Amidst war and Devastation, Prophet Nahum Respected by all Faiths

Historically, while there were many different Jewish pilgrimages across Iraq during Shavuot—one of three such holidays—the largest was always to Nabi Nahum during Eid al-Ziyara, or the “festival of the pilgrimage.”  The community was known to have a famous saying, “Those who have not made the pilgrimage to Nahum’s tomb have not yet known real pleasure!”

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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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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.

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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.

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Kurdish Organizations in Europe call for International Day to Save Sinjar

Today, the Kurdish Diaspora in Europe and the Committee for Defending Religions and Ethnic Groups in Iraq, along with several Yezidi organizations, are marking the day as the International Day to Save Sinjar, to be followed by the UN Human Rights Day on December 10. This is a call to action and for greater awareness among governments and individuals, and seeks to educate and encourage people to become engaged in what is happening to the Yezidis in Sinjar and northern Iraq. This article is the result of an interview with Mr. Lakshari, co-chair of the Committee for Defending Religions and Ethnic Groups in Iraq


The Cost of Ignoring the Plight of Minorities in the Greater Middle East (Atlantic Community)

“While the concerted military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) dominates headlines, the international community faces a far greater policy challenge: if it continues to ignore the plight of minorities across the wider Middle East, it will provide ample breeding ground for other radical groups. If state cohesion is eroded through continuous marginalization, political instability, or the disintegration of the state entirely, can be hijacked by extremist groups for their own aims.”


Jumping on the Kurdish Bandwagon

Many policymakers, politicians and writers have the gall to continue demanding that Kurds remain part of a “unified” Iraq — despite the fact that Kurds are almost unanimously opposed to IS; that the Kurdish people have been oppressed and persecuted and had genocide committed against them by various iterations of Baghdad since Iraq’s inception; and that almost every Kurd wants to live in a free and independent state.