Throughout the world social media networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have been utilised by politicians, leaders and political parties to engage with voters.
Occasionally someone criticises or chastises those who use the term ‘Erbil’ to refer to the capital of Kurdistan Region. In the Kurdish language, it is known as Hewlêr.
Kurdistan Region is home to millions of people, among them Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Assyrians and other diverse ethno-religious groups, including the Yazidis.
The threat of Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) militants is global. Their brutality has worldwide ramifications as seen in the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine’s headquarters in Paris.
The Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) militants led an offensive and captured several villages, towns and Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in 2014. They espoused to have established a governing system based on Islamic principles.
The plight of Ezidis were unknown to many in the world for decades. They have suffered 73 massacres throughout their history, a parliamentary Ezidi member explained to the Washington Post.
The coverage of Kurdish news agencies on Shingal has been appalling because of the lack of ethical guidelines followed. In the beginning of the war against ISIS, Kurdistan Region’s presidency issued preliminary guidelines restricting its military personnel from issuing public statements or speaking to the press without permission.
A Kurdish couple have been denied the right to name their newborn daughter “Kurdistan. Mazlum and Songul Erol have faced intimidation and difficulty at the birth registration office, where they were approved for registering the name in Turkey.
Nearly one million people gathered in Paris to rally in show of support and unity with France, following the deadly terror attacks last week that killed 17 people.
The current maelstrom and series of violence in the name of Islam or its prophet testifies to the Muslim leadership’s failure in affronting Islamist extremism that exploits religion for its own purposes.