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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Israeli actions are speaking louder than what they are saying.

The Kurds had often looked to Israel for friendship, but it wasn’t always reciprocated. An inexplicable antagonism existed between the embattled Zionists and our would-be nation. Whether it was a matter of keeping the under-dog down or rivalry harking back to the dim days of our former glory, nobody seemed to know.  Perhaps, in ancient times an opportune move toppling ambition or securing coveted territory etched its antipathy in the nation’s consciousness, or became the object of an insatiable desire for revenge for forgotten, yet unforgivable misdeeds. Whatever the reason, it seemed like in an era when ancient empires jostled for supremacy; an unshakeable enmity was laid down against us.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

Fierce clashes in Syrian Kurdistan, eight dead, five wounded 

SERÊKANIYE, Syrian Kurdistan, — Eight militants of Syria's Al Nusra Front were killed and at least five others were wounded in clashes in the Kurdish city of Serekaniye on Tuesday.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Al Nusra launched an attack targeting a patrolling car of Kurdish Women's Defense Forces (YPJ) affiliated to People's Defense Forces (YPG). Clashes broke out after the attack in the neighborhood of Mehede in Serekaniye at around 11:30 local time.

The Front carried out another attack against a group of YPG fighters while negotiating with them over the release of the YPG militant, the driver of the patrolling car, who was detained by the group after the attack. He was rescued later by YPG fighters.

According to the reports by YPG forces, YPG fighters have taken the control of the central station of Emil Mislimin group affiliated to the Al Nusra Front.

One YPG fighter has lost his life in clashes, which are reported to be continuing in the area near northern Kurdistan region.

Dicle News Agency (DIHA) reported that the wounded militants of the group have been taken to the public hospital in Urfa's Ceylanpınar district. Five are receiving treatment in the hospital, two reportedly in critical situation.

On the other hand, DIHA reported that 15-year-old Mehmet Gündüz in Ceylanpınar's Mehmet Akif Ersoy neighborhood was wounded after being hit on the head by a bullet fired from Al Nusra Front's area in Serekaniye.

The minor who was critically wounded has been taken into intensive care at Ceylanpınar public hospital.


People in the district gathered in front of the hospital and protested against security officers for not ensuring the life safety of the people.

In the meantime, a group of the Arab's Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants have reportedly attacked YPG check point in Gire Fate in the town of Girke Lege in western Kurdistan late Tuesday evening. Three YPG fighters have been wounded in the attack. Clashes in the region are continuing. Many militants of the group have been reported dead or wounded in clashes with YPG fighters.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Queen Vashti — a valiant heroine, not a villain

by jane ulman

Friday, March 5, 2004 | return to: opinions

"Vashti's the only one in the Purim story who should be congratulated," my son Danny, 12, says.

You may recall that King Ahasuerus, who had been sumptuously drinking and feasting with his Shushan subjects for seven days, ordered his chamberlains "to bring Vashti the Queen before the King wearing the royal crown, to show off to the people and the officials her beauty." (Megillah 1:11)

But Vashti, whose self-respect would never allow her to participate in a "Girls Gone Wild" video or a Super Bowl halftime show, refused.

Ahasuerus "therefore became very incensed and his anger burned in him." (Megillah 1:12) He consulted his legal experts, who advised that "Vashti never again appear before King Ahasuerus." (Megillah 1:19) 

This was interpreted to mean, at best, she was banished or, at worst, beheaded.

"She died for what she believed in," Danny adds.

And how was this courageous death rewarded? By total vilification by the talmudic rabbis, obvious adherents of the "no good deed goes unpunished" theory.

These rabbis claimed that she deserved to die, postulating that she was cruel and arrogant and, in fact, had forced Jewish maidens, while disrobed, to spin and weave for her on Shabbat. Or that because her grandfather was the notorious Nebuchadnezzar, who had destroyed the First Temple, she planned to prevent Ahasuerus from allowing Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

And from what basis do these farfetched explanations emanate? The hardly incendiary line: "But Queen Vashti refused to come at the King's commandment conveyed by the chamberlains." (Megillah 1:12)

Indeed, to appropriate a popular bumper sticker, if you're not outraged by Vashti's bad rap, you're not paying attention.

