq and, in particular, the question of independence for South (Iraqi) Kurdistan. According to Mr. Hijri, the unfolding crisis in Iraq is the result of the sectarian policies of the…

Yezidi women and children, slaves of the twenty first century
27 Aug
6:43

Yezidi women and children, slaves of the twenty first century

  Reading though the lines of this article “Islamic State Selling Captured Yazidi Girls For $10” I reaffirmed myself once more that this is the end result of managing today’s complex societies with the mindset and mentality of 14 centuries ago. I convey the same message to the millions of…

#ISIS #Iran ‘s Islamic Republic, the main source of terror in the region
21 Aug
1:05

#ISIS #Iran ‘s Islamic Republic, the main source of terror in the region

35 years ago today the Islamic Republic of Iran declared Jihad or holy war against Kurdistan and the Kurdish people in Iran.  As the regime rampage started in 1979 against the burgeoning Kurdish resistance movement in Iran, the world knew little about the threat of ISIS or ISIL then or…

Opinion: Shaheed’s #UN fact-finding mission versus repeating bygone flaws
21 Aug
12:07

Opinion: Shaheed’s #UN fact-finding mission versus repeating bygone flaws

By Jamal Ekhtiar: The human rights situation in Iran will be considered by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council during a series of meetings in September, but the UN’s old fashioned human rights rhetoric on Iran has not been fruitful so far. The UN Special…

69th anniversary of PDKI’s formation, indeed a very joyful day
20 Aug
12:31

69th anniversary of PDKI’s formation, indeed a very joyful day

Post by Sharif Behruz.

CNN: #Kurdistan calls on #US to intervene as #ISIS rampages
07 Aug
12:39

CNN: #Kurdistan calls on #US to intervene as #ISIS rampages

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New Yorker: A Friend Flees the Horror of #ISIS
06 Aug
12:46

New Yorker: A Friend Flees the Horror of #ISIS

BY GEORGE PACKER A humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide is taking place right now in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. It hasn’t made the front page, because the place and the people are obscure, and there’s a lot of other horrible news to compete with. I’ve learned about…

Mohammad Nazari has been in prison for 20 years
30 May
6:59

Mohammad Nazari has been in prison for 20 years

Kurdpa News Agency reported that today Friday May 30, 2014 Mohammad Nazari, Kurdish political prisoner has spent 20 years in prisons of the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran. Mohammad Nazari now 43 was only 23 years old when he was arrested by the agents of Abuzar Base of Revolutionary…

Iranian small town teacher shaves head, becomes unlikely national hero
30 May
12:30

Iranian small town teacher shaves head, becomes unlikely national hero

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By Scott Peterson, Staff writer / May 25, 2014 The Christian Science Monitor MARIVAN, IRAN The classroom could not be more humble. Its walls are barren aside from the inked scrawls of students and a cardboard teaching clock with both hands broken off. But this room, measuring just three strides by six and overflowing…

Kurdish asylum seeker just wants to live like a human being
29 May
8:29

Kurdish asylum seeker just wants to live like a human being

Emma McBryde, 29th May 2014 The Morning Bulletin IT COST Ali Palavaneh and his family all of their savings for him to risk his life twice to reach Australia, and now the government wants to send him back. Although the 28-year-old Kurdish asylum seeker often finds himself without food and…

Voice of the Kurds, Singer Abbas Kamandi, Dead at 62
27 May
8:41

Voice of the Kurds, Singer Abbas Kamandi, Dead at 62

Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Famous Kurdish singer Abbasi Kamandi passed away Thursday of heart failure, the day after he was hospitalized for kidney complaints.  He was 62. A native of the Kurdish city of Sanandaj (Sina) in Iranian Kurdistan, Kamandi was one of the most popular singers in the…

Iran Roundtable on UNHCR Vote to Renew Ahmed Shaheed’s Mandate
01 Apr
4:45

Iran Roundtable on UNHCR Vote to Renew Ahmed Shaheed’s Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Iran Roundtable Contact: info@iranroundtable.org Phone: (571) 327-0674 Washington, DC – March 28, 2014 – Iran Roundtable (IR) issued the following statement regarding the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRC) vote to renew the mandate of Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed. IR considers the UNRC decision to renew the…

March 31, Kurdistan Remembrance Day
01 Apr
4:40

March 31, Kurdistan Remembrance Day

March 31 is Remembrance Day in Kurdistan. On this day 67 years ago, President Qazi Muhammad – the President of the newly established Republic of Kurdistan – and two of his cabinet members were executed in public in the city of Mahabad by the dictatorial monarchy of Mohammad Reza Shah…

Happy Newroz, the beginning of Spring and a New Year
20 Mar
6:05

Happy Newroz, the beginning of Spring and a New Year

 

REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE IN HALABJA: 26 YEARS LATER
17 Mar
1:15

REMEMBERING THE MASSACRE IN HALABJA: 26 YEARS LATER

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 Kurdish civilians in a poison gas attack carried out by the state of Iraq on the orders of then president Saddam Hussein. The massacre was part of the notorious Anfal campaign that was conducted from…

Iran Roundtable: Mr. President, Human Rights and Nuclear Negotiations should go in tandem
10 Mar
2:08

Iran Roundtable: Mr. President, Human Rights and Nuclear Negotiations should go in tandem

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2014 Contact: info@iranroundtable.org Phone: (571) 327-0674 Mr.  President, “Human Rights and Nuclear Negotiations should go in tandem” Iran Roundtable, (Washington, DC) – Recent nuclear negotiations between the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran has raised concerns among ordinary Iranians that the alarming human rights violations…

Mustafa Hijri commended the work of FBA to award Mykonos prosecutors
07 Mar
3:27

Mustafa Hijri commended the work of FBA to award Mykonos prosecutors

In a letter to the US Federal Bar Association, Mustafa Hijri the leader of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan thanked the members and organizers of FBA for honoring the two brave prosecutors of the famous Mykonos Trial that indicted the Iranian regime officials at the highest level for their…

FBA’s First Annual Rule of Law Awards Go to Mykonos Prosecutors
03 Mar
8:45

FBA’s First Annual Rule of Law Awards Go to Mykonos Prosecutors

FBA Feb. 25, 2014 – To recognize a victory of the independent judicial process over international terrorism, the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association and the Southern District of New York Chapter have hosted the presentation of FBA Presidential Citations and Rule of Law Awards at the federal…

U.S. FEDERAL BAR TO PRESENT HISTORIC AWARDS TO THE PROSECUTORS OF MYKONOS CASE
20 Feb
3:56

U.S. FEDERAL BAR TO PRESENT HISTORIC AWARDS TO THE PROSECUTORS OF MYKONOS CASE

PRESS RELEASE For the first time in its nearly one hundred year history, the US Federal Bar Association will be presenting an award for professional excellence to two European colleagues from Germany. The Rule of Law Award, presented by the Federal Bar Association Southern District of New York Chapter and…

Business as usual with Tehran as the interim deal unravels
11 Feb
4:24

Business as usual with Tehran as the interim deal unravels

Now with the interim deal in the horizon, the US appears to be the main proponent of engagement with the IRI regime.  Accordingly, and as the argument proceeds in Congress, there is little or no prospect of reining in the controversial nuclear weapons program – now at its most advanced…

war-time food handouts with long line-ups are back in Iran
04 Feb
11:59

war-time food handouts with long line-ups are back in Iran

Iran Roundtable Tehran, Iran (February 4, 2014)- Today is the third consecutive day that government–run distribution centers are giving free food parcels to low income Iranian families.  Everyone who makes less than 5 million rials per month, the equivalent of about $200, is entitled to one food basket. But many…

Kurdish, Palestinian Authors Reflect On Migration And Identity In Literature
01 Feb
10:49

Kurdish, Palestinian Authors Reflect On Migration And Identity In Literature

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By SUZETTE GRILLOT AND NICK AGUILERA Listen to Suzette Grillot’s conversation with Laleh Khadivi and Fady Joudah. Novelist Laleh Khadivi grew up with a Kurdish father, and was raised in a “household full of stories” about that experience, even though she identifies more with her Iranian heritage. She’s in the process of completing a trilogy…

The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada conveyed a greeting on the 68th founding anniversary of Kurdistan Republic.
31 Jan
5:49

The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada conveyed a greeting on the 68th founding anniversary of Kurdistan Republic.

The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada conveyed a greeting on the 68th founding anniversary of Kurdistan Republic. It is worthy of noting the tremendous efforts put in by the office of the Honourable Irene Mathyssen of London-Fanshawe and the Honourable Paul Dewar, NDP’s Federal Foreign Affairs critic…

Canadians of Kurdish heritage marked the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the Kurdistan Republic with special message from Hon. Jim Karygiannis
31 Jan
1:58

Canadians of Kurdish heritage marked the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the Kurdistan Republic with special message from Hon. Jim Karygiannis

The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, M.P. for Scarborough-Agincourt conveyed a greeting message to the anniversary event for the 68th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic’s establishment in Mississauga, Ontario. His Special Assistant, Nick Mantas presented the message and reads as follow: I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Canadians of Kurdish heritage…

Joint Komala and PDKI message on the the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the Kurdistan Republic
30 Jan
6:30

Joint Komala and PDKI message on the the 68th anniversary of the establishment of the Kurdistan Republic

  Please allow me to convey the warmest of regards and the sincerest of congratulations on behalf of the North American Committee of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the East-Canada Committee of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan to the people of Kurdistan in general, the families of…

Hairless hero: Kurdish teacher shaves head in solidarity with bullied pupil with a rare disease
30 Jan
6:05

Hairless hero: Kurdish teacher shaves head in solidarity with bullied pupil with a rare disease

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By Saeed Kamali Dehghan for The Guardian Tuesday 28 January When Iranian schoolteacher Ali Mohammadian noticed that one of his students was being bullied after going bald as a result of a mysterious illness, he decided to show solidarity and shave his own hair. In no time, his entire class…

Gallery: Canadians of Kurdish heritage marked the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the Kurdistan Republic with a special event
29 Jan
6:36

Gallery: Canadians of Kurdish heritage marked the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the Kurdistan Republic with a special event

Post by PDKI Canada.

Season’s Greatings with all good wishes for the New Year
24 Dec
8:53

Season’s Greatings with all good wishes for the New Year

Rueters’ The Great Debate: Iran, more than Persia
17 Dec
6:14

Rueters’ The Great Debate: Iran, more than Persia

By Brenda Shaffer  DECEMBER 16, 2013 Reuters Blog When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was campaigning, he promised the country’s many ethnic minorities to expand the use of their languages. Rouhani recently signaled his intent to keep that promise, by appointing Iran’s first presidential aid for ethnic and religious minority affairs,…

December 10, Human Rights Day
10 Dec
6:58

December 10, Human Rights Day

Iran Roundtable Today marks the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of 10 December as Human Rights Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 1993. On December 10, 1948, UNGA adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples…

Humanity Lost Its Greatest Soul Ever
06 Dec
3:58

Humanity Lost Its Greatest Soul Ever

Mandela! May your soul rest in peace forever. Your memory, inspiration, conviction and devotion will always remain humanity’s guiding lights.   ماندێلا! روحی بەرزت بە ئاشتی شاد بێت.  دڵنیا بە بیرەوەریت، باوەڕی بەرزت، حەزو خولیات هەردەم چرای رووناکی مرۆڤایەتی دەبێت.

Governing Diversity: the Kurds in a New Middle East
30 Nov
11:25

Governing Diversity: the Kurds in a New Middle East

This preparatory conference was held as scheduled between 28 and 30 November 2013 at the Al-Safir Hotel in Beirut. Participants came from universities, research institutes and media outlets… Read More My paper entitled: Kurds in contemporary Iran: domestic and international challenges to self-rule and what lies ahead (download in PDF)

After 20 days, seven Kurdish activists are still in detention in Erbil
29 Nov
8:55

After 20 days, seven Kurdish activists are still in detention in Erbil

for sharifbehruz.com Following the new wave of Kurdish political executions in Iran, protests were organized in major capitals to condemn the executions. Rojahalti Kurds (Kurdish in Iran) marched in the streets of the cities of Mariwan and Saqiz under the harshest security conditions imposed on the Kurdish region of Iran…

Stop Violence Against Women: Women at risk in Kurdistan
26 Nov
8:09

Stop Violence Against Women: Women at risk in Kurdistan

BBC: 25 November is the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. To mark this, photographer Sarah Malian has been working with Christian Aid and a partner agency, Asuda, to document the lives of women affected by domestic violence in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan. To the outside world, the largely…

Why a Nuclear Deal with Iran Is So Hard
22 Nov
5:53

Why a Nuclear Deal with Iran Is So Hard

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Post by Sharif Behruz.

PDKI Welcomes UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran
21 Nov
1:34

PDKI Welcomes UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

PDKI’s Foreign Relations office welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The United Nations General Assembly passed resolution A/C.3/68/L.57 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Our party welcomes the UN’s recent resolution on the…

Iran embassy attack in Beirut drags Syrian war further into Lebanon
20 Nov
5:29

Iran embassy attack in Beirut drags Syrian war further into Lebanon

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In the city that gave birth to modern suicide bombing attacks, the people of Beirut shouldn’t have been surprised by today’s assault on the Iranian embassy. But coming as it did on a target deep in the heart of Hezbollah-controlled South Beirut, all Lebanese will be shocked and very apprehensive,…

25 NGOs to call for passage of UN resolution on human rights in Iran
19 Nov
5:41

25 NGOs to call for passage of UN resolution on human rights in Iran

(November 18, 2013) – As UN member states prepare to vote on the UN General Assembly resolution on the promotion of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, 25 other NGOs have signed a joint letter urging member states…

AFP: Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region
17 Nov
5:32

AFP: Disunity could scupper Syria Kurdish region

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Baghdad (AFP) — The announcement of a new transitional authority in Syrian Kurdistan marks a key point in the ethnic group’s moves towards self-rule, but experts say disunity and war could still scupper their hopes. Tuesday’s declaration of a temporary autonomous administration in Kurdish-dominated parts of northern Syria, a plan…

Washington experts on Kurds: ‘Iran has 700 safe houses in one province of Iraqi Kurdistan’
16 Nov
7:28

Washington experts on Kurds: ‘Iran has 700 safe houses in one province of Iraqi Kurdistan’

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Sharif Behruz Kurdish-populated regions are a geopolitical keystone connecting the many parts of the Near East that dominate today’s headlines, from Syria to Iraq to Turkey and Iran. To discuss the Kurdish factor in the region’s most pressing challenges, The Washington Institute on November 14, 2013, hosted a Policy Forum…

Iranian Kurdish Groups Lament Lack of US, Western Support
16 Nov
5:29

Iranian Kurdish Groups Lament Lack of US, Western Support

By Zuber Hewrami WASHINGTON DC – As the world inches closer to an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, Iranian Kurds feel that it is time the international community, particularly America paid attention to their cause. “The US and the West in general do not have a set and…

Protests against the regime and executions in Iran in Toronto, Canada
11 Nov
3:38

Protests against the regime and executions in Iran in Toronto, Canada

Post by PDKI Canada. Related: -Call to protest in Toronto against the recent surge of executions of political prisoners in Iran

Iran: Revolutionary Guards On Alert Over Kurdistan Tensions
09 Nov
7:12

Iran: Revolutionary Guards On Alert Over Kurdistan Tensions

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November 8, 2013 The Kurdistan Provisional Council has decided in an emergency meeting to put Revolutionary Guards forces on alert in Yazd, Lorestan and Esfahan Provinces. The Kurdpa website reports that the head of National Security and the Minister of the Interior attended the meeting through video conferencing. An unidentified…

