• Once upon a time, there were Kurds / Nurcan Baysal

    Visiting my hometown of Diyarbakir last week, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yildirim, said that when Turkey’s parliament was first established, “a Kurdistan deputy” was among those invited to participate by the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Yet for years, many people, including myself, have been subject to investigation for using the term Kurdistan.



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  • US, Turkey tension over f-35 jets deepensUS, Turkey tension over f-35 jets deepens

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