Interestingly, Mordechai also takes a contrary stand in the story, refusing to bow down to Haman, who had been promoted to Ahasuerus' chief adviser. Day after day, the king's servants asked, "Why do you disobey the King's command?" (Megillah 3:3) But Mordechai "did not heed them." (Megillah 3:4)

While Vashti is condemned for standing up for her beliefs, Mordechai is praised. Never mind that his act of defiance so enrages Haman that he schemes to murder not just Mordechai but every Jew in the kingdom.

"But otherwise there wouldn't be a story," my ever-practical husband, Larry, says.

"Maybe there shouldn't be a story," I answer. Not for this holiday, which can't decide if it's a cartoon, a satire or another near-historical rendition of the near-annihilation of the Jews. This holiday that exhorts us to drink until we don't know the difference between "blessed by Mordechai" and "cursed be Haman," and that applauds the murder of 75,000 innocent Persian citizens.

And, most disturbing to me, this holiday that promulgates the belief that women should be soft-spoken and obedient.

Ahasuerus and his experts aren't upset merely by what they perceive as Vashti's solo act of insubordination. Rather, they are concerned that all the women in the kingdom will follow Vashti's assertive lead. And so they advise that an irrevocable decree be proclaimed in all the land that "all the wives will show respect to their husbands, great and small alike ... and ... every man should rule in his own home." (Megillah 1:20-22)

I understand that the story of Purim, whether fictional or not, takes place in a certain historical and sociological context.

But I also understand, more than 2,000 years later, that the anti-feminist values it espouses need to be exposed loudly, clearly and even stridently, especially when the rights of women worldwide continue to be constricted.

Purim presents us with an opportunity to increase awareness of female repression and exploitation by congratulating Vashti on her refusal to be a sex object, as my son Danny suggests, and by realizing that this story of excess, absurdity and superficiality, contrary to popular belief, is not in good fun.

Rather, it is as vicious and insidious as any Jewish American Princess, dumb blonde or other ethnic or gender joke, and it doesn't lend itself to defenses such as "lighten up."

As the lone female in a house of four sons — ages 12, 14, 16 and 20 — I've worked hard to deconstruct the story of Purim. I know I've succeeded when I hear Jeremy, 14, complain, "Mom, you've already ruined Purim for us."

"Good,' I say, for my goal is to raise four enlightened sons who relate to females respectfully and equally. And my secondary goal is to eventually have four daughters-in-law who don't despise me.

The Megillah tells us that more than 2,000 years ago the unexpected happened. This year it's time for the unexpected to happen again, the transformation of Vashti from villainess to valiant heroine.

Jane Ulman, a freelance writer in Encino, is the mother of four sons.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cry of Kurdish Women to President Obama Inspired by Queen Vashti of the Ancient Kurds 
Hamma Mirwaisi

June 23, 2013

This article is written to honor of women who are struggling for freedom and equality worldwide, especially in the Islamic world. Today, large numbers of women are getting murdered in the Kurdistan region of Iraq under the rule of Massoud Barzani.

With respect Mr President, as the son of a single mother and regarded as the world’s most powerful man you should be more aware of the suffering of women around the world; especially that imposed by Islamic leaders under a belief system associated with your father’s. If you believe you are aware, it behoves you as a self-made man of strong positive self regard to act in a way that will influence those male Islamic national leaders to set aside their unreasonable, self-limiting predeliction to dominate women in their families and nations. 

Recently, in yet another country where men have traditionally held illicit, exploitative and violent power over them, the Tunisian women have protested to demand equality with men in the Islamic world (1). They are so exposed to shameful treatment that they have been prepared to display half their naked bodies as objects of the derision they must endure (2). Yet you continue to maintain friendships with male leaders of similar persuasion to Tunisia’s in the Islamic world, such as the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who wants to limit women’s rights progressively (3); and his ally Massoud Barzani of Kurdistan who does not allow his wife to be seen in public. In case you do not know thousands of Kurdish women have been killed under Barzani’s rule (4) and that of his ally, Jalal Talabani, since the US has had varying levels of input into the cruelly dysfunctional and merciless government s whose measures have abused the Kurdish population for over twenty years (5).

