Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

Roj Bash! As finals are fast approaching, today's post is going to be a little shorter than normal, here's the weekly run-down:

Kurdo from Kurdo's World addresses the credibility of some Kurdish news websites.

Kardox reports that former Israeli special forces are training Kurds in Iraq.

Reports about unrest in Duhok, Southern Kurdistan/Northern Iraq are discussed on the Kurdistan Bloggers Union.

Bleak Blogorrhea has an interesting post about a public art project called the Children Cheering Carpet, which has a Kurdish conponent to it called the Virtual Kurdish Garden. Sometimes things are better explained with pictures so I highly recommend that you check the link out.

Roj Bash has an interesting insight on some of the new postage stamps coming out of Iraqi Kurdistan, including specific information on the types of dress on the stamps and how you can tell what region they come from. There is also a post on a recent conference about the Kurdish Question in Syria, a seldom touched upon topic in reference to the Kurds. And the group celebrates the one year anniversary of their google bomb.

Save Roj TV, a fairly new blog has a petition that you can sign in support of the Denmark-based Kurdish television station. It is currently being threatened with closure for its Kurdish content.

A gem out of many illuminating postings from Vladimir at From Holland to Kurdistan is this about Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code which the Republic of Turkey regularly uses to restrict the freedom of speech within its borders.

Last (but never least) is Hiwa from Hiwa Hopes who has been posting a plethora of infomation about the upcoming December 15th elections in Iraq. As the election is next week, I plan on giving you, our dear readers, a more indepth view of the upcoming elections from the Kurdish persceptive. Till then, I remain humbly yours.


  • Julien

    The 2005 Reporters Without Borders prize in the “cyberdissident” category was awarded on 7 December to a kurdish journalist living in Syria, Massoud Hamid. He was arrested in July 2004 and sentenced to three years in prison for “membership of a secret organisation” after posting photos of a Kurdish demonstration in Syria on a foreign-based website.

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