Benjamin Kweskin is interviewed by host of “New Blue Review” Benji Shulman from Chai FM from the shores of the Sea of Galilee about his experience living in Iraqi Kurdistan from 2013-2014.
Listen here from the 7.3.2017 show (min 1:00-15:00)
Non-government organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan have warned that their activities are being curtailed by a mixture of financial insecurity and interference by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
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Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the removal of Saddam Hussein, Israel and Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region have steadily converged toward one another, despite their official stance that there are no such relations. In reality, their forbidden friendship is purposefully opaque due to lack of formal ties between Tel Aviv and Baghdad—and has frequently circumvented such diplomatic protocols.
Read more here in WarisBoring,com
On Aug. 3, 2014, Islamic State blitzed through dozens of northern Iraq’s minority-inhabited towns and villages, expelling, kidnapping, enslaving and massacring along the way. Many Christian, Shabak and Kakai’i people lost everything and were forced to flee their ancestral lands. But none suffered like the Yazidis.
Read more here in the Atlanta Jewish Times
Yazidis living in Iraq’s Sinjar region are on edge in the wake of fighting last week between rival Kurdish factions. Some Yazidis joined in the fighting against Peshmerga belonging to Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
See more at Investigative Project
Unlike the warm, if not ambiguous and largely indirect relationship between Israel and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, relations between Israeli and Kurdish actors in Turkey have been considerably more fraught. For Turkey’s Kurds, pro-Israel sentiment has been less forthcoming and enthusiastic —Israel is often viewed as participating in regional realpolitik with NATO-ally Turkey—often at the expense of Kurds.
Read more here at Vocal Europe
There are roughly 200,000 Jews of Kurdish origin living in Israel, descendants of the Jewish community of Kurdistan, which mostly made aliyah in 1950-1952, along with the rest of Iraqi Jewry, as part of the Israeli airlift code-named “Operation Ezra and Nehemiah.” There is a smattering of mostly secretive Crypto-Jews remaining in Iraqi Kurdistan (formally known as the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) called BenJews — those whose ancestors converted to Islam but who are still vaguely aware of their Jewish origins.
Read more here in Jewish Currents
First of all, Iraq and Kurdistan Region are two different situations: politically, socially, and culturally. Iraq is disastrous and not only for Christians. Before the war in 2003 there were roughly 1.5 million Christians and now there are only around 100,000 in the entire country.
Read more here in Philos Project
And here in Ankawa.com
Coming out of the genocide, there was a common cause shortly afterward. Armenians were helpful and sympathetic to the Kurds in the 1920s and 1930s. It is also noteworthy that today there is a solid relationship among these diaspora communities.
For more read here at Philos Project
Though Iraqi Kurds are more than deserving of U.S.-backing, comprehensive policies should not be partisan-based—U.S. foreign policy should remain debated among Democrats and Republicans alike.
Read more here at Kurdistan24.net.