Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick notes: 'Genocidaire' of masses, Scorched birds...

  • ISIS is Islamism without its palatable wrappings: "Islam is not just the ‘opium’ of the masses as Marx has said but their genocidaire".

  • In Iraq, U.S. is spending millions to blow up captured American war machines.

  • Female Kurdish Fighters are a big problem for ISIS extremists

  • Solar plants scorch birds in mid-air: Quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm.

  • For Bharatiyas, religion is all about experience:

    Hinduism is defined by me as re-enactment of sacred narratives, i.e. participatory and not just theoretical knowledge. Yoga is not an act of watching someone else do asanas, nor is meditation, nor yagna.

    Note that TV Ramayana killed the live enactment of Ramlila that had been continuously performed in every village as the theater of nation building.
    It is possible that one day some stupid "development" plan by the government might broadcast Kumbh Mela live from multiple locations, making it unnecessary to go to the Mela itself. Similarly all yatras might become virtual yatras available to you sitting on the couch at home drinking your chai. Would that be Hinduism or simply infotainment?

    If you understand the importance of this, then you will know what kinds of examples I need to help my yagna: Rajiv Malhotra 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

IS Jihadis selling Yezidi women for $10

The early Moslem invaders of India similarly sold captured Hindu women into sexual slavery in the bazaars of Baghdad and Damascus.

I know of Hindu Swamis who go disguised as Moslems to cattle 
markets in India to buy and rehabilitate in Goshalas - cattle that are otherwise headed for Halal slaughter.

Would it be possible for someone to go "buy" these Yezidi women and then set them free? I'd be willing to "buy" freedom for several of them. 

No organization anywhere seems to care about their fate - least of all the Dhimmis in Indian Paliament who were exercised about Gaza, sniffing stale Rotis during "Roza" and the P.M allegedly not greeting Moslems on Eid (when he actually greeted them).

Are the IS traffickers insistent upon selling the infidel women to fellow Jihadis only?


Afghan Sikh Refugees in Shipping Container

A shipping container opened at a dock in the UK was found to be containing Sikh refugees from Afghanistan:


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quick notes: Repeat story, Muslim neighbor...

Bye bye, Nehruvian Stalinist Planning commission

This is a brilliant move by the Prime Minister Narendra bhai Modi. Dismantling a relic of the Nehruvian Stalinist era Soviet style planning commission - which only bestowed upon us the infamous Nehruvian rate of growth, apart from serving as a parking spot for various leftist malcontents, career bureaucrats and corrupt sycophants of the Nehru-Ghandy dynasty.

Christist evangelical saboteurs in a Maoist Burka such as the  obnoxious 
Binayak Sen were rehabilitated in the Planning commission to head a committee on health - after the Indian judiciary awarded him a life sentence for 
sedition, but let off after a vociferous campaign by foreign diplomats, Nobel laureates etc.

It gives me personal satisfaction that this anti-national thug is now unemployed.
The judicial process concerning his seditious activities should now resume and be pursued to its logical conclusion.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Modern day redux of Islamic expansion: Yazidi genocide

The barbaric genocide of the Yazidi people by Jihadis in Iraqi Kurdistan is exactly how Islam conquered and enslaved various infidel peoples during its expansion. 

This is how the Hindus were enslaved, raped and converted by the medieval Jihadi armies - indeed, this is what the Owaisis, the Azam Khans, the Madanis, the Omar Abdullahs etc. have planned for contemporary Hindus.

The Owaisis have explicitly stated as much - with complete contempt for the authority of the Indian state and surprising immunity from the law, so far.

As I see it, the Indian armed forces are the only thing standing in between the Hindus and Jihadis within India and outside.

Why doesn't the Modi Sarkar expand the Indian armed forces - doubling or tripling their strength? It would contribute to national security in dangerous times and also solve many other problems - unemployment, lack of education etc. 

The world is standing by letting this outrage against the Yazidi people happen virtually unchallenged. These are peaceable people being massacred for the sole reason that they are not Moslem.

