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All roads lead to Athens

Necat Ayaz Besides thousands of them have already crossed the dangerous waters of Maritsa river and the routes for islands, still thousands of them have been preparing themselves secretly in Greece’s eastern neighbor have been waiting the day of liberation from persecution. No matter from where they will cross the …

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The hard road to freedom

Necat Ayaz At the beginning of December, at midnight, they reached the proximity of the Turkish-Greek border with by a car. As soon as the car stopped, they got off very fast and, large backpacks and they headed towards the river. From the beginning of this journey which they believed …

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Iranian Kurdistan: Open Letter to UNESCO Highlights Linguistic Discrimination Ahead of International Mother Language Day

Iranian Kurdistan: Open Letter to UNESCO Highlights Linguistic Discrimination Ahead of International Mother Language Day Ahead of International Mother Language Day, the Cooperation Center of Iranian Kurdistan’s Political Parties, including UNPO Member the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), addressed an open letter to the Director-General of the United Nations …

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Self-organized solidarity in Athens fights for existence

Necat Ayaz City Plaza is an occupied hotel in the heart of Athens where nearly two hundred refugees are currently staying. The hotel is a self-organized place which means all the residents have the right and duty to participate in all the activities on a daily basis. Since 2016’ aproximately …

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Pakistan government’s pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist’s appointment is revoked

Pakistan’s newly elected Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government asked Pakistani-American economist Dr. Atif R. Mian to step down from the newly created Economic Advisory Council (EAC). This controversial move occurred on September 7, just a few days after Dr. Mian’s appointment to the Council and under mounting pressure from right-wing religious parties, who …

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 …

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Why Bamyan province brings out the best of Afghanistan

The Bamyan province lies at the centre of Hazarajat, one of many territories of which Afghanistan is made up. One of the larger minoritised peoples of Afghanistan, the Hazara —a Farsi-speaking, Shi’a group—, live there. A couple of years ago, Nationalia released —find it here in Catalan— an interview with …

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FCNM20: Latest Edition of the ECMI External Publications

  #FCNM20, or the 20th Anniversary of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities remains the highlight of the year at the ECMI. The latest edition of the ECMI External Publications captures the theme of the year. The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: A Commentary, edited by Rainer …

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Russia’s Sputnik news agency closes Kurdish edition

Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency has closed down its Kurdish-language website at the request of the Turkish government, according to a report by online news outlet Artı Gerçek. Sputnik announced on Saturday that it had ended its Kurdish language website without mentioning any particular reason for the decision. “Dear readers, we are …

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Wallonia hinders Canada-EU trade deal

Belgium’s Wallonia region will block the federal government from signing the Canada-EU free trade accord, after a vote in the regional assembly on Friday (14 October) against approving the agreement. “I will not give powers to the federal government and Belgium will not sign Ceta [the agreement] on 18 October,” …

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Colombia: The Americas’ Longest War Ends

Colombia made history in Latin America with the groundbreaking peace deal between the government and left-wing FARC rebels. The nearly four-year peace process in Havana, Cuba, between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia [FARC] and the government of President Juan Manuel Santos achieved a landmark 297-page final agreement covering six …

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Interview with Professor Abbas Vali

I am largely convinced that the political situation and the political movement in Iranian Kurdistan will primarily start as a cultural and social movement. Then, a kind of leadership will be emerging from this cultural, social development and if the situation permits, there will be new political force(s) in various …

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MRG calls on Turkey to end pressure on Kurdish institutions

  MRG calls on Turkey government to end pressure on pro-Kurdish institutions and urges renewed dialogue with PKK for peaceful solution to current conflict Press Release Grave violations of the Kurdish community’s rights to political participation and freedom of expression are seriously undermining all hope for true democracy and lasting …

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The Kurdish Trap and Division Among Kurds

  By  Memed Aksoy The Qamishli massacre perpetrated by the Islamic State today, in which at least 44 people have been killed and more than 150 injured, has once again brought to light the division among Kurds. Some quarters have immediately claimed that if the KDP-S (Kurdistan Democratic Party – …

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Turkey’s Kurds excluded from post-coup national unity

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Station Square in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city, July 31 for the biggest gathering there since a twin bomb attack bloodied a pre-election rally of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) last year. For the first time since the deadly attack, the HDP held a …

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