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EFA and the Kurdish Institute of Brussels call on the international community to break the silence about the use of chemical weapons against Kurdistan

During the EFA-Coppieters-EFAY General Assembly in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,  the representatives of the organization explained the situation in Kurdistan and warned about Turkey’s operations, the violation of human rights, and the use of chemical weapons in the region. Both organizations recall the importance to respect human rights and …

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Google Translate adds Kurdish Sorani

In 2016, Google announced it had added Kurmanji Kurdish to its translation service, alongside 12 other languages, but not Sorani, which is spoken in Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat), in addition to the southern parts of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Google Translate on Wednesday announced it will add 24 new languages, …

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Teacher expelled for speaking Kurdish in Turkey

The use of Kurdish in public was banned in Turkey in the 1990s, and Kurds weren’t allowed to learn their mother tongue. There were restrictions for kindergartens, city theaters, and cultural clubs operating in the Kurdish language. A secondary school teacher at the Mersin Akdeniz District Ulubatlı Hasan Secondary School …

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Why Europe needs to take a hard look at itself

Boaventura de Sousa Santos Europe needs to take a hard look at itself. Because it has proved to be incapable of dealing with the causes of the Ukraine crisis, Europe is now condemned to deal with its consequences. The truth is that NATO should have been dismantled as soon as …

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Turkey’s local elections were not free or fair

Thomas Phillips During a hurried midnight taxi ride between Istanbul’s two major airports, the faces of Racep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s authoritarian president, and Binali Yildrim, Turkey’s former Prime Minister and Istanbul mayoral candidate, gazed down at me from every lamppost and roadside hoarding. I had been invited to Turkey by …

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Hejir Rencberi: So hard dying in exile

Nine years had passed in exile since he left his hometown and he had lived in hopes of having a decent life during these long years. He thought all his efforts were in vain and he had no longer the desire to experience all this loneliness and suffering in this …

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Professor Emeritus of International Politics Christodoulos Yiallourides: “Greeks and Kurds have similar existences regarding the preservation of their identities.”

The Turkish – Greek relations are extremely contentious in today’s world. In order to better understand this issue, Necat Ayaz interviewed Christodoulos Yiallourides, Professor Emeritus of International Politics and director of the Centre of Eastern Studies for Culture and Communication at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences . …

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EXODUS FROM ATHENS

According to Hebrew bible narrative of Exodus, Israelites leave the slavery from the hands of the Pharaoh through Yehova, the god who promises them the land of Canaan. Prophet Moses guides the Israeli people through the Sinai Desert during the Exodus from Egypt. At the end of this long journey, …

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POSTPONED LIVES OF REFUGEES FROM TURKEY

Eleni Takou: “It is obvious that these figures become a reality for refugees coming from Turkey. These refugees are a subject of bargaining and a card useful for diplomacy between two states.” A panel discussion addressing problem of long interview dates given to refugees from Turkey was held on March …

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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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Words in Mother Tongues Recorded as ‘X’ in Parliament Minutes

MPs from opposition parties celebrated the February 21 Mother Tongue Day in yesterday’s parliamentary session with messages in Kurdish and in the languages of minorities in Turkey.The words in languages other than Turkish were recorded as “x” in the minutes of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). On the …

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