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Kurdistance: It's Quiet Out Here

One of the hardest things about reporting on various blogospheres is the natural ebb and flow of people's writings. The past two weeks in the Kurdish blogosphere have been strangely quiet, the kind of quiet that is found before a great storm.

Hiwa from Hiwa Hopes writes about the rampant corruption found in Northern Iraq/Southern Kurdistan. Vladimir on From Holland to Kurdistan talks about the rise of popularity in French politics of a pro-Kurdish politician. Rasti exposes the roles of women in the PKK. And Save RojTV celebrates its one year anniversary.

Sorry for the slow week, however if you want to read an interesting dialouge on the nature of Kurdistan in the geographic sense, check out the comments on the last installment of Kurdistance.

16 comments

  • Once again, you have missed my point. I am not objecting to Kurd posts, or even the outnumbering of them, or any favoritism. Your notion of ‘collective’ judgement of Turks who comment here is one that I might object to.

    What I am pointing out is the insistence that although even by your admission that Kurds are in several of the aformentioned countries, the Kurdistance posts happen to be under the ‘Turkey’ heading. It is therefore natural to argue the inclusion of Turk-related posts under the same heading, especially when no posts about Turkey have been posted since October, but consecutive Kurdistance postings frequently appear.

    I am not sure what you mean by being bullied. Or even to suggest that I pretend that Kurds don’t live in Turkey. But I do think it’s time to stop pretending that maybe Turks want to read about other Turks as well.

    What is Global Voices truly about anyway? Who’s the intended audience, and what is its message and purpose? And is objective criticism, without distortion of points as response, not an approved practice here?

    By the way, there are Kurds and Turks, as well as countless other minorities, including American Indians who live here in the US as well. But we all still have to abide by its rules and regulations. And if we want to improve things, we do it politically. Maybe the Kurds should support the countries in which they live to raise the totalitarian objectives of greater freedoms and democracy and individual liberties, instead of alienating the majority by acting out (or siding with) terroristic fantasizations.

    I find it hard to believe that if a country’s makeup is 1/3 Kurdish, as someone suggested here, that collective power cannot or will not do anything to ‘support’ the policies it wishes the majority apply.

    I also find it hard to believe that the Kurdish Turks are alienated in camps and live in the lands of ‘Kurdistan.’ If tomorrow a Kurdistan was found, I cannot imagine the Kurds rushing to leave what they have and emigrate to this new land. Case in point: Armenia.

    Maybe it’s time for the Kurds to stop whining and become PART OF THE PROCESS.

  • Deborah Ann Dilley

    Additionally, I feel that I need to note that there are several Kurdish blogs who are VERY pro-PKK, and I DO NOT report on what they say because the majority of it would be considered as hate speech. My articles have never promoted hatred of either side.

    It is also important to note that the Syrians, the Iraqis, and the Iranians have not complained about the presense of Kurdish posts being included in their site feed, only our Turkish readers.

    I have already addressed the issue of why there are more Kurdish posts than Turkish, and steps are being taken to rectify that problem. I hope that from this point on we can close this issue.

  • We all need to look up the definition of ‘democracy’ versus ‘republic.’ It might surprise you to find that the US is a Republic. And civil liberties, as well as individual’s rights are in the Bill of Rights. And Affirmative Action is not necessarily a good thing as many in the US might argue, including the same people that Affirmative Action is supposed to help.

    Maybe it’s time to educate ourselves. As I said before, becoming part of the process is something we should all conspire to, and not perspire from.

  • This debate seems very familiar to my situation in Ankara. I buy the local papers and all I get is page after page of reports concerning the big Istanbul football teams and practically nothing on our own teams. At least Deborah has said she is taking steps to rectify the problem here. The day the Ankara papers write more about Gencler than Galatasaray I’ll buy all of you, Kurds and Turks alike, a huge Efes.

  • Deborah,
    If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that your interest in this project has dissipated completely. Since I know better, I’m just using this as an opportunity to say “Hi”.
    -Murat

  • Hevallo

    It is interesting that you feel pro PKK sites promote ‘hatred’.

    It has been the Turkish government that has promoted hatred by a genocidal policy of anihilation of the Kurdish people. The legacy of which is racism and hatred of Kurds by large sections of ultra nationalistic and not so ultra nationalistic Turks.

    There is a hugh political struggle going on in Turkey for political and human rights of the Kurdish people so it is hardly surprising that this is reflected on your pages.

    Far from promoting hatred the PKK has fought for justice for the Kurdish people.

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