We are originally from Afrin but lived in Aleppo (Syria’s second city) and moved there when we were children. We grew up with nothing. Though we went to school, no one cared about us; we we did not even have bicycles like my children now have. The Syrian government [led by former dictator Hafez al-Assad did not care about us. They did not like us or care about us because we are Kurds. The government did not invest in Kurdish areas as a policy: there was no industry, no new schools—nothing. We are very proud to be Kurdish: we named our children after a famous Kurdish folk song.
Read more here in KurdistanTribune
Ceasar Mitchell serves as the president of the Atlanta City Council and is strongly considering a run for mayor in 2017, when Mayor Kasim Reed won’t be able to run for a third term. Mitchell also served several years as a citywide council member.
Read more here in Atlanta Jewish Times
The largest-yet Spring festival featured music from local and international artists, reflecting Atlanta’s growing, diverse Jewish community.
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[Benjamin Kweskin] became very interested in Kurdistan when all of his teachers could not explain anything to him about the Kurdish culture [so] [h]e decided to go and learn about it for himself.
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