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Had he lived long enough, he would have just celebrated his 61st birthday. On November 25th, 1957, he was born in California, far away from his native homeland. Likewise, his father had been born far away from his family’s country of origin. Despite being among the third or fourth...
The Syrian regime under the Ba'ath Party of Bashar al-Assad is not only infamous for its war crimes and human rights abuses during the war in Syria, but also held a thick record of systematic violence prior to the uprisings in 2011. Apart from its extensive intelligence apparatus, its...
Prisons play a formative role in the history of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Shortly after the foundation of the party in 1978, forecasting the military coup d’état of Turkey in 1980, thousands of Kurdish and Turkish left-revolutionaries were jailed, leading many of the existing groups to lose their...
Taking a look at the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan (southern Kurdistan), one cannot help but wonder where to begin with one’s analysis. Should I begin with the source of the issues? In that case, my writing would not come to an end. Should I write about the outcomes? It...
Born in 1965, in Akbulut village of Palu/Elazığ to a Kurdish family, Gurbetelli Ersöz (nom-de-guerre Zeynep Agir) was the first woman in Turkey to become editor-in-chief of a media outlet. Upon her university degree in chemistry, she studied towards a master's degree in "Environment and Energy". As a chemist,...
The villages of Qandîl, with their mountains, stones, plateaus, and valleys are witnesses of great wars. Enduring the Iraq-Iran war, the Kurdish peshmergas’ war against the Iraqi Ba’ath regime, Saddam Hussein’s genocidal al-Anfal campaign, as well as the intra-Kurdish wars between the KDP, PUK, and PKK, the villagers’ lived...
Games make up one of the main bridges that strengthen bonds and feelings of unity between peoples. As a method of self-expression, games have taken on different shapes according to different geographies, cultures and beliefs. Communities not only create strong societal ties within themselves in a playful manner through...
Historian and author Etem Xemgîn, who is known for his work on Alevism, Mazdaism and Zoroastrianism recently passed away. His rich research included in-depth work on socio-economic structures, traditions and customs among the Kurds. Similar to other communities in the region, the historically oppressed Alevi community has been the...
In the existing societal structures dictated by capitalist modernity, it is very rare that we find means by which we can facilitate open and honest discussions. Whether it’s in the workplace, in schools, even between friends and families, we are restricted by social constructs which inhibit our ability to...
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During my time as an undergraduate one of my majors was criminal justice. The program curriculum covered everything from the philosophy, logic and application of law, the idea of “crime” and the sociological factors and theories which attempt to explain it, as well as the history and various theories...

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