I wish there was something we could do to help them in their calamitous situation.

@karyakarta1992: Yazidi lady Member of Iraqi Parliament collapses in tears after calling upon World to Rescue the Yazidis.  


Fwd: Celebrating India - 2014

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Dear Rajeev,
Greetings.  Join us in celebrating the 67th anniversary of India's independence.   'Mahavakya' is a short musical video presentation of  timeless ideas from India that celebrate the oneness of creation and the interconnectedness of all of life. This heritage is a source of pride for all people of Indian origin and for all of humanity.

Please share this video  with all your family and friends. 
Thank you.
Mahavakya - Timeless Wisdom from India
Thanks you so much,

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Asians Rush to Embrace India, While West Vacillates

Asian applications for Indian visas have shot up as businessmen and other race to come to India, while in the meantime Western visa applications have remained flat:


Monday, August 11, 2014

Quick notes: Eurabia, Holy Rubble...

  • Exodus: Why Europe's Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

  • Holy Rubble: Islam's most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca

  • Kashmir: A rare 1,300-year-old stone Durga that disappeared from a small temple in Kashmir at the height of militancy in the mid-1990s has been located at a Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • All about genetically modified food: India’s exports of agricultural products have risen from Rs 1,87,000 crore to Rs 2,32,000 crore to Rs 2,68,469 crore in the last three years . It has been achieved without GM crop and food exports.

  • Arab imperialism a.k.a Islam:


Fwd: ISI plans to use US, UN to tar Modi

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Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Subject: ISI plans to use US, UN to tar Modi

ISI plans to use US, UN to tar Modi

The aim is to convince the international community that Government of India is intolerant and neglectful of minorities, women and Dalits in particular.

MADHAV NALAPAT  New Delhi | 9th Aug 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

akistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, in a series of meetings held in late July and early August, decided to "fire on the shoulders of the US and the UN" to tarnish the reputation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sources within London, New York and Geneva say that the plan is to ensure the further penetration by the ISI, and its auxiliary elements, of groups which will be used to paint India as a semi-fascist state. The aim is to convince the international community that Government of India is intolerant and neglectful of minorities, women and Dalits. The ISI is trying to ensure that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva begins discussion on a complaint, which the Pakistan agency expects will get filed this year. The complaint will be by the US-based Coalition Against Genocide (CAG) and will contain strictures against the Modi government. According to a Washington-based expert, "16 of the 47 key NGOs (forming the CAG) have received partial or complete funding from the ISI", directly or through channels in the Gulf Cooperation Council and friendly contacts in western countries. "Nine of the CAG's key NGOs have extensive linkages with the Pakistan-American community, which is riddled with ISI sympathisers." These NGOs are leading the charge against India.

Although some effort has gone in the past to spotlight cases of anti-Sikh violence, the focus has shifted since the Narendra Modi-led NDA II government took office on 26 May. The effort now is to manufacture testimony and contrive evidence to show that India is a country where three human rights violations are rife. These are (i) violence against women (ii) human trafficking and (iii) "genocide" of Christians and Muslims, all of this by Hindus.

According to a London-based source, through its global network "the ISI has funded the travel of 247 individuals from India to Washington, Geneva and other capitals from 2007 to 2011". The purpose of such travel was to ensure that "testimony created and vetted in advance by ISI-linked individuals was given by such Indian nationals in the US Congress, the European Parliament and the UN Human Rights Council. Such assertions, the ISI colonels expect, will intensify already ongoing efforts to "depict India as a fascist state killing minorities and the disadvantaged in a systematic manner".

The speed and depth of Modi's diplomacy towards the SAARC countries has alarmed the ISI, which for the past 16 years has watched Delhi's footprint become fainter and fainter in the region. "The warming of relations with Sri Lanka and Nepal has been particularly worrisome for the colonels in the ISI", warned a London-based analyst, adding that "even worse is the fact that the public in both countries is now becoming more India-friendly". According to his colleague, "the warmth with which Modi's diplomacy was greeted by the Sinhala majority in Sri Lanka (which till now has been wary of India) and the cordiality with which even the Maoists greeted the Indian PM while he was in Kathmandu has sounded a warning to the ISI", which till now has found a welcome mat in both countries, largely because of the distaste of large sections of the population towards India, the Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka and the Maoists in Nepal.

