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Kurdistance

First up on this week's edition of Kurdistance, there has been a fantastic conversation about the Kurdish Question on the Washington Post's PostGlobal feature. The conversation has been very active for several weeks now, I would recommend reading it and joining in!

Save Roj TV, whose courgeous work we have discussed on this weekly before, are beginning a new letter campaign

the “Save ROJ TV” action urges you to participate in its letter campaign to neutralise the Turkish state global conspiracy against Kurdish culture and heritage.

For more information and to participate check with their website.

While reporting about a recent bomb attack in Diyarbakir, Southeast Turkey, Vladimir who writes for From Holland to Kurdistan, had an interesting run-in with a Turkish blogger (Me and Others) about the issue of Kurdish violence in Turkey. It is an interesting read, specially the comments.

Free Kurdistan discusses issues of assimilation of Arabs moving to Kurdistan:

arabs refugees are flocking to kurdistan. they dont speak kurdish and they're mostly clueless of the culture and history. naturally they demand their children to go to school. schools need money to operate. children from all walks of life deserve the best education money can buy but this is never the case. resources, being limited like they are, can provide only so much. should these new student continue to learn in their native tongue? is it wrong to require that they assimlate?

no. as an immigrant, I moved here so that I could live the american dream. this meant adopting to different culture and customs . no matter how confusing and difficult the process may have been i had to make it if i wanted to survive. the same concept should apply to arab refugees coming to Kurdistan. if they want to join in on our prosperity and escape the hell that is iraq, they have to undergo the same process. if that means their children must learning the local language and culture, than so be it. in the end it shouldn't be too difficult since we have in common.

Hiwa comments on the recent reports of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) collaborating with Israel:

For me it is absolutely normal for KRG to work with any government but my main concern is we havent had much luck in playing international politics and these sort of things could damage KRG's chances for reasons which is another concern of mine! Not because of the fact that Aljazeera or Iraqi factions could pick on it as they all have powerful and strong OBVIOUS allies!
The other concern of mine is, paying 150M of KRG's income to a couple of companies like those, did KRG do enough bargain before asking these two companies to do some personnel training? I know nothing about military prices and contracts but what I know and I am sure is 150M could be used to build another airport so why the hell spending it on the current one to keep it safe?!

Rasti's comment on the same news story was…a little different:

Rastî has just obtained stunning evidence that proves, without doubt, that the highly respected journalists at the BBC have figured out how to use the Google search engine.

Wednesday evening it was revealed by the BBC that they had finally obtained proficiency in operating the world's premier search engine, Google, and created a sensation by revealing news from December, 2005. While it wasn't clear whether BBC executives were aware that the Guardian had reported the same news last December, insiders seem to hint that cub reporter and ace analyst, Magdi Abdelhadi, who broke the story on this nine-month-old news, has become one of the BBC's rising journalistic stars.

Rasti also has all of the low-down, complete with timelines, on the recent bombing in Diyarbakir (Amed), Southeastern Turkey/Northern Kurdistan.

The Waiting Place returns after a long hiatus to report about a recent interview of her son-in-law about the experiences of his childhood where his village was destroyed by Saddam Hussein's Anfal campaign.

Kurdish Aspect writes about a flag controversey in Iraq and directs some questions at the current judge in charge of the trial of Saddam Hussein:

Last week’s comments by Judge Abdullah al-Amiri in court telling Saddam “You are not a dictator” is a disgrace to the position he was sworn to uphold. The prejudice statement alone should immediately disqualify him from his position.

3 comments

  • Hi Deborah,

    Can’t find your email address on the Global Voices Online Site anywhere so am using this comments section to draw your attention to an interview I’ve posted with Rostom Atashov on the Kurds in the Republic of Georgia:

    http://oneworld.blogsome.com/2006/09/23/yezidis-community-in-georgia/

    Cheers,
    Onnik Krikorian

  • Dear Debrah,

    I would like to present you:Dr.Ahmadzadeh from UK:”H.Ahmadzadeh@exeter.ac.uk” ,

    He is an Iranian Kurd lecturing in only Kurdish study center in UK.
    Best

  • […] I forgot to post last week’s Kurdistance article. […]

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