Kurdish Imams should wage an ideological war against ISIS

YPG fighter in Koban — Photo: Max Retallack.
YPG fighter in Koban — Photo: Max Retallack.

The current dynamics of Middle East has inevitably raised questions about the various ways the Islamic religion can be interpreted. Some of the interpretations have cause havoc, and used as justification to commit horrendous crimes against humanity, of which many argue are not part of Islam.Continue reading “Kurdish Imams should wage an ideological war against ISIS”

Christians in Iraq face imminent threat, refugees need help

1,800-year-old church in Mosul destroyed by ISIS in July, 2014.
1,800-year-old church in Mosul destroyed by ISIS in July, 2014.

The Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants have bombed a catholic church in al-Arabi area of Mosul, according to a news bulletin posted by Rudaw.

The notorious ISIS militants have bombed several churches in the past, including a statute of virgin Mary. They have maliciously targeted Christians and non-Muslim minorities in areas where they have seized control.Continue reading “Christians in Iraq face imminent threat, refugees need help”

Our responsibility towards the Ezidi community

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Thousands of Ezidis trapped on Mount Shingal because of ISIS siege, rescued by Peshmerga forces.

In August 2014, the Islamic State militants (IS) terrorised a predominately Ezidi town of Shingal. Thousands of women, most of them young, and girls were kidnapped. They were forced into sex slavery, they were treated like cattle, if not worse. Some of the girls kidnapped were as young as twelve years old, given as gifts to notorious fighters.Continue reading “Our responsibility towards the Ezidi community”

Raising awareness for Kobane — autonomous Kurdish city

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Kurds protest in the Kurdish-populated city of Wan to raise awareness about Kobane — 17/09/2014.

The Kurdish fighters in Rojava (western Kurdistan) have been fighting renewed advances from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) for the past week.Continue reading “Raising awareness for Kobane — autonomous Kurdish city”

Kurdish mother and her twins to begin prison sentence

yomamah.pngA Kurdish mother has been convicted for selling books related to Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). She is a new mother, her twins are 6-months-old. As a new mother myself, I can’t put into words how incredibly frustrated I have become over this news.Continue reading “Kurdish mother and her twins to begin prison sentence”

Kurdish ‘spring picnics’ are a nightmare

trash.pngWhen spring arrives, so do the Kurdish version of picnics, which are akin to a “nightmare” for me. Our gleeful neglect and disregard for the environment is an embarrassment — while others look at our countryside they see a nation that fights for independence but disrespects the soil it seeks to represent. What good is our nationalistic sentiment when so many are keen on destroying it.Continue reading “Kurdish ‘spring picnics’ are a nightmare”