Defining a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Equating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shows a profound lack of nuance. While the United States lists both ISIS and the PKK as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), their ideology and tactics are dramatically different.
ISIS was founded in 2006 based on the radical ideology of Jihadi-Salafism. As an offshoot of al-Qaeda, ISIS employs a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, justifying anti-Shiite sectarian views. ISIS believes that Shia are conspiring with the United States and secular Arab rulers to limit Salafi power in the Middle East.
Gorran Leader Newshirwan Mustafa passes away
A co-founder of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mustafa served as an PUK politburo member until 2006.He later left PUK and founded the Gorran Movement which gave a new impulse to the politics in Southern Kurdistan.
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Seven Years After Execution, Kurdish Teacher Farzad Kamangar
Farzad Kamangar was 31 when he was arrested by the intelligence ministry in July 2006 for allegedly collaborating with the Kurdish opposition parties. The Iranian regime accused him of being “an enemy of god”.many friends and colleagues including is mother believe that his only crime was his ‘Kurdishness’. His lawyer Khalil Bahramian his lawyer argued that “there was not a shred of evidence” against him.
Interrogations and tortures in numerous prisons carried out where Farzad was held for four years. Severe physical and mental torture including lashing, burning and hanging from the ceil were among practices to break his resistance. Farzad’s letters and articles about the inhumane conditions inside prison helped to bring international condemnations from many organisations including UNICEF and the Education International which represents teachers across the globe.
Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism
In the open letter to Erdoğan released last month, Chomsky and hundreds of others accused him of waging war against his own people. It said: “We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.”.