Category Archive: Articles and Essays

Feb 23


By Nabaz Samad Anfal, also known as the Al-Anfal campaign, is the most textbook and most harrowing illustration of an attempted Kurdish genocide. It endeavoured to annihilate and extirpate the Kurds from both being-in-the world and being-in-history. Having its grounds in the Quran, Anfal appropriated and propagated predefined methods and aims specified, and known, by …

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Jan 27

The Populism of the Women’s March in the US

By Houzan Mahmoud In light of Donald Trump’s controversial inauguration as 45th president of the US, women recently organised themselves into a series of marches in order to show their power and political will. As many of us feminists know, institutionalised sexism, patriarchy, warmongering, racism and class division have finally come to the fore and …

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Jan 02

Inner freedom

Kojin Mirzayi I want to speak about a particular ‘concept’, a ‘concept’ which I personally live by, and this is ‘inner freedom’. For many, they never really reach this point in life. Often people are so very broken due to previous experiences, insecurities or life circumstances that they feel it is impossible to reach it …

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Dec 28

Alienation in a Second Language

Nabaz Samad We were all born with a specific culture, society, family, language, and etc. We have received all our culture, beliefs, ideas and countless other things through our native language.  We live in that language and grow with it; it shapes our ideas and our life as a whole. Our native language relates to …

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Dec 14

To Khanda: A letter about Anfal (Genocide)

Nabaz Samad Written in 2014 Dear Khanda, today (14/4/2014) is the 26th anniversary of the Anfal Campaign (Genocide). In February 1988 the Anfal (meaning ”spoils of war”) campaign as the final solution of the Kurdish question in Iraq was carried out by the toppled dictatorship of Iraq. It was the Ba’ath regime’s vicious attempt for …

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Nov 17

Can the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Cry?

by Fazil and Hawar Moradi Any attempt to link the past of the Kurds in Iraq to their future depends on whether the president of the Kurdistan Region can cry. This is not to say that the president should not make speeches, as speeches are required of presidents today and the inability to cry is …

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Nov 09

Report from the seminar on Sharia Councils hosted at the UK Parliament

The Culture Project in cooperation with the Centre for Kurdish Progress, One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and Muslims for Secular Democracy organised a seminar on the 7th of November 2016  on (Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice). The Seminar was opened …

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Nov 05

Mosul And The Plight Of Women

Houzan Mahmoud For the past two years since the taking over of Mosul by ISIS terrorists, people in the region have been anticipating the recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State. To see this city and the entire region cleared from ISIS is what we all want. The grim reality and the aftermath of this …

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Nov 03

The battle for Mosul as a project of  the “rational planners” 

By Ismail Hamalaw The battle for Mosul has begun and with it has grown huge expectations to the new imaginary changes in the region. I read a great deal of literature about what the future would look like in Iraq  and Syria and how all those ethnicities, nationalities and religious groups will deal with the …

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Nov 03

Kurds and Turks are at the edge of a cliff

Ayla Akat, women’s rights activist, has for many years sought a political solution to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict while defending the rights of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. She has been arrested. Interview. Ayla Akat, lawyer, former Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) MP for Batman, KJA Spokesperson and prominent Kurdish women’s rights activists based in Diyarbakir …

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Nov 02

Public Seminar at UK Parliament on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Date: 7 November 2016 Time: 7-9 pm Venue: Committee Room 9 House of Commons, Westminster London SW1A 0AA Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice is hosted by several organisations and activists to debate and express their concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums such as Sharia councils …

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Oct 19

Rusty Razorblades and State of the Art Cameras: in search of human rights ‘for Kurdish Girls?’

Dr. Sandra M. Phelps Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney Rusty Razorblades and State of the Art Cameras: in search of human rights ‘for Kurdish Girls?’ Abstract On December 29th 2008 the Washington Post published an article entitled “For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual”. Disseminated globally on the newspaper’s website, the article …

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Oct 14

“Returning Home”

DR. Janroj Yilmaz Keles Department of Leadership, Work, and Organizations, Middlesex University, UKAugust 2016 Funded by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq “Returning Home”  Transnational mobility and social networks among highly skilled British-Kurdish young people Introduction Drawing on the BISI funded research on the transnational mobility of British-Kurdish high skilled young people from …

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Oct 09

With My Wings

by Ismail Hamalaw 1 Telling stories from my childhood, or even from the moment of my birth, may seem to be a very classical way of beginning writing about myself. However, the story of my birth has several versions. In fact, storytellers have given different accounts of my birth. I myself was an infant and …

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Oct 05

The Gaze of Yezidi Victims vs. the Gaze of God

Saladdin Ahmed The enslavement of thousands of Yezidi girls and women in an Islamic war that has been legitimized with references to Mohammedian words and wars once again confronts Muslims with a serious moral question. Are they prepared to stand with the victims against a violent fascistic tradition that has been glorified for more than …

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Sep 30

Who deserves what? Some reflections on the refugee crisis

Writer and Philosopher Dr Arianne Shahvisi I am half-Kurdish, spent my childhood summers in Iran, and recently lived and worked in Lebanon for two years. I have a strong connection to the region known as the Middle East, the calamitous centre of the world, the geopolitical hotbed under whose surface oil will bubble for the …

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