Tag: ethnicity

Kurdistan’s Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

In Kurdistan, the reported number of cases of COVID-19 is remarkably low due to precautions taken in late February to block off access to the region for non-residents. This is especially notable considering the high number of cases in Iran, Kurdistan’s neighbor to the east, that did not handle concerns over the virus as seriously and now has at least 70,000… Read more →

Ethnicity in Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine” — Eliza Wilson Blog Post 4

Mathieu Kassovitz’s 1995 La Haine strives to understand and represent the perspectives of urban youth in Paris’s banlieues in the mid 1990s– a period of much social unrest, police violence, and distorted media representation in the suburbs of Paris. La Haine follows three typical young men – Jewish, Arab , and black– over the course of 24 hours after the arrest, beating, and ultimate death of… Read more →

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Health Spotlight – Muntaqa Zaman

Muntaqa Zaman, post #3 The health of the Rohingya refugees remains one of the most critical issues preventing the uplift of their situation. Many of these health barriers include lack of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), communicable diseases (such as cholera, measles, HIV, and diptheria), and most importantly, mental health. A report by the National Institute of Health states: “Mental… Read more →

Yazidis in Syria: Persecution of an Ethnoreligious Minority

The Yazidi people are a small, monotheistic ethnoreligious minority who have lived primarily in the Nineveh Province of Iraq and the Al-Jazira region of Syria for centuries (MERI). Although the Yazidi people practice monotheism, their religion has been long misunderstood by members of other religions. One of the central figures in the Yazidi faith, Melek Taus, or the “Peacock Angel” in… Read more →

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Current Policies – Muntaqa Zaman

Muntaqa Zaman, post #2 Current policies regarding the Rohingya are based on the political climate. Myanmar is jointly ruled by the counselor San Suu Kyi and the military. She had been an advocate for democracy and even won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, but after the beginning of the concurrent rule, has not spoken up regarding the atrocities committed… Read more →

Turkish Violence Against the Kurds

As an ethnic minority divided amongst multiple countries, the Kurds frequently face harsh discrimination. Recently in Turkey, Kurds have also been increasingly targeted as victims of brutality and military force (Independent). Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, views the Kurds as serious political opposition due to their desire to separate from Turkey and form their own nation-state (Washington Post). The… Read more →

The Kurds: Stranded without a Nation

The Kurds are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, with estimates somewhere between 36 million and 45 million people, but exist without a nation (IKP). The Kurds were not granted their own nation state in the post World War I division of the Ottoman Empire, leaving them separated across Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran (BBC). Despite their geographic… Read more →