A key official in Geneva warns that "since 26 May 2014, individuals across India are being located by ISI cutouts". These are those willing to present "black" (i.e. manufactured) testimony on the three human rights issues mentioned earlier. Another source from the same location claimed that "a mass grave relating to the Khalistan insurgency, which contained more than 50 bodies had been discovered in 2011 in Haryana" but that "the US administration had ensured that this be suppressed, as it did not want to embarrass the Congress Party", which was in power in both the state as well as at the national level (when the incident was alleged to have taken place). Systematic efforts spread over years to discover mass graves of Muslims in Gujarat were abandoned in 2011 as futile, clearly because none existed.

These sources say that the objective of the ISI's operation is to "character assassinate Prime Minister Modi by making NGOs penetrated by the ISI and its auxiliaries ensure that issues of genocide, violence against women, discrimination against Dalits and human trafficking enter the formal agenda of the UNHRC by mid-2015 at the latest". Efforts directed at the US Congress and the European Parliament have also been intensified. A source said that the UK-based Channel 4 "will soon air a documentary about Singrauli in India", which will paint the Modi government as being intolerant. Two individuals were named in this context, Krishan Gopal and Hugo Ward. However, these assertions could not be independently verified.

"The sizeable pro-Pakistan lobby in the US State Department and the Cold War residue of anti-India policymakers are working together with elements in contact with the ISI to ensure that hearings take place on Capitol Hill by mid-2015 at the latest that would bring together dozens of individuals with a coordinated message, that India is a hell on earth for minorities, women and Dalits", according to a London source. The source adds that the ISI has a budget of $34 million to fund (through hidden affiliates) the stay and travel of the more than 300 individuals from India who have been selected to present perspectives before these organisations.

It may be remembered that much of the funding for such "black" operations comes from the narcotics trade and from printing counterfeit currency, especially Indian rupees. Sources in Washington warn that the ISI, along with the pro-Pakistan lobby and its allies of convenience amongst religious fundamentalists in the US, angered by various anti-conversion laws "has enough influence to ensure that staffers on Capitol Hill and agencies such as the US Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the European Parliament or the Geneva-based human rights organisations call only those who present a negative view on the Modi government", a key official predicted, adding that "at such hearings, the other point of view is never heard".

Another tack agreed upon by the ISI colonels at the meetings was to ensure that more cases get filed in US courts against key political figures in India (connected with the Union government) on the grounds of human rights abuses. Such a process has become possible because of the extra-territorial International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) passed by the US Congress a decade ago. This law gives US courts the power to accept a complaint from a national of any country against the leader of any other country, and is an extraordinary example of the way in which the US Congress believes itself to be the successor to the British Empire, "where the sun never set". Interestingly, India has been lumped together with Afghanistan and Russia as a Tier 2 country under the law, rather than a Tier 1 country that (US authorities hold) upholds religious freedom. In a Tier 2 country, violations of religious freedom are held to be present in two of the following three heads: "systematic, egregious and ongoing", and placing a country under such a watch-list may open the door for sanctions against it by the US.

While US President Barack Obama rolls out the red carpet for Prime Minister Modi, the colonels in the ISI are looking towards other branches of government in the US to go into overdrive in the coming months against the NDA government on the issue of rights and freedoms. They are also mining their contacts to ensure that similar allegations against India get taken up in the European Parliament and at Geneva. In this task, they have the advantage of years of penetration of NGOs dealing with such matters in the US and European capitals, groups that have scarcely received attention in India, although they fund the stay and travel of hundreds of Indian nationals each year on missions to caricature this country as a state which systematically discriminates against minorities, women and the underprivileged.