Call to protest in Toronto against the recent surge of executions of political prisoners in Iran
09 Nov
6:53

Call to protest in Toronto against the recent surge of executions of political prisoners in Iran

Supporters of freedom! Defenders of human rights! Once again, the reactionary and inhumane regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran has shamelessly and fearlessly embarked on a new wave of killings and executions of innocent and brave sons and daughters of this country. In recent weeks and months, the regime…

Protests in Iran after Hanging of another Kurdish Activist
09 Nov
6:47

Protests in Iran after Hanging of another Kurdish Activist

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Hundreds of demonstrators staged protests in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, and many were arrested, as Iranian authorities hanged the third Kurdish activist in two weeks. Sources told Rudaw that hundreds gathered at the main square in the provincial capital, Saqqez, to protest the executions. “The security forces…

Video: Protest against executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran, Erbil 2013 11 08
09 Nov
6:39

Video: Protest against executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran, Erbil 2013 11 08

Large demonstration in Iran’s Mariwan against execution of Kurdish political prisoners
06 Nov
12:11

Large demonstration in Iran’s Mariwan against execution of Kurdish political prisoners

Earlier today, November 5, residents of the Kurdish city of Mariwan staged a spontaneous demonstration against the recent wave of executions in Iranian Kurdistan, Kurdpa News Agency reported. The demonstration was held in the Sheirengewe district of Mariwan. According to witness statements, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps (IRGC) attacked the demonstrators…

Iran’s regime executed another Kurdish political prisoner
05 Nov
2:28

Iran’s regime executed another Kurdish political prisoner

The Islamic Republic of Iran executed Kurdish political prisoner Sherko Moarefi this morning, November 4, in the central prison of Saghez. Sherko Moarefi, born in 1985, was arrested in his hometown of Baneh in October 2008 on charges of “enmity against God” and membership in a Kurdish opposition party. Moarefi’s…

Kurdish Leader Mustafa Hijri Addressed Armed Struggle in Interview
05 Nov
1:01

Kurdish Leader Mustafa Hijri Addressed Armed Struggle in Interview

In a recent interview with Wala Press, PDKI General-Secretary Mustafa Hijri addressed matters related to armed struggle, international dynamics and the future of Iran. According to Mr. Hijri, the PDKI has halted its decades-long armed struggle due to geopolitical constraints. At the moment, according to the Kurdish leader, armed struggle…

Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander reported killed in Syria
04 Nov
6:54

Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander reported killed in Syria

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TEHRAN — A commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps has been killed in Syria while defending a Shiite shrine, a semiofficial news service reported Monday. Mohammad Jamali Paghalleh, identified as a member of the Islamic corps, was “martyred” while defending the Sayyida Zainab shrine southeast of Damascus, according to…

Tit-for-tat executions in Iran, scores of prisoners executed following the death of more than 20 IRGC guardsmen
27 Oct
5:20

Tit-for-tat executions in Iran, scores of prisoners executed following the death of more than 20 IRGC guardsmen

Sharif Behruz Prepared for Iran Roundtable Iranian regime authorities in Iran hanged 16 prisoners Saturday in response to deadly overnight clashes between Baluchi armed groups and border security forces in southeast Iran province of Baluchistan, the semi-official Fars news agency, affiliated to country’s Revolutionary Guards reported. According to Iran’s official…

Thirty Years After Beirut Bombing, Criticism of Iranian Defense Minister’s Role
23 Oct
10:04

Thirty Years After Beirut Bombing, Criticism of Iranian Defense Minister’s Role

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The White House today issued a statement marking thirty years since a Hezbollah suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon, killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers in the “the deadliest single-day death toll for the U.S. Marine Corps” since World War II. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today…

NIAC not favoured by Iranian-Americans, prominent Iranian critic cancels speech
23 Oct
9:31

NIAC not favoured by Iranian-Americans, prominent Iranian critic cancels speech

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Mohamad Nourizad, a prominent dissident in Iran, who was scheduled to speak at the NIAC’s annual conference, responded to the Iranian-Americans’ demand and cancelled his speech. He announced the cancellation on his website and Facebook page Mr. Nourizad wrote, “I was invited to speak at the National Iranian American Council…

High-level Meeting between PDKI and Komala
22 Oct
10:14

High-level Meeting between PDKI and Komala

On October 21, a PDKI delegation headed by Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of PDKI, visited Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan at its headquarters outside of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. The PDKI delegation was received by Abdulla Mohtadi, General Secretary of Komala, and other members of the party leadership. In the…

4 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in Iran with 2 in Kurdistan
18 Oct
9:14

4 of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in Iran with 2 in Kurdistan

A day after the World Health Organization published a report linking air pollution to lung cancer, Quartz has put together a list of the most polluted cities in the world, based on data from the same organization. While the list originally came out this Spring, it’s an important reminder given the recent health news. At the…

Is the Iranian Regime Amenable to Change?
13 Oct
9:46

Is the Iranian Regime Amenable to Change?

By Mustafa Hijri Could the Iranian regime take the path toward change? The answer to this question has implications for a host of other issues raised in the wake of the recent so-called presidential election in Iran. In Iran as well as abroad, people are grappling with this question. The…

Main suspect in assassination of Iranian Kurdish leadership in Vienna visiting Europe, STOP THE BOMB demands arrest of Sahraroudi
12 Oct
6:59

Main suspect in assassination of Iranian Kurdish leadership in Vienna visiting Europe, STOP THE BOMB demands arrest of Sahraroudi

Press release, Vienna, 11 October 2013 The coalition STOP THE BOMB demands the immediate arrest of Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi who is the main suspect in the assassination of the Iranian Kurdish leadership in Vienna in 1989. An international arrest warrant against him is still in place. Sahraroudi is traveling with…

Unknown gunmen killed five local IRGC militiamen in Baneh, Kurdistan
12 Oct
5:10

Unknown gunmen killed five local IRGC militiamen in Baneh, Kurdistan

On Thursday, October 10, five members of a local Kurdish guardsmen named ‘Zerbeti Kokhan’ – a paramilitary unit of of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – were killed in an ambush by an unknown armed group outside the Kurdish city of Baneh.  Haji Motalb Ahmedi, the commander of Hazrate-Rasul…

Austrian MP’s Statement on Sahraroodi Traveling Freely in Europe
12 Oct
5:25

Austrian MP’s Statement on Sahraroodi Traveling Freely in Europe

In a statement, Austrian MP Peter Pilz is questioning the Austrian government’s handling of Mohammed Jafari Sahraroodi’s case. Pilz confirms that Austrian authorities and police were informed several days ago that Sahraroodi was in Europe and that there exists an international arrest warrant for Sahraroodi, issued by the Chief Prosecutor…

Vienna Kurds suspected murderer Sahraroudi is touring Europe
11 Oct
6:32

Vienna Kurds suspected murderer Sahraroudi is touring Europe

Authorities idle despite international arrest warrant October 10, 2013 Vienna (OTS) – The main suspect of the murder of Kurds in Vienna in July 1989, Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi, was part of the Iranian delegation at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva this week (7th-9th October 2013.). An…

Known terrorist Sahraroodi accompanies Iranian delegation to IPU
10 Oct
3:58

Known terrorist Sahraroodi accompanies Iranian delegation to IPU

The known terrorist Mohammad Jafari Sahraroodi, who was responsible for the assassination of the Kurdish leader Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, is accompanying Iran’s official delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, which ends today October 9. Sahraroudi is currently the chief of staff and advisor to Ali Larijani, head of the…

Mustafa Hijri’s Letter on Engagement with Iran
01 Oct
4:05

Mustafa Hijri’s Letter on Engagement with Iran

Her Excellency Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations His Excellency Barack Obama, President of the United States of America His Excellency David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom His Excellency François Hollande, President of France   Mr. Hassan Rouhani, the newly…

Adversaries and Appeasement, Munich Pact Revisited
01 Oct
4:02

Adversaries and Appeasement, Munich Pact Revisited

The Munich Agreement is one of the most criticized diplomatic agreements in history, James M. Lindsay, CFR’s senior vice president and director of studies, writes.  “In 1938, Adolf Hitler turned his sights on absorbing the Sudetenland, the part of Czechoslovakia dominated by ethnic Germans, into Germany. With tensions rising, British…

Exploring the Path of Federalism in the Middle East
26 Sep
4:39

Exploring the Path of Federalism in the Middle East

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in coordination with the office of Mr. Tunne Kelam MEP, will hold a conference on the ways federalism could contribute to the democratic development of countries in the Middle East.   Wednesday 2 October 2013 14:00 – 16:00  Room ASP 5E3 European Parliament,…

Iran: State of Terror
26 Sep
3:40

Iran: State of Terror

By Sara Akrami for The Huffington Post 09/20/2013 Assassination has been always one of the outreach tools of the ayatollahs and their government in Iran since the early days of the Revolution. When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, it had two strategies to eliminate its opponents….

ZAGROSJET Launches Scheduled Flights as First Erbil-based Airline
21 Sep
7:13

ZAGROSJET Launches Scheduled Flights as First Erbil-based Airline

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ZAGROSJET, the first and only Kurdish carrier in history proudly announces its official flights to different destinations in Middle East, Turkey and Europe, which include Amman, Beirut, Stockholm, Ankara, and Adana in the first phase. On 2nd of October 2013, we will celebrate first departure of our Airbus A321-200 from…

Blocking action on Syria makes an attack on Iran more likely
10 Sep
4:18

Blocking action on Syria makes an attack on Iran more likely

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Post by Sharif Behruz.

Libya and Iraq object to foreign intervention in Syria
06 Sep
7:07

Libya and Iraq object to foreign intervention in Syria

Post by Sharif Behruz.

Canada becomes the first country to recognize the 1988 political prisoner massacre as a ‘crime against humanity’
11 Jun
6:12

Canada becomes the first country to recognize the 1988 political prisoner massacre as a ‘crime against humanity’

http://kurdistantribune.com/2013/canada-1st-country-recognize-1988-iran-political-prisoner-massacre-as-crime-against-humanity/ Prepared by Sharif Behruz and Zakarya Khezeryan Canada’s government and opposition MPs voted on an NDP motion to condemn the massacre of thousands of political prisoners by the Islamic Republic of Iran in the summer of 1988, as a crime against humanity.  This motion was not only a step…

PDKI welcomes the recognition of the 1988 mass murder of political prisoners as a ‘crime against humanity’
09 Jun
4:23

PDKI welcomes the recognition of the 1988 mass murder of political prisoners as a ‘crime against humanity’

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan issued a statement on the recognition of 1988 mass execution of political prisoners in Iran as a ‘crime against humanity’ by Canada’s Parliament.  The full text of the statement is as follow: PDKI statement on Canadian Parliament’s recognition of the 1988 mass murder of political prisoners…

Canadian MPs Decry Iran Human Rights Violations
06 Jun
4:31

Canadian MPs Decry Iran Human Rights Violations

House of Commons hosts Iran Accountability Week, with MP Cotler calling rights violations “crimes against humanity.” By Michael Wilner, Benjamin Weinthal Canada’s Parliament hosted Iran Accountability Week last week, documenting the  Islamic Republic’s human rights violations, particularly its clerical  leadership’s use of domestic and international terrorism to stymie  dissent. Irwin…

Anti-government protests in Iran – only 10 days ahead of regime’s presidential elections
06 Jun
3:31

Anti-government protests in Iran – only 10 days ahead of regime’s presidential elections

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Crowds chant ‘death to the dictator’ in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ALISTAIR DAWBER  WEDNESDAY 05 JUNE 2013 The Independant The biggest anti-regime demonstrations for years have taken place in Iran, just days before the country heads to the polls in controversial presidential elections. Tens of thousands are reported to have…

Six ways Canada can help the Iranian people
04 Jun
3:38

Six ways Canada can help the Iranian people

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/six-ways-canada-can-help-the-iranian-people/article12329813/ By Irwin Cotler and Kaveh Shahrooz Iran’s presidential election is set to take place on June 14. Yet, with candidates hand-selected for their loyalty to Iran’s Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards, the press muzzled by the imprisonment of independent journalists, and the leaders of Iranian civil society in…

US Country Report on Terrorism 2012: Iran, Terrorism-sponsoring State
01 Jun
3:34

US Country Report on Terrorism 2012: Iran, Terrorism-sponsoring State

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From the Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 US State Department Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984, Iran increased its terrorist-related activity, including attacks or attempted attacks in India, Thailand, Georgia, and Kenya. Iran provided financial, material, and logistical support for terrorist and militant groups in the Middle East and…

Argentine prosecutor accuses Iran of infiltrating South America to launch terrorist attacks
31 May
3:45

Argentine prosecutor accuses Iran of infiltrating South America to launch terrorist attacks

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By Associated Press, Published: May 29 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Argentine prosecutor who charged a handful of former Iranian officials with masterminding the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center accused Iran on Wednesday of “infiltrating” South America and setting up intelligence networks to carry out more terrorist attacks in the…

UN Rights Committee: Iran must end discriminations
27 May
4:12

UN Rights Committee: Iran must end discriminations

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Concluding observations on the second periodic report of the Islamic Republic of Iran, adopted by the Committee at its fiftieth session (29 April-17 May 2013) The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the second periodic report of the Islamic Republic of…

Whither the Iranian Democratic Opposition?
24 May
4:18

Whither the Iranian Democratic Opposition?

