Kurdish question at a crossroads
has changed drastically over the last two decades. With
respect to the Kurdish question, much has happened over
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.
Interview: Bangi Yildiz, Kurdish MP in Turkish Parliament
Bangi Yildiz, Kurdish member of Turkish Parliament from
Batman and a member of the Democratic Society Party (DTP),
met with Sibel Akman of Kurdish Herald to discuss progress
on work for a solution to Turkey’s Kurdish issue
as well as the situation of the DTP. Mr. Yildiz is a
lawyer by training with a great deal of journalistic
experience. He was previously President of the Batman
branch of the IHD (Human Rights Association).
GAP and its Impact in the Region by Ercan Ayboga
has implemented the GAP at the expense of the livelihoods
of hundreds of thousands of people, one of the well-known
archeological sites and the local biodiversity. By way
of caution, malign influence created by water disputes
can impede stablization and peace in the region. Thus,
increased attention and concern in the international
community is necessary and there must be efforts to foster
constitutions and regulations to manage the direct distribution
of water wealth.
Economy: Its potential and its challenge by Delovan
economy of Iraqi Kurdistan is fundamentally
composed of three segments: Agriculture, Crude
Oil, and Tourism. Iraqi Kurdistan is geographically
located in northern portion of Mesopotamia
and naturally has an ample amount of water,
making it a highly arable land for agriculture,
most recently, numerous gigantic petroleum
reserves have been discovered in the region.
In addition, due to its stunning nature and
its historical and archeological sites, it
has historically been a regional tourist destination,
visited by thousands. With all this in hand,
Kurdistan has great potential to establish
a strong economy.
Arian Arif - a woman's strength cannot be hidden by
female genital mutilation is still something of a taboo
issue in Kurdistan, but certain people, including Ms.
Arif, and some groups such as the German-based Association
for Crisis Assistance and Development Cooperation, or
WADI, work hard to try to spread awareness of this horrible
practice despite meeting resistance from many sides.
Although focus on this topic in Kurdistan and elsewhere
has increased over the last 7-8 years, Ms. Arif’s
unfortunate introduction to this practice came much earlier.
The Protector of My Dialect by Sibel Akman
is a dream city of Kurdistan, or, more specifically,
the dream city of Kurmanci Kurdistan. It carries and
raises the flashing flag of the language, the most fundamental
particle of the Kurdish national identity. The city is
surrounded by mountains on all four sides, making it
seem like a small valley in the vast world of Kurmanci-speaking
Kurdistan. It is the smallest of the three provinces
that make up the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.
of the Diaspora from San Diego, California: Activist
and Community Organizer, Luqman Barwari by Vahal A.
remembers that night when his father deserted the Iraqi
army and decided to become a peshmerga and flee to the
sub-district of Galala where the Kurdish leadership was
headquartered at the time. That ten-day journey from
their village on the Turkish border to Gallala on the
Iranian border, like so much else from his childhood,
has accompanied him to America and still lives with him
today. Ironically, these not-so-pleasant memories are what
link this the successful
family man, US citizen, and accomplished scientist to Kurdistan..
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