Kurdish Regional Government, Iraq image by Ivan Sache. About Kurdistan and the Kurds; Two Representative Entities. See also. That radical feminists such as Ivana Hoffman are helping to drive back Isis in Syria should be a source of immense pride for the international left. Ivan Nasidze The genetic data indicate that the Georgian Kurdish group An extensive resettlement of Kurds from Turkey and Iran into the.

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But there has been all too little examination of an attempt to create a different, radically democratic society. Turkey on Friday announced the withdrawal of thousands of its troops from neighboring Iraq, where they had been battling Kurdish separatist rebels for more then a week. Turkey Pulls Troops from Iraq Feb. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Views Read Edit View history.

In a Syria being shredded by a secular dictatorship and reactionary fundamentalists, is an anarchist enclave being forged?

We were looking at the burned out office of an opposition Kurdish political party, which had been attacked torched by Kurdish security forces. A year or two ago, while sharing a dinner of lemon barbeque chicken under a full moon in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Suleymaniye, I watched a fistfight almost break out between an Iraqi Kurdish journalist and an Arab interpreter from Baghdad.

Christianity ProtestantismEastern OrthodoxyCatholics [2]. While keeping its critical faculties intact, the left should be seizing on any democratic experiment that deviates from the prevailing consensus. I still remember his bitter look of disappointment one day, months before he left. Kurdish Aspirations Undercut by Infighting Listen. The Kurdistan Workers Party also known as P.

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday. All minorities were to be protected and given equal rights. Retrieved 4 December Kurds who converted to Christianity usually turned to the Nestorian Church.

Kurdish Aspirations Undercut by Infighting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But they have also been plagued by self-destructive infighting. A young Iraqi Kurdish boy waves ivvane flag of Kurdistan.


A memorial for slain rebel fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, along with a portrait of the Kurdish separatist groups leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who is imprisoned in a Turkish jail. The Zakarids—Mkhargrdzelian Armenian [11] [12] —Georgian dynasty of at least partial Kurdish [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] origin, ruled parts of northern Armenia in the 13th century AD and tried to reinvigorate intellectual activities by founding new monasteries. Ivan Watson reflects on the Kurds’ long and bloody quest for statehood.

Saint-Petersburg,p. Though the majority of Kurds adopted Islam in the Middle Agesthere were Kurdish converts to Christianity even after the spread of Islam. In recent years some Kurds from Muslim backgrounds have converted to Christianity. Isis already fears it.

Kurdish Aspirations Undercut by Infighting. Two brothers of this family, Zakare and Ivane Mkhargrdzeli led the army to victory in Ani in The group also has a history of trying to destroy rival Kurdish groups.

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The Arab laughed in his face and said, “But there’s no such thing as a Kurdish nation. Isis is notorious for its misogyny. But in northern Syria a new society could be hatching, run on radically democratic and feminist lines. Western allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait have proved crucial in exporting fundamentalist ideology, as well as funds and arms for jihadi groups.

The fact is, no matter how many bombs, chemical weapons or ethnic slurs have been hurled at the Kurds over the years, no regime has succeeded in crushing the dream of an independent Kurdistan. The Kurdish People and Christianity”. This is the first evangelical Kurdish church in Iraq. Kurdistan divides into two general socio-linguistic regions at the Greater Zab River near the Iraqi-Turkish border: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Inhe and his family were executed during a raid by Thamalthe Arab governor of Tarsus. Appropriate, then, that its archenemies are radical feminists. The Kurds are frequently described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a country of their own.


Ivan Watson has a reporter’s notebook about the Kurds’ relentless quest for an independent Kurdistan, and the infighting that characterizes the movement. This memorial in Northern Iraq was reportedly destroyed by Turkish airstrikes in December But this democratic struggle is itself threatened by the west.

The exterior of a Kurdish opposition political party office, which was torched by a mob led by Iraqi Kurdish security forces several days before Iraqi elections in December Turkey, a key Nato state, waged a dirty war in the 80s and 90s, wiping 3, villages off the map during the offensive, according kugd Human Rights Watch.

I have some friends who were very close to government officials of the former Mahabad Republicand they insisted 15 years ago that there was no Kurdish flag. But Iraqi Kurdistan has spawned a cultural renaissance of sorts, attracting university students, film directors and authors from the Kurdish diaspora. Archived from the original on The Iraqi Kurds have much to lose. The Arab had insulted a Kurd from the iane of Halabja whose family fled the chemical bombardment of that town by Saddam Hussein’s army on March 16, The region is landlocked and surrounded by enemies.

One of the most prominent Kurdish leaders in Iraqi KurdistanSheikh Ahmed Barzani who was a brother of Mustafa Barzaniannounced his conversion to Christianity during his uprising against the Iraqi government in Mainly Kurdish languages SoraniKurmanjiPalewani. Since the First World War, they have enjoyed three brief periods of geographically-limited near-nationhood, but their own disunity has often hindered progress.