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Author:  Frieda Afary May 24, 2013 As we approach the June 2013 Iranian presidential election, the real frontrunners of the 2009 election,  Mir-Hossein Mousavi and   Mehdi Karroubi as well as  Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard — all of whom came to be known as the leaders of the reformist Green movement–…

State of Iran’s workers on International Workers’ Day
01 May
4:27

State of Iran’s workers on International Workers’ Day

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Independent trade unions are banned in Iran. More than a dozen labor activists are in prison for exercising their right to freedom of assembly and association. Many others have been released on bail, with cases pending against them in revolutionary courts. Iran’s labor law does not recognize the right to create…

SI Committee on Kurdish People formed in Sulaimaniya
26 Apr
12:03

SI Committee on Kurdish People formed in Sulaimaniya

April 12, 2013 Socialist International The SI Committee on the Kurdish People, established by the Council following a decision by the Congress, held its first meeting in Sulaimaniya, on Friday 12 April 2013. It was hosted by the SI member Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK, and brought together participants from…

Al-Qaeda’s link to the regime in Iran and the terror plot in Canada
25 Apr
4:35

Al-Qaeda’s link to the regime in Iran and the terror plot in Canada

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The enemy of my enemy is my friend By James Phillips April 24, 2013 Canadian police announced on Monday that they had arrested two foreign men plotting to derail a passenger train and who had received some unspecified form of support from al-Qaeda personnel based in Iran. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said…

Cross-dressing Kurds in Iran to support women’s rights
25 Apr
3:13

Cross-dressing Kurds in Iran to support women’s rights

Richard Hill for the Telegraph A group of men from the Kurdish community in Iran have found a novel way of supporting women’s rights: cross-dressing. In a protest over the treatment of Kurdish women, dozens of men have uploaded pictures of themselves in women’s clothes to a public group on…

April 18th is Yazidi New Year
19 Apr
9:41

April 18th is Yazidi New Year

The Yazidi New Year falls in Spring (somewhat later than the Equinox). There is some lamentation by women in the cemeteries, to the accompaniment of the music of the Qewals, but the festival is generally characterized by joyous events: the music of dehol (drum) and zorna (shawm), communal dancing and meals, the decorating of eggs. Similarly,…

Kurdish women protest public humiliation in feminine outfit
18 Apr
4:43

Kurdish women protest public humiliation in feminine outfit

Sharif Behruz A judge in one of Iran’s Kurdish province punished an individual by forcing him to wear the feminine traditional Kurdish outfit in public in a bid to humiliate him, a local news agency reported on Tuesday. According to a statement by three civil society groups active in the…

Congress of Nationalities Supports Syrian Uprising, Condemns Nuclear Programme
18 Apr
3:54

Congress of Nationalities Supports Syrian Uprising, Condemns Nuclear Programme

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By Ramadan Al-Saedi, Al-Arabiya The Eighth Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran concluded on Sunday after two days of continuous debate. The representatives of several non-Persian nations participated in the conference in London, UK.  The Participants discussed the activities of several committees including Financial, International and Executive committees. Each Committee chair presented…

Protest against the courting of the Iranian regime at the “Evangelische Akademie”
17 Apr
4:20

Protest against the courting of the Iranian regime at the “Evangelische Akademie”

The coalition STOP THE BOMB called on the Evangelische Akademie Loccum, a center belonging to the Lutheran Church Hannover, to recall the invitation of representatives of the Iranian regime to a conference on the Iranian civil society. The Iranian regime’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar and Kazem Sadjadpour…

Iran fractured by 3 powerful earthquakes and its reckless regime in less than a year
17 Apr
3:39

Iran fractured by 3 powerful earthquakes and its reckless regime in less than a year

  April 16, 2013: A major earthquake hit Baluchistan region near the Iran-Pakistan border today, killing at least 34 people in Pakistan. The number of people killed and injured in neighbouring Iran wasn’t clear after conflicting reports in local media.  Tightly state-controlled media interviewed top government official and he assured public…

#Canadian MP was among election observers in #Venezuela
17 Apr
1:53

#Canadian MP was among election observers in #Venezuela

By Wojtek Gwiazda | Radio Canada International Tuesday 16 April, 2013  Jim Karygiannis is a Member of Parliament with Canada’s opposition Liberal Party, and he’s been to numerous countries Russia, Somalia, Libya and Armenia as an election observer. This past weekend he was in Venezuela on the invitation of the Venezuelan diaspora…

A mysterious Iranian-run factory in Germany
17 Apr
12:07

A mysterious Iranian-run factory in Germany

-Not so mysterious, given the European and especially German cozyness with the Iranian regime in the last 3 decades. -I bet the Canadian-Iranian man in the story can easily come and go between Iran and Canada, and the Canadian government has done nothing about it. -Iran owns a factory making these sensitive…

Once-banned Iran exile group opens office a block from White House
12 Apr
3:54

Once-banned Iran exile group opens office a block from White House

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In from the cold and now on Pennsylvania Avenue just a block from the White House! The National Council of Resistance of Iran, an umbrella group that included an armed wing (Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK), opened its new Washington, D.C. office Thursday.

Fars’s Invented Time Machine story disappears, what time machine?
11 Apr
3:47

Fars’s Invented Time Machine story disappears, what time machine?

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Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency seems to have retreated from its earlier, mind-boggling story saying that an Iranian scientist had invented the world’s first “time machine.” Yes, you read that correctly: the world’s first time machine. Fars initially reported that the device could fit into a computer case and predict…

Rebel Keeps Kurds’ Guns Close at Hand in Peace Talks With Turkey
11 Apr
3:42

Rebel Keeps Kurds’ Guns Close at Hand in Peace Talks With Turkey

By TIM ARANGO Published: April 11, 2013 ZARGALI, Iraq — In a safe house made of cinder blocks and surrounded by grazing goats and sheep, nestled high in the remote mountains of northern Iraq, a Kurdish fighter who has waged a guerrilla war against Turkey for nearly three decades remains defiant in…

Earthquake strikes near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, killing dozens
10 Apr
1:53

Earthquake strikes near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, killing dozens

1    News  SHARIF BEHRUZ

April 10, 2013 (AFP) A POWERFUL earthquake struck near Iran’s Gulf port city of Bushehr yesterday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 800 but leaving Iran’s only nuclear power plant intact, officials said. Shocks from the quake were felt across the Gulf in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United…

Jim needs your support, NOW!
09 Apr
12:35

Jim needs your support, NOW!

Jim Karygiannis is the Canadian MP who strived hard to have the Halabja chemical attach recognized as Genocide. Jim is the person who travelled thousands of miles to be side by side the Kurds commemoration the 25th Anniversary of the Halabja tragedy. Jim is the MP who rarely misses any Kurdish event he is…

Bahrain first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as terrorist organization
07 Apr
4:03

Bahrain first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as terrorist organization

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 Al Arabiya – Bahrain on Tuesday became the first Arab country to blacklist the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Its alleged backing and training of radical Shiite groups against Bahrain was the main reason given for the decision. The Bahraini cabinet has tasked…

Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya’s widow still at odds with Turkey
06 Apr
3:37

Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya’s widow still at odds with Turkey

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News By Vercihan Ziflioğlu Iconic Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya’s widow, Gülten Kaya, said she had not accepted the apologies made to her 13 years after his death. Ahmet Kaya had been subjected to heavy criticism and protests when he said he would record a Kurdish song…

Happy Passover – Pesach Sameah
27 Mar
3:01

Happy Passover – Pesach Sameah

Jewish communities in Israel and across the globe are preparing for Passover (Pesach) which coincides with the Christian Easter and traditional Zorashtian celebration of Newroz and Sezdebeder celebrated by many people in the  Middle East, including the Kurds. Passover (Pesach) lasts for eight days and many Jewish people mark Passover with…

Newroz Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Canadian Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism
21 Mar
5:23

Newroz Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Canadian Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

Tuesday 19th March 2013. Newroz Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism I would like to take this opportunity to wish members of the Canadian Kurdish community Happy Newroz, on the occasion of the Arian New Year. Newroz is the most…

Happy Newroz/Newroz pîroz be/نەورۆزتان پیرۆز بێ
21 Mar
5:15

Happy Newroz/Newroz pîroz be/نەورۆزتان پیرۆز بێ

Canada: Iranian peoples’ hopes for a democratic future continues to be suppressed
13 Mar
3:37

Canada: Iranian peoples’ hopes for a democratic future continues to be suppressed

The United Nations’ monitor for human rights in Iran sounded the alarm Tuesday over a rise in arrests of journalists, volume of executions and extrajudicial killings in Iran. Many western countries, including Canada applauded the Special Rapporteur’s periodic human rights report on Iran.  Canada referred (full statement below) to the treatment of ethnic and religious…

U.N. Rights Investigator Gives Harsh Appraisal of Iran
12 Mar
9:12

U.N. Rights Investigator Gives Harsh Appraisal of Iran

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE for the New York Times GENEVA — With presidential elections approaching in June, Iran has cracked down on journalists, rights activists and lawyers in an apparent bid to stifle dissent, a United Nations investigator said on Tuesday. He also said that the judicial authorities in Iran had tortured some Iranians for contacting…

Iran judges and media hit with EU sanctions
12 Mar
9:09

Iran judges and media hit with EU sanctions

The European Union has imposed sanctions on Iranian judges, media officials and a special police internet monitoring unit linked to the death of a dissident in custody, citing grave human rights violations, the bloc’s Official Journal said. The Iranian Cyber Police unit was set up in 2011, taking on anti-revolutionary…

10 years after US invasion, Kurds look to the West
12 Mar
9:03

10 years after US invasion, Kurds look to the West

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(AP) IRBIL, Iraq — At an elite private school in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, children learn Turkish and English before Arabic. University students dream of jobs in Europe, not Baghdad. And a local entrepreneur says he doesn’t like doing business elsewhere because areas outside Kurdish control are too unstable. In…

Kerry criticized Iran, Hezbollah and Russia for giving weaponry to the Assad regime
10 Mar
5:24

Kerry criticized Iran, Hezbollah and Russia for giving weaponry to the Assad regime

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The United States and Saudi Arabia have presented a united front to Iran and Syria, alerting Iran’s leadership that patience over its alleged nuclear ambitions is wearing thin and warning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that they will boost support to rebels unless he steps down. John Kerry, the US secretary…

Khosrow Kurdpour arrested in the Kurdish city of Mahabad
09 Mar
6:23

Khosrow Kurdpour arrested in the Kurdish city of Mahabad

Khosrow Kurdpour, the editor of of Mukryan News Agency was arrested in the city of Mahabad, Kurdpa News Agency reported. The intelligence agents of the Islamist regime of Iran raided his house on Thursday, March 7th and arrested him. His brother, Masoud Kurdpour, also journalist and human rights activist, confirmed his arrest and…

٨ی مارس و ئاسۆی یەکسانی
09 Mar
5:11

٨ی مارس و ئاسۆی یەکسانی

شەریف بەهرۆز ئەم بابەتە لە سایتی هەلۆی کوردستان بڵاو بۆتەوە فرە دژوارە ئێش و ئازار و نەهامەتییەکانی نیوەی کۆمەڵگا لە چەند دێڕێک و لە یەک رۆژدا بەیان کەی.  ئەوە پێویستی بە میزێک کتێب و دەیان ساڵ و بگرە کتێبخانەیەک و سەدان ساڵ هەیە کە هەم ئەم نیوەی کۆمەڵگا خۆی و…

Deprived nationalities, Iran’s resident aliens
04 Mar
6:19

Deprived nationalities, Iran’s resident aliens

Sharif Behruz On the International Mother Language Day on February 21, I came across an ‘interesting’ commentary, dated 19 July 2010, by one of the US funded medium that disseminates information and news on Iran to Iranians in several languages. The English language website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, as…

Turks and Kurds look to Good Friday accords as template for peace
04 Mar
6:03

Turks and Kurds look to Good Friday accords as template for peace

Ian Traynor guardian.co.uk, Friday 1 March 2013 15.40 GMT While Turkish and Kurdish leaders wait for the music to start in their fragile “peace process”, they have already jointly taken to the dance floor, warily exploring whether enemies can become partners. Two places they have been doing this are Britain…

Bipartisan House bill toughens penalties on Iran
04 Mar
5:53

Bipartisan House bill toughens penalties on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — House leaders are pushing for tougher penalties on Iran to thwart its nuclear ambitions, introducing a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would pressure the U.S. to work with the European Union in cutting off Tehran’s access to the euro. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign…

Why Is Argentina’s President Cozying Up to Iran?
04 Mar
5:12

Why Is Argentina’s President Cozying Up to Iran?

March 1, 2013 Argentina’s About-Face on Terror By FABIÁN BOSOER and FEDERICO FINCHELSTEIN ON July 18, 1994, a van filled with explosives blew up outside the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. It was the worst terrorist attack ever inArgentina, which has Latin America’s largest Jewish population,…

Agents of the Ayatollahs CASMII’s Links to the Iranian Regime
04 Mar
5:00

Agents of the Ayatollahs CASMII’s Links to the Iranian Regime

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With the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution having just passed, one can debate whether Iran’s revolution was at any stage a democratic one, or if it was doomed to culminate in tyranny from the start. What is beyond debate, however, is that the chain of events that began in…

Language is the mother of thought and February 21 is the International Day of Mother Language
21 Feb
5:04

Language is the mother of thought and February 21 is the International Day of Mother Language

“Our mother tongue, Kurdish language is our national identity; thus its preservation, authenticity and development are our utmost duty.” PDKI statement (Kurdish) on the occasion of International Mother Language Day International Mother Language Day has been celebrated every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. UNESCO highlights the importance of mother tongue…

Petition in support of recognizing Halabja as genocide in Canadian Parliament
14 Feb
12:28

Petition in support of recognizing Halabja as genocide in Canadian Parliament

In 2010, the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Liberal M.P. for Scarborough-Agincourt introduced Motion M-505 in the Canadian House of Commons, which recognized the actions of Saddam Hussein against the Kurds, as a crime against humanity.  On the 25th anniversary of this brutal genocidal campaign of Saddam Hussien against the Kurdish people, Jim is…

SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of its people
13 Feb
1:15

SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of its people

In a Resolution on Iran the SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of political activists, noting the alarming numbers who have been executed, and also for the many Kurdish political prisoners that have been sentenced to death without proper legal representation. Grave concern was expressed over Iran’s…

Iraq Kurdish TV rooftop bombed
12 Feb
5:26

Iraq Kurdish TV rooftop bombed

I strongly condemn the bomb attack on NRT TV and expect the KRG authorities to safeguard the right to freedom of expression and hold those responsible for the attack accountable. In a recent report Human Rights Watch warned that free speech is under attack in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iran’s consul general in Erbil: Iran ready to negotiate with the Kurdish parties, but only in Iran
12 Feb
5:09

Iran’s consul general in Erbil: Iran ready to negotiate with the Kurdish parties, but only in Iran

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By FUAD HAQIQI for Rudaw ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran’s exiled Kurdish parties say they are ready to negotiate a return to the country, but only if talks are held openly and directly with the Iranian government, and Kurdish rights are recognized and upheld. “Whenever the Iranian government openly announces…

#Obama to #Assad: Just making sure you are not using chemical weapons
11 Feb
5:36

#Obama to #Assad: Just making sure you are not using chemical weapons

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Head of German Green Party high fives Iranian regime ambassador
11 Feb
2:53

Head of German Green Party high fives Iranian regime ambassador

Claudia Roth is filmed at the Munich Security Conference engaging in the enthusiastic welcome with the Iranian Ambassador to Germany Ali Reza Sheikh Attar. Click on the image for the video: Claudia Roth, chairwoman of the Green Party in Germany, is facing criticism from Iranian dissidents and pro-Israel advocates because…

Bending Iran to the Rule of Law
08 Feb
5:27

Bending Iran to the Rule of Law

By J.D. BINDENAGEL AND ROYA HAKAKIAN As Iran says it plans to upgrade its main nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz, and talks on its disputed nuclear program are set to resume this month with world powers, we can look to one brilliant example — mostly unknown and forgotten — that…

EU Parliament dialogue for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue in Turkey (video debate)
08 Feb
5:05

EU Parliament dialogue for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue in Turkey (video debate)

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The official debate of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) on the “Dialogue for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question in Turkey” was held on Wednesday. To watch the debate visit the EP’s link here.  

