The Kurds

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Noah Berlatsky
Greenhaven Publishing LLC, Jan 14, 2013 - Young Adult Nonfiction - 216 pages
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This collection of essays explores genocide and persecution of the Kurds, including the historical and cultural background of Kurdish persecution in Turkey and Iraq events from the rise of the communist People's Republic of China in 1949 to the present. Readers are presented with issues surrounding events such as Saddam Hussein's persecution of the Kurds in Iraq, Turkey's treatment of the Kurdish people, and the pros and cons of establishing an independent state for the Kurds. Personal narratives are included from people touched by the events including Kurdish survivors of Saddam Hussein's poison gas attacks and a Turkish Kurd who laments the denial of his cultural identity.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Foreword
5
World Map
15
Chronology
18
Chapter 1 Historical Background on the Kurds
21
Chapter Exercises
22
Viewpoint 1 An Overview of the Kurds
24
Viewpoint 2 Turkeys 1934 Settlement Law Targets NonTurks Including Kurds
37
Saddam Husseins American Train
115
Viewpoint 7 Iraqi Arabs Flock to Kurdistan
123
Viewpoint 8 Kurdistan After Saddam Hussein Is Still Dependent on Foreign Support
128
Viewpoint 9 Kurdistan After Saddam Hussein Is a Violent Gangster State
133
Viewpoint 10 Turkish Actions Against Kurds Consititue Genocide
139
Viewpoint 11 Turkey Has Not Mistreated the Kurds
146
Viewpoint 12 The Kurdish Language and Culture Are Still Under Threat in Turkey
152
Chapter 3 Personal Narratives
157

Viewpoint 3 The Kurds Hoped for Equality and Peace on the Eve of Iraqs Independence
42
Viewpoint 4 Turkeys Kurds Feel Fustrated and Bitter
50
Viewpoint 5 Saddam Hussein is Accused of Using Poison Gas Against the Kurds
56
Viewpoint 6 The Kurds Rebel in Iraq and Turkey After The Gulf War
61
Viewpoint 7 Kurdish Graves Are Exhumed in Iraq
67
Viewpoint 8 Kurds and Shia Muslims Vote Together in PostSaddam Iraq
73
Chapter 2 Controversies Surrounding the Kurds
81
Chapter Exercises
82
Viewpoint 1 Saddam Husseins Actions Against the Kurds Constitute Genocide
84
Viewpoint 2 Saddam Husseins Actions Against the Kurds were Horrific But Do Not Consititue Genocide
98
Viewpoint 3 The Kurds Should Be Granted an Independent State
102
Viewpoint 4 It Is Too Risky to Set Up an Independent State for the Kurds
107
Viewpoint 5 The United States Has Nobly Protected Weaker Nations and Groups Like the Kurds
111
Chapter Exercises
158
Viewpoint 1 A Kurd Who Grew Up In Turkey Laments the Denial of His Cultural Identity
159
Viewpoint 2 A Kurdish Politician Gives Personal Impressions of Saddam Hussein
164
Viewpoint 3 Kurdish Survivors Remember Saddam Husseins Gas Attacks
167
Viewpoint 4 A Kurdish Writer Remembers His Time in Saddam Husseins Prisons
171
Glossary
182
Organizations to Contact
184
List of Primary Source Documents
190
For Further Research
193
Index
197
Back Cover
205
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