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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Peshmerga screening on Capitol Hill March 6 2018

Invitation to a special documentary film Peshmerga and discussion with director Bernard-Henri Lévy at the Congressional Capitol Visitor Center

Battlefield Successes and Challenges: Recent Efforts to Win the War Against ISIS

Senator Roger Wicker, Congressman Ralph Abraham and the KRG Representation in Washington invite you to a special documentary film
Peshmerga which follows Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces on the ground as they fight ISIS (Daesh) to liberate the region's different ethnic and religious minority groups

with the participation of the director Bernard-Henri Lévy
and the support of Thomas S. Kaplan

Tuesday March 6, 2017
Film begins promptly at 7:00 pm
Opening Remarks by Members of Congress
Discussion Panel at the end of the film

Capitol Visitor Center
Orientation Theater North

The documentary film will be followed by a panel discussion with H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States and the film's director, eminent French philosopher, author and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy. Mr. Lévy spent six months at the frontlines documenting the battlefield.

The fight against ISIS is coming to a conclusion. However, with ISIS having lost territory, they still pose a major threat to the national security interests of the United States and its allies in the region. ISIS has gone from above the ground to underground with its sleeper cell operations. Congressional hearings, legislation, and resolutions are on-going on ISIS' atrocities and the day after its defeat; including what to do with the militias, safely return the ethnic and religious minorities to their homes vacated by ISIS, stabilization and reconstruction efforts, role of the Iran-backed militias in post-Mosul Iraq

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