Iranian Kurdish leader: the Iranian’s regime’s main means of holding on to power is repression
05 Feb
10:49

Iranian Kurdish leader: the Iranian’s regime’s main means of holding on to power is repression

In a recent interview with the Kurdish daily Hawlati, Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), addressed issues pertaining to the current situation in Iran, the prospects of the popular uprising in Syria, the political impasse in Iraq, and other related matters. Below, pdki.org provides its…

Kurdish Leader Apologizes for Role in Armenian Genocide
05 Feb
10:43

Kurdish Leader Apologizes for Role in Armenian Genocide

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An influential Kurdish leader in Turkey, in an interview published on Sunday, acknowledged the Kurds’ role in the Armenian Genocide and apologized to the Armenians on behalf of the Kurdish people. Turkish parliament member and the vice-president of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress Ahmet Turk said that in 1915 the…

Turkey and PKK agreement is closer than ever
05 Feb
10:40

Turkey and PKK agreement is closer than ever

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The international media’s attention has again been focused on the decade’s old conflict between the Turkish government and Kurd separatists, since the killing of three PKK activists in Paris in January. Many sources feared that the killings of Sakine Cansız, a founding member of the PKK, and fellow activists Fidan…

Former French Foreign Minister Dr Bernard Kouchner supports campaign for recognition of Kurdish genocide in Iraq
05 Feb
10:36

Former French Foreign Minister Dr Bernard Kouchner supports campaign for recognition of Kurdish genocide in Iraq

Dr Bernard Kouchner, the former French Foreign Minister, in London joined eye-witnesses, survivors, ministers, MPs and experts from several countries in calling for the international recognition of the Kurdish genocide in Iraq. Speaking at a major conference in London on the Kurdish genocide in Iraq held on January 17, Dr…

Amid postive developments, an Islamist-Kurdish party formed in Turkey
01 Feb
9:57

Amid postive developments, an Islamist-Kurdish party formed in Turkey

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-The party also advocates for restrictions on the freedom of religion and worship to be lifted, the headscarf ban ended, wants adultery criminalized, and religious marriages to be recognized.  -Though, HUDA-PAR or Kurdish Hezbollah is Sunni, its establishment in 1990s was influenced heavily by the Islamic Revolution and was very…

Iran’s single language policy is blowing in the wrong direction
31 Jan
8:45

Iran’s single language policy is blowing in the wrong direction

Sharif Behruz January 20, 2012 Iran is often in the headlines for its incompliance on nuclear impasse, supporting and condoning terrorism, highest per capita executions in the world, and of course, lately experimenting dispatching monkeys to space; however, what is not heard and covered very often is the restrictions majority…

Joint Statement: Halt the Execution of Five Ahwazi Arabs
28 Jan
6:15

Joint Statement: Halt the Execution of Five Ahwazi Arabs

January 23, 2013: The undersigned human rights organizations strongly oppose the death sentences issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) against five civil and cultural activists who are members of the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority in Iran.  We urge the IRI authorities to halt the implementation of the death sentences…

PDKI Celebrated 67th Anniversary of the Republic of Kurdistan
28 Jan
6:11

PDKI Celebrated 67th Anniversary of the Republic of Kurdistan

Posted by PDKI on January 24, 2013 The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) celebrated the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Kurdistan in Peshawa Hall in Hawler, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on the January 21, 2013. The Republic of Kurdistan was proclaimed on January 22, 1946….

Why Iran could be behind Paris killings
17 Jan
10:47

Why Iran could be behind Paris killings

Mardin deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party Ahmet Türk pointed to Iran as a possible culprit in killings of the three Kurdish women last week. Mardin deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Ahmet Türk has said Iran could be behind the recent killings of three…

Executions of Kurdish Women in Paris Burn Deep
16 Jan
5:21

Executions of Kurdish Women in Paris Burn Deep

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By Kani Xulam for the Huffington Post Ever since three Kurdish women political activistswere murdered in Paris last week — shot in the head execution-style — my phone has been ringing off the hook from anxious loved ones. As a Kurd and the director of the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN), I wish…

Speak up: Death sentence confirmed for five Ahwazi Arab activists
16 Jan
5:17

Speak up: Death sentence confirmed for five Ahwazi Arab activists

The Iranian supreme court has this week confirmed the death sentences of five Ahwazi Arab political activists from Khalafieh (Ramshir),according to the Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation. Judge Sayed Mohammad Bagher Mosavi, the head of Branch 2 of the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court, sentenced the activists last July, following their conviction by…

Jim Karygiannis: Turkey and Iran can learn from Canada, where Francophones exist alongside Anglophones and enjoy similar rights
16 Jan
5:09

Jim Karygiannis: Turkey and Iran can learn from Canada, where Francophones exist alongside Anglophones and enjoy similar rights

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By AYUB NURI and JULIE PIETERSE for Rudaw  08/01/2013 As a Liberal Party member of the Canadian House of Commons since 1988, Jim Karygiannis is working to establish peace through dialogue between the Kurdish and Turkish communities in Canada as well as in Turkey.  In an interview with Rudaw, he says…

Peter Galbraith: Better a Smaller Independent Kurdistan than to be Stuck in Iraq Forever
04 Jan
5:01

Peter Galbraith: Better a Smaller Independent Kurdistan than to be Stuck in Iraq Forever

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Peter Galbraith is a former US diplomat who advised the Kurds during constitutional negotiations with Baghdad. In this interview with Rudaw, the author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End, says that the United States should realize that the Kurdistan Region is Washington’s best ally in the Middle…

CNN Report: Iran’s 30,000-strong intelligence service and its international activities
04 Jan
4:40

CNN Report: Iran’s 30,000-strong intelligence service and its international activities

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CNN’s Brian Todd looks at a new report on Iran’s 30,000-strong intelligence service and its international activities.  

Happy New Year! #2013 #NewYear
31 Dec
9:48

Happy New Year! #2013 #NewYear

May your New Year be a new year that brings luck and prosperity A New Year that brings happiness and joy Happy New Year!

Kurdish prisoner, Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand is released on bail to visit family
24 Dec
9:18

Kurdish prisoner, Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand is released on bail to visit family

Iranian Kurdish human rights activist and defender and journalist, Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand was given a 6 day leave after more than 5 years in prison on a hefty bail of 700 million tomans ($200 – $300 hundred thousand dollars) to be with his family, especially his ailing son for only…

MEK delisted while Iran Quds Forces added to Canada’s Terror List
24 Dec
8:47

MEK delisted while Iran Quds Forces added to Canada’s Terror List

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Canada is dropping an Iranian group that once allied itself with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from its official list of terrorists. In taking the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK, off the list, the Conservative government is following the lead of the United States and the European Union. The Tories provided no reasons…

U.N. condemns rights abuses in Iran, North Korea and Syria
23 Dec
5:41

U.N. condemns rights abuses in Iran, North Korea and Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly condemned North Korea, Iran and Syria on Thursday for widespread human rights abuses and all three countries rejected the separate resolutions adopted by the 193-member world body, slamming them as politicized. The resolution on Syria, which was co-sponsored by Qatar,…

National, ethnic, religious and linguistic minority rights in Iran, 20 years after its adoption at the UN
19 Dec
1:08

National, ethnic, religious and linguistic minority rights in Iran, 20 years after its adoption at the UN

In a special page dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, OHCHR of the UN had this to say: Every country has national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities within its borders. Persons belonging…

BARZOO ELIASSI: KURDS IN THE SHADOW OF IRANIAN CITIZENSHIP
14 Dec
5:16

BARZOO ELIASSI: KURDS IN THE SHADOW OF IRANIAN CITIZENSHIP

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By Barzoo Eliassi for yourmiddleeast.com published on: December 12, 2012 On August 22, the two leading Kurdish parties in Iran, Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and Komala (Revolutionary Society of Iranian Kurdistan’s Toilers) under the leadership of Mustafa Hejri and Abdullah Mohtadi, made a strategic agreement in which they accentuated…

Congrats to our colleague, Abdullah Hicab, for his election to the Presidency of UNPO
14 Dec
5:06

Congrats to our colleague, Abdullah Hicab, for his election to the Presidency of UNPO

Abdullah Hicab, PDKI representative to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), was elected to the Presidency of the UNPO during its 11th General Assembly in Geneva on November 30, 2012. The UNPO, which by now has 70 members, promotes the human and cultural rights of unrepresented nations, peoples and…

Possible re-unification among Iranian Kurdish party, PDKI
13 Dec
8:19

Possible re-unification among Iranian Kurdish party, PDKI

The top leaders of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) and its splinter group, best know as Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), met for the first time this week (photo gallery)  since the initial split in 2006, for talks aimed at a possible reunification. “Both parties believe that they have a…

A blaze in a Kurdish school in Iran injures dozens
06 Dec
6:42

A blaze in a Kurdish school in Iran injures dozens

A fire accident in an elementary school in the village of “Shinave” in the suburbs of the Kurdish city of Piranshahr, Iran’s Western Azerbaijan Province, injured 37  female students on Wednesday, December 5. Local and national media report that 8 of the burned victims have suffered burns of over 40…

CBC Survey: Can we live with a nuclear-armed Iran?
28 Nov
3:22

CBC Survey: Can we live with a nuclear-armed Iran?

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Listen to this debate about whether we can live with a nuclear-armed regime in Iran? I said “NO” and I voted for Charles Krauthammer on CBC’s The Current.  Visit the link below to listen to the debate between two of America’s leading commentators, Fareed Zakaria and Charles Krauthammer. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/11/27/can-we-live-with-a-nuclear-armed-iran/  …

The World Hears Only Arab Claims-What About the Kurds?
11 Nov
7:26

The World Hears Only Arab Claims-What About the Kurds?

Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 on www.israelnationalnews.com While Arabs have seen the birth of almost two dozen “Arab” League states during the past century (mostly carved out of other peoples’ lands), Kurds are still denied their one. The widely-published AP report by Mohammed Daraghmeh on October 29th announced that Arabs were preparing…

PDKI and Komala support the Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey
08 Nov
3:54

PDKI and Komala support the Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey

Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have been on a hunger strike for more than 50 days in order to get their demands met. The civil society in Turkish Kurdistan has during the last couple of days joined the political prisoners by expressing their support for the demands of the hunger…

Risk of death close for Turkish hunger strike: doctors
01 Nov
3:36

Risk of death close for Turkish hunger strike: doctors

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL | Thu Nov 1, 2012 12:02pm EDT (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militants on hunger strike inTurkey may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey’s main medical association warned on Thursday, saying the prime minister’s dismissal of the protest as a “show” risked hardening their resolve. The hunger…

UNPO General Secretary Briefs Delegation for Relations with Iran on Minority Rights
08 Oct
3:28

UNPO General Secretary Briefs Delegation for Relations with Iran on Minority Rights

UNPO General Secretary Marino Busdachin provided the members of the Delegation for Relations with Iran on 9 October 2012 with an overview of the human rights situation of minorities, in preparation of the Delegation’s upcoming visit to the country.  Also present in the human rights briefing were representatives of Amnesty…

Mustafa Hijri’s speech in the French Parliament
20 Sep
3:39

Mustafa Hijri’s speech in the French Parliament

Democracy in Iran, Peace and Stability in the Middle East  Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), I would like to welcome you most cordially to this conference. I also would like to thank the Kurdish Institute in Paris for organizing this conference and…

Canada’s Move to Cut Ties with Iran Deserves Applause
12 Sep
5:44

Canada’s Move to Cut Ties with Iran Deserves Applause

By SHARIF BEHRUZ published in Rudaw: http://www.rudaw.net/english/science/op-ed-contributors/5188.html 09/12/2012 Canada severed its diplomatic relations with the regime in Iran by the abrupt closing of its embassy in Tehran and expelling the regime’s diplomats in Ottawa on Friday. Canadian officials cited safety concerns for diplomats in Tehran among other disputes and concerns Canada has…

Memorial event is held in Kitchener, Canada for the victims of 1992 Mykonos Murder
12 Sep
3:48

Memorial event is held in Kitchener, Canada for the victims of 1992 Mykonos Murder

Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Eastern Canada will be hosting an event to commomorate the victims of 1992 Mykonos Assassination, Berlin Germany. Exactly 20 years ago, gunmen dispatched by the regime in Iran stormed a gathering place of Iranian opposition groups and opened fire on some of the guests.  Among…

KDPI Leader: Agreement with Komala is Preparation for Collapse of Iranian Regime
11 Sep
4:25

KDPI Leader: Agreement with Komala is Preparation for Collapse of Iranian Regime

In an interview with Rudaw, Mustafa Hejri, the secretary general of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI), shares his optimism over a recent unification between his group and the Revolutionary Society of Iranian Kurdistan’s Toilers (Komala). The agreement comes after decades of bitter rivalry between the two groups, and has inspired…

PDKI General Secretary Mustafa Hijri’s letter to the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon
27 Aug
4:19

PDKI General Secretary Mustafa Hijri’s letter to the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dear Secretary General, We were informed of your Excellency’s intention to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran and according to your Excellency’s spokesperson your aim to discuss the gross human rights violations in Iran in your talks….

On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi and his aides a conference will be held at the French Parliament
25 Aug
4:16

On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi and his aides a conference will be held at the French Parliament

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August 24, 2012 pdki.org: A Conference under the name of “the Iranian Society and the Nations in Iran”, will be Held in Paris by the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Kurdish institute. The Bureau of International Relations of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan announced that on the 20th…

A memorial for Dr. Sharafkandi and aides at the Père Lachaise Cemetery
25 Aug
4:10

A memorial for Dr. Sharafkandi and aides at the Père Lachaise Cemetery

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August 24, 2012 Pdki.org: On the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Sadegh Sharafkandi and his aides an anniversary memorial will be held at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The Bureau of International Relations of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan announced on the 20th anniversary of the assassination…

Cooperation Agreement Inspires Hope for United Iranian Kurdish Front
25 Aug
2:23

Cooperation Agreement Inspires Hope for United Iranian Kurdish Front

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Two major Iranian Kurdish parties signed a deal on Tuesday night, raising hopes for a united Iranian Kurdish front. The agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Revolutionary Society of Iranian Kurdistan’s Toilers (Komala) paves the way for cooperation among the two parties that…

PDKI – Komala entered into Memorandum of Agreement for cooperation and coordination
23 Aug
5:18

PDKI – Komala entered into Memorandum of Agreement for cooperation and coordination

Pdki.org staff writer August 22, 2012 In a joint statement, the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan and the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan was announced.

Competing senses of liberation, dread rule in Kurdish areas of Syria
17 Aug
8:14

Competing senses of liberation, dread rule in Kurdish areas of Syria

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BY DAVID ENDERS McClatchy Newspapers AMMOUDA, SYRIA — The only place in the predominantly Kurdish city of Ammouda that’s still flying the Syrian flag is the police station, but people here say it means little. “There are only two police officers, and they stay inside and keep the door closed,” said…

PDKI: It is everyone’s duty to reach out to the earthquake victims
14 Aug
6:34

PDKI: It is everyone’s duty to reach out to the earthquake victims

pdki.org staff writer August 14, 2012 Two powerful earthquakes hit north-western Iran just minutes apart on Saturday killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. Officials said panicked residents fled into the streets as the powerful 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 4.53 p.m. local time. A second tremor, measuring 6.3 on the…

Iran government criticized over earthquake response
14 Aug
6:28

Iran government criticized over earthquake response

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(Reuters) – Iran’s government faced criticism on Monday over its response to two earthquakes that killed 306 people, with complaints of a lack of tents and about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s decision to go ahead with an overseas trip. Although officials announced on Sunday, less than 24 hours after disaster struck,…

Kurds prepare militia to fight in Syria
10 Aug
4:28

Kurds prepare militia to fight in Syria

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By Francis Matthew | Editor at Large for Gulf News The continuing fighting in Syria is a golden opportunity for foreign governments to put military forces onto the ground and take positions in advance of any political end-game. Syria’s neighbours want to influence events to suit themselves and do not…

Syrian Kurd party says Turkey should not fear its rise
10 Aug
4:20

Syrian Kurd party says Turkey should not fear its rise

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(Reuters) – A Kurdish party that is extending its power in northern Syria as President Bashar al-Assad battles an insurgency raging elsewhere, warned Turkey not to interfere in the region where it fears rising separatist militancy along its border. Turkey is alarmed at the growing influence of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and…

Syria and Kurdish goals
08 Aug
5:26

Syria and Kurdish goals

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By Najmuddin A Shaikh for Dawn.com ON Friday, the Bashar al-Assad regime suffered another symbolic defeat when the UN General Assembly voted 133 to 12 with 31 abstentions for a Saudi-sponsored resolution that criticised the Assad regime and castigated the UN Security Council for failing to act against the Syrian regime. Pakistan…

