Thursday, December 23, 2010

Will The Very First Book in Kurdish Ever Be Approved in Turkey?

Recently the Turkish press celebrated, prematurely as most often is the case in Turkey, the first book in Kurdish which may be approved to be studied at a small number of Turkish schools.

A single book for an entire ethnic community (nation) in 87 years! Just maybe!

Please spend a couple of minutes to reflect the severity of this.

A single book, for close to 20 million people, 22+% of the country's population, whose mother toongue is Kurdish, an Indo-European language unrelated to Turkish, in the entire 87 year existence of the Turkish Republic, MAY BE APPROVED by magistrates of the Turkish majority community of the country!

The questions for all of us Cypriots, tCypriots and gCypriots alike, are:

  • Are we to trust such state that treats even Muslims this way?
  • Are we to allow such country to assume the moral high ground & preach us on democracy and community relations? 
  • Are we to allow such fascism to have a defining role for Cyprus' way forward?

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.