History

Historical Kurdish Biographies: Layla Qasim and the Start of a Revolution

Born in Khanaqin to a Faylee Kurdish family, Leyla Qasim (1952 – 1974) studied at the University of Baghdad, joined the KDP in 1970, and was executed by the Baath regime on May 12, 1974. Her famous last words were, “Kill me! But you must also know that after my death thousands of Kurds will …

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Historical Kurdish Biographies: Mikdad Midhad Badirkhan and “Kürdistan”

Today is the 122nd anniversary of the first ever Kurdish identity focused newspaper, ‘Kürdistan’. Started by Mikdad Midhad Badirkhan and his family in Cairo, Egypt on April 22, 1898. Badirkhan’s newspaper lasted from 1898-1902. The aim was to capture the attention of the Turkish sultan at the time, Abdulhamid II. By mentioning the word “Kurd” …

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Demographic Status and its Impacts on Kurdish Nationalism

By Kajal Rahmani, PhD Kurdish National Congress Annual Conference, Calgary, Canada, April 30, 2011 Thanks to KNC-NA especially its president and board of directors for this invitation. I am honored to be here today and happy to share my thoughts with my fellow Kurds and friends of   Kurds. What is Demography? Demography is the study …

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A Brief History of Kurdish People and Today’s Apoist Movement in Eastern Kurdistan

By Ebrahim Baghi 23rd Annual Conference of KNC-NA, April 30, 2011, Calgary, Canada Mamosta Hemin, the pen name for Mohammad Amin Sheikholeslami (1921-1986), was a well-known Kurdish poet from Mahabad, Eastern of Kurdistan. He fled persecution in Iran to live out his life in exile in south Kurdistan. He once said:  Even if dying of …

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