Iranian Dissidents Ask for U.S. Help
28 Jul
7:07

Iranian Dissidents Ask for U.S. Help

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By Ryan Mauro On July 13, a group of over 100 opponents of the Iranian regime crammed into a small conference room in McLean, V.A. to honor a Kurdish leader assassinated by the regime. The audience, mostly Kurds, was also there to explore a question that has been on their…

Why the “Green Movement” failed? A lesson for Iranian opposition
25 Jul
4:54

Why the “Green Movement” failed? A lesson for Iranian opposition

Salah Bayaziddi Three years since the massive political  and social upheavals that followed June’s 2009 disputed presidential election in Iran, mostly known as “Green Movement”, this question still pending and somehow unanswered: why the “Green Movement” failed? Beside the most inhuman tactics of crack down by security forces, the most…

Iran steps up crackdown against its Arab minority
20 Jul
4:49

Iran steps up crackdown against its Arab minority

Iran has stepped up its crackdown against its Arab minority with mass arrests of activists and death sentences passed in closed-door courts. At least five Arab prisoners who are currently kept at Karoun prison in the southern city of Ahwaz are at imminent risk of execution, activists have warned. The men,…

U.S. State Dept: Iran should release ailing activists Mohammadi and Kaboudvand
20 Jul
4:22

U.S. State Dept: Iran should release ailing activists Mohammadi and Kaboudvand

Kurdpa: In a press statement just hours ago, the US Department of State’s Victoria Nuland called on Iran to release “all political prisoners”, but expressed particular concern for two journalists currently serving sentences for their human rights stances who are reported to be in ill-health. “We are concerned by recent…

Syria blast ‘a severe blow’ to axis with Iran, Hezbollah
19 Jul
6:42

Syria blast ‘a severe blow’ to axis with Iran, Hezbollah

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JERUSALEM: Syria’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah took “a severe blow” after a deadly rebel attack on Damascus killed three top security chiefs, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday.   “The blow is a severe one,” said Barak on a tour of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a day after…

Right groups call on Iran to release Kurdish activist
19 Jul
5:44

Right groups call on Iran to release Kurdish activist

Fazel Hawramy Wednesday 18, 2012 Three human rights organisations have called on the Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release an ailing Kurdish journalist and activist whose health conditions “have drastically deteriorated” after staging lengthy hunger strikes.Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, 50, is currently serving a 10-and-a-half-year prison term in Tehran’s Evin prison after…

New proof Iran behind Argentina attack: Jewish leader
19 Jul
4:56

New proof Iran behind Argentina attack: Jewish leader

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(AFP) BUENOS AIRES — Argentine prosecutors have proof of Iranian involvement in a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish community center building, the center’s president claimed Wednesday. In a speech to mark the 18th anniversary of a bombing that killed 84, Guillermo Borger said evidence “of participation by diplomats known…

Kaboudvand condemns state terrorism from his prison cell
15 Jul
5:42

Kaboudvand condemns state terrorism from his prison cell

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pdki.org staff writer July 14, 2012 Muhammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, the prominent imprisoned Iranian Kurdish human rights campaigner had released a statement from his prison cell on the 23rd anniversary of Dr. Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou’s assassination titled “state terrorism is condemned”. Part of the statement reads: “I, Muhammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, as…

Kurdish satellite channel jammed again as Kurds mourn the murder of their leader
13 Jul
11:11

Kurdish satellite channel jammed again as Kurds mourn the murder of their leader

Kurdpa: The satellite feed of the Kurdish language television TISHK TV was jammed on Thursday, July 12, 2012 for the second consecutive year. The interference began on early Thursday morning on the 23rd anniversary of Iranian Kurdish leader’s assassination by the mercenaries of the regime of Islamic Republic of Iran. The…

Report: 182 Kurdish couriers killed and injured in 14 months
09 Jul
4:56

Report: 182 Kurdish couriers killed and injured in 14 months

Kurdpa News Agency publishes the full list of victims of Iran’s extra-judicial killings of on-foot border crossing couriers in the last 14 months in the Kurdish areas of Iran. Kurdpa: Since the beginning of Iranian calendar year of 1390 (March 21, 2011), around 182 couriers people who carry goods on their back) have…

Document: EXECUTIONS IN AHWAZ, The cases of Taha Heidarian, Abbas Heidarian, Abdul-Rahman Heidarian and Ali Naami Sharifi hanged in Karoon Prison, Ahwaz 18 June 2012
09 Jul
4:40

Document: EXECUTIONS IN AHWAZ, The cases of Taha Heidarian, Abbas Heidarian, Abdul-Rahman Heidarian and Ali Naami Sharifi hanged in Karoon Prison, Ahwaz 18 June 2012

This briefing document was produced by the Ahwazi Arab Solidarity Network and is for free distribution. It gives an insight into the treatment of Ahwazi Arab political prisoners by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and its Revolutionary Courts as well as the Iranian government’s refusal to bow to concerns and condemnation expressed by the…

Iranian Consulate Denies Involvement in Disappearance of Pro-Israel Kurdish Journalist
09 Jul
2:42

Iranian Consulate Denies Involvement in Disappearance of Pro-Israel Kurdish Journalist

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SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – After nearly four weeks, there are still no clues about the whereabouts of Mawloud Afand, editor-in-chief of Israel-Kurd magazine. Afand went missing after a trip to Sulaimani on June 8. He has been unreachable since then and his two mobile phones have been switched off. As speculations about…

UN digs it head in the sand while Assad continues to kill
09 Jul
2:39

UN digs it head in the sand while Assad continues to kill

 

Dr. Ghassemlou’s assassination will be commemorated in the US Capital Region
06 Jul
5:47

Dr. Ghassemlou’s assassination will be commemorated in the US Capital Region

In commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Abdulrahman Ghassemlou, then the General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan by the agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna, Austria in 1989, Leadership Council for Human Rights, the Kurdish Center for Cultural and Contemporary Studies, (…

Iraqi Kurds crown Miss Kurdistan
06 Jul
5:28

Iraqi Kurds crown Miss Kurdistan

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(AFP) / 4 July 2012 Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has crowned the first-ever Miss Kurdistan, though the beauty contest took place without bikini-clad women and with journalists and their cameras kept at bay. Twelve women competed in the beauty pageant held in Arbil, capital of the autonomous region in northern…

Syrian torture network a ‘crime against humanity’: human rights group
06 Jul
5:14

Syrian torture network a ‘crime against humanity’: human rights group

Syrian security forces are running more than two dozen torture centres where captors regularly punch staples into detainees’ skin, tear out their fingernails, beat them with sticks and administer electric shocks to their genitals and other body parts, an international rights group said Tuesday. The New York-based Human Rights Watch…

Syrian torture video leaked to Al Arabiya (WARNING GRAPHIC)
06 Jul
4:15

Syrian torture video leaked to Al Arabiya (WARNING GRAPHIC)

A surreptitiously-shot video captured three brutal, burly Syrian enforcers slapping, stomping and whipping a half-naked prisoner as he moans in agony. The 95-second clip from a detention center in Kafranbel shows the victim — his body already covered in purple welts and bruises — absorbing an unrelenting assault.

Iran Kidnaps Pro-Israeli Kurd
05 Jul
5:18

Iran Kidnaps Pro-Israeli Kurd

There is some horrible news out of Kurdistan today.  Ekurd.net reportsthat Mawloud Afand, editor of an Israel-Kurdish magazine called Israel Kurd “disappeared ten days ago in [the] Kurdistan region of Iraq.” Israeli news sources say he was kidnapped by Iranian intelligence in the city of Sulaimaniyah. Ekurd.net claims that Iran had told the…

Millions Pay Tribute on World Refugee Day
21 Jun
3:20

Millions Pay Tribute on World Refugee Day

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Many people around the world are marking World Refugee Day Wednesday by paying tribute to the more than 42 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. In a special message, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “refugees leave because they have no choice.”  He said everyone must choose…

Three Arab Iranians executed after an ‘unfair’ trial
21 Jun
1:41

Three Arab Iranians executed after an ‘unfair’ trial

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan for The Guardian Tuesday 19 June 2012 After trials human right activists described as grossly unfair Iran has executed three members of its Ahwazi Arab minority. Abd al-Rahman Heidarian, Taha Heidarian and Jamshid Heidarian were executed after being moved from their prison to an unknown location at the weekend, Iran’s…

Conference on human rights and power-sharing among Iran’s nationalities at UN in Geneva
20 Jun
5:52

Conference on human rights and power-sharing among Iran’s nationalities at UN in Geneva

Pdki.org staff writer June 19, 2012   Geneva – The Geneva based Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights Society held a conference on the condition of human rights in Iran and the Iranian oppressed nationalities’ right to power-sharing in Iran on Monday leading up to the 20th session of the United Nations Human…

Iranian Kurdish journalist stages hunger strike over ill son
14 Jun
5:22

Iranian Kurdish journalist stages hunger strike over ill son

Posted by Fazel Hawramy Monday 11 June 2012 The Guardian: Many imprisoned Iranian journalists, stripped of their basic rights by the government, are going on long hunger strikes to draw attention to their plight in a country described by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the “world’s worst jailer of…

British Parliament appalled by the persecution of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran
14 Jun
4:22

British Parliament appalled by the persecution of Ahwazi Arabs in Iran

Kurdpa: A motion passed on the floor of House of Commons of the British Parliament on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 criticizes the government in Iran for its treatment of Ahwazi Arabs. The motion that was sponsored by the Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell and cosponsored by Mark Durkan of the…

Data show television remains the main source of news for Iranians
14 Jun
3:24

Data show television remains the main source of news for Iranians

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Kurdpa: Two-thirds of Iranian households have access to computers and 39 percent of Iranians surf the Internet weekly, new data gathered for the Broadcasting Board of Governors show The findings reveal a technologically connected society with 100% of respondents having a working television in their household, 90% having a working mobile…

Bahraini scholar: Iran is living in the dark ages…
14 Jun
1:37

Bahraini scholar: Iran is living in the dark ages…

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Gulf Daily News: IRAN will continue to live in the dark ages while it is led by theocrats, says a top Bahraini intellectual. The country has a great opportunity to perform and contribute positively to the development of the region, but not until it learns to separate religion from politics,…

CNFI Representatives in Brussels Advocate for Iranian Federalism
08 Jun
4:14

CNFI Representatives in Brussels Advocate for Iranian Federalism

CNFI Representatives Tell Brussels: “Iran’s different nationalities can have a fair and common future only in a federal and decentralized democracy”. Brussels, 6 June 2012 Two days of meetings in Brussels on 4-5 June 2012 have enabled representatives of the Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran (CNFI) to raise…

Institute in Iran Establishes Space for Kurdish Culture
08 Jun
6:05

Institute in Iran Establishes Space for Kurdish Culture

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ORUMIYEH, Iran — Wajdi Hatami, the head of the Ahmadi Xani Cultural Institute, says that his is the only Kurdish civil organization in Orumiyeh (Wirme in Kurdish), but that it remains unknown in and outside Iran due to the lack of a Kurdish media outlet in the area. The institute…

Kurd favorite as Syria opposition bloc chooses new chief
08 Jun
3:30

Kurd favorite as Syria opposition bloc chooses new chief

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AFP: The opposition Syrian National Council meets in Istanbul to choose a new leader this weekend with insiders saying Kurdish activist Abdel Basset Sayda has emerged as a consensus candidate. The SNC, the main group bringing together opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, has struggled to unite regime critics ranging from…

Exorbitant Human Rights Violations in Iran
07 Jun
8:42

Exorbitant Human Rights Violations in Iran

The latest report on Human Rights conditions in Iran by the U.S. State Department’s points a dark image of violations and mistreatment by Iranian regime. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human rights and Labor Michael Posner said the past year saw a continuation of many negative trends: “Intolerance of…

Turkey’s Political Leaders Discuss How to End Kurdish Insurgency
07 Jun
9:44

Turkey’s Political Leaders Discuss How to End Kurdish Insurgency

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ISTANBUL – How to resolve a more than three-decade Kurdish insurgency in Turkey was the topic of a rare meeting Wednesday between the country’s prime minister and main opposition political leader. The one-hour meeting between Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leader of the main opposition People’s Republican…

Severely ill Kaboudvand was transferred to Evin Prison’s infirmary
07 Jun
1:44

Severely ill Kaboudvand was transferred to Evin Prison’s infirmary

Kurdpa: Muhammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, journalist and human rights activist was transferred to Evin Prison’s medical center due to his deteriorating health conditions. The imprisoned head of Kurdistan Human Rights Organization was sent to the prison infirmary on June 4th to treat his low blood pressure and other health problems. Kaboudvand…

The whereabouts of three Kurdish political prisoners are still unknown
11 May
4:50

The whereabouts of three Kurdish political prisoners are still unknown

Kurdpa: The whereabouts of three Kurdish political prisoners are still unknown for four years following their arrest. Jamil Barez, Shahed Bahrami and Aso Mirzaie were rounded up on May 28, 2008 in the city of Mariwan by the agents of the intelligence section of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)…

US, Syrian Kurds meet to streamline opposition to Assad
11 May
12:33

US, Syrian Kurds meet to streamline opposition to Assad

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WASHINGTON — Top US officials are meeting in Washington this week with Syrian Kurdish leaders in a bid to build a “more cohesive opposition” to President Bashar al-Assad, the State Department said Tuesday. Robert Ford, the ambassador who left his post in Damascus for security reasons and special Syria coordinator…

High unemployment, leading motive behind kidney trade in Iran
11 May
10:15

High unemployment, leading motive behind kidney trade in Iran

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Kurdpa: The head of the Association of Kidney Patients in Iran believes that unemployment is the sole factor behind kidney trade in Iran. Mostafa Ghassemi, the head of the Association of Kidney Patients stated in an interview with Tehran Newspaper that for every person that needs a kidney implant, 4…

Echoes from the Other Land, a stirring account of author’s life and the persecution facing Kurdish people
03 May
4:35

Echoes from the Other Land, a stirring account of author’s life and the persecution facing Kurdish people

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By Darren Lum Tears welled up and silence prevailed among the audience members while a Kurdish author described the cultural genocide of her people. Ava Homa, author of critically acclaimed book Echoes from the Other Land, gave a stirring account of her life and the persecution facing Kurdish people during…

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests
03 May
4:32

Iran uses intimidation to deter Arab protests

Kurdpa: The Iranian regime is using racist propaganda, intimidation and violent repression to deter protests by its persecuted Arab citizens. It has imposed martial law and resorted to arrests, imprisonment, torture and extra-judicial killings to suppress mass demonstrations.

