Trauma centre for Ezidi people — Volunteers needed

ViolenceTrauma2_980W550H_OPTThe Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) militants led an offensive and captured several villages, towns and Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in 2014. They espoused to have established a governing system based on Islamic principles.  Continue reading

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Stop the demonisation of Ezidi people

1403675306491.jpg-620x349-2The plight of Ezidis were unknown to many in the world for decades. They have suffered 73 massacres throughout their history, a parliamentary Ezidi member explained to the Washington PostContinue reading

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Irresponsible journalism on Ezidi women

v2-yazidi1-ap-v2The coverage of Kurdish news agencies on Shingal has been appalling because of the lack of ethical guidelines followed. In the beginning of the war against ISIS, Kurdistan Region’s presidency issued preliminary guidelines restricting its military personnel from issuing public statements or speaking to the press without permission. Continue reading

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Turkey bans “Kurdistan” name for newborn

Picture: Mazlum and Songul Erol with their daughter — Photo via DIHA.

Picture: Mazlum and Songul Erol with their daughter — Photo via DIHA.

A Kurdish couple have been denied the right to name their newborn daughter “Kurdistan. Mazlum and Songul Erol have faced intimidation and difficulty at the birth registration office, where they were approved for registering the name in Turkey. Continue reading

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Where is the Million-person march for Ezidi women?

Displaced Ezidi people look for clothes at the Nowruz refugee camp in Derike, August 12, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed).

Displaced Ezidi people look for clothes at the Nowruz refugee camp in Derike, August 12, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed).

Nearly one million people gathered in Paris to rally in show of support and unity with France, following the deadly terror attacks last week that killed 17 people. Continue reading

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Can Islam be reformed?

8a6770695e94f5db9cc333715a1cbeddThe current maelstrom and series of violence in the name of Islam or its prophet testifies to the Muslim leadership’s failure in affronting Islamist extremism that exploits religion for its own purposes. Continue reading

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Kurdish Imams should wage an ideological war against ISIS

YPG fighter in Koban — Photo: Max Retallack.

YPG fighter in Koban — Photo: Max Retallack.

The current dynamics of Middle East has inevitably raised questions about the various ways the Islamic religion can be interpreted. Some of the interpretations have cause havoc, and used as justification to commit horrendous crimes against humanity, of which many argue are not part of Islam. Continue reading

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