Journal of Kurdish Studies Review of The Yezidi Religious Textual Tradition: From Oral to Written (by Martin van Bruinessen, 2018)
The study of Yezidi religion has made major advances in the past two decades, even as the Yezidi communities and their religious traditions have been facing existential threats, not only in the form of genocidal campaigns by the Islamic State and earlier by the Saddam Hussein regime, but also from the less spectacular consequences of modernisation, mass education, migration and assimilation. It is tragic that the recent accumulation of scholarly knowledge of Yezidism reflects and, in a sense, was made possible by the gradual disappearance or transformation of living Yezidi belief and practice.
Protests Rock Southern Iraq: Protests that have roiled southern Iraq since July 8 continued on July 16, National Public Radio (NPR) reported. The protests, which come amid growing anger at the Iraqi government over corruption and a lack of public services, have intensified and spread over the last week. Two protesters were killed on Sunday in the town of Samawa after police opened fire on hundreds of protesters storming a courthouse, while at least 48 protesters were wounded in Basra after police fired in the air to disperse a crowd. More injuries and reported deaths have occurred in clashes between security forces and protesters across the region, and riots have intensified in the Shi’a holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala. The Iraqi government severely restricted internet access to most of the country, blocked social media, and cut electricity to several southern cities over the weekend, while Iraq’s influential top Shi’a cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, issued a statement in solidarity with the protesters, noting that they faced an “extreme lack of public services.” In an attempt to quell the protests, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced a “solution package” on Sunday that promises 10,000 new public sector jobs and improved public services while simultaneously deploying more troops to the region. In another indication of Abadi’s tenuous position, the prime minister’s visit to Basra over the weekend quickly ended after he was evacuated by the army, with videos circulating on social media of Abadi and his security detail escaping from a crowd of protesters.
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Part of Iraqi Forces in Kirkuk Deployed to Southern Iraq Amid Angry Protests
Baghdad – AFP – 15 July 2018 – The Iraqi Rapid Response Force, under the command of Hashd al Shaabi, and a big squad of the federal police were deployed on Sunday from Kirkuk province to other provinces in southern Iraq where protests against the lack of efficient public services have lately turned violent, said a Peshmerga commander.
Peshmerga commander, Kamal Karkuki, confirmed to BasNews that the Iraqi forces were sent to Baghdad, and local police have temporarily been stationed in their units. Protests, which first started in the oil-rich city of Basrah, were expanded to other provinces and turned violent. Demonstrators on Sunday burned the offices of some political parties in Muthanna province, while four civilians were killed and several were injured in Basra when clashed with the security forces. More via www.mesop.de
Basnews English – 15/07/2018 – 01:22 ERBIL — Large number of protesters on Saturday stormed the headquarter of Iraqi Hezbollah in Najaf, setting the office on fire, Arabiya Hadath website said. The attack came hours after angry protesters stormed the office of Najaf governor.
Iraqi government suspended Social media services in Kurdistan
15 July 2018 – HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— An Iraqi government’s decision to shut down services of social media sites extended to the Kurdistan Region, Ministry of Transportation and Communications in the region said on Saturday.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS „INTERKULTURELLES“ : SÜD-KURDISCHE MILLIONÄRE KAUFT HISTORISCHE RHEINGAU BAUTEN (AUS: DIE FETTEN KATZEN AUS KURDISTAN)
Qadir will auf dem Gelände der alten Staatsweingüter in Eltville ein Hotelprojekt verwirklichen – Von Oliver Koch – 13 Juli 2018
Laut Arif besitzt der aus der autonomen Region Kurdistan im Irak stammende Qadir mehrere IT-Firmen, die Dienstleistungen für Großverbraucher anböten. Im Rheingau ist er über die Schlosshotel Eltville Verwaltungs GmbH Gesellschafter von Hotel Schloss Reinhartshausen.
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SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – BasNews 12/07/2018 – 14:25 ERBIL – US President Donald Trump hailed on Thursday the Kurdistan Region people and Peshmerga forces, saying that they are “great people and incredible allies in many cases”.The remarks were made during a press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : PUTIN WELCOME EVERYWHERE ! – Sadr Urges Russian Authorities to Play Role in Upgrading Iraq’s Services
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – By Mohammed Ebraheem – IRAQI NEWS – 2018-07-10 22:19 GMT
Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on Russian authorities to play a role in improving the humanitarian and service situation in the country.
Sadr made the remark during a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maxim Maximov in Al Najaf Al Ashraf city, his media office said in a statement.Sadr, according to the statement, voiced his desire to form “a parental national government that is capable of overcoming serious challenges facing the country in the current period.”The Russian ambassador, meanwhile, congratulated Sadr on winning the May 12 parliamentary elections.Al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition won 54 parliamentary seats in the May 12 parliamentary polls, followed by an al-Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s Victory bloc (42 seats), according to the election commission.
SOUTH KURDISTAN (IRAQ) – MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : BIG TROUBLE INSIDE OF THE GORRAN FAMILY
Fazel Hawramy July 9, 2018 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – The Gorran movement is facing accusations of nepotism, as the two sons of the movement’s founder have gained ownership of its financial assets. A decade after Nawshirwan Mustafa led a rebellion within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) over nepotism, corruption and family-based politics, the reform-oriented Gorran (Change) movement he later founded is ironically facing similar challenges.
Tennis mit König Faisal Bin Hussein – GERTRUDE BELL – Von Professor Dr. Benedikt Stuchtey
Als Gelehrten-Verwalter stellten sie im 19. Jahrhundert ihr Wissen in den Dienst der europäischen Kolonialmächte. Die meisten waren Männer. Doch ohne Gertrude Bell sähe die nahöstliche Landkarte heute wohl anders aus. Ein Gastbeitrag.
Während der Hochzeit der europäischen kolonialen Expansion und der Blüte des britischen Empires machte ein besonderer Typus Wissenschaftler von sich reden. Man nannte sie „Gelehrten-Verwalter“ („scholar-administrators“). Diese Bezeichnung brachte ihre doppelte Eigenschaft schön auf den Punkt. Denn in beiden Welten, in der wissenschaftlichen wie der politisch-administrativen, waren sie gleichermaßen zu Hause. Die meisten von ihnen waren, wie nicht anders zu erwarten, Männer. Umso interessanter sind die Frauen, die als Gelehrten-Verwalter Geschichte schreiben und machen sollten. Etwa die vor 150 Jahren, am 14. Juli 1868, geborene Gertrude Bell.