"The ISI plan is to ensure that a torrent of negative hearings take place in Washington, Brussels and Geneva by mid-2015, so that the diplomatic outreach of the Modi government can be blunted", the London-based source warned, adding that "thus far, Indian officialdom has concentrated on its peers rather than the broader civil society, where the ISI has been much more successful in gaining access and influence", ironically, especially in those dealing with human rights.

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Fwd: Are Iraq's Vanishing Pagan Yezidis the Hindus' Last Dharmic Cousins in the Middle-East ?

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The Yezidis are a small community (about 6 Lakhs in number). They believe in reincarnation, pray in the direction of the rising and setting sun, and consider fire as a sacred element used in their ceremonial worship.

The Yezidis consider trees as sacred, and revere "blue" as the colour of their Supreme Deity (who is represented by a Peacock). They claim descent from Indians who migrated westward a few thousand years ago.

Their spiritual masters lead celibate lives. They teach their spiritual tenets to their disciples by oral tradition.

Their temples have familiar shikara/gopuram-like shapes, while images of "serpents" guard their temple doorways. Their society is composed of endogamous castes.

More about their current plight here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJoZqWcqZCs

Their genocide by Islamists is ongoing for the past 1400 years and has reached the final stages now: http://www.yeziditruth.org/yezidi_genocide

Last week, 500 Yezidis were killed, 400 women taken as sex-slaves and 200,000 driven out of their villages by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Northern Iraq.

About 50,000 Yezidis are dying of starvation, heat and thirst on a remote mountaintop in Sinjar.



Here is a recent Facebook post by:

The Yezidi People worship a Blue 'Son of God' also known as the 'Peacock Angel'. They avoid wearing dark blue because it is "too holy". They themselves testify that they originated in India.

As stated on their website http://www.yeziditruth.org/ "Since the Yezidis originated in India, the Hindus' manifestation of Tawsi Melek is naturally very close to the Peacock Angel of the Yezidis."

In Dec 2013 and Jan 2014, I published 2 groundbreaking articles in Hindu Today Magazine written by Yezidi activist and scholar Nallein Satana Al-Jilwah Sowilo. They provide a rare insight into one of the world's most ancient living traditions.


Last pagans of Iraqi nation

BYSANJEEV SANYAL    |    AUGUST 09, 2014 , 6 : 22 PM GST    


With US President Barack Obama belatedly ordering air strikes and humanitarian airdrops of food and relief supplies to refugees in northern Iraq, the world is finally taking action against the Islamic State. Within a few months, the extremist group, which until recently called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has taken control of large parts of both countries, where it has proclaimed a new "Caliphate." But the real reason to fear the Islamic State is not its lust for power; it is the systematic, cold-blooded way in which its members are erasing the region's social, cultural, and demographic past.

Within a few weeks, the Islamic State has virtually eliminated an entire section of Muslim and Christian populations from the areas it controls. The city of Mosul, home to one of the world's oldest Christian communities, no longer has any Christians left. Priceless Assyrian artefacts have been publicly destroyed in a campaign against idolatry.

Indeed, the Islamic State has not even spared the co-religionists who do not adhere to their extreme interpretation of Islam. A number of revered shrines have been demolished, including one said to be the Tomb of Jonah.

As terrible as all of this is, the worst of the persecution has been aimed at the Yezidi, an ancient religious group that lives among the Kurds. They number less than a half-million, and two-thirds of them live around Mosul in northern Iraq. The rest are scattered across neighbouring countries like Syria, Armenia, and Turkey. More recent immigrant communities are to be found in Germany and the United States.

Although influenced over the centuries by Christianity and Islam, the Yezidi religion has ancient pagan roots that go back at least to the late Bronze Age. Interestingly, their beliefs have many similarities with Hinduism — for example, they believe in reincarnation, say their prayers facing the sun at sunrise and sunset, and even have a system of castes. 

