Iran: the Kurdish Struggle

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The Kurdish struggle is one of the most compelling stories of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but ignored by the international community.

In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows.

Global Voices – The Bridge publication

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Hamid Yazdan Panah

Despite the short-term alliances between the Kurds and the West, widespread recognition for the rights of Kurds remains uneven, if not completely absent from mainstream discourse. […]

Nor does the Kurdish cause receive much attention within Iran. “A lot of so called Iranian activists and intellectuals do not recognize the national aspirations of Kurds,” said Homa. “For them asking for independence is a crime and not a political choice. There is this preference between land and territorial integrity over humanity.” [sic]

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In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

More Reading on Kurdish Struggle:

“Kurdistan was erased from world maps after World War I, when the victorious powers carved up the Middle East, leaving the Kurds without a homeland. Today the Kurds, who live on land that straddles the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, are by far the largest ethnic group in the world without a state.”

Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Susan Meiselas, 2008

C’est au cours d’une fête à l’université, dans une Tchécoslovaquie alors sous régime communiste, qu’Hélène Krulich, surnommée ici Léna, fait la connaissance d’Abdol Rahman Ghassemlou. À son léger accent, elle le croit slovaque. Il est kurde, musulman, mais se revendique non-croyant. Pour pouvoir l’épouser à l’ambassade d’Iran à Prague, Léna se convertit à l’islam. En convolant, elle épouse avec lui la cause kurde : son mari deviendra en effet, au fil des ans, secrétaire général du Parti démocratique du Kurdistan d’Iran (PDKI) et le chef le plus respecté parmi les différents mouvements kurdes de son pays, et d’ailleurs. À Vienne, en juillet 1989, il est abattu lors d’un guet-apens tendu par des émissaires du successeur de l’Ayatollah Khomeiny, avec lesquels il était censé entreprendre des pourparlers de paix. Léna se demande encore comment cet homme, si vif et si fin, a pu faire confiance aux promesses des dirigeants iraniens dont il connaissait pourtant la duplicité. Une trajectoire politique que restitue Marc Kravetz dans la postface de cet ouvrage.

Une Européenne au pays des Kurdes, Hélène Krulich, Karthala Editions, 2011

A forgotten episode of Kurdish Struggle:

Simko Shikak revolts against Reza Shah, (1918–22)

News stories- Kurdistan:

Kurdish web sites:

Brainwashing in Iran Backfires

 

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Albertine Ahmadi

I was born and grew up in an Iranian province. I question whether the Iranian mentality grasps the basic principles of democracy.

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