Category Archives : Commentary

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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،…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…