The American University in Duhok, established amid despotism, family rule, and intelligence domination
Do you really call it the American University? What sort of liberal education it intends to offer its students?
It was officially opened on 14th March 2016. Masud Barzani was there, his son Masrur was there too, but Masud’s father as well was there—died about four decades ago, though. Now, my dear American citizen, your new university is associated with despotism and family rule and to intelligence agencies as well. Let’s see:
The day is the such-and-such’th birthday of Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Masud’s father. And it is not a hint; it is a clear message: “It’s a Barzanian University”. Need more? Here it’s: The huge building of the university is called The Building of Mustafa Barzani.
Masud, who attended the ceremony, is the illegal president of Kurdistan. He got an illegal extended two years’ term, to end in June 2015, that is more than eight months ago .He himself signed the law concerning those two years and he himself refused and still refuses to respect his own signature. It was he who threw the Kurdistan parliament into chaos by sending the head of the parliament (from the Change Movement) home though he hasn’t the authority to do that (imagine Obama sends the head of the Senate home) and all that because the elected head of the elected parliament wanted to discuss the issue of Masud’s expired term, and now it’s been months Kurdistan hasn’t, practically, a parliament. It was he, as well, who has sent the ministers of the Change Movement home, replacing them with vice-ministers from his party, not to forget that the PM of that government is Nechirvan Barzani, his nephew.
Masrur Barzan, just like Masud, his father, is not an academic person, but it’s thought that he is the owner of the university. He’s the head of the Security Council of Kurdistan and the ex-president of Parastin, the intelligence agency belonging to the “Democratic” Parti of Kurdistan, the parti of Masud Barzani and the Barzanian family.
And although the university is not a none-profit organization but more or less a commercial project (despite what was alleged by its president in his speech), imposing high wages on students, and therefore its buildings should have been built using its own funds, but in our case the funds were provided by the government (136 million dollars, as been reported) which simply means using “the money of the people” for privet commercial projects.
Duhok is a city much smaller than Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region and the one should have had the honor to welcome such university. But Duhok belongs to Bahdinan portion of Kurdistan. Can you guess it now? Barzan town is a part of Bahdinan while Erbil City is a part of Soran portion.
The president of the university knows that must take Masrur and his father and his brothers and his cousins and the whole family into account and do as they bid. That’s the rule here. Welcome to the Emirate of Barzan.
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