Category: Iraq

The threat of ISIS in Rojava

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) are estimated to be around 45,000 — 50,000 armed fighters in Western Kurdistan or what is commonly referred to as Rojava. Since the beginning of Syria’s revolution, and what later manifested into a civil war, …

Posted in Call to Actions, Iraq, Kurdistan, Women | 1 Comment

Remembering Halabja: 26 years later

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 Kurdish civilians in a poison gas attack carried out by the state of Iraq on the orders of then president Saddam Hussein. The …

Posted in Genocide, Iraq, Kurdistan, Terror, Violence | 1 Comment

Iraqi penal code puts Kurdish women at a disadvantage

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

The previous article, “Kurdish women imprisoned for infidelity” generated a discussion on what was an alternative option in dealing with cases where women are unfaithful to their partners, and how moral crimes should be dealt with. The problem with this …

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Kurdish independent presidential candidate brutally attacked

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

An independent presidential candidate was attacked in Downtown Erbil on Friday in Southern Kurdistan. Dr. Kamal Said Qadir tweeted, @kamalsaidqadir “A peaceful gathering will be held today at 5 pm in [the] center of Erbil-Kurdistan region to discuss the imposed …

Posted in Activism, Censorship, Free speech, Iraq, Kurdistan | 2 Comments

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 …

Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Iraq, Language, Media | 4 Comments

Hiding behind a Turkish-Kurdish Love Affair

Posted on by Naila Bozo

A young Turkish man once asked me why Kurds resort to violence instead of peaceful dialogue to solve the Kurdish question in Turkey. I told him: ”You imprison our politicians and do not give them a chance to speak. You …

Posted in Discrimination, Iraq, Kurdistan, Media, Turkey | 5 Comments

Kurds given one week to leave Arab regions in Iraq

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

A militant group called Beder have threatened Kurdish people living in Arab populated regions within Iraq. They have issued a statement saying all Kurds living in Baghdad and other Arab areas must leave immediately. In a statement, Abu Abdullah Mohamadawi …

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Halabja Trends on Twitter – Social Awareness Campaign

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

Alliance For Kurdish Rights has been using social networking tools to raise awareness for Halabja genocide, which took place on March 16, 1988. We have written about what happened in the massacre here, why it is important to remember it …

Posted in Campaigns, Genocide, Iraq | 2 Comments
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