They also worship Tawûsê-Melek, the peacock angel — a bird that is found in the Indian sub-continent but not in Yezidi lands.

While the origins of the Yezidi are uncertain, cultural and genetic evidence suggests that they may be remnants of Indian tribes that migrated west in the second millennium BC. There is considerable evidence of Indian links with the Middle East during the Bronze Age. For example, Zoroastrianism, the religion of ancient Iran — to which Yezidi religious beliefs have been linked — is closely related to early Hinduism.

Over the centuries, the Yezidi have been dubbed as "devil worshippers," and have suffered relentless persecution, which was especially extreme under the Ottoman Turks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A series of massacres killed hundreds of thousands and almost led to their extinction.

Under Saddam Hussein, the Yezidi were not subjected to overt religious persecution, though they remained under pressure to Arabize their culture. Matters have since taken a turn for the worse. In April 2007, gunmen dragged 23 Yezidi men from a bus and shot them dead. Four months later, a series of coordinated car-bomb attacks killed at least 300 more, including women and children.

The Yezidis now face their greatest crisis ever. The Islamic State gave the Christians of Mosul the choice to convert, pay the jizya or leave. The Yezidi have been given no such choice and are killed on sight as "devil worshippers."

The Yezidi heartland around Mosul is now largely under the Islamic State's control. The small town of Sinjar, the only place in the world with a Yezidi majority, fell in the first few days of August as Kurdish fighters were forced to withdraw. Reports of large-scale massacres are trickling in. 

Many refugees escaped into the mountains, where they are trapped in shrinking enclaves. Hundreds are said to have died already of thirst and starvation. 

The most sacred Yezidi pilgrimage site at Lalish runs the risk of being demolished.

Sadly, there has been little media outrage at the predicament faced by the Yezidi. Perhaps the US airdrops and promised strategic interventions, together with a possible coordinated operation by Kurdish forces (rearmed by the US), may rescue the survivors, but it appears unlikely that they will be able to return to their homes soon.

Centuries ago, the last Zoroastrians fled to India to avoid persecution. Their descendants, the tiny Parsi community, still live there. 

Today, who will give refuge to the last pagans of Iraq?  - Project Syndicate

Their symbol is a lamp with a peacock on top. 

Below: Hidden Yazidi temple 

Below: This same type lamp was used in my wedding 30 years ago .

Below video:  Check out their holy relic of a lamp with a peacock on top -- exactly the same as the lamp I am lighting above-- only  difference it is smaller, and they have to bend to kiss it .


August 3, 2014 19:35

There are reports of the Islamic State executing dozens of Yazidis

The Yazidis in northern Iraq are used to being persecuted, but this attack was bad. The Islamic State captured Sinjar, forcing thousands from their homes.

Internally displaced persons from Sinjar arrive in Lalish, northern Iraq, after the Islamic State invaded their city on Aug. 3, 2014. (Tracey Shelton/GlobalPost)
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LALISH, Iraq — Sunday afternoon, they began to arrive.

Just hours after Al Qaeda-inspired extremists, known as the Islamic State, invaded their hometown Sinjar in northern Iraq, a steady flow of newly displaced families poured into the holy city of Lalish.

Sinjar is a predominantly Yazidi town which had been under Kurdish control since the Iraqi army fled in June. The semi-autonomous Kurdish territory in Iraq now shares a border with the self-declared caliphate under Islamic State control.

Yazidis, who have been persecuted for centuries, adhere to a pre-Islamic faith linked to Zoroastrianism. Their religion is shrouded in mystery, but most Muslims consider them "devil worshippers."

On Sunday, one man sat in the courtyard of a temple in Lalish, his face expressing anguish. He was unable to speak. The man next to him explained: "They captured his whole family," he said. "They made his wife and daughters cover their hair and faces. Then they made them renounce their religion and swear allegiance to Mohammed. After that, they killed them all."

The man had been away from his home at the time of the attack. When he tried to return, he was informed of the executions by his companion who dragged him from the scene as thousands fled to the homes of relatives or to the temple, which is now sheltering thousands.

