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Kurdish, once banned, to be taught in Turkey

By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press, 11/09/2009

Turkey's higher education authority on Thursday approved a proposal to teach Kurdish, which was once banned from the country, at a Turkish university for the first time.

Private TV channels in Kurdish on the way

In a move that began with the launch of Turkey's first state-run Kurdish-language TV station, the country's broadcasting watchdog changes the rules, allowing private channels the freedom to air shows in languages other than Turkish, 24 hours a day. The move is not without opposition as it comes amid debate over the government's wider Kurdish initiative.

Turkey renames village as part of Kurdish reforms

 By Ibon Villelabeitia

ANKARA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Turkey has begun restoring names of Kurdish villages and is considering allowing religious sermons to be made in Kurdish as part of reforms to answer the grievances of the ethnic minority and advance its EU candidacy.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said his government will push democratic reforms to address decades-old grievances from the Kurdish population and help end a 25-year conflict between the state and separatist guerrillas.

Let the Kurdish language be

By Dr Sabah Salih,, 14 Aug 2009

Erbil, or Hawler as the locals call it, is where the Kurdistan Regional Government is located. Here the Kurdish that holds sway is Sorani, a dialect also spoken by the region’s majority. But a sizeable minority, mainly in the northwest, speaks Bahdinani, or Kirmanji, a dialect also spoken by Turkey’s 15 million plus Kurds, giving this dialect a significant linguistic edge in the greater Kurdistan.

First Kurdish play staged on Van (Wan) State Theater

VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU, ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News, Friday, June 19, 2009

By state permission, Kurdish theater group Destar has performed the first Kurdish play on the stage at Van State Theater. 'State Theaters General Director Lemi Bilgin’s recent statement that theaters are open to Kurdish plays is in effect,' says playwright Berfin Zenderlioğlu

By state permission, and with a little guile, Kurdish theater group Destar staged a Kurdish play at the Van State Theater last week.

Computational Linguistics Now an Open Access Journal

Starting wtih Volume 35, Issue 1, Computational Linguistics is an open access journal, freely available to all online readers.  There will no longer be a print edition. Back issues in print from volumes 34 and earlier are still available. Click Order/Subscribe for more details. 

"Propagandation in Kurdish" Is A Crime In İzmir, Not So In Digor

Two DTP mayors in İzmir are on trial for violating the law on political parties, because they addressed the crowds in Kurdish before elections.

Erol ÖNDEROĞLU, Istanbul - BIA News Center, 30 June 2009

Despite a recent positive approach by a prosecutor in Digor, a colleague in İzmir contradicts his optimism by filing a case against the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) Karabağlar mayor Cemal Coşgun and Gaziemir mayor Şehmuz Seyhan on allegations of violating the political party law by "propagating in Kurdish".

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009

Education for all is a goal that has been reaffirmed by states the world over many times in the last decade. It is meant to be achieved by 2015. But as this book clearly shows, a quality education is not eaching the world’s most vulnerable communities: minorities and indigenous peoples.

In Central Africa, the great majority of indigenous Batwa and Baka have not had access even to primary education. In South Asia, Dalit girls are prevented from pursuing their education not just because of poverty, but through discrimination and sexual violence.

Education system in Turkey ignores minorities

In the report, Forgotten or Assimilated? Minorities in the Education System of Turkey , minority communities accuse the education system in Turkey of working to assimilate them and promote Turkish identity and nationalism in a manner that denies the rights of minorities. 

Since the Turkish Republic was established in 1923, minorities have been perceived as a threat to the ‘indivisible integrity of the state with its territory and nation’ enshrined in the Turkish Constitution.

Transforming Every House into a School

Abdullah Demirbas, Mayor of Sur District, Diyarbakir, interviewed by Servet Tosun for Kurdish Herald

Diyarbakir, Turkey – Diyarbakir’s Sur District Mayor Abdullah Demirbas is one of the most significant figures with regards to his great emphasis on Kurdish culture and language. I visited him at his office to talk about his recent project called “Sere seve Cirokek u her malek Dibistane,” (A Story for each night and every house is a School).

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