La Règle du Jeu and Justice for Kurds invite you to a special film screening of PESHMERGA by French philosopher and activist BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7pm

Join the director after the film for a conversation about the unprecedented abandonment of this courageous people.

On October 9, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched his offensive against Syrian Kurdistan. With this shameful assault and America’s withdrawal from Syria, we see the shattering of everything gained against ISIS by Americans, Europeans, and Kurds, both in Syria and in Iraq, fighting together arm in arm. Directed, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on the frontline, at the peak of the war against ISIS by Bernard-Henri Lévy, PESHMERGA shows the bravery of a great people who may have lost a battle but certainly not the war.

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The Kurds: A Bulwark of Stability and Security at 2018 Concordia Summit September 24 2018

A conversation with Justice for Kurds founders Thomas S. Kaplan and Bernard-Henri Lévy and The Octavian Report's Richard Hurowitz

The Kurds are an ancient people who today are surrounded by dictatorships and extremism. Despite this tyranny of geography, Kurdish culture features a moderate Islam, a free and open society, equality for women, and a tolerance for religious and ethnic minorities. At the same time, the Kurds have remained a steadfast ally of the United States and the West, and have been the crucial frontline bulwark against ISIS and other terrorist organizations. The centuries-old quest for a Kurdish homeland has once again come into focus as their geopolitical importance as a force for stability in a turbulent region has been highlighted in recent years.

In conversation with The Octavian Report publisher Richard Hurowitz, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and American investor Thomas S. Kaplan, Co-Founders of Justice for Kurds, a new Franco-American initiative, explore the role of the Kurds in the Middle East and in building a more just and secure international order.

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The Kurds after their victory against ISIS, a state of affairs and perspectives March 30 2018

An international conference on the Kurds following their victory against ISIS at the French Senate

At this hour the Kurds, who were our best shield on the ground against ISIS, are suffering in Syria with assaults from the Turkish army and have been cut off by the blockade imposed by the Iraqis and Iranians. On March 30, at the French Senate, the Institut Kurde de Paris, brings together senators, intellectuals, public figures to delve into the situation of the Kurds following their victory over ISIS and to honor the West's debt to them. A people who have fought for liberty for themselves, their neighbors and their allies around the globe, this conference will acknowledge their immense contribution. Philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy will deliver the closing remarks.

Palais du Luxembourg,
Salle Clemenceau, 15 rue de Vaugirard,75006 Paris

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A conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide March 13 2018

How can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?

A conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Halabja Genocide
Halabja: Echoes of Genocide in Kurdistan
How can communities in Kurdistan and Iraq halt the cycle of genocide?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Knight Conference Center, Level 7
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Justice for Kurds Chairman, Thomas S. Kaplan, will deliver remarks at 1:30 pm. He will be joined by architect Daniel Libeskind.

On March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircraft attacked the city of Halabja with chemical weapons. Children were lost in the chaos that followed, families were decimated as 5,000 people died and thousands more were injured with poison gas.

This genocide was one of many atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan by the dictator Saddam Hussein. During his rule, 182,000 Kurds were killed in the Anfal genocide campaign; 8,000 Barzani men and boys were murdered in 1983; thousands of Faily Kurds disappeared, and thousands more were oppressed, abused, and killed by the Ba'athist regime. The genocide also saw the destruction of 4,500 villages and the razing of cities such as Qala Diza, tearing at the fabric of Kurdish society and economy.

The suffering of the people of Halabja has come to symbolize all of the atrocities committed against the people of Kurdistan. In Iraq, violence and genocide is cyclical, and in 2014 we again witnessed a genocide against the Yezidis, Christians and others in Nineveh.

This year we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Halabja genocide. We invite you to join us for a conference to discuss this atrocity, the cycle of genocide in Iraq, how this impacts politics in Kurdistan and Iraq today, and the imperative for justice and reconciliation.

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