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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…