Syrian Kurdish Refugees Start Over In Atlanta

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.

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Kurds Must Be Part of the New Middle East: Interview with Dr. Mehmet Gurses & Dr. David Romano

Now [Kurds] have two main choices (mostly in Iraq): 1. they can chose to become independent or they can somehow persuade these countries to provide them with full equality and democracy. There is a cost to war sometimes and it may pit democracy against independence. This may not result in the same outcome in all four countries but as it is often said, ‘democracy is a journey, not a destination.’

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Hollywood can do more for Kurdistan

Given that celebrities have just as much access to the latest geopolitical happenings it is somewhat surprising that the “Kurdish issue” has not received much support from those in Beverly Hills—even after front-page headlines announced that Islamic State (IS) committed genocide against Ezidis (Yezidis) and ethnically cleansed most of the Iraqi Christian population from their homes.

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U.S. presidential candidates: ambiguous Kurdish support

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.

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