Category Archives : Sharif’s

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…