Residents of Kurdish Town in Iran Angry Over Mysterious Murders
03 May
1:36

Residents of Kurdish Town in Iran Angry Over Mysterious Murders

BOKAN, Iranian Kurdistan — Public anger continues over the abduction and killing of a 17-year-old girl in the Kurdish town of Bokan in western Iranian Kurdistan. Sumayeh Faizullapur, a high school student, was kidnapped while returning from school and killed after being raped. Her lifeless body was recovered one week…

Three youth are run over by regime’s security forces
01 May
2:26

Three youth are run over by regime’s security forces

KURDPA: The security forces on the back of a military vehicle targeted a group of youth on a motorcycle in the city of Mariwan resulting in the serious injury of Behzad Darbarzin. Video clips obtained by KURDPA show the injuries inflicted on the youth during this intentional hit and run…

The fate of two residents of Mahabad remains unknown
30 Apr
2:09

The fate of two residents of Mahabad remains unknown

KURDPA: there is no information about the fate of two citizens of Mahabad whom were arrested a few days ago by the Intelligence Ministry. According to HRANA, the official website of Human Rights Activists’ Society in Iran, there isn’t any information about the fate of Taib Hosenzadeh and Saiid khezri, two…

Beating and torture of the 5 prisoners sentenced to death in Oroumiyeh prison
30 Apr
2:06

Beating and torture of the 5 prisoners sentenced to death in Oroumiyeh prison

KURDPA: 5 prisoners sentenced to death in Oroumiyeh prison have been severely beaten and tortured on the pretext of preventing them from jailbreak by officers and special guards of the prison. According to HRANA, the official website of Human Rights Activists’ Society in Iran, Saeed Omran-Gilani, Paiman Ghaini, Manouchehr Dawoodi, Hashem…

Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan in the past 30 days
28 Apr
2:01

Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan in the past 30 days

KURDPA: According to latest news and information received from Kurdistan and on-the-ground events in the Kurdish areas of Iran in the last month and all the evidences available show that the lack of any sense of civilian security and safety is wide-spread in all the Kurdish territories. According to the available…

US State Department calls on Iran to release Kaboudvand and 90 other journalists
28 Apr
1:56

US State Department calls on Iran to release Kaboudvand and 90 other journalists

KURDPA: US State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland called upon the Iranian Government to release Kaboudvand and the some 90 other journalist it’s currently holding in Iranian prisons. Under the US State Department’s “Free the Press Campaign” which is going on until May 3rd, a number of prominent imprisoned journalists around the…

Disturbing footage – Syrian thugs bury a Syrian activist alive
27 Apr
4:26

Disturbing footage – Syrian thugs bury a Syrian activist alive

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THE blindfolded man groans and struggles for breath as the men in uniform shovel dirt over his head: he is already buried up to his neck, and his prayers are quickly silenced as the grave closes over his head. It is one of the most shocking videos yet to emerge…

Iran “cyberarmy” armed to attack US power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure
27 Apr
3:37

Iran “cyberarmy” armed to attack US power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure

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Iran is recruiting a hacker army to target the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure for a cyberattack in a future confrontation with the United States, security specialists will warn Congress on Thursday. “Elements of the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] have openly sought to pull hackers into the fold” of…

Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan in the past 30 days
26 Apr
7:09

Human rights violations in Iranian Kurdistan in the past 30 days

KURDPA: According to latest news and information received from Kurdistan and on-the-ground events in the Kurdish areas of Iran in the last month and all the evidences available show that the lack of any sense of civilian security and safety is wide-spread in all the Kurdish territories. According to the available…

Iran’s “Preemptive Boycott” is Propaganda
25 Apr
7:12

Iran’s “Preemptive Boycott” is Propaganda

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Foreign Reports Bulletin Nathaniel Kern, Matthew M. Reed April 16, 2012 If you believe state media in Iran, the Islamic Republic is now preemptively boycotting some states in the European Union, after the EU announced it would boycott Iranian crude after July 1. Such a move would make sense so long…

No fans of #Assad, #Syria’s #Kurds distrust uprising
18 Apr
5:43

No fans of #Assad, #Syria’s #Kurds distrust uprising

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By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Kurds, who have long complained of discrimination under President Bashar Assad, would seem a natural fit to join the revolt against his rule. Instead, they are growing increasingly distrustful of an opposition they see as no more likely to grant them…

Patrick Clawson: Don’t Throw Iran’s Democrats Under the Bus
18 Apr
4:09

Patrick Clawson: Don’t Throw Iran’s Democrats Under the Bus

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BY PATRICK CLAWSON | APRIL 13, 2012 You wouldn’t know it from following the news, but the nuclear impasse is not the only issue dividing Iran and the United States. In his latest message to the Iranian people on the occasion of their festival Nowruz in March, U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized another: human…

Jeffrey Goldberg About Those Iran Negotiations …
17 Apr
5:02

Jeffrey Goldberg About Those Iran Negotiations …

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The Atlantic The New York Times quotes one anonymous Western diplomat as saying, in reference to the just-completed P5 + 1 talks over Iran’s nuclear program — talks in which the only subject discussed was when to talk — “I don’t think they would come if they weren’t serious.” The “they” is…

Kurdish Iranian Death Row Prisoner Habibollah Golparipour Transferred to Semnan Prison, Denied Visitation from his Family
17 Apr
4:49

Kurdish Iranian Death Row Prisoner Habibollah Golparipour Transferred to Semnan Prison, Denied Visitation from his Family

(13 April 2012) – As part of its ongoing investigation of human rights abuses against Kurdish activists in Iran, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has received recent reports about the condition of death row prisoner Habibollah Golparipour. Further details about Habibollah Golparipour’s case are available in IHRDC’s recently…

IHRDC Releases Latest Report – “On the Margins: Arrest, Imprisonment and Execution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today”
17 Apr
4:45

IHRDC Releases Latest Report – “On the Margins: Arrest, Imprisonment and Execution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today”

(11 April 2012) – For decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has led a targeted campaign of repression against Kurdish activists within Iran’s borders. Today, this persecution is particularly acute, with an estimated 14 Kurdish activists currently on death row in Iran. The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center’s latest 70-page…

Video: Assad’s thugs shooting at local residents and filming themselves
03 Apr
1:23

Video: Assad’s thugs shooting at local residents and filming themselves

Also: As Syrians Die, Iran Helps Assad – VOA Iran shakes fist at Riyadh over Syria – UPI No intervention in Syria amounts to bad intervention – Gulfnews.com

Remembrance Day in Kurdistan
30 Mar
1:33

Remembrance Day in Kurdistan

 March 31 is Remembrance Day in Eastern Kurdistan. On this day 65 years ago, President Qazi Muhammad – the President of the newly established Republic of Kurdistan – and two of his cabinet members were executed in public in the city of Mahabad by the dictatorial monarchy of Mohammad Reza…

What if Kurds Were Palestinians?
30 Mar
12:58

What if Kurds Were Palestinians?

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Ruwayda Mustafah British-Kurdish activist, feminist, writer, and law student The palestinian cause has become internalised within Human rights discourse, and Muslim movements, the Kurdish cause in contrast has been marginalised, and sidelined. Kurdish population is close to 40million while palestinian population exceeds four million, but enjoy the sympathy and support…

Iran is not Iraq, and past mistakes should not cloud our judgment
30 Mar
12:53

Iran is not Iraq, and past mistakes should not cloud our judgment

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Emanuele Ottolenghi March 30, 2012 National Times OPINION As prospects of an Israeli attack against Iran’s nuclear program mount, the concerns of many are understandable – an Iranian response, some argue, would be devastating, and the potential for faulty intelligence – as in Iraq – is high. But the truth…

George Jonas: The mullahs wouldn’t feel safe from their own people without going nuclear
28 Mar
4:08

George Jonas: The mullahs wouldn’t feel safe from their own people without going nuclear

George Jonas  Mar 28, 2012 – 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Mar 27, 2012 4:41 PM ET Here’s a tailor-made column. The customer who “bespoke” it probably gets his shirts made to measure, too. “Hey, George,” his e-mail goes, “what will happen when, in a few weeks, the so-called P5+1, the permanent…

Tarek Fatah speaks about the Balochistan Freedom Movement on SUN Television.
27 Mar
6:12

Tarek Fatah speaks about the Balochistan Freedom Movement on SUN Television.

This is the first time the subject of Balochistan has been discussed on a Canadian TV channel. SUN News Network is a Canada-wide Current Affairs TV Network reaching millions of Canadians every day. The show where this was discussed is called “The Arena” and is hosted by Michael Coren. Also: Congressman…

Human Rights Situation in Iran: Testimony by Emanuele Ottolenghi for Canadian House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights
27 Mar
3:15

Human Rights Situation in Iran: Testimony by Emanuele Ottolenghi for Canadian House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights

“A similar fate has befallen ethnic minorities inside Iran – nearly half the country’s population. The regime has aggressively pursued its war against Jondallah in Iranian Baluchistan. It has used military force against Kurdish separatists while jailing and persecuting leaders and activists of the non-violent Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan…

Iranian Kurdish leader: Express resolute political support for the Iranian democratic movement
23 Mar
6:41

Iranian Kurdish leader: Express resolute political support for the Iranian democratic movement

Gary Kent | Posted on 22 March 2012 For Progressive Online Are we missing a vital ingredient in the debate about how to deal with Iran? The debate is stuck between supporters and opponents of bombing and those who argue over whether it is possible or not to contain a…

Kurdish Politician Says, ‘Iran is a Paranoid State’
23 Mar
3:42

Kurdish Politician Says, ‘Iran is a Paranoid State’

Ruwayda Mustafah British-Kurdish activist, feminist, writer, and law student Posted: 19/03/2012 Huffingtonpost The Iranian government harbours grandiose ambitions of becoming an influential force in Middle East. It has become a paranoid state of fear, not only of foreign governments but national and religious communities within it. I spoke to Loghman…

Syrian Kurdish Cards
21 Mar
5:31

Syrian Kurdish Cards

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by Denise Natali | published March 20, 2012 Upheaval in Syria has given Kurdish groups new opportunities to advance their nationalist agendas while serving as proxies for neighboring states. In Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK has taken advantage of the rift between the regime of Bashar al-Asad and the Turkish…

Iran: Kurdish Prisoner’s Protest Letter May Be His Last
21 Mar
5:03

Iran: Kurdish Prisoner’s Protest Letter May Be His Last

Iranian political prisoner Habibollah Golparipour says security forces took him “to the verge of death with physical and psychological torture.” The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that Golparipour, a Kurdish political prisoner sentenced to death in Iran, wrote a letter before his recent transfer from Oroumiyeh Prison…

May Kurdish New Year bring liberation to its people
20 Mar
5:20

May Kurdish New Year bring liberation to its people

Nevroz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the spring equinox and the first day of the Kurdish calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it…

Newroz celebration in PDKI headquarters in Koy Sanjaq (Images)
20 Mar
4:00

Newroz celebration in PDKI headquarters in Koy Sanjaq (Images)

UN Independent Expert’s Report on Iran
15 Mar
4:14

UN Independent Expert’s Report on Iran

UN Independent Expert Ahmed Shaheed on Iran calls for cooperation from the government to ensure transparency. Shaheed presented a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Monday 12th March, where he expressed various human rights concerns in the country, including capital punishment. Read the full report Also watch this…

Assad got advice from Iran, emails show
15 Mar
3:52

Assad got advice from Iran, emails show

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Trove of correspondence published by Guardian The Associated Press  Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:19 PM ET Thousands of emails purported to be from the private accounts of Bashar Assad and his wife show the Syrian president took advice from Iran on how to handle the uprising against his rule, joked…

French war surgeon speaks of “hell’’ in Syria
15 Mar
3:50

French war surgeon speaks of “hell’’ in Syria

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March 13, 2012|John Heilprin, Associated Press French surgeon Jacques Beres has operated in war zones for 40 years, but he says the carnage in Syria is among the most horrific he has ever witnessed. Beres smuggled himself into the battered Syrian city of Homs for two weeks in February, setting up…

Military preparing for ‘WHAT MAY COME’ from Iran: Canada’s Mackay
12 Mar
7:45

Military preparing for ‘WHAT MAY COME’ from Iran: Canada’s Mackay

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KRISTY KIRKUP | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU Sun News Canada’s military is preparing for all possibilities involving Iran, according to Defence Minister Peter MacKay. “We are pursuing every diplomatic means, but he fact remains we have to be prepared for what may come and that’s something the national defence department takes very seriously,” MacKay…

Featured in the media: Iranian family sues for ‘American dream’
12 Mar
7:26

Featured in the media: Iranian family sues for ‘American dream’

by David Rookhuyzen – Mar. 9, 2012 07:01 AM The Republic | azcentral.com Fatemah Asadi and her husband, Rahmat Khalili, were brought to the U.S. as refugees nine years ago and thought it would be the end of nearly 30 years without a home. They fled Iran after the revolution in 1979,…

Syrian Kurds Flee Into Iraqi Refugee Limbo
11 Mar
7:54

Syrian Kurds Flee Into Iraqi Refugee Limbo

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QAMISHLI, Iraq — Inside a muddy village named for a failed revolt against Syrian authorities, a history of flight and exile is repeating itself. Over the past few months, scores of Kurds have begun fleeing into Iraqi Kurdistan, escaping security forces and the violence that is threatening to sweep Kurds…

US preparing military options for Iran, Panetta says
10 Mar
7:47

US preparing military options for Iran, Panetta says

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New York Post NEWSCORE Last Updated: 8:19 PM, March 8, 2012 Posted: 8:18 PM, March 8, 2012 WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview Thursday that the Pentagon “absolutely” is preparing possible military options for a strike on Iran — a rare public acknowledgment that came days after President…

International Women’s Day
08 Mar
7:34

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to recognize women’s struggles for equality and justice.  

Bashar Asad’s Slaughter House – Spoken Languages: Chines & Russian
07 Mar
4:27

Bashar Asad’s Slaughter House – Spoken Languages: Chines & Russian

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Trumpets of high turnout are loud as ever in Iran’s sham elections
03 Mar
12:04

Trumpets of high turnout are loud as ever in Iran’s sham elections

Polls opened on Friday for the ninth Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis or Islamic Parliament) election in Iran that is set to test the  popularity of the clerical establishment and the country-wide boycott call by the opposition at a time of a standoff with the West over the country’s nuclear program. State radio…

WSJ Article: EU Sanctions Impede Iran Oil Shipments to Asia
28 Feb
10:31

WSJ Article: EU Sanctions Impede Iran Oil Shipments to Asia

By BENOÎT FAUCON Wall Street Journal LONDON—A European Union oil embargo has started to impede the shipment of Iranian oil to Asia, the latest threat to Tehran’s hopes to find new outlets for its top export. Some Asian shippers say they won’t sail to Iran, and Japan’s largest tanker-fleet owner said…

Report: While Arab world explodes, Iran cracks down with impunity
28 Feb
5:26

Report: While Arab world explodes, Iran cracks down with impunity

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(CNN) — While the world’s attention has been focused on tumult in the Arab world, Iran has cracked down with impunity on dissent and is feared to come down even harder as elections approach, Amnesty International said in a sweeping report. The global human rights monitor documented “widespread and persistent human…

A SWIFT Iranian knockout blow
24 Feb
3:09

A SWIFT Iranian knockout blow

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Last week, one of the most important international banking organizations said it was preparing to ban blacklisted Iranian banks for their role in facilitating illicit financial transactions. Although existing international sanctions have placed significant pressure on Tehran, the United States and the European Union have the ability to render a knockout blow…

February 21 is the International Mother Language Day
22 Feb
3:59

February 21 is the International Mother Language Day

Today, February 21, 2012 is the International Mother Language Day.  Hoping, on this day, for a future that no human being will be deprived of education and development in one’s mother language. To know more about this day, please visit this UN link: http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/ Also this is a segment of…

The 66th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic of 1946 is celebrated in Erbil with opening remarks by President Barzani
22 Feb
3:24

The 66th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic of 1946 is celebrated in Erbil with opening remarks by President Barzani

To honor the memory and achievements of Kurdistan Republic of 1946, proclaimed by Qazi Muhamad then the leader of Kurdistan Democratic Party (now best known as PDKI or KDPI), a memorial was held in the city of Erbil, capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan region this past Sunday. The event opened with the…

Kurdish Opposition of Syria speaks up
20 Feb
10:16

Kurdish Opposition of Syria speaks up

“At the Palace of Westminster, leading Kurd figures call for a “united front” against the Assad regime.” Key points from the report: -“there can be no alternative regime until the opposition is united”. -Syrian National Council (SNC) — the most internationally recognized opposition body — does not recognize Kurdish national rights ”…