The United Nations says 200,000 civilians, most of them Yazidis, have fled Sinjar and warned of a burgeoning "humanitarian tragedy." While the majority of Sinjar's population is Yazidi, there are also some Arabs and Assyrian families.

The Islamic State (IS) began shelling Sinjar and several surrounding villages in the early hours of Sunday. By midday they had entered the city. Many of the men from Sinjar stayed to fight, while locals say the Kurdish peshmerga forces, who had been protecting the city, fled.

An estimated 600,000 Yazidis remain in Iraq. Lalish, which houses the tomb of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir, the main figure of the Yazidi faith, is normally a place of pilgrimage and worship. Today, it became a camp for internally displaced people.

While Kurdish media reported that peshmerga reinforcements were on their way, Islamic State members tweeted their victory over the towns of Zumar, Sinjar and Wana.

"IS will extend to Bashika, and Shahan — cities of the Satan worshippers — and Qaraqosh, Tul Kef in the next few hours God willing," read one tweet shared with the hashtag #_ولاية_ نينوى.

The victories mark the second straight day of losses in the area for Kurdish forces, who had seized control in June after the Iraqi army fled.

"The IS attacked us by mortars and bombs," said one woman in Lalish, who asked not to be named.

"When they entered the city they were covering their faces. They killed so many people. I saw the bodies. I saw so many people die …" she said, trailing off in tears.

Those arriving in Lalish said all the women and children who were able to fled.

"They are killing everyone," said 16-year-old Evan. "The Sunnis are OK, but the Shia and Yazidis they are killing, even women and children."

"Some families escaped to the Sinjar mountains, but they hit them with mortars. I think they are all dead now. I saw the explosions," Evan said.

Arian, a young boy from the city of Bashika, said many of the families were fleeing his city fearing they may be next.

"My aunt was in Sinjar. They were coming here by car but the IS blew out their tires. I've been trying to call her back, but she is not answering her phone," he said frantically.

Local media are so far reporting 100 deaths, including 30 executed in Sinjar city.

Anger over the abandonment by Kurdish forces was high.

"They told us they would send reinforcements," said one man, himself a member of the peshamerga forces. "All the Kurds left and it was just us trying to fight. No one came. We had no choice but to run too."

In the village of Asyan, fleeing families took shelter in the homes of friends and relatives.

A man who had served as the bodyguard of the head of the Iraqi police force in Mosul, before the IS takeover there, said most Yazidis had already fled the city due to almost annual mass killings of Yazidis carried out by Sunni extremists. Of the handful of families that remained, he said all managed to escape with their lives.

"When the IS came, we had to escape in secret," he said, adding that personally they wanted him dead on two counts, for his religion and his work. "We left all our weapons, uniforms and vehicles behind so we looked like civilians. We know the back streets and managed to escape."

The conversation was interrupted by a frantic Skype call — a sister living abroad, pleaded for the family to leave the entire district and flee to Erbil.

"In every home there are two or three families," said Dilshad Sluyman, a resident of Asyan who is also hosting Yazidis who fled Sinjar. "They all left everything behind, but the worst thing is not the killing but forcing us to become Muslim. This is worse than death."

Sluyman said many of those who fled said women were being forced to convert and then kidnapped by the IS. Man were executed directly.

"But this attack is not new for us. It has happened 72 times already," he said, referring to both modern and ancient history. The Yazidi community was almost wiped out by massacres at the hands of Ottoman Turks and Muslim Kurdish in the 19th century. 

In April, 2007, a bus carrying workers from a textile factory in Mosul was Hijacked. Muslims and Christians were released. The 23 remaining Yazidi passengers were executed. In August that same year, two trucks loaded with explosives almost wiped out two entire Yazidi villages killing more than 500.

In August, 2009, two suicide bombers targeted a cafe in Sinjar, killing 20 and wounding 30 more.

