Thursday, July 12, 2012

منداڵانی پاش ته‌ڵاق چاودێری ناکرێن



باوکان گازنده‌ی که‌م بینینی منداڵه‌کانیان ده‌که‌ن و دایکانیش پاڵپشتی ماددیان ده‌وێت

ئاکۆ که‌لاری

ده‌ستێوه‌ردانی خه‌زورانی رێگره‌ له‌وه‌ی ره‌حیم محه‌مه‌د کوڕه‌ چوار ساڵانه‌که‌ی ببینێت هه‌رچه‌نده‌ هێشتا، به‌ قسه‌ی خۆی، به‌ یه‌کجاری ته‌ڵاقیان وه‌رنه‌گرتووه‌.
"ئه‌وه‌ ئیسه‌ دوو ساڵه‌،" ده‌نگی درێژ کرده‌وه‌ و ده‌ستی بۆ پشت سه‌ری راوه‌شاند، ره‌حیم باسی ئه‌و شه‌وه‌  ده‌کات بۆ دواینجار خێزانه‌که‌ی برده‌وه‌ ماڵی باوکی له‌ خانه‌قین، که‌ زێدی هه‌ردووکیانه‌.
ئه‌و ئێستا دوکانێکی بچوکی سه‌رتاشینی به‌ڕێوه‌ ده‌بات و شه‌وانیش شاگردی ساندویچ فرۆشیه‌ له‌ بنه‌سڵاوه‌ی نزیك هه‌ولێر. ره‌حیم له‌ پاش گه‌رانه‌وه‌یان له‌ ئێران له‌ 2009، ئێستا نیشته‌جێی ئه‌و شارۆچکه‌یه‌یه‌‌.
"له‌وانه‌یه‌ ئیتر نه‌یناسمه‌وه‌... کوڕه‌که‌م ده‌بێ ئێستا گه‌وره‌ بووبێت،" ره‌حیم نیگه‌رانی خۆی ده‌ربڕێت له‌وه‌ی که‌ هه‌وڵه‌ یاسایی و عه‌شاییریه‌کانی تا ئێستا بێ هوده‌بوون. له‌به‌ر ئه‌وه‌ی دۆسێیه‌کی له‌ خانه‌قینه‌، ئه‌و ده‌ڵێت هیچی دیکه‌ی پێناکرێت، نه‌ بۆ گه‌راندنه‌وه‌ی خێزانه‌که‌ی و نه‌ بۆ بینینی منداڵه‌که‌ی.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cleaning dirtiness, not killing, is the battle







Recently thousands of Kurdish Pesmarga forces have been sent to the so-called disputed areas to
closely watch
any threat might attempt for cleansing the Kurdish identity of Kirkuk, Khanaqin, Jalawla an
d many other

towns.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tribal reconciliation




Najat Amin, chief of KDP's 16th branch in Erbil. GLOBE PHOTO/ Wahid Ismael

By Ako Muhammed
The Kurdish Globe


A report of August 2007


New "social committees" will attempt to settle rivalries.
Rivalries between families and tribes still exist, leading to murder as a form of revenge. Courts cannot always end disputes, and this is where tribal reconciliation is most important.

Khanaqin dries up



Khanaqin dries up

Two men fish the Alwan River in Khanaqin, which is almost completely dry due to Iranian dams. GLOBE PHOTO/Qassim Khidhir

The Globe - Khanaqin
Ako Muhammed and
Qassim Khidhir


A report of July 2008

Iranian dams produce a major crisis and result in the loss of farms and drinking water.
The Alwan River, which crosses through Khanaqin town north of Diyala province, is completely dry due to the construction of dams by Iran on the Iranian side. The people are suffering a vital shortage of drinking water, their farms are dying, and they have lost a river, which is the symbol of their town.

Fayli Kurds prepare genocide case




Hadi Ali's family is shown here in 1980. Ali and three of his brothers were lost after they were imprisoned near Baghdad in the early 1980s. GLOBE PHOTO
Two years passes since this report was published. the aim of republishing it is for raising a question, What Happened to the Fayli Case?



Fayli Kurds prepare genocide case

By Ako Muhammed
The Kurdish Globe



A report conducted in June 2008


KRG supports victims' families in their search for traces of lost youths and with legal compensation.
Crimes against Fayli Kurds from as far back as the '70s and '80s are now ready to be heard by the Iraqi High Crimes Tribunal.

