On Sunday Kurdish residents of Cizre, Şırnak Province of Turkey gathered by the thousands to participate in a protest organized by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). The mayor of Cizre, Mustafa Gören, was also in attendance, and a general strike …Posted in Activism, BDP, Censorship, Culture, Protests, Turkey | Comments Off on Protests in the town of Cizre in spite of Turkish Censorship
The first few summers of my life I spent in our garden with my cheek against the rough, grey wooden fence, carefully tilting my head so I could admire our neighbours’ garden. It was Paradise. The grass was lush and …Posted in Activism, Culture, Discrimination | Comments Off on I am Kurdistan
For over 50 years, over 300,000 Kurds in Syria were labeled foreigners in a 1963-census that was carried out in an arbitrary manner which restricted the “foreigner” Kurds acquiring employment, education, health, property, or even marriage. The government has banned …Posted in Activism, Arabic, Culture, Discrimination, Displacements, Human Rights Watch, Kurdistan, Suppression, Syria | Comments Off on Kurds in Syria Granted Citizenship: What Now?
Kurdish language has been banned in Turkey since the creation of its modern borders in 1923. The Kurds were not allowed to speak their mother tongue, not even in their own homes, in the streets, in any social gatherings, let …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Free speech, Genocide, Kurdistan, Suppression, Turkey, United Nations | Comments Off on 19th Century mentality in 21st Century: Kurdish language still banned in Turkey
A recent article in the Kurdish Globe highlighted the conditions of Syria’s Kurdish population, which numbers somewhere between 10%-15% of the general population. The Kurdish identity is denied by the Baath regime, the use of the Kurdish language is very …Posted in Culture, Suppression, Syria | Comments Off on Dispossession and Poverty Afflicts Syria’s Kurds
Opinion piece cross-posted from MideastYouth.com, written by Behar. The hypocrisy of the world never ceases to amaze me! In the world of politics, itâ€™s all but expected that a nation should pursue its own interests at the cost of others, …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Displacements, Genocide, Turkey | Comments Off on Opinion: The Hypocrisy of Defending Turkey
The following video was taken in the town of Hakkari, Turkey (Colemerg in Kurdish) on March 17, 2010. The footage shows how Turkish police forced children who were celebrating Norouz (new year) to remove Kurdish colors (red, yellow and green) …Posted in Culture, Turkey, Videos, Women, Youth | 3 Comments
Today at 1700 GMT, Turkey launched its first 24-hour TV station that broadcasts in the Kurdish language. Dubbed TRT 6, the state-run channel carries the motto, “We live under the same sky”. The channel’s opening program, which featured the hoisting …Posted in Culture, Turkey | Comments Off on Turkey's first 24-hour Kurdish channel launched