The Yazidi faith, which predates Islam, is a closed religion. Converts are not accepted, and neither is intermarriage with other faiths. They revere the archangel Melek — who Muslims identify as Shaitan or Satan — who refused to bow down to God. But unlike the Satan of Christian and Muslim faiths, their Melek was not renounced by God and they believe evil exists only the hearts of wrongdoers, not in the form of a fallen angel.

As IS continues to push forward through the night, the Yazidi community is bracing for the worst.

"All people are sad for those killed and disturbed also because no one knows what will happen. We hear from many people they may be here in three or four hours. We are afraid they will destroy our temple," said Dilshad Sluyman.

"They believe that if they kill one of us it's like an automatic visa to heaven."



Visit The Holy City Of The Iraqi Religious Minority That ISIS Is Threatening With Destruction

  • AUG. 8, 2014 



The Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS, currently has the Yazidi people at their mercy. As many as 40,000 people, most of which are from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority, are trapped atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

The U.S. has reponded to the crisis with limited air strikes against ISIS targets.

The mountain is cut off from food and water. Although the U.S. intervention changes the calculus, there's still a danger that starvation or dehydration will ravage the Yazidis trapped on the mountaintop

Some Yazidis who managed to flee the area have taken refuge in the city of Lalish — an important place of pilgrimage for members of the faith.

Lalish is an intense and deeply spiritual holy city. Here are pictures of one of the most important places for a religious group threatened with genocide.

This Yazidi cleric walks through the main temple in Lalish. The Yazidi faith dates back thousands of years, and the religious group is no stranger to persecution.


Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Here is the same Yazidi temple from the outside.


Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

These Yazidi women wash their faces with holy water from a spring within the Lalish temple. 


Sasa Kralj/Reuters

This woman kisses a monument in front of the Yazidi temple. During the Yazidi summer feast festival, 15,000 people typically make the pilgrimage to Lalish.


Sasa Kralj/Reuters

A Yazidi worshipper is blessed by a cleric during the fall festival of Eid al-Jamma.



Yazidi worshippers engaging in a prayer ceremony during Eid al-Jamma. 



Here, Yazidis pay their respects within the Lalish temple. The Yazidis were victims of the worst terror attack of last decade's Iraq War, when suicide bombings killed more than 400 Yazidis in 2007.




'They have vicious plans for them': Fears for hundreds of Yazidi 'slave' women captured by ISIS fanatics in Iraq 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2719698/President-Obama-authorises-airstrikes-Iraq-defend-civilians-Islamic-militants-swarming-country.html 

Already dozens of Yazidis - whom ISIS have denounced as devil-worshippers because of their ancient beliefs which predate both Christianity and Islam - have been murdered since the extremist fighters overran the town of Sinjar yesterday.

Up to 50,000 terrified Yazidis - half of them children - have sought refuge from the bloodshed in the barren mountain range to the north of their hometown as their hunters close in. 

But there they face an impossible dilemma - try to get to the Turkish border and risk being captured and killed by insurgents, or remain on Mount Sinjar without food or water in the searing heat, hoping aid will somehow get through.

Many have already died of hunger and thirst as they struggle to survive on just the food they could carry in temperatures exceeding 42C.

Photographs have emerged of Yazidi men carrying the limp bodies of dozens of young children either too exhausted to continue or killed by ISIS militants, who in turn have posted pictures online of themselves posing next to dead Yazidi men.

The dead men's wives were reportedly kept as trophies to be gifted to unmarried jihadist fighters.

