No tricks or wittiness today folks, here is just the straight skinny on the Kurdish Blogosphere.
Hiwa Hopes this week gives a great link to an article about the frustration of a Kurdish immigrant to the UK about the lack of mixer taps. And honestly, I didn't know that the taps were separate in the UK, because they aren't in the US. Plus, Hiwa posted a rather funny picture of Slemany traffic.
Vladimir, who writes on From Holland to Kurdistan, gave links this week to articles he has written for Kurdish Media. The first is about Kurdish Fashion Designer Sohrab Darisiro and the second is about a new page about the Kurds on Al-Jazeera (which I am desperately trying to find).
Iraqi Kurdistan writes this week about the failure of the Al-Maliky government in Iraq for not yet implementing Article 140, which decreases the Arabization of Kirkuk….for a great forum article on this (I found it really helpful) see Kurdish Media.
Roj Bash! has some excellent historical photos of old Kurdistan and a link to a funny little mix-up when a Syrian Ba'ath newspaper inadvertantly published a photo of the World Cup crowd in which a Kurdish flag was shown.
Rather than linking to each individual update, I am just going to ask my regular readers to check Save RojTV for the latest in the news about the 56 Turkish mayors who are facing prison time for signing a letter in support for Roj TV. The Kurdish world seems to be just waiting breathless for more information as to what is going to happen post-indictment.
Mizgin from Rasti writes an excited and hopeful post about a friend of hers who has recently arrived in the US from Northern Kurdistan (Southeast Turkey):
I am deliriously happy today because today, for me, has been a holiday, my own personal holiday, my own day of rejoicing.
I have learned that a friend from Amed has arrived in the US and he may now begin to work toward his dreams, dreams that were never possible in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan for a Kurd, dreams that now have an equal opportunity to become a reality. No one here will tell him he must forget that he is a Kurd in order to attain his dreams. No one will tell him he can't speak Kurdish or that he must speak Turkish, nor will the police detain and torture him for the crime of being a young, male Kurd.
I hope that the rest of your week is as blessedly happy as Mizgin feels today, till we meet again.