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Bakshi: Interview with Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

Bakshi: Interview with Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
By Amar C. Bakshi, CNN This week I sat down with the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Barham Salih. Salih has spent his life fighting for Kurdish rights, particularly Iraqi Kurds who suffered brutally under Saddam Hussein.
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Turkish Ministry Hacked as Kurdish Conflict Goes Online

Turkish Ministry Hacked as Kurdish Conflict Goes Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The decades-old conflict between Turkey’s government and Kurdish militants has intensified in recent months, but this week saw the emergence of a new front: the Internet.

According to Turkey’s government, operatives sympathetic to the outlawed Kurdistan Worker Party, or PKK, hacked into the finance ministry’s website in the early hours of Wednesday, the final day of Turkey’s religious Eid al-Adha holiday. Part of the landing page for the ministry website, www.maliye.gov.tr, was replaced by a song praising Abdullah Öcalan, the PKK leader via a YouTube link, Turkish media reported. Throughout Wednesday the site was not accessible but was back online on Thursday.

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Kurds reject proposal of Kurdish state - Money - Zawya

Kurds reject proposal of Kurdish state - Money - Zawya | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The Kurdistan Blocs Coalition (KBC) rejected the proposal of Izzat Shabandar, a leader in the ruling State of Law Coalition (SLC), who called on the Kurds to found their own state.
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Iraqi Kurdistan stands up for its flag

Iraqi Kurdistan stands up for its flag | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Khanaqin, Iraqi Kurdistan — On 11 October Khanaqin mayor Mohamed al-Mullah Hamed received a ruling on behalf Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri el Maliki ordering the Kurdish majority town to remove the Kurdish national flag from all government buildings. The order came after as part of a controversial reaffirmation of Khanaqin as under the jurisdiction of the central government of Iraq rather than as a part of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.

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Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - UN Official: Kurdistan Taking “Very Good Steps” On Human Rights

Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - UN Official: Kurdistan Taking “Very Good Steps” On Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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English :: Two Trials for Singing Kurdish Folk Songs - Bianet

English :: Two Trials for Singing Kurdish Folk Songs - Bianet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a statement made to bianet, Kızıl said that the police made mistakes in the translation of the lyrics. She pointed out that the words "Gabar" and "Mesut" as mentioned by the police did not occur in the songs.
"This song is about two students called Mustafa and Mahsun who were killed in the course of the Amara demonstration in 2009 as the result of the military intervention. The word 'Amara' was translated as 'Gabar'. The name 'Mahsun' was translated as 'Mesut'. And these two people were depicted [in the translation] as terrorists killed at 'Gabar'. However, the court did not even take my defence seriously. They gave me a one-year punishment based on the wrong lyrics as translated by the police", Kızıl claimed.
"Everybody should sing freely"

Kızıl referred to TRT 6, a state television channel broadcasting in Kurdish and criticized the fact that people like her are still being punished for Kurdish songs.
"Turkey has to overcome this. What are they trying to do? What we are saying is just a work of music. In any case, what is the benefit for the country to open a case by reasons of supposed meanings. It is impossible to understand this anti-democratic application against a local artist like me while TRT 6 is broadcasting in Kurdish. I wish we did not have these issues in this country any more. These trials are sad for all of us. We are artists. It does not matter if you are a Turk, a Kurd, a Laz or a Circassian - everybody should be able to sing songs freely in their mother language. It cannot be a crime to sing a folk song", Kızıl stated.

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Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - Documentary On The Stateless Kurds of Syria

Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - Documentary On The Stateless Kurds of Syria | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Kurdish Spring: ‘Do not kill on my behalf’

Kurdish Spring: ‘Do not kill on my behalf’ | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Whilst Arab people yearning for freedom and democracy have been staging uprisings to topple dictatorships in the region, certain circles in Turkey for some time have been making references to a “Kurdish Spring,” or more precisely, their desire for such a social uprising....

At a time when a slow motion “Turkish Spring,” inspiring the Arab Spring by its tough and intricate democratization process, is extremely popular, it is naïve to hope for a Kurdish Spring that will negate a process that the other people in the region would like to have. Just like all other citizens, our Kurdish citizens have their share of democratization, liberalization, civilianization and transparency in this country. I could even say that the ongoing Turkish Spring is most beneficial to Kurdish citizens, who have been the greatest victims of the former order

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KurdishGlobe- President Barzani meets Kurdistan political party leaders to reaffirm national unity

KurdishGlobe- President Barzani meets Kurdistan political party leaders to reaffirm national unity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

President Barzani: "Our most important weapon in face of major challenges is our unity."
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani this week hosted a meeting with the leaders of various political parties represented in Kurdistan in which the commitment to a united front on issues of national importance was renewed.

President Barzani welcomed the representatives and leaders of the parties and said the meeting was an important step towards rebuilding relations between the parties since the disagreements earlier in the year, giving particular emphasis to relations between the opposition parties and the Kurdistan Region Presidency.

?Our most important tool in the face of major challenges is our unity. I am very pleased to see we are all united on national issues,? he said.