Innocent: Yazidi Iraqis on Mount Sinjar carry the limp bodies of children as they flee their ISIS hunters. Up to 50,000 terrified Yazidis - half of them children - have sought refuge from the bloodshed in the barren mountain range to the north of their hometown. But there they face an impossible dilemma - try to make it to the Turkish border and risk being captured and killed by insurgents, or remain on the mountain without food or water in the searing heat in the hope that aid will somehow get through

Innocent: Yazidi Iraqis on Mount Sinjar carry the limp bodies of children as they flee their ISIS hunters. Up to 50,000 terrified Yazidis - half of them children - have sought refuge from the bloodshed in the barren mountain range to the north of their hometown. But there they face an impossible dilemma - try to make it to the Turkish border and risk being captured and killed by insurgents, or remain on the mountain without food or water in the searing heat in the hope that aid will somehow get through

Ruthless: An ISIS fighter poses next to a dead Yazidi. ISIS have denounced the Yazidis as devil-worshipers on account of their ancient set of beliefs and have issued them with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death

Ruthless: An ISIS fighter poses next to a dead Yazidi. ISIS have denounced the Yazidis as devil-worshipers on account of their ancient set of beliefs and have issued them with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death


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  1. Scrambling Down an Iraqi Mountain, Yazidi Families Search for ...

    New York Times-1 hour ago
    Families from the Yazidi minority who had fled ISIS fighters gathered at the Nowroz refugee camp in Syria. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New ...
    Who are the Yazidis?
    Blog-Washington Post (blog)-Aug 8, 2014
  2. The genocide 6000 miles away: America's Yazidis watch and wait ...

    Vox-Aug 9, 2014
    Sheikh and his family are Yazidi, part of an ancient religion with about 600,000 adherents around the world, mostly in Iraq. About 200 Yazidi ...
  3. Fears Remain For Yazidis Still Trapped In Mountains

    Huffington Post-18 hours ago
    Several thousand Yazidis were reported on Saturday to have reached safety in Kurdish-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria. Yazidis -- who follow ...
  4. Thousands Of Iraqi Yazidis Flee To Syria After Kurds Open Safe ...

    Huffington Post-Aug 9, 2014
    Kurdish forces rescued 5,000 Yazidis who were stranded on Sinjar Mountain in Northwestern Iraq and had been in danger of dying of thirst, ...
  5. Escape from death mountain: Stranded Yazidis rescued by Kurdish ...

    Daily Mail-18 hours ago
    Hundreds of Yazidi refugees who were stranded on a barren mountainside in Iraq, surrounded on all sides by bloodthirsty Islamic State fighters ...
  6. Iraqi Official: Hundreds Of Yazidi Women Held Captive By Islamic ...

    Huffington Post-Aug 9, 2014
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Sunni militants with "vicious plans," an ...
  7. Islamic State kills 500 Yazidis, burying some alive, claims human ...

    Sydney Morning Herald-8 hours ago
    Baghdad: Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidiminority, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women ...
  8. ISIS killed 500 Yazidis, buried some alive incl women and children ...

    RT-20 hours ago
    "We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing [their ancient home city of] Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime ...
  9. Kurds open escape route for some trapped Yazidis

    Sydney Morning Herald-22 hours ago
    Near Makhmour, Iraq: Buoyed by US airstrikes, Kurdish peshmerga fighters said they pushed back an attempt by the Islamic extremists to ...
  10. A Very Brief History of the Yazidi and What They're Up Against in Iraq

    The Wire-Aug 8, 2014
    As the Islamic State militant group continues to seize more parts of Iraq, they also continue to drive out the members of the Yazidicommunity.


Iraq crisis: German Yazidi community stage demonstration

BBC News-Aug 9, 2014
The US has carried out airstrikes in an attempt to stem the advance of the IS in Iraq, and carried out air drops of supplies to the Yazidipeople on .
  1. Iraq's Yazidi minority has long been singled out for hatred

    CBC.ca-Aug 9, 2014
    "Accounts of Yazidi origins were particularly malleable to varying political agendas," says a paper by Christine Allison of the University of Exeter ...
  2. Iraq crisis: Isis militants 'buried alive Yazidi women and children' in ...

    The Independent-by Adam Withnall-18 hours ago
    Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq's ...
  3. Too little too late for Iraq's Yazidi minority?

    Al-Arabiya-1 hour ago
    This is not the first time militants have attacked the Yazidicommunity. In 2007, more than 400 were killed in suicide bomb attacks. The al-Qaeda ...

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