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Our allies, the Turks and the Kurds

Posted by Charles II on December 28, 2008

Anyone who commits the land power of the United States to the Middle East ought to have his head examined –Douglas MacArthur, generously paraphrased

Hurriyet Daily News:

As Turkey’s first full-time Kurdish TV Channel, TRT-6, is about to be launched, bans remain on the use of letters in the Kurdish alphabet such as w, q, and x, which are absent in the Turkish language.

The head of the Kurdish Writers’ Association, İrfan Babaoğlu, dismissed the channel initiative as tragicomic and said the dilemma Turkey faces now is the use of the Kurdish language, speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review yesterday.

“People cannot name their children, streets, or parks in Kurdish. Just today (Sunday) in Diyarbakır, 12 parks were opened; all their original names were in Kurdish. They were then given to the municipality and the names were changed by the district governor,” Babaoğlu said. “Most of them did not even have w, q, or x in the name. …

Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan requested minute keepers of Parliament to refer to the Kurdish not as “an unknown language” that has been the practice since 1991, but as “a non-Turkish language.”

These are our friends.

Posted in Iraq war, Turkey | 3 Comments »

Help Support Authentic Journalism

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 28, 2008

Al Giordano’s The Field is sending a reporter to Bolivia to cover that country’s historic referendum on a new Constitution. But they need a few shekels thrown their way to make that goal a reality.

Show them a little monetary love, if you can swing it, here. They are among the few outfits doing decent work on Latin American issues the mainstream press ignores or botches.

Posted in heroes, Latin America, media | 1 Comment »

 
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