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The Commentator - Kurdistan can be a model for democracy in a troubled region

The Commentator - Were it not for the first Gulf War, Saddam would have wiped the Kurds off the map. Why doesn't the UN recognise his violence as genocide?
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Turkey's prime minister says cross-border military operations will continue against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, confirming that Ankara is cooperating with Iran against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that joint military operations with Iran against PKK rebels will no longer be postponed. Both countries already are sharing intelligence.

It was not immediately clear if Turkey and Iran are planning a risky ground offensive against the main Kurdish rebel base, located deep in the Qandil mountains near the Iranian border.

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Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - Female Leaders Decline in Kurdistan

Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - Female Leaders Decline in Kurdistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Tension Escalates Between Turkey and Kurds

Tension Escalates Between Turkey and Kurds | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Turkey is continuing to amass soldiers on the Iraqi border ahead of an expected incursion against bases of the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK.
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Iraqi Kurdistan: Free yourself from FGM – A new approach

Iraqi Kurdistan: Free yourself from FGM – A new approach | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a remote village called Toutakhel, hidden amidst the endless hills of Kurdish northern Iraq, all the women had gathered. They said they were not aware of the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM), which is still widely practiced throughout large parts of the region. Now they were willing to stop all violence and declare this in public...

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Turkish police fire tear gas in quake city

Turkish police fire tear gas in quake city | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
VAN, Turkey (Reuters) - Riot police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse protesters angry at the state's relief efforts after the second earthquake in eastern Turkey in three weeks killed at least...

 

"How can you fire pepper spray on people who have already suffered so much?" said Abdulrahim Kaplan, 32. He had gone to the crisis center for a tent when police began firing tear gas, he said.

"Our people are freezing. We are sleeping outside -- all seven of my family ... Some people take five tents, some 10 and others get nothing. This is wrong."

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Turkish Kurds Feel Fallout From Separatist Campaign

Turkish Kurds Feel Fallout From Separatist Campaign | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Kurdish rebels have been fighting for increased autonomy in southeastern Turkey for more than 30 years in an ongoing campaign that has cost thousands of lives.
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Turkish forces kill 15 Kurdish militants: officials

Turkish forces kill 15 Kurdish militants: officials | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops killed 15 Kurdish militants in clashes in southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border on Wednesday after attacks by the rebels which killed 26 soldiers, security...
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Iranian Refugees Sew Lips Together, Go on Hunger Strike

Iranian Refugees Sew Lips Together, Go on Hunger Strike | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A large group of asylum-seeking Kurds in Stockholm have gone on hunger strike with some sewing their lips together in a desperate attempt to try and stop their removal to Iran...
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KurdishGlobe- Strategic agreement to be reconsidered

KurdishGlobe- Strategic agreement to be reconsidered | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

According to the strategic agreement between the two powerful Kurdish political forces, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one party is to run the government for two subsequent years, then turnmatters over to the other party for the remaining two years. With the most recent formation of the KRG in 2009, the premier post went to the PUK under the leadership of Dr. Barham Salih, who has run the government since. According to the agreement, Salih?s term is to end this month and the premier post goes to the KDP.

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Kurds in Syria seek autonomy or federation - Hurriyet Daily News

Kendal Efrin, a Syrian Kurd opposition member and representative of the Alliance of Syrian Liberals in Europe, said having an independent Kurdish state is a natural right of the Syrian Kurds, and Syrian Kurd dissidents living abroad have already started to organize meetings to discuss the issue.

“Some Kurds want autonomy and some want federalism. Right now they are trying to draw a clearer line on their final aim,”

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The Kurdish Question — The International

The Kurdish Question — The International | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Settled in the Middle East since ancient times, the Kurds remain the largest ethnic group without a state of their own in the region. About 35 million are split between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, with small diaspora groups primarily in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Kurds’ present situation is rooted in the decision to partition areas of the former Ottoman Empire by Great Britain and France after World War I. Today, the Kurdish people struggle for self-determination and the recognition of their ethnic identity within nations where they have significant populations.

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Is a Kurdistan possible?

Is a Kurdistan possible? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Then, looking at the KRG example, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Northern Iraq, we can answer the question with a strong “Yes! A Kurdistan is possible”.

Kurds can come together, establish a state of their own and govern themselves while very well establishing their own international relations. The big question, then, is whether a United Kurdistan is possible. Well, if the Kurds can manage to come together under a Kurdistan National Congress, build a Kurdish economical development plan and continue their diplomatic efforts then the world powers and the rest will very likely be convinced for a Kurdistan.

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İngilizce - Abdullah Demirbaş Kampanya

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Is Kurdistan a model for the Middle East? | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community

Is Kurdistan a model for the Middle East? | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Arab Spring could be one of the defining moments of the 21st century. Historically, its peoples have not greatly benefited from vast natural wealth but feel increasingly sidelined. Unresponsive elites skim off the wealth, protect themselves with repressive security apparatuses, fail to meet the needs of a growing and restless youth, undervalue and repress women them while exploiting chauvinist and antisemitic postures that make a sustainable peace very difficult.

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Kurdish rebel group PKK disowns Ankara attack - Region - World - Ahram Online

Kurdish rebel group PKK disowns Ankara attack - Region - World - Ahram Online | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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