Jalawla is "kingdom of orphans"



Kurds evacuate Jalawla

A man in traditional Arab dress walks through the central market of Jalawla town on February 9, 2010. GLOBE PHOTO/Ako Muhammed

The Kurdish Globe
Arabs from other provinces are replacing Kurds in disputed town of Jalawla.
Hundreds of Kurdish families escaped threats and shortage of services in the disputed town of Jalawla, and Arabs from other provinces are replacing them, according to Kurdish sources.

More than 450 Kurdish families left Jalawla, a district in northern Diala province, because of bad security and other difficult conditions, said Amir Raf'at, a Kurdish former member of Diala provincial council in an interview with Erbil-based Payamner news agency. He added that a large number of Kurdish families also left nearby Sadiya and Qaratapa districts. These districts, which belong to Khanaqin town, are considered a part of the disputed areas covered by constitutional Article 140.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Donkeys’ utopia to be established in Kurdistan


Association forms to defend donkeys’ rights and educate people
Saving donkeys and ensuring they are treated in a humane manner becomes the main task of the Kurdistan Donkeys Association.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Argument renewed on case of murdered Sardash Osman


Interrogation committee claims victim had ties to Ansarul-Islam
Organization calls for further investigation as KRG publishes information on murder of Sardasht Osman.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Nechirvan Barzani: Oil is not smuggled in Kurdistan


“Awene” runs in-depth interview with former PM Nechirvan Barzani
Among other issues discussed, the former PM responded frankly to a question about smuggled oil: “We have to act transparently in the oil issue or it will trouble the KRG.”

Sunday, June 6, 2010

PUK, an idea born at a café

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan began in Syria in 1975

By Ako Muhammed

At Tolaitala, a café in Damascus, Syria, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) became a Kurdish revolutionary name for the first time. To revive the Kurdish struggle against the Iraqi Baath system, President Jalal Talabani met with Dr. Fuad Masum, Abdul-Razaq Aziz, and Adil Murad to discuss the future of a nation, above and beyond drinking coffee.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Anfal leaves survivor infertile


After-effects of 1988 Anfal tactics produce misery to this dayMore than 20 years later, an injection given to an imprisoned Kurdish man during the Anfal Operation still haunts him.
After 13 years of marriage, Ibrahim Amin still has not become father. Medical reports recently revealed that his infertility is because of an injection he was given while in jail.

Kurds rebury massacred children



“My Hajar was quite a lady…like an angel.”
Anfal’s 22nd anniversary observed at a funeral of 104 children and two women

One day 22 years ago, Maryam Faqe Ali was separated from her family—she never saw them again. Seeking to start a routine rural life, they were interrupted by an army attack on their village of Askar, southwest of Suleimaniya.
Her husband, Hassan Mohammad, was shot dead. She and other women from the village smelled toxic gas. But the women were able to escape the army and the gas as they hid in a pool of water. Her three children and a daughter-in-law were captured and they disappeared.
“My eldest son was dear Sabir, and my Talib was like that boy,” she pointed to a child nearly 8 years old as she mentioned her lost children. “My Hajar was quite a lady…like an angel,” she said, then burst into tears. “The Baath government…only because we were Kurds,” Ali said in reply to why they were targeted.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Children starved to death in a Baath jail



Witnesses tell of burying Anfaled children in Dubis



Children who died of starvation will be memorialized and remembered for their suffering.



Underground, in a space twice as large as a basketball court, Karwan, Hiwa, and many others of their age—less than 12 years old—who endured starvation and imprisonment, were buried by volunteers in Dubis, a multiethnic town northwest of Kirkuk.
"This grave is of Hiwa. I remember very well the day the prison guards brought him," said Hassan Ahmed, a water project worker who had dug many graves for children taken out dead from a military prison in his town in 1988. That time, Ahmed was an 18-year-old student; his home was located close to the children’s cemetery next to the Old Mosque of Dubis.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

KRG criticizes UNAMI report

UNAMI accuses the KRG of having “secret jails” in Kurdistan Region; KRG denies the charge
Report welcomes KRG attempts to “improve prison situations,” but claims it violates detainees’ rights at the same time.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

DTP ban elicits demonstrations in Iraqi Kurdistan


Iraqi Kurds say they are worried, but continue to hope for wise solutions in Turkey
Demonstrators seek to “break the silence of the Iraqi Kurds toward their problems in Turkey.”
Nearly 300 people throughout Iraqi Kurdistan gathered Tuesday in front of the Region’s Parliament in Erbil, demanding that Iraqi Kurdish leaders take a stance on recent developments concerning Kurds in Turkey. The Region’s leaders consider the Kurdish question there a Turkish internal problem, but they hope for the continuation of democratic improvements launched recently by the Turkish government, said an official in Erbil.

