Organizations Using the Internet
Modified 28 February 2005
The Kurdish people live in a region overlapping south-eastern Turkey, northern Syria and Iraq, and north-western Iran. There's confusing diversity, made harder to understand by the tendancy by some to label similar Kurdish groups ``Freedom Fighters'' or ``Terrorists'' based on which side of the Iraqi-Turkish border they're on....
Iran-based Kurdish groups
- Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, PUK
- Voice of the Kurdistani People (PUK-connected radio station) -- I assume this is the same organization as Voice of the People of Kurdistan,
- PUK-Australia -- http://homepages.tig.com.au/~simko/puk.html
- Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran --
- PUK-Canada -- Runs the Voice of the People of Kurdistan shortwave radio station:
- PUK-Germany -- http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/pukd/
- PUK-Russia -- http://koi.aha.ru/~said/index.htm
Iraq-based Kurdish groups
- Kurdistan Regional Government -- rules much of Iraqi Kurdistan, including provinces of Erbil and Duhok, based in city of Erbil: http://www.krg.org/
- Partiya Sosyalist a Kurdistan -- http://members.aol.com/kurdis6065/Psk.html
- Workers' Communist Party of Iraq -- http://www.wpiraq.org/english/
- Kurdistan Democratic Party-Iraq --
- Voice of Iraqi Kurdistan -- identifying as Aira Dengi Kurdistana Iraqiya (Voice of Iraqi Kurdistan) or Aira Dengi Kurdistana (Voice of Kurdistan). http://www.kdp.pp.se
Turkey-based Kurdish groups -- Or at least in support of Kurdish
freedom movements based in Turkey, or critical of Turkey's policies.
Also see the Turkey section.
- PKK -- Partiya Karkaren Kurdistan (Kurdish Workers' Party) -- KADEK (Kurdistan Freedom and Democracy) the Kurdish group we hear the most about in the U.S. PKK founded in 1974 as a Marxist-Leninist insurgent group. In April 2002 they changed their name to KADEK (Congress for Freedom and Democracy in Kurdistan)
- Med-TV -- PKK's satellite broadcasting program. Turkey wants the UK, where Med-TV is based, to do something about it. At times the UK does, shutting down Med-TV for three weeks in March 1999 after a broadcast called for violence in Turkey (Reuters, 17 March 1999). http://www.med-tv.be/med/
- Also see the section on Greece, as many (most?) ``Kurdish'' groups operating in or against Turkey are actually supported by Greek communist organizations.
- General information on Kurdistan
- The Greece section, as some ``Kurdish'' groups are really Greek communists using it a guise for anti-Turkish propaganda.
- The Iran section.
- The Iraq section.
- The Turkey section.
- The Syria section.
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