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NL Interviews Laleh Khadivi

Kurdish American writer Laleh Khadivi speaks to Alpana Kishore on being a minority both in Iran and America, what ties you to the soil, what she misses about Iran, the sense of family, her suspicion of nationality, and the push of leaving and pull of curiosity and more…

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Kurdish American writer Laleh Khadivi speaks to Alpana Kishore on being a minority both in Iran and America, what ties you to the soil, what she misses about Iran, the sense of family, her suspicion of nationality, and the push of leaving and pull of curiosity and more…

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  • phoney

    nationalism is not a choice but a defensive act against the oppressor, but who assigns the role ?

  • Ramchandra

    I was in Syria and Iraq between 1970 and 73 while there was able to to get to know a little about the Kurdish people’s problems. Kurdish people live in mainly in 4 countries Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. In each country they face a different problem. In Syria they are ignored and do not form part of the main stream. I Turkey they have the biggest trouble the Government does not even permit them to speak there language, call them Mountain Turks and does not expect that there are any Kurds in the country. the Kurds in Turkey have their own fighting units and are in constant war with the Governmental. In Iran their main problem is religious. The Kurds are Sunnis and Government is Shea. This has created many social problems. I Iraq the Khurds had the best of conditions during Sadam’s time though it was nor perfect.There was a Kurdish representative in the Government and the Kurds area a separate province.In spite of this there was an area on the Iran border where they had a region which was under Kurdish control. I had a chance to go in this area (we were asked not to take any cameras ) and found the people very friendly.
    The 4 countries do not agree on many things They have even had wars between them. but when it comes to Kurdish question they all unite to oppose any improvement in the area.
    It was nice to hear Laleh khadivi

  • Parvatham Ramaswami

    Very interesting interview. But I do wish Alpana would allow her guests to be heard more.

  • Prateek Mathur

    Alpana should realize that we want to hear the guest!

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