Ciwan Haco, Şivan Perwer, and other Kurdish artists support the Syrian revolution (Video)
09 Feb
6:03

Ciwan Haco, Şivan Perwer, and other Kurdish artists support the Syrian revolution (Video)

Syrians express their anger at the Iranian and Russian crooks (photos)
09 Feb
5:47

Syrians express their anger at the Iranian and Russian crooks (photos)

Syrians express their anger at the Iranian and Russian crooks on the streets of Syria   Khamanie’s coffin is showcased on the streets of Romania by Syrian expatriates  

Shops face closure failing to raise regime’s flag on the anniversary of the Revolution
09 Feb
4:38

Shops face closure failing to raise regime’s flag on the anniversary of the Revolution

On the verge of anniversary celebrations of the Revolution of 1979 that was hijacked by the current cleric rulers of Iran, organizers of the events have forced shop owners to raise Iranian regime’s flag in front f their stores or else their shops will be forcefully shut down. According to…

Ibrahim Younesi, prominent Kurdish writer dies at 85
08 Feb
5:36

Ibrahim Younesi, prominent Kurdish writer dies at 85

Ibrahim Younesi, a prominent Kurdish author and translator died today following a long battle with Alzimer. His body is due to return to Baneh, (Iranian Kurdistan) his home town, from Tehran, his daughter told reporters. He is the author of more than 15 books and 60 translations, and he is…

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden
08 Feb
3:07

Iranian opposition meets in Sweden

About 50 exiled members of Iran’s opposition on Saturday gathered for a two-day conference in Stockholm to discuss how they can unite to promote democracy in their homeland and better prepare for the general boycott of the regime’s Majlis (Islamic parliamentary) staged election in March. Writers, academics and representatives of…

HRW: Arrest Sweeps Target Arab Minority in Iran
07 Feb
6:49

HRW: Arrest Sweeps Target Arab Minority in Iran

(New York) – Iranian security forces arrested more than 65 Arab residents during security sweeps in Iran’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province since late 2011 according to local activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iranian government should immediately charge or release those arrested, Human Rights Watch said. Authorities should also investigate…

Clarification statement on the news coverage of Channel 3TV station in Arizona
02 Feb
6:27

Clarification statement on the news coverage of Channel 3TV station in Arizona

For Immediate Release January 24, 2012 Contact: usa@pdki.org Washington, DC Recently the Arizona based television channel “3TV” covered a story on the alarming conditions of an Iranian Kurdish family living in the United States.  This was, in fact, a true reflection of the unfavourable condition of this family and others…

The Mullahs’ History of Assassination
01 Feb
8:54

The Mullahs’ History of Assassination

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by John Thompson and Sara Akrami ↓ on Feb 1st, 2012 The deaths of the Iranian defence scientists have allowed the regime in Tehran to weep copious tears and sputter outrage about the inequity of assassination as a political tool. One might think the more natural reaction there might be…

Irwin Cotler: It’s time to list Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as terrorists in Canada
21 Jan
6:22

Irwin Cotler: It’s time to list Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as terrorists in Canada

By Irwin Cotler Iran’s Supreme Court has now confirmed the death sentence of Iranian-born web programmer Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian permanent resident. Malekpour was convicted of “crimes against Islam” and “spreading corruption on Earth” — which have emerged as classic trumped-up charges in the Iranian pattern of the criminalization of…

Events: The 66th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic of 1946 in North America
20 Jan
5:12

Events: The 66th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic of 1946 in North America

The 66th Anniversary of Kurdistan Republic of 1946 in the National Capital Region of US, London, Ontario Canada and Vancouver, BC Canada رێوەرەسمەکانی ٦٦ەمین ساڵڤەگەری دامەزرانی کۆماری کوردستان لە شارەکانی دەڤەری واشنگتۆن ئەمریکا، لەندەن ئونتاریو کانەدا و ڤەنکوڤێر کانەدا USA                    …

Family fears deportation and execution in Iran over immigration limbo
13 Jan
10:10

Family fears deportation and execution in Iran over immigration limbo

AZFamily News Channel Reporting by Crystal Cruz “We understand this puts people in a difficult situation where they must wait for many years for something that they might get right away, but we think the situation in keeping these cases on hold while we work through the exemption process is…

Event: Justice Iranian Style: Tehran’s Extrajudicial Assassinations
08 Jan
12:20

Event: Justice Iranian Style: Tehran’s Extrajudicial Assassinations

with Roya Hakakian Poet, journalist, and writer Focusing on the 1992 assassinations of the Kurdish leaders in Berlin, Hakakian will discuss her book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, which provides the full scope of the historic case that has remained surprisingly unknown to draw the contemporary implications and significant lessons…

Happy New Year!
01 Jan
3:31

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2011 Happy New Year! As we embark on the journey of another year, let us wish all of you the best on New Year’s Day and beyond. We leave yet another year behind us and our people and fellow countrymen and women still live under tyranny and oppression….

On Iran, Pressure Works
23 Dec
4:00

On Iran, Pressure Works

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By Dennis Ross Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2011 President Barack Obama, like President George W. Bush before him, has stated that it would be unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons. Recently, Mr. Obama has taken this a step further by declaring that he is determined to prevent the Iranians…

“The Guerrilla Son”: A very moving documentary about an emotional journey
09 Dec
5:07

“The Guerrilla Son”: A very moving documentary about an emotional journey

A son unpicks the story of his father’s life as a Kurdish fighter as he confronts him about being sent away as a child. Zanyar is a magazine publisher based in Sweden. He is about to become a father but before his baby is born he needs to confront his own…

Syrian protesters set aflame posters of Nasrallah and Khamenei
02 Dec
5:19

Syrian protesters set aflame posters of Nasrallah and Khamenei

The 8 months old uprising in Syria is not only Bashar Assad’s nightmare, but is also the nightmare of his most interested ally: Iran. Indeed, since the beginning of the popular dissent, Iran has been very silent about the events in Syria. Syrian opposition sources had said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps…

PDKI condemns British embassy attack in Tehran
01 Dec
4:00

PDKI condemns British embassy attack in Tehran

Pdki.org staff writer November 30, 2011 – Several hundred Iranian militia students, protected by the regime security forces stormed and ransacked the British embassy and residence compounds on Tuesday in Tehran, apparently in response to new economic sanctions over the regime’s nuclear program. The attack comes after the regime’s Islamic…

Former first lady Danielle Mitterrand dies at 87
22 Nov
11:19

Former first lady Danielle Mitterrand dies at 87

Danielle Mitterrand, the widow of France’s former Socialist President François Mitterrand, died early Tuesday at the age of 87. A former resistance heroine, she used her position as first lady to devote herself to many humanitarian causes. Resistance heroine, humanitarian and widow of a president, Danielle Mitterrand, who died early…

Haunted Memories: The Islamic Republic’s Execution of Kurds in 1979
22 Nov
3:26

Haunted Memories: The Islamic Republic’s Execution of Kurds in 1979

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In the course of its existence, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has conducted extensive research into gross human right violation in Iran compiling valuable documents such as Murder at Mykonos: Anatomy of a Political Assassination, No Safe Haven: Iran’s Global Assassination Campaign, Condemned by Law: Assassination of Political Dissidents Abroad, Covert Terror: Iran’s…

Protests and killings carry on in Syria
13 Nov
7:27

Protests and killings carry on in Syria

(watch video) The deaths continue in the crackdown on protesters in Syria with another twenty-five people killed on Thursday, according to activists. Fourteen of them are said to be civilians. There are claims that three of the people killed were defectors from the army who refused to fire live ammunition…

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil
26 Oct
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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence | 311 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 10/26/2011 – 10:00am On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management will hold a joint hearing entitled “Iranian Terror Operations on…

PDKI’s message of solidarity and sympathy on the tragic earthquake in Van
24 Oct
7:22

PDKI’s message of solidarity and sympathy on the tragic earthquake in Van

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey’s north east city of Van on Sunday, October 23, 2011 with Its epicenter 35 km in north west of Van province, and shocks being felt as far as Orumieh and Duhok. According to latest reports, the earthquake has caused massive destructions in several Kurdish…

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught reports from Van on the Turkish govt’s tedious response to the earthquake in Van
24 Oct
4:51

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught reports from Van on the Turkish govt’s tedious response to the earthquake in Van

To note from the video: -People here say that aside from a small emergency team, they say they don’t even have the tools to do the job, let alone the backup they need. -Let’s not waste it on the Kurds living here in Van, but 200 KM away the Turkish…

How Iran Kills Abroad: The staggering parallels between the 1992 Berlin murders and the plot against the Saudi ambassador
19 Oct
4:09

How Iran Kills Abroad: The staggering parallels between the 1992 Berlin murders and the plot against the Saudi ambassador

By ROYA HAKAKIAN On the night of Sept. 17, 1992, at 10:45, two darkly clad men burst in on a private dinner at a Berlin restaurant and stood over a table around which eight of Iran’s leading opposition figures were seated. The taller of the two intruders shouted: “You sons of…

WSJ: Iran’s Act of War
13 Oct
5:52

WSJ: Iran’s Act of War

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The Islamic Republic is becoming more dangerous, not less, as it ages. By REUEL MARC GERECHT There is still much to learn about the Iranian-directed plot to blow up the Saudi ambassador in a Washington, D.C., restaurant. But if the Justice Department’s information is correct, the conspiracy confirms a lethal fact…

Mashaal Tammo’s death, the work of Iran’s Quds force and the rise of Syrian Kurds
12 Oct
3:16

Mashaal Tammo’s death, the work of Iran’s Quds force and the rise of Syrian Kurds

– dedicated to the life and works of martyr Mashaal Tammo October 10, 2011 More than 50,000 mourners marched through the streets of Qamishli, a city in Syria’s Kurdish northeast, to mark the funeral of Mish’al Tammo, who was killed on Friday when masked gunmen burst into his flat. Security…

Helping Islamists Take Syria
28 Sep
8:44

Helping Islamists Take Syria

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FrontPage Magazine – The U.S. is calling on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to step down and is increasingly persuaded that the uprising against his rule will be victorious. As the world wonders who will replace the regime, an Islamist-dominated group called the Syrian National Council is being embraced by Turkey…

Ilam’s underground killers claiming 10 thousand lives
22 Sep
6:05

Ilam’s underground killers claiming 10 thousand lives

Kurdpa.com: The Dehloran Deputy in Iran’s Islamic Assembly stated: After more than two decades of the end of the Iran-Iraq war, we witness civilian death on daily basis due to land mines. Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency quoting Ali Ezati reported: the residents of Ilam province, in particular the city…

American Hostages Freed In Iran
21 Sep
10:41

American Hostages Freed In Iran

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There is a lot that could be said about this staged and planned episode; however this Editorial (below) lays out the ordeal of these three hikers in Iran eloquently.  Congratulations on your release, I am sure your families will be thrilled to have you home after two years of captivity in…

The Guardian: Erdogan plays Palestinian saviour, but what about the Kurds?
21 Sep
2:48

The Guardian: Erdogan plays Palestinian saviour, but what about the Kurds?

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Simon Tisdall guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 21 September 2011 13.13 BST Turkey’s noisy championing of Palestinian rights, a source of growing friction with the US and Israel, jars uncomfortably with Ankara’s treatment of its own disadvantaged and stateless minority – the Kurds. Bomb attacks this week in Ankara, blamed on Kurdish PKK militants, highlight…

The Mykonos Murder: By the Ayatollah’s Decree
17 Sep
4:00

The Mykonos Murder: By the Ayatollah’s Decree

The New York Times  Book Review On the night of Sept. 17, 1992, two armed men entered the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin and shot dead a visiting Kurdish leader of the Iranian opposition, his two aides and an exiled dissident. The visiting dignitary, Sadegh Sharafkandi, was the chairman of Iran’s Democratic…

Contact the Warwick Hotel to Protest its Decision to Host Iran's Ahmadinejad in New York
16 Sep
1:41

Contact the Warwick Hotel to Protest its Decision to Host Iran's Ahmadinejad in New York

New York, NY – Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on its supporters to contact the Warwick New York Hotel concerning its decision to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the United Nations General Assembly next week. UANI members are encouraged to call the Warwick at (212) 247-2700, or…

Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran: the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto
15 Sep
1:46

Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran: the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto

This past July 13 marked the 22nd anniversary of Dr. A. R. Ghassemlou and his aides; Human Rights Activists Association at York University and The Greater Toronto Kurdish House hosted an event to discuss the various dimensions of Iranian regime’s state terrorism as related to Dr. Ghassemlou and other victims’…

Sharif Behruz’s Remarks: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto
15 Sep
1:13

Sharif Behruz’s Remarks: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto

July 17, 2011 Terror and Terrorists: Dr. Ghassemlou’s Murder On July 14, 1989 the French people celebrated the bicentennial of the French Revolution.  As the French were celebrating their revolution two centuries later, the people in Kurdistan and Iran were preparing for the most tragic event in their history. July…

Carol Prunhuber’s Remarks: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto
15 Sep
12:34

Carol Prunhuber’s Remarks: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto

Toronto, July 18, 2011 July 13, is a very heartfelt and meaningful day for the Kurdish nation, a day in which the life of a much-loved and respected Kurdish leader was extinguished. We gather each year to remember Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou and his colleagues. This day commemorates the passing of…

Soraya Fallah’s Presentation: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto
15 Sep
12:19

Soraya Fallah’s Presentation: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou’s Terror, July 17, 2011 Toronto

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By: Soraya Fallah Co-researcher: Cklara Moradian Dr. Ghaseloo’s Assassination: A Case for Taking International Legal Action   Ladies and gentlemen, first and foremost I would like to thank you for holding a conference to pay respect to the memory of prominent leader Dr. Abdol Rahman Ghassemlou who was brutally assassinated…

Massive protests have erupted in Kurdish-Azeri city of Orumieh, north-west Iran
28 Aug
2:23

Massive protests have erupted in Kurdish-Azeri city of Orumieh, north-west Iran

Sharif Behruz for Medya News August 27, 2011 – In protest to diversion of many rivers that feed one of the largest salty lake in the world, Lake Orumieh in north western Iran residents of the city of Orumieh poured to the streets (see video) of the city despite the heavy…

How Iran Keeps Assad in Power in Syria
27 Aug
11:08

How Iran Keeps Assad in Power in Syria

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The Iranian regime is one of the few remaining allies of the embattled Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. For years, the United States has tried to sever the ties between the two countries, but the current crisis has only pushed them closer together. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has made…

Reform and Liberation Movements: Iran Kurdish Leader Speaks
03 Aug
5:43

Reform and Liberation Movements: Iran Kurdish Leader Speaks

by HAMID FAROKHNIA in Tehran 24 Jul 2011 03:35 ‘Federalism is not a recipe for disintegration,’ declares DPIK chief Mostafa Hejri. As one of the oldest Kurdish political parties in the Middle East, the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK, also known as PDKI, KDPI, and PDK-I) has experienced challenges…

Video shows bodies dumped in Syria
03 Aug
12:01

Video shows bodies dumped in Syria

U.S. accuses Iran of aiding al-Qaeda
29 Jul
1:53

U.S. accuses Iran of aiding al-Qaeda

Washington Post: The Obama administration said Thursday that Iran is helping al-Qaeda funnel cash and recruits into Pakistan for its international operations, the most serious U.S. allegation to date of Iranian aid to the terrorist group. Full Story — Patrick Clawson’s chapter “Analysis of Iran-al-Qaeda ‘Secret Deal.’” http://www.washingtoninstitute​.org/html/pdf/Clawson-IranPrim​er-20110728.pdf

Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria
27 Jul
10:05

Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria

Near East: Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria: Part 1 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:16:41 -0500 Ambassador Posner: It is no coincidence both Iran and Syria have responded to their citizens with similar contempt and brutal tactics. As the latter designation shows, we know that…

UANI Calls on Manhattan Hotels to Refuse to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad During the 2011 UN General Assembly
22 Jul
1:07

UANI Calls on Manhattan Hotels to Refuse to Host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad During the 2011 UN General Assembly

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 President Ahmadinejad is the leader of a criminal regime that flouts international law by pursuing an illegal nuclear weapons program, sponsoring terrorism, and abusing its own citizens.  We strongly believe that no American-based venue should host this man.  We are calling on you and all other New York-area venues to…

Hasan Sharafi: international community is deeply concerned about what goes on in Iran
19 Jul
5:21

Hasan Sharafi: international community is deeply concerned about what goes on in Iran

It is true that the Islamic regime does not show any respect to the decisions taken by the international community, but it does not mean that these strong voices of protest are totally ineffective on the regimes behavior. Regardless, this decision remains a strong source of encouragement for the Iranian…

Ghassemlou the Wise: Passionate Ambassador of a Desperate Cause
14 Jul
1:34

Ghassemlou the Wise: Passionate Ambassador of a Desperate Cause

Posted on Medya News on 13 July 2011 Marc Kravetz (Translated from Libération, August 7, 1989) Abdel Rahman Ghassemlou, murdered in Vienna on July 13th 1989, was in every way an exceptional man, both as leader of one of the oldest and most deeply rooted national liberation movements and in his…

TISHK TV's Satellite feed jammed on Hot Bird 6
13 Jul
1:54

TISHK TV's Satellite feed jammed on Hot Bird 6

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Pdki.org staff writer July 12, 2011 (pdki.org) The authorities in Iran have electronically jammed the Kurdish language television TISHK TV over its coverage of the planned mass strike for July 13, 2011 in the Kurdish areas of Iran. The general strike was called by Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, a…

Event: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran: The 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou's Terror
12 Jul
2:35

Event: Terrorism of the Islamic Republic of Iran: The 22nd Anniversary of Dr. Ghassemlou's Terror

The regime of Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most terrorist-state that we have witnessed in our times. Much of the free world, Europe and US included, recognizes the extent of terrorism in Iranian regime’s policy and doctrine; however they only go as far as making reference to…

Jim Karygiannis: Turkey must recognize Kurdish minority
24 Jun
1:22

Jim Karygiannis: Turkey must recognize Kurdish minority

By Jim Karygiannis, Canada MP Published June 22, 2011 in Embassy, Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper The Turkish government cannot afford to continue to ignore and belittle the plight of the Kurdish people living within its borders. For decades, the Kurdish people have lived under a government that has repressed cultural…

Iran and Syria: Next Steps, Testimony by Robert Satloff before the House Foreign Affairs Committee
24 Jun
1:08

Iran and Syria: Next Steps, Testimony by Robert Satloff before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

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A very remarkable testimony by Dr Satloff on the situation in Syria as it relates to Iran and an urgently needed US policy…Could not have expressed it any better… — Featuring Robert Satloff June 23, 2011 U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs Four months ago, I had the privilege…

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen Opening Statement at Hearing on Iran & Syria Threats
24 Jun
12:35

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen Opening Statement at Hearing on Iran & Syria Threats

Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities under Siege: Symposium on Capitol Hill
31 May
5:46

Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities under Siege: Symposium on Capitol Hill

by pdki.org staff writter May 30, 2011 (pdki.org) Representatives and leaders of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities were invited for a briefing symposium on Capitol Hill to discuss the situation of their communities this past Monday. The event was hosted by two human rights organization (Leadership Council for Human Rights…

Congressional Briefing: Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities under Siege Remarks by Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan
28 May
5:17

Congressional Briefing: Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities under Siege Remarks by Mustafa Hijri, General Secretary of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan

May 23, 2011 Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me begin by thanking all those who made this extraordinary gathering possible. Fundamental human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran are being violated in a systematic way. These violations are rooted in the regime’s ideological foundation: stoning, amputation, execution of…

In Iran, a race to save a great lake from disappearing due to drought, damming and development
28 May
4:44

In Iran, a race to save a great lake from disappearing due to drought, damming and development

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May 25, 2011 (AP) OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran — From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth. “Look, the boat…

Hill Event: Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities Under Siege
19 May
11:29

Hill Event: Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities Under Siege

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Kurdish Human Rights Watch, Inc. (KHRW) Leadership Council for Human Rights (LC4HR) Cordially invite you to Iran’s Ethno-Religious Minorities Under Siege on Monday May 23rd 2011 12:00 – 1:00 PM at Rayburn House Office Building Room B-340 Hosted by Kathryn Cameron Porter, the Founder and President of LC4HR Dr. Pary…

Protests breakout in Iran's Arab region
16 Apr
12:06

Protests breakout in Iran's Arab region

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The Ahwazi Arab ‘Day of Rage’ proceeded under a complete media black-out and brutal state repression, leaving at least nine dead, scores injured and hundreds detained by security services. During the demonstrations, which coincided with the sixth anniversary of the Ahwazi intifada, the Bassij used live rounds and shot indiscriminately…

Fox News: Arab Spring Clearing Path for Iranians?
09 Apr
5:30

Fox News: Arab Spring Clearing Path for Iranians?

PDKI condemns Iraqi forces raid of Camp Ashraf
08 Apr
4:30

PDKI condemns Iraqi forces raid of Camp Ashraf

pdki.org staff writer April 8, 2011 – Iraqi security forces in bulldozers and Humvees barreled into a camp that is home to an Iranian opposition group early Friday, sources reported. The details of what happened were in dispute, with Iraqi security forces saying three people were killed after residents hurled…

Google First Major Online Portal to Provide Search in Kurdish
01 Apr
3:08

Google First Major Online Portal to Provide Search in Kurdish

Right Step in the Right Direction…Hope to see Apple, Windows, Facebook and others following suit ——– Google First Major Online Portal to Provide Search in Kurdish Google Arabia announced earlier today the launch of local search portal for two new countries in Arabia, Iraq & Tunisia, through Google.iq & Google.tn.

CNN: Syrian protests small but spreading
27 Mar
3:04

CNN: Syrian protests small but spreading

CNN’s Hala Gorani explains though small the protests in Syria are significant because they are spreading.

May Newroz, the Kurdish New Year bring everyone peace and proseprity – بەهار و سەری ساڵ و نەورۆزی کوردەواریتان پیرۆز بێ
19 Mar
2:59

May Newroz, the Kurdish New Year bring everyone peace and proseprity – بەهار و سەری ساڵ و نەورۆزی کوردەواریتان پیرۆز بێ

بەهار و سەری ساڵ و نەورۆزی کوردەواریتان پیرۆز بێ Newroz or Nûroj (Kurdish: نه‌ورۆز/Newroz/Nûroj, also: Gulus Kurdish: گوڵوس) refers to the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday of Newroz in Kurdish society. The festival of Nowruz is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia…

On this day: March 16, 1988: Thousands die in Halabja gas attack
16 Mar
8:35

On this day: March 16, 1988: Thousands die in Halabja gas attack

BBC – Thousands of people are reported to have been killed and many others injured in a poison gas attack on a Kurdish city in northern Iraq. Up to 20 aircraft, said to include Iraqi Migs and Mirages, were seen overhead at around 1100 local time in Halabja.

Campaign in defense of Iranian nations prisoners of consciousness kicks-off
13 Mar
2:11

Campaign in defense of Iranian nations prisoners of consciousness kicks-off

The Statement of the Campaign for the Defence of Iranian Nations’ Political Prisoners The freedom-loving people of Iran! Organizations and community of human rights defenders! For ages, Iran, our tyrannized homeland has been dodged in a prolonged narration of conflict between civility and barbarism, liberty and tyranny, justice and prejudice…

Iranian Regime’s Marandi takes on CNN’s Parker-Spitzer
01 Mar
6:06

Iranian Regime’s Marandi takes on CNN’s Parker-Spitzer

A brief biography on the so called Prof. Marandi from Tehran University and an interview followed posted on PBS’s Tehran Bureau. What is so upsetting about this Professor? is the fact that the regime has shunned all the credible international media from having presence in Iran while this so-called professor appears on all…

March 1st, 2011 Iran anti-regime demonstrations
01 Mar
2:33

March 1st, 2011 Iran anti-regime demonstrations

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Slogans: Death to Dictator Zealous army, embrace the nation Hashemi (Hashemi-Rafsanjani) have decency and leave the dictator

Media Watch: CNN – Opposition Protests in Iran
21 Feb
1:15

Media Watch: CNN – Opposition Protests in Iran

Witnesses say security agents on motorcycles are riding onto sidewalks to disperse opposition protests in Tehran, Iran.

Media Watch: CNN – Can Egypt acheive what Iran has not?
17 Feb
11:05

Media Watch: CNN – Can Egypt acheive what Iran has not?

Thirty-two years later, Iran is still fighting for its independence. Can Egypt do better? CNN’s Sandra Endo reports.

Media Watch: MSNBC – Iran’s parliament calls for death of opposition leaders
17 Feb
1:11

Media Watch: MSNBC – Iran’s parliament calls for death of opposition leaders

Media Watch: FOX NEWS – Egypt’s Impact on the Middle East
17 Feb
1:04

Media Watch: FOX NEWS – Egypt’s Impact on the Middle East

Egypt’s uprising’s impact on the region with ex-CIA Director James Woolsey

Media Watch: CNN – Will Iran Follow Egypt’s Lead?
17 Feb
1:02

Media Watch: CNN – Will Iran Follow Egypt’s Lead?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accuses the West and Israel of trying to create discord in the Mideast.

Media Watch: Protests & media black-out in Iran
16 Feb
8:06

Media Watch: Protests & media black-out in Iran

Protests spread in the Middle East

Fox News: Obama Slams Iran on Protest Reactions
16 Feb
7:59

Fox News: Obama Slams Iran on Protest Reactions

World leaders react to Iran uprising

Iran Uprising: Iranians are ready to die
16 Feb
7:27

Iran Uprising: Iranians are ready to die

FOXNEWS Video: Iran is in Play
15 Feb
6:00

FOXNEWS Video: Iran is in Play

ABC Video: Spark of Rebellion Comes to Iran
15 Feb
5:48

ABC Video: Spark of Rebellion Comes to Iran

CNN Video: Why Iran is different from Egypt
15 Feb
3:11

CNN Video: Why Iran is different from Egypt

CNN’s Anderson Cooper: Brutality and Hypocrisy in Iran
15 Feb
1:33

CNN’s Anderson Cooper: Brutality and Hypocrisy in Iran

CNN’s Anderson Cooper: Brutality and Hypocrisy in Iran

Protesters fill streets of Tehran by the thousands
14 Feb
5:04

Protesters fill streets of Tehran by the thousands

pdki.org Video clips uploaded to the Internet are said to show crowds of protesters out in streets of the Iranian capital on the day the political opposition had called for a rally. The video clip above purportedly depicts crowds of students at a protest rally at Tehran’s Sharif University on…

Mohamad Sadigh Kaboudvand Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2011
04 Feb
12:07

Mohamad Sadigh Kaboudvand Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2011

I am wholeheartedly delighted that this courageous Kurdish activist has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  Today, as always, I feel proud to be Kurdish.  I have always admired the dedication, persistence and bravery of this man who sacrificed his life and that of his family for that of…

Another Kurdish political prisoners was executed in Orumieh prison
27 Jan
4:08

Another Kurdish political prisoners was executed in Orumieh prison

By pdki.org staff writter January 27, 2011 (pdki.org) Kurdish political prisoner Farhad Tarom, from the village of “Lavark” of the Dashtabel district of Oshnavieh city in West Azerbijan province in North-western Iran was executed on Wednesday, January 27, 2011 in the Orumieh central prison charged with association and membership in…

Hussein Khizri’s lawyer: This Is the Most Unprecedented Execution of the Last Decade
21 Jan
5:16

Hussein Khizri’s lawyer: This Is the Most Unprecedented Execution of the Last Decade

20 Jan 2011 (Medya News) Following the release of the news, the Islamic Republic’s public execution of a political activist, the probability that the executed person is Hussein Khizri, the Kurdish political prisoner is certainly close. 5 days have lapsed since the news of the execution surfaced, still judicial officials yet…

At least 10 people were arrested in anniversary of Lotfollahi’s death in Sanandaj
14 Jan
8:04

At least 10 people were arrested in anniversary of Lotfollahi’s death in Sanandaj

At least 10 people were arrested in anniversary of Lotfollahi’s death in Sanandaj Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA): Today (Thursday, January 14) at noon, the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Ebrahim Lotfollahi was held at his grave, under tight security measures. The ceremony was organized by his family…

Congressional Briefing: Situation of National and Religious minorities in Iran
13 Mar
5:48

Congressional Briefing: Situation of National and Religious minorities in Iran

Congressional Briefings: Testimony of Sharif Behruz, Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan’s Representative to the US Before the Iran Working Group United States House of Representatives   March 13, 2008     Congressman Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, first, allow me to thank the Iran Working Group and its honourable…

Iran Working Group Hearing: Assessing the Human Rights Situation of Iran’s Ethnic and Religious Groups
10 Mar
6:38

Iran Working Group Hearing: Assessing the Human Rights Situation of Iran’s Ethnic and Religious Groups

Iran Working Group Hearing: Assessing the Human Rights Situation of Iran’s Ethnic and Religious Groups   Iran is home to a wide array of ethnic and religious groups that have faced systematic human rights abuses at the hands of the government.  Basic cultural rights have been denied, and members of…

Kurdish student activist Ebrahim Lotfollahi dies in police custody
18 Jan
7:53

Kurdish student activist Ebrahim Lotfollahi dies in police custody

Sanandaj, Iranian Kurdistan,– A Kurdish student has died in custody at the Iranian intelligence ministry’s detention centre in Sanandaj where he was taken after his arrest ten days ago. Ebrahim Lotfollahi was a well known activist from Payam Nour University in Sanandaj, capital of the Iranian province of  Kurdistan. The…

Anti-Terrorism Plaque in Berlin Pits the Islamic Government against Germany
21 Apr
11:17

Anti-Terrorism Plaque in Berlin Pits the Islamic Government against Germany

Radio Farda The unveiling last week of a small plaque commemorating the 1992 killings of anti-regime Kurdish leaders in Berlin’s Mykonos restaurant has created a rift in the otherwise smooth relations between Germany and the Islamic Republic regime. We have information that the Islamic Republic officials tried hard, through meetings…

Interview with Abdullah Hassanzadeh, then the General Secretary of PDKI on terrorism and the attacks of Sep 11
12 Sep
12:15

Interview with Abdullah Hassanzadeh, then the General Secretary of PDKI on terrorism and the attacks of Sep 11

On Tuesday, September 11, a series of terrorist attacks were carried out against the American political, military and economic establishments that resulted in the killing of thousands of innocent people. The terrorist attacks, along with the US, shocked the world and resulted in the emergence of a unique wave of…

Life and Death of Ismail Agha Shikak, aka Simko
30 Jun
10:48

Life and Death of Ismail Agha Shikak, aka Simko

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Simko Shikak (also known as “Simitquh”; born Ismail Agha Shikak in 1887; died 1930) was a Kurdish chieftain of the Shakak tribe (Shekak also Shakkak or Shikakan) is considered as the largest among all theKurdish tribes in the West Azerbaijan province of Iran and the adjacent area of Turkey. This…