Dr Kamal Soleimani, who works on Islamic and Middle Eastern history and politics, talkedbabout the Kurds in Eastern Kurdistan/west Iran. The closed and oppressive Iranian regime ensures that we receive little news about the 12-15 million Kurds who live in this part of Kurdistan, beyond reports of death sentences. The Islamic Republic has no time for minority rights, or for people who don’t accept their version of Islam, and Kurds are subjected to the worst excesses of Iran’s tyrannical rule, which has deprived them of freedom of thought and action, and often of the opportunity to earn a living, They make up almost half of Iran’s political prisoners, and Iran has executed more Kurds than members of any other ethnic group. But the regime is also in internal crisis.
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