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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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.

Novels:

  • Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa (Iranian Kurd)
  • Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar (American of Kurdish descent)

Nonfiction Books:

  • A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan by Christiane Bird, the very best overview of the region and history
  • No Friends But the Mountains by Behrooz Boochani (Iranian Kurd held prisoner on Australian detention island, horrific)
  • My Father’s Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan by Hiner Saleem (Iraqi Kurd)
  • Love in Torn Land by Jean Sasson (Female Peshmergas in Iraq)
  • Daughters of Kobani by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (American journalist imbedded with female Peshmerga fighting ISIS in Syria)
  • The Last Girl by Nadia Murad (Iraqi Yazidi captured by ISIS)
  • Elvis is Titanic by Ian Klaus (American teacher in Irbil)

Films:

  • Chaplin in the Mountains (my favorite, hilarious)
  • Resistance is Life
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • A Time for Drunken Horses
  • Bekas
  • Half Moon
  • Yol
  • Kilometre Zero
  • Blackboards
  • Memories on Stone

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.

Other 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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