Kurds & Kurdistan

Check out this music video showing some great scenes of village life in rural Kurdistan. Thanks to Thawra for sharing it.

October 18, 2019: Kurds are now being massacred with chemical weapons (again), this time by Turkey. https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/17/turkish-proxies-chemical-weapons-syria-kurds/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15537&utm_term=Morning%20Brief%20OC
Kurds celebrating Nawroz in Kirmashan, the old Kurdish capital of the Sassanian Dynasty.
Thanks to Bakhtiar Zuhdi for sending the photo.

October 29, 2018:  Turkey is still bombing the Kurds fighting ISIS. And the US press turns a blind eye. Here’s a rare article reporting on current attacks.

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Read more…  [https://apnews.com/cd5b38d6c2dd40e3b268bb044d0b8d1f]


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President Trump had nice things to say about the Kurds at his press conference in September 2018. Let’s hope he follows up the great words with positive action.


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The current situation in Kurdish Iraq is volatile, and the entire region is in a state of flux. Few books are available; those that exist quickly become dated. Here are a few suggested resources:

  • Ekurd.net — a good Internet resource for breaking news affecting the Kurdish people.
  • Rudaw.net/english — another excellent site for up-to-the-minute reports.
  • A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan by Christiane Bird, published in 2004, an in-depth review of the history and conditions of Kurds in Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Resistance is Life,” a film by Apo Bazidi, documents the plight of Kurdish refugees who fled the war in Syria, available on YouTube. Other fascinating films about the Kurds, many available online,  include Turtles Can FlyA Time for Drunken HorsesBekasHalf MoonYol, Kilometre Zero, BlackboardsMemories on Stone, and (my favorite, hilarious) Chaplin in the Mountains.

“American Herro” is a film available on Amazon Prime and other outlets about Herro Mustafa. She came to the US as a child from Irbil in Kurdistan. Her family was fleeing Saddam Hussein. She became an important diplomat in the US State Department.

Recent media articles on the Kurds can be found below:

Twilight of the Kurds in Foreign Policy, January 16, 2018:  Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

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Reuters published a simple guide to the various political parties in Kurdish Iraq, their history and their aims (September 2018). 

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Kurds in the News: Founder of Chobani, a Turkish Kurd, tells his story in the New York Times August 26, 2018.

Click here to view photos from the author’s travels in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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