I recognized the importance of Syria in my life through my separation from it. The hours before going to the airport made me feel weak. The departure …Posted in Kurdistan, Suppression, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Assad, Rojava, Syria, YPG | Comments Off on Who Owns The Syrian Revolution?
Three Kurdish rights campaigners affiliated with the pro-minority and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were on Monday night killed in Silopi, a district in the Şirnak Province in northern Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey) when Turkish armed forces who have laid siege …Posted in Activism, Call to Actions, Discrimination, Displacements, Executions, Free speech, Journalists, Kurdistan, Media, Protests, Terror, Torture, Turkey, Urgent, Violence, Women | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, PKK, Turkey, Violence, women | Comments Off on Three Kurdish Politicians Killed by Turkish Armed Forces
According to Evrensel Media, the Women’s Commission of Kobane Canton, one of three cantons that make up the Rojava self-rule, has passed new regulations that ban underage marriages, polygamy and exchange of brides within the family. Zêrîn Kutay and Rabîa …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Women | Tagged Kobane, Rights, Rojava, Syria, women | Comments Off on Kobane Canton Bans Polygamy, Underage Marriage
In July 2015, I went to the city of Kobane in the Kurdish de facto autonomous region in Syria called Rojava to work at a hospital in my capacity as a medical student. Kobane became a symbol of unwavering resistance …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Violence | Tagged Rojava Syria YPG YPJ Kurds | Comments Off on To Martyr Zozan: My time at the military hospital in Kobane
“I am saying this to the whole world: We will never allow the establishment of a state on our southern border in the north of Syria.” Such were the words of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, to guests during …Posted in Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Freedom, Kurds, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on Who Gets To Allow A Kurdish State In Syria?
I wanted to write a moving piece. I wanted to write in commemoration of the Halabja Massacre that claimed the lives of more than 5,000 Kurdish civilians in a poison gas attack in 1988 carried out on the orders of Saddam Hussein, …Posted in Displacements, Genocide, Iraq, Kurdistan | Tagged Genocide, Halabja, Iraq, Kurdistan, Massacre | Comments Off on Halabja Is Our Present And Our Future
Today, people are celebrating International Women’s Day. To some it is a day to celebrate women like Mother’s Day but to others it is a day to mark women’s past, present and future struggle to achieve empowerment and equality with …Posted in Activism, Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, Women | Tagged International Women's Day, Iraq, KRG, Kurdish women, Kurdistan, women, Yezidi | Comments Off on Celebrating Kurdish Women: ‘Today, They Rewrite Their Own History’
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, …Posted in Culture, Kurdistan, Violence, Women, Youth | Tagged Before Snowfall, Honour killing, journey, Kurdistan, movie, women | Comments Off on Before Snowfall: An Interview with Hisham Zaman