Category Archives: Commentary

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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Prostitution, a growing trend in Kurdish areas, lack of mismanagement and leadership to be blamed

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-Prostitution, addiction and other social problems have always been on the rise ever since this regime and the ones before it took control of our land. Occupiers and the Iranian oppressors are the sins of Kurdish society in Eastern Kurdistan. … Continue reading

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Iran counters ‘Maximum Pressure’ by reaching out to the Kurds

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The author well explains #Iran’s incentives to reach out to its Kurdish foes; however, it is not clear in this piece why the Kurdish political leaders would concede to an alleged meeting with the regime never been so desperate. I … 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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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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