Yezidi vulnerability before ISIS

ISIS’ infamous brutality is a culmination of an otherwise long and violent record of militant attacks against this persecuted minority over the last several years. Out of the dozens of attacks, it is noteworthy that as far back (at least) as 2004, Yezidis have been targeted by extremists.

Read more here at Kurdistan24.net.

Why Kurdistan Matters

I never learned about Kurds. Not once. Nor did I learn about any of the other ethnic and religious minorities in the region such as Alawis, Armenians, Assyrians, Amazigh, Chaldeans, Copts, Ibadis, Kaka’i, Shabak, Yezidis, and Zoroastrians. My formal education was incomplete at best, and subjective at worst.

Read more here at Kurdistan24.net.

A Christian State in Iraq? Between a Failed Iraq and a Stalled Kurdistan

Iraq’s Christians are an endangered population. Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac, and other Christians have faced extraordinary brutality in their homeland since even before the 2003 US-lead war.

Read more here at Kurdistan24.net.

Praying at a Jewish Tomb in the Shadow of ISIS

Back when they still lived in Iraq, Kurdish Jews had a famous saying about the ancient synagogue believed to house the tomb of a biblical prophet in this beleaguered town on the high northern plateau of Nineveh province.

On Shavuot they said, “He who has not made the pilgrimage to Nahum’s tomb has not yet known real pleasure.”

Read more here in the Forward

and here (Hungarian)