A Conversation with Mem Ararat

Mem Ararat, May 25, 2021(Instagram, @Memararat__official) By Azad F. Kurd  07/14/2021 This interview has been transcribed and translated from Kurdish (Kurmancî) to English. 1) How would you describe Mem Ararat to those who don’t know him? I recommend to those who do not know Mem to listen to my songs rather than my words. It…

Rising Tensions in Kurdistan

The headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) during anti-government protests in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region, December 8, 2020 (Reuters) By Azad F. Kurd  12/23/2020 Tensions in the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq are escalating as Baghdad and Erbil try to overcome domestic affair obstacles. While most of the strains are domestic, Turkey’s involvement in the…

NATO’s Turkey Strikes 8 Children in Kurdish Region of Syria

Families of the ten victims mourning their loss in Tel Rifat, Syria on Dec. 02. (Syrian Democratic Council) By Azad F. Kurd 12/18/2019 On Monday of December 2, 2019, 10 people were laid to rest – 8 of them children – after a Turkish mortar strike on a school in the village of Tel Rifat,…

A Political Hostage in Turkey: Selahattin Demirtas

By Azad F. Kurd 09/17/2019 On November 4th, 2016, former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas was taken from his house in Diyarbakir to Edirne High Security Prison. He was held in Edirne prison for 460 days before appearing in front of a judge. Demirtas was born during the year of 1973,…