The Kurdish women are descendents of Queen Vashti of the Medes (ancient Kurds), who was one of the first women in the ancient world to stand up for the God given equal status and value of women to men in every society(6). Recently, Massoud Barzani, who claims to be a Kurd, has closed the border between Iraq and Syria to punish women and children for political events in Syria (6). Even in the 1961-1975 War as Iraqi Kurds fled to Iran every time the Iraqi army attacked Kurdish civilians, the Iranians, whom the Kurds called their enemies, did not defy human rights and international laws against women and children like Barzani does under the protection of the US and Israel. Not much has changed in Kurdistan since Queen Vashti was ordered by her husband to demean herself by attending his drunken party and paid a heavy price for her defiance; Barzani’s intoxication with power is still wreaking havoc on Kurdish women.

Now, after two and a half thousand years of oppression, the Kurdish people, including their women fighters, refuse to bear the persecution of Islamic religious leaders any longer. They are arming themselves to fight for Kurdish women’s rights and the liberation of the Kurdish people from those who are robbing them of their culture, their human rights, including freedom of conscience under the law, and the economic benefits of the natural resources of their land.

As President of the US you can stop more blood shed happening in the ancestral lands of Queen Vashti. It is a shame that you have not done more before, especially with the expertise of women such as Hilary Clinton in your earlier administration. If she had been as strong on women’s rights in the Middle East as she is for women in the west, many lives could have been saved and changed. Your own wife is a gracious, intelligent, beautiful woman, who has grown to contribute mightily to her country and continues to do so in the freedom and respect she deserves and to which she is constitutionally entitled. Clearly your daughters are following in her footsteps. The only way Kurdish women can achieve that now is with a gun; such is their desperation that they are prepared to give up their lives, including opportunities to marry and have a family, develop their personal gifts and talents, and their careers outside the home.

So Sir, it is now your responsibility to ask other rulers like the King of Saudi Arabia and the President of Kurdistan, with whom the United States is dealing, why they are treating their women like second class citizens? (7) You have the power to indicate that you expect better of them when they are dealing with the world’s strongest country. Sanctions have been imposed by the US before on countries like these; they need to be informed that this will happen again unless they give their women the freedom that is their human right, so as to allow them to become the mothers of peaceful, fulfilled, fear free children who can grow into nation building adults.

The world knows that you go to Christian church. The Man, Jesus Christ, mixed compassionately with women who had been sexually and economically exploited by the rulers of the day and condemned to death, were seeking spiritual and emotional rest and safety, had been marginalised for racial, ethnic, religious and national reasons and who were suffering from sickness, disability or threats to their children’s welfare. He offered healing, hope and the power to change to all of them.

Please would you follow the example of the greatest figure in human history and lead the men of the world in a righteous display of masculinity that fearlessly allows for the re-instatement of women to their divinely bestowed position of equality and honour beside the men who are charged with the sacrifice of their lives for them, instead of the robbery of their dignity and well-being? 


Queen Vashti and her descendants await your support.

Hamma Mirwaisi is a US citizen of Kurdish origin and the co-author with Australian writer Alison Buckley of two historical novels outlining the early history of the Kurds. His research has traced political movements in the region for the last two and a half thousand years, during which time not much has changed for the Kurdish people. Now, like his compatriots who battle for peace in his mountain homeland, Hamma is willing to climb the steep slope for their freedom by further developing the friendship not only between the American and Kurdish people, but also between their leaders and governments, in the hope of safeguarding the interests of his adopted country and restoring to his people rightful possession of their lands. Mirwaisi, a longtime contributing writer and columnist for He can be reached at:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The customer reviews in Amazon are very good indication to know about her struggle for freedom of women. Here is what they wrote about the book so far.

Lovely historical read. Enjoyable to read something about queen Vashti. The boom contained quite a few spelling errors and grammatical mistakes but those can be overlooked. Overall a very good read.

Thanks to the authors for telling Vashti's story. As a feminist, I've known for a long time that the book of Ester wasn't just about Ester. Unfortunately, i have not come across anything about Vashti and Jewish midrash pesent her in a very unfavorable light. I know the book is fiction but the storyline makes sense. I gave the novel only 4 stars because I felt it could have been edited more carefully. Otherwise, I really couldn't put the book down.

We thank the people who read the book and thank those who wrote comments.
Based on their recommendation the book is going through edition now. We hope more people will read the book so we can provide better edition.

People supports are essential for success; we hope someday we get people recognition for what we are writing about. The revival of Airyanem civilization is the revival of equality between man and women and understanding ancient religion laws, humanity without using religion for politics.

We hope our books will help readers spiritually beside entertainments. The principle of good thought, good word and good deed are good for everyone.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Esther: Mystery Queen of the Medes

King Ahasuerus of the Median Empire is perplexed. He wishes to give his beautiful, unsophisticated bride Queen Esther, her heart’s desire. However, he is at a loss. What does she want? He will go to any lengths to please her. Why, he has already offered her half the kingdom. And yet she speaks of celebrations in the street and invites him to private banquets… This is a narrative of high intrigue set within one of the largest dynasties of its time. As a new queen, with a clearly besotted husband, Esther hopes desperately that she has the power to intercede with a royal death decree that was cunningly devised to manipulate the king. The stakes are high. No law of the Medes and Persians can be revoked. Esther must decide – will she try to use her influence to save a nation – her people? King Ahasuerus is not aware of her national heritage, for she is a Jewess. But it is unthinkable to approach the king without his royal summons. If Esther displeases the monarch in this, she could face instant death. She is urged on by her fellow countryman and royal advisor, Mordecai, who encourages her with the words, ‘And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” As she prepares to go to Ahasuerus, Esther gathers her faltering courage. “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” The result of Esther’s story impacts the rise and fall of nations which still battle for supremacy today in the Middle East.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:41am

Queen Vashti stirred in her sleep, one arm flung across her face as she unconsciously tried to block out the bright rays of sunshine streaming through the window above. In her dream she was running away from a large white creature with coloured spots and two horns. It carried several young girls in its arms. As it approached a cave, the muffled screams of other girls echoed from its bowels. Suddenly a young man passed her. As though propelled by an unseen power, he chased and killed the creature. Then the young man rolled the stone away, freeing the girls from the cave and the clutches of the creature. Vashti linked arms with the young man and together they led the girls away from the cave.
     She awoke with a gasp. The sunlight now danced across the mosaic tile floor of her bed chamber. Tearing herself away from the dream and its meaning, she allowed her thoughts to slip towards reality. Maids in waiting bustled round in the room next door silently preparing her breakfast. Today she must entertain the princesses of the kingdom and provide for their entourages. But the memory of her dream lingered. Vashti made a mental note to consult the Magi priests for its interpretation on their next visit to the palace to advise the king.
     But her first priority was her devotions to Auramazdaha. She reached for the parchment above the shelf of her gilded bed and flipped open a page. ‘Always remember to practice good thoughts, good words and good deeds,’ read the words of the Prophet Zoroaster. Now she was ready for whatever the day might bring.
The last few months at court had been a blur of activity. For nearly one hundred and eighty days her husband King Astyages, Shahan Shah of the Medes had entertained the dignitaries of the provincial satrapies of the Median and Babylonian empires. The Kings, princes and their officials had been treated to tours of the palace complex with its administrative buildings, treasury, art collection, and of course, his expansive home and seat of government.
     Now their wives and consorts would soon be arriving for the queen’s banquet. Vashti was looking forward to entertaining the world’s leading ladies including her sister-in-law Queen Amytis from Babylon and Princess Aryenis of Lydia. Some of these women had become her friends over the years, although a few clearly disapproved of the Median queen’s controversial influence at court and her dedicated work for the common citizens of the empire. But others were inspired by her enlightened approach and came to the feast to bask in her reputation as a formidable woman, not to be easily challenged.