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29 November 2016


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Mr. Newhill, your ancestors memories of Kurds be honored. But for the present you might want to have a look at the recent apologies issued by Kurds of the BDP (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/turkey-kurds-seek-armenian-forgiveness.html) not only in Diyarbakir, but also in Mardin where the Kurdish MP Ahmet Türk, then the co-mayor of Februniye Akyol made public apologies also in 2013 (Akyol happens to be a Christian woman elected with support of the Kurds).
While this is not representative of all Kurds in Turkey, I observe a rethink among the Syrian Kurds, too. I did not find anything in the Iraqi and Iranian discussions, but as I remember well from Iran, there was no genocide, and Armenians were very much welcome at their annual pilgrimage to St. Thaddaeus Church a.k.a. Kara Kalisa.
The PKK debate rests on the realisation by Ocalan that the mono-ethnically-defined nation state (ulus-devlet) does not work, and that rules out a Kurdish copz of the model. This seems to me a parallel development to the Kurds publicly acknowledging their role in the Armenian genocide.
As to sources, I'd refer you to the 2005 KCK document in Turkish under (https://rojbas1.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/koma-civakc3aan-kurdistan.pdf). The Arabic, English and Persian versions I knew of in the internet are no longer under their previous links.
Of course my contribution should not be misunderstood as making any smaller the authoritarian character of the PKK and the almost totalitarian reactions against internal criticism.
The Kurdish realisation of having committed a genocide is out, I am confident that more conclusions will follow.
Btw Ahmet Türk is in jail since last week (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/court-arrests-former-mardin-mayor-ahmet-turk-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106518&NewsCatID=509).


Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

this line seems to convey better and better what the presently increasing dynamics feel like to me.

9/11 woke me up from my self-chosen political slumber, at least concerning superior matters of politics 'cum' foreign relations.

Let's pick the Iraq War. Iraq Chronology, ... Kuwait, Clinton, US: Iraq Liberation Act(1998?), the Iraