Deborah Ann Dilley · April, 2007

Occasionally authoring articles for the Turkish and Kurdish blogosphere coverage on Global Voices.

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Turkey is Typing: The Killings in Malatya

"A handful of monsters walked into a Bible publisher in the Turkish city of Malatya the other day," writes one blogger, describing one of the tragedies which stunned Turkey this week. The brutal killings of three Christian missionaries at a Bible publishing house in Malatya has bloggers across the nation mourning the display of violent intolerance and contrasting the established sanctity of nationhood with the dire need for multi-religious acceptance.

Kurdistance: A Week Like Any Other

The news coming out of the Kurdish blogs this week is as varied as the landscape of Kurdistan itself. From predictions on Syrian Kurd alliances with Israel, to censorship in Turkey; from explorations of Northern Iraq, to essays on intolerance, the Kurdish bloggers cover it all. But for this week, I think we will begin with why, to Kurds, April is considered as the "Bride of the Year".

Kurdistance: A New Front in Northern Iraq?

Oh dear, not again. While it is unusual for me to outwardly state my opinions on a subject, I can say in this instance....I am not alone in my sentiment. Once more overtures have been made by the Turkish government to intervene in Northern Iraq/Southern Kurdistan. Unlike past incidents where the motives haven't been as clear, Turkish threats about crossing its southern borders have been in direct reaction to statements made by the Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani: "Iraqi Kurds would not accept any foreign interference on the Kirkuk issue as it considers it an internal affair that should be resolved internally." For this story...I'll let both the Kurdish and Turkish bloggers explain...

Turkey is Typing…Presidential Protests

As the Turkish Presidential race begins to gear up, the Republic of Turkey once again finds itself torn between the ideals of a secularist or Islamist state. This week was marked by protests and editorial after editorial of speculation about the future of Turkey and whether the ideals of democracy will survive the next election.

Turkey: Comparable Tragedies

Turkey and My Foreign Perspectives compares two recent school-related tragedies: the killing of 30 at Virginia-Tech University and the death of 33 elementary school students in a bus accident in Izmir. “Here in Turkey, this bus accident is the one of the worst in its history and one that citizens...

Jordan: Car-less in Amman

Into the Wind contemplates how she will manage the traffic of Amman without her car: “Since I’m going to be car-less for over a week, I’m going to seize the opportunity to conduct a little experiment, and give our existing public transportation system a chance. I’ll try to minimize the...

Tunisia: Reactions to Seven Pillars Article

Tunisian Subzero Blue reacts to the recent article the Seven Pillars of Middle East Reality: “Arab leaders have no interest in genuine peace with Israel This can't be more wrong; the Arab leaders wouldn't want anything more than to have the whole Israel-Palestine problem solved, a peace established, the ability...

Turkey: A Disconnect in Turkish Class

Carpetblogger recounts some of her learning adventures in her Turkish class: “I have been spending four hours a day, five days a week in a small room with two Korean women, a Argentinian woman, a Turkish/Swiss woman (who speaks German but no Turkish) and two women from “Dogu Turkestan.””

Turkey is Typing…Keeping up with the Komşuluk

Komşuluk means "the neighborhood" in Turkish, and today we are going to stroll through the streets of the Turkish blogosphere. We begin with the topic of insulting Turkishness, to the crowded streets of Istanbul where news of the upcoming Presidential elections and the latest gossip about Turkish popstars can be heard.

Israel: Last Day of Passover

Jerusalem Wanderings posts about her last day of Passover: “I decided to join my messianic Jewish friends in a much more subdued Easter Sunday service at the Garden Tomb – where Protestants believe Jesus was buried. They said it was an evangelical service in Arabic, which I thought was gonna...

Algeria: Future Arab Alliances with Israel?

The Moor Next Door talks about the Arab states and future alliances with Israel and against Iran: “A long road must be traveled until the major Arab states can win Israel's confidence. When I argued earlier that an alliance of Arab states be formed against Iran, I said that Israel...

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