turkish kurdish

anonymous asked:

Turkey's borders are clear. There is no Kurdistan in Turkey. Diyerbakır is one of the Turkey's cities. We want to live together peacefully. Doesn't matter Kurd or Turk.

If borders were actually based on the populations they contain, the world would be a much better place. Turkey’s borders (and the Middle-East’s in general) are artificial and harmful. When the borders established by the Sykes-Picot treaty and the 1924 Treaty of Lausanne finally dissolve, you can be sure I will organise a party.

As of now, there are between 31 and 39 million of Kurds in the world. More than 20% of Turkish citizens are actually ethnic Kurds. They share a common language, common identity, cultural practices, history and have demonstrated again and again, throughout centuries and in every internationally recognised country they live in, that they want the right of self-determination. In other words, they have a consistent identity and strong claim. Centuries of Ottoman-forced assimilation, genocides or arabisation like Saddam and Assad sr. & jr. put in place, did not change that. The more you try to destroy an identity, the more people actually identify as such (i.e. Palestinians).

By the way, the right of nations to self-determination appears in the founding charter of the UN, whom I remind you, Turkey has signed.

Another point I would like to rant on, is the concept of countries. Countries are social constructs which change through space and time. It’s not because 2016 maps do not include Kurdistan that it will never happen (and it has already happened in the past). New countries and national identities constantly appear and old ones die. Constantly. Take a look at the world. The newest country is currently South Sudan (2011), that was five years ago. Following the fall of communism (1991), dozens of new countries appeared (i.e. Baltic, Caucasian and Central Asian states). The same thing happened after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In Europe, the newest one is Kosovo (2008), not even ten year old. Hell, two different countries can actually join (i.e. West and East Germany reunification, unification of North and South Yemen). The European Union, albeit not a country nor a federation, is another new form of territorial organisation; the process is still going on. “Indian reservations” in the US are recognised as “domestic dependent nations”, aka countries within countries. Borders constantly change. To be short, your concept of countries is too rigid and does not correspond to reality.

Your pretense of "I don’t see Kurds and Turks” is the equivalent of sweeping dust under the carpet. The “Turkish identity” has and is being forced upon non-ethnic Turks in Turkey, may they be Kurds, Armenians or Assyrians. Only Greeks, Jews and Armenians are recognised in the Turkish constitution as minorities (there are dozens of ethnic/religious minorities in Turkey). You have 20% of your population that isn’t even officially recognised. Also, “turkishness” is being constantly forced upon Kurds through every institution of the state. I won’t get into details about all the genocidal and forced assimilation tentatives of the Turks against the Kurds, because honestly it would be too long.

I’ll just remind you that currently, Erdogan and his government, are closing down Kurdish cultural organisations, Kurdish newspapers, Kurdish TV and radio stations at home and abroad and Kurdish associations of any kind. Kurds who speak against the current purges are systematically arrested and tortured (good ol’ methods of the 80′s), then designated as terrorists conspiring against the state and thrown in prison. Google ‘Deniz Naki’, a Kurdish footballer who has just been indicted on ‘terrorist propaganda’ charges for sharing posts about the destruction of Kurdish cities and the death of civilians and militants on social media. 

Wow, you really are one? The Turkish state really wants peace? Will they prosecute those responsible for the Cizre basement massacres (civilian shelters deliberately set on fire by Turkish troops, with women and children inside), instead of protecting them? In your personal reality, maybe. So stop sweeping the dust under the carpet and maybe do something for the Kurds in Turkey, since you all want to live peacefully together.

P.S. Diyarbakir (Kurdish: Amed) is over three millennia old and has successively been under Semitic, Aramean, Assyrian, Urartu, Armenian, Persian (Achaemenids), Medes, Hellenistic (Seleucids), Parthian, “Corduenean”, Roman, Byzantine, Persian (Sassanids), Arab (Umayyads, Abbasids, Hamdanids, Buyids, Marwanids and others), Turkish (Seljuks), Turkmen (Artuqids), Kurdish (Ayyubids), Mongol (Ilkhanate), Turkish (Seljuks of Rum), Turkmen (various federations), Persian (Safavids), Turkish (Ottomans) control. Now it is under the control of the Turkish Republic. This list and its order are obviously approximative. Just to show you how demographics change. Nowadays, more than 70% of the population is estimated to be Kurdish.


Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873;

Peasant man and woman from around Bursa (wearing wedding clothing), Seis (horse groom); Rich Arnaut family

Muslim lady from Selanik,  Jewish lady from Selanik and a Bulgarian woman from Prilep; Muslim man and woman  from Lebanon

Armenian bride,Jewish woman from Istanbul and a Greek girl; Shepherd from around Diyarbakır, Turk from Cizre, Turk from around Mardin

Muslim, Armenian and Kurdish women from Sivas; Christian inhabitant of Beirut (summer dress), Muslim lady from Beirut, Christian lady from Beirut (winter dress)

Armenian woman from Burdur, Turkmen woman from Karie de Outmouk, Kurdish woman from Sarıkaya; A'alim from Al Hudaydah, Burgher from Al Hudaydah, Muslim lady from Sana'a

Elias and his friends were speaking an ethnoleckt reffered to in Norwegian as kebabnorsk or kebab-Norwegian. It means to mix in other languages (mostly arabic, turkish, urdu, kurdish and other languages that immigrants in Norway speak) and Norwegian. Examples is when Elias said “walla” instead of “lover” which means promise. In Norway it is considered the official name of “immigrant”-Norwegian since 1995 and is often used by both the media and politicians

Erdogan’s security guard and a Kurdish protester in Washington D.C yesterday.

“Today I experienced first hand the extent and savagery of Turkish fascism: My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdoğan being in Washington when we were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdoğan’s official bodyguards and secret police. They attacked women, children and the elderly with reckless abandon. I ran in the opposite direction from our friends and got caught by one of the security guards. He put me in a headlock to the point where he popped a blood vessel in my eye. He held me and threatened to kill me. I was scared for my life and tried to get into the car in front of me. Luckily there was a man in the car who helped me get into the other side of the car. I saw out of the corner of my eye that they were running behind me and I told him: "don’t open the door”! I swear that man saved my life. After I realized the extent of the violence inflicted against my friends. Among us we had people who needed stitches and had concussions from these vicious attacks. Today’s experience has shown us that as Kurds we are not even safe from Turkey’s racism and terrorism here in the United States. However that will never stop our spirit and struggle for freedom for our people here and in Kurdistan.“

- Account from Kurdish woman attacked by Erdogan’s security last night in Washington outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence while Erdogan was inside. 9 people were hospitalised and one woman remains in hospital this morning.

From Mark Campbell.

Tbh the Muslim community is way too Arab-centric, Muslims worldwide expect Muslims as a whole even the non Arab ones to be aware of what is happening in Syria, Palestine, iraq etc… (Basically what we consider to be ‘Arab issues’, though it goes without saying Arabs aren’t the only ethnic group actually living in those countries) but Arab Muslims aren’t expected to know (or really I guess care) about the issues of non Arab Muslim majority countries like Nigeria for example (which just like Arab-majority, Muslim majority countries has had to deal with extremist groups of its own, namely Boko Haram) or Muslim majority South Asia and the non Arab ‘Muslim south asian’ fight for Kashmiri independence, or EVEN Muslim-majority Iran and the constant dehumanisation of its Shia and Persian-majority population. There’s also Burma (Myanmar) in east Asia where the Rohingya Muslim minority population of the country are experiencing what Rohingya themselves have described as a genocide at the hand of the many Buddhist extremist groups who also live there but I have yet to see anyone who cares about 'Muslim Arab issues’ also care about all those other non Arab 'Muslim issues’ I’ve just mentioned…. All I’m basically trying to say to all the Muslims who follow me (specially the Arab ones) is to please also take an interest in the struggles of other Muslim communities, As Arabs we’re not the only Muslims and actually (or should that be ironically) we’re a minority when you take into account all the non Muslim Arabs that exist and the fact not everyone in North Africa and the middle east even ARE Arabs (many are imazighen in North Africa’s case and in the middle east’s case many are actually Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Pashtun, Azeri etc….) and obviously I don’t expect every Muslim to know everything about the struggles the people of every Muslim majority country face that’s near impossible but really it is fair that as Muslim Arabs we also bother to AT LEAST have a common (even if basic) understanding of the struggle of other Muslims the same way so many non Arab Muslims have bothered to learn a little about all of our 'Arab Muslim’ issues.

Greek freedom fighter, May 19 is the day of remembrance of the Pontian Greek Genocide (1916-1923). Records kept mainly by priests show a minimum 350,000 Pontian Greeks exterminated by Turkish troops and Kurdish para-militaries. Other sources including foreign missionaries mention 500,000 deaths, most through deportation and forced marches into the Anatolian desert. Greek cities (Pafra, Samsous, Kerasous, and Trapezous) endured massacres and deportations that destroyed their populations.