Parliament to legislate security agencies


Iraqi Parliament analyzes security situation of the country following questioning top officials. It will make recommendations on improving cooperation between police and the army, and raise the reward money for informers who reveal information about explosions, stated a lawmaker.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kurdish MP says Kurds’ crucial mistake was rescuing Maliki government


Iraqi Parliament member from Kurdistan Coalition list Mahmud Osman analyzes the current political process in a phone interview.
Osman says Kurds should unite for the January parliamentary elections and that Erbil-Baghdad negotiations are likely to resume after the elections. He added that Kurds should reject any special case for elections in Kirkuk, and the United States wants to delay any settlement of disputed areas. He also expects more seats for Kurds.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

KRG worried about delaying general census


The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) immediately expressed concern after the declaration of an Iraqi government decree delaying the process of counting the population for one year.
“The KRG is concerned that the decree has been issued. The census process is a national right for all Iraq, including Kurdistan Region. By holding the census, all of us would have benefited from the great information that would have been gained,” said Osman Shwani, KRG Minister of Planning. Shwani explained that the delay had political backgrounds.

Barzani asserts Article 140 only solution for Kirkuk


Kurdistan Parliament speaker complains UN is only wasting time
New UN Representative to Iraq faces daunting challenges, most of which were left unresolved by the previous UN Representative, Staffan de Mistura.
Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani assured Ad Melkert, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), during a meeting that the Kurdish insistence on implementing Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution is the only and key solution for Kirkuk and disputed areas. Melkert ended his two-day visit to Kurdistan on Wednesday.
Melkert also met with other high-ranking Kurdish officials including Region Parliament Speaker Kamal Kirkuki and Barham Salih, leader of the Kurdistani List in Parliament.
The UN’s official website in Iraq described Melkert’s meetings with Kurdish officials as “productive,” but no further details were released. Local media reported that the UN delegation came to Kurdistan to closely watch the political process of the region and to observe UN humanitarian and economic aid.
Melkert acknowledged Kurdish leaders’ will to cooperate in developing relations between Erbil and Baghdad.
“We want to advance cooperation with both the Iraq and Kurdistan Regional governments. We would like to listen to your [President Barzani's] suggestions and guidance,” the Kurdistan presidency’s official website conveyed from Melkert.
The issue of Kirkuk and disputed areas was a focal point of discussion during the meetings.
The UN mission to Iraq mediated during the presence of former SRSG Staffan de Mistura in offering technical suggestions to help terminate long-lasting disputes between Iraqi Kurds and the Baghdad federal government on which side should have the direct right of places--including oil-rich Kirkuk city--that are claimed by Kurdish leaders as part of their autonomous region in the north of the country.
“We appreciate the role of the UN on this issue, and hope that the UN will work with all sides to find a resolution,” President Barzani said.
UN involvement came as Baghdad halted fulfilling constitutional Article 140, which calls for returning displaced families home in the disputed areas, deporting brought-in people from those areas, and allowing the original people of those places to decide in a referendum whether to be governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government or directly by the federal government.
“We insist on the resolution of this issue in accordance with the implementation of Article 140 of the Constitution, because we do not want to see our people go through hardships and tragedies again.”
Barzani also assured of their readiness to cooperate with the UN, “but this issue concerns a whole nation and we will not make any concessions on this issue in any way whatsoever.
“I believe in this issue. I once defended this issue in battle and now I will defend it in peacetime,” added the President, noting that the Kurds have showed enough “flexibility” on the issue of the disputed areas. He warned that further delays on this issue would only serve in complicating it.
“Evading the implementation of this article [140] will only complicate the issue further. If the UN is for an alternative to Article 140, then there will be no progress on this issue.”
Meanwhile, during the meeting with the Kurdistan Region Parliament Speaker, the UN delegation heard a clear complaint from the Kurdish side regarding UN involvement in the Kirkuk issue.
“With our respect for De Mistura, he spent a lot of time but left no consequences,” explained Parliament speaker Kirkuki.
He also assured that Kurdistan Region leaders highly regard fulfilling Article 140, and that this issue is to be settled via dialogue between the federal and regional governments of Baghdad and Erbil. “Also, opportunities must be allowed to components of Kirkuk and of other disputed areas so they can decide on the destiny of their origins through a referendum,” Kirkuki added.
During the meeting, Kirkuki offered to the UN delegation historical and geographical documents to prove the Kurdistan identity of the disputed areas. These places were exposed to demographic changes in favor of increasing numbers of Arab inhabitants on the count of Kurds, according to a statement published from Kirkuki’s office on Wednesday.