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Maclean's: The back door to Tehran – The U.S. is clandestinely courting rebel forces bent on regime change

 There is no paucity of Iranian ethnic groups — fully half of the country’s population is made up of minorities — and no shortage of rebels to choose from. But their different agendas may not include a vision for a … Continue reading

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Turkish Daily News: Iranian minority groups seeking US help to topple regime

ÜMIT ENGİNSOY – WASHINGTON – Turkish Daily News “To achieve this, the international community, particularly the West, must be united and speak with one voice. So far, the regime has gained the most from the differences in approach between Europe … Continue reading

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IRAN: INTER-ETHNIC AND SECTARIAN TENSIONS ARE INCREASINGLY SHARP

For over a year, several non-Persian provinces have experienced disturbances and confrontations. The province of Khuzistan (Arabistan), in which the Arabs form the majority of the population, experienced several bloody bomb attacks, responsibility for which were claimed by Sunni Arab … Continue reading

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Media Blackout: Are Kurdish lives somehow less valuable than Palestinian and Iraqi ones?

Here’s a story about an uprising in the Middle East you probably haven’t heard of. For more than a month, riots and violent protests have swept through the Kurdish areas of northern Iran, resulting in a government crackdown that has … Continue reading

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KURDISH GRIEVANCES REMAIN A THORNY ISSUE

The most recent problems in the northwest can be traced to the early July shooting in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, of a Kurdish activist known as Shavaneh Qaderi. Police reportedly shot him on 11 July when he resisted arrest. This … Continue reading

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AP: Ahmadinejad, Iran's New Leader Suspected in '89 Attack

William J. Kole, AP/Yahoo! News, 2005/07/02 Pilz accused the hard-liner of planning the murders of Kurdish resistance leader Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou and two of his colleagues, all of whom were shot in the head at a Vienna apartment by Iranian commandos … Continue reading

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Iran Security Forces Kill Youth at Point Blank, Drag Body in Town

July 12, 2005 A group of friends were walking at an avenue in Freedom Square in Mahabad at 22:30, when they were approached and attacked by an SSF convoy, plain-clothed Islamic vigilantes, and a number of agents of Iran’s dreaded … Continue reading

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The State: Britain, Germany say allegations against Iran’s new president won’t affect nuclear talks

By THOMAS WAGNER – The Associated Press Ahmadinejad, who won a landslide presidential election victory, has been accused of taking American hostages in 1979 when radical students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iranian exiles and an Austrian politician also … Continue reading

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AP: Iranian Kurds Inspired by Success in Iraq

By YAHYA BARZANJI, ASSOCIATED PRESS Since then Iranian Kurdistan has been largely peaceful. Kurds, who make up about 11 percent of Iran’s 70 million people, complain of discrimination but have made no significant moves to break away. When Kurdish leader … Continue reading

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KurdishMedia.com: Ahmadinejad directly involved in Ghassemlou assassination

 05/07/2005  KurdishMedia.com The party offical Hassan Ashrafi told AFP “According to our information, the Iranian government formed three committees for the assassination […] the first one planned it, the second one which was led by Ahmadinejad was tasked with facilitating … Continue reading

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Iranmania:: Iran commander: US funding anti-regime rebels

Friday, November 26, 2004 – ©2004 IranMania.com He alleged that the United States was also supporting “counter-revolutionary groups” including the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran and the Komala, a Kurdish-Maoist group. The two groups have bases in neighbouring Iraq, but … Continue reading

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The Kurds in Iran – A Forgotten Struggle

Iran is a multi-national country of nearly 70 million population, where Persians, Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Baluchis, Turkmans and Arabs live together, each with their own distinctive traditions, customs, language and culture.

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Radio Farda: Iranian Kurds Get Jobs in Northern Iraq, As Islamic Government Continues Sectarian Policies, Kurdish Journalist Says

Radio Fard – August 15, 2004 On the eve of an official visit to Kurdistan by President Khatami, a Sanandaj-based Kurdish journalist tells Radio Farda that the Islamic government’s ban on hiring Kurdish managers had divided people and government. The … Continue reading

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AFP: Iran shuts down German cultural centre

Iran has closed a German government-funded language institute in Tehran, the German embassy said Sunday, in what was seen as possible retaliation for a plaque put up in Berlin marking the killing of four Iranian Kurds in an attack officially … Continue reading

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Anti-Terrorism Plaque in Berlin Pits the Islamic Government against Germany

Radio Farda The unveiling last week of a small plaque commemorating the 1992 killings of anti-regime Kurdish leaders in Berlin’s Mykonos restaurant has created a rift in the otherwise smooth relations between Germany and the Islamic Republic regime. We have … Continue reading

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