Category: Culture

Before Snowfall: An Interview with Hisham Zaman

Posted on by Asli Sena Kücükyildiz

As many as 5,000 women and girls are victims of honour killings every year worldwide, often killed by members of their own family. Many honour killings have also taken place in Europe and America including the murder of Fadime Şahindal, …

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From Damascus Street to Kurdistan

Posted on by Naila Bozo

The resilience of the Kurdish people in the face of decades upon decades of oppression has awed many people around the world yet elicited no sufficient, if any, pressure from foreign governments. Living in what is described as an “invisible …

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Turkish Police Attack Kurds Protesting Closure of School

Posted on by Naila Bozo

When Turkey’s ruling party AKP announced its “democratic package” that among other things included reforms meant to address Kurdish calls for greater rights, some people expressed hope in this promise while others, especially Kurds, remained skeptical. AKP and its supporters …

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From a Kurd to Kurds: We Must Stand Firm on LGBT Rights

Posted on by Naila Bozo

Photo by Bezav Mahmod (www.bezavmahmod.com)   I am sitting on a couch in a small dorm room, flicking through the pages of the latest issue of Vogue Magazine. My friend is pouring me Kurdish tea that he just made in …

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Stand up for Dunya

Posted on by Lawen Azad

The events in Syria, the abhorrent actions of Boko Haram, the increasing violence in Ukraine are just a few headlines that have summoned our attention of late. But now, Kurds in Southern Kurdistan under the protection of the Kurdistan Regional …

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Reclaiming the Mother Tongue: BDP’s School Boycott

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

Last week, on the first day of scheduled classes in Turkey, thousands of Kurdish schoolchildren did not go to school. In fact, students in primary and secondary school boycotted the first week entirely to demand their right to education in …

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The Kurds and The Amazigh: Two People, One Common Struggle

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

In 2011, in the Eastern city of Benghazi, whispers of dissent gave way to riotous revolution; Libyans took to the streets in unprecedented numbers, chanting anti-regime slogans, carrying signs and waving flags signaling their defiance. Two flags that were heretofore …

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Perwas Hussein: the challenges of a Kurdish singer on Arab Idol

Posted on by Suzan Boulad (Syria)

Last night’s episode of Arab Idol brought more than flashy dresses and big voices to the stage. As the number of contestants dwindles down and each singer can taste victory, one Kurdish woman by the name of Perwas Hussein wowed …

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