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The Kurds a Nation Denied


Auteur : David McDowall
Éditeur : Minority Rights Date & Lieu : 1992, London
Préface : John Simpson Pages : 150
Traduction : ISBN : 1-873194-15-3
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 135x210 mm
Code FIKP : Gen. 2292Thème : Histoire

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In March 1988, during the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranian air force flew a group of foreign journalists to a town in Iraqi Kurdistan which had just been taken over by a Kurdish guerrilla group and handed over to the advancing Iranian forces. The town was called Halabja, and most of us who were being taken there had never heard of it before. We were told that Iraq had counter-attacked with chemical weapons, and that 5000 people had died. Few of us, I suspect, thought it was more than the standard propaganda line.

When we reached Halabja we saw that, if anything, the figure was an underestimate. Bodies lay heaped up, ready for mass burial. Others lay where they had fallen when the bombs fell. Halabja stank of death and of one of the nastier forms of destruction. Saddam Hussein had responded in characteristic fashion to the Kurdish demand for an acknowledged political identity....


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CONTENTS

FOREWORD / vii
Introduction / 1
1- Kurdistan - the land of the Kurds / 7
2- The basis of Kurdish society - Tribes, Shaikhs and Aghas / 17
3- Hidden from history - the Kurds before 1920 / 25
4- The Kurds in Turkey - the legacy of Atatürk / 35
5- The Kurds in Turkey - repression in the 1970s and 1980s / 43
6- The Kurds in Turkey - the 1990s and beyond / 51
7- The Alevi Kurds a minority within a minority / 57
8- The Kurds in Iran - under the Shahs / 65
9- The Kurds in Iran - under the Islamic Republic / 73
10- The Kurds in Iraq - from the mandate to the Ba'th / 81
11- The Kurds in Iraq - under the Ba'th / 89
12- Kurds between warring states - the Iran-Iraq war / 103
13- Kurdish uprising 1991 - brief victory and bitter defeat / 113
14- Kurds on the periphery - Syria, Lebanon and USSR / 121
15- CONCLUSION: Ensuring a Kurdish future - the international challenge / 127
FOOTNOTES / 134
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY / 142
INDEX / 143




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