Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Royal Treatment: Saudi Involvement in Iraq Overlooked

by Dahr Jamail from Foreign Policy In Focus

Sureya Sayadi, a 46-year-old Kurdish American woman who in California, fled Kirkuk after the 1991 war with her family. Now she works with an international NGO that assists Kurdish orphans and victims of honor killings. "Islamists, from Saudi Arabia, are offering money to young Kurds, visiting their schools, marrying Kurdish girls and taking them back to the kingdom." Sayadi tells me, "Kurds have always been quite secular, none of us practiced the hijab but now Kurdish women are being forced to do this. There is segregation of men and women. People in sheer desperation and hope for aid are turning more fundamentalist ... Kurdish girls assisted by Sayadi's NGO have revealed that Saudi Islamists are pressuring Kurdish women to adopt a fundamentalist ideology in exchange for free religious studies in Kurdish universities.

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