Herald Vol. 2, Issue 1 - Feb-Mar 2010
Turkish government’s “Kurdish opening”,
later renamed the “Democratic initiative”,
began with enthusiasm and introduced a new open debate
among Turkey’s intellectuals and scholars on how
to solve the age-old Kurdish question. In recent months,
however, Turkey’s bad habit of censorship through
mass arrests of some of the initiative’s most important
players – elected Kurdish politicians – have
caused unrest and deep mistrust to resurface in the Kurdish
region of Turkey. While the ruling party moves ahead
with its plans, the wavering support may ultimately kill
the initiative and make the conflict unsolvable.
Herald Vol. 1, Issue 5 - September 2009
has changed drastically over the last two decades. With
respect to the Kurdish question, much has happened over
the last two decades that have significantly changed
the relationship between the Turkish state and the Kurdish
people, including demands, concessions, and methods of
dialogue. It cannot be disputed that the Kurdish people
living within Turkey’s borders have more right
to the expression of their identity than ever before.
However, just as equally undeniable are the presence
a number of draconian and selectively enforced laws remaining
in place that effectively restrict the most basic rights.
Herald Vol. 1, Issue 4 - August 2009
25 July 2009, the parliamentary and presidential elections
in Iraqi Kurdistan did represent a significant step forward
in the region’s experiment with democracy. About
79% of all eligible voters turned out to vote on Election
Day in Iraqi Kurdistan’s three provinces: Dohuk,
Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. Faraj al-Haidari of the Iraqi
Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) stated in
a post-election press conference that these recent elections
were the cleanest elections in the history of Iraq.
Herald Vol. 1, Issue 3 - July 2009
the disputed areas in northern Iraq tell a
story of injustice, a story of people being
forced out of their homes for the crime of
belonging to one ethnic group and not the other.
The city center of Kerkuk is undoubtedly the
most important of the disputed areas as its
mixed population is estimated to be close to
a half a million, and within the landscape
of Kurdish politics, few things are more important
than the issue of Kerkuk.
Herald Vol. 1, Issue 2 - June 2009
focuses on the ever so near dialogue between the Turkish
government and the Kurdish people in Turkey.
Election results in Turkey revealed a new political landscape
and seemed to indicate that one of the most important
issues, especially for the predominantly Kurdish southeast,
is the Kurdish question. Although direct talks concerning
the Kurdish question have not yet taken place, discussions
have emerged across Turkey following the Turkish president's
remarks regarding a need for resolution and an interview
with a Kurdish rebel leader.
Herald Vol. 1, Issue 1 - May 2009
explores the bilateral relations between the Kurdish
and Turkish peoples, disregard for ethno-nationalism-based
policies, calls for respect of human rights and the rejecting
of violence. On the flip-side, tension increases and
escalation of violence after a number of events within
Turkey shatter the hopes of the most optimistic observers.
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