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Turkish Offensive into Rojava, Reasons and Implications

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By Sharif Behruz Turkey has launched a planned military offensive into the Kurdish territories in northeastern Syria, long held by the Kurdish forces led by Syrian Democratic Forces ever since Syrian regime forces abandoned those territories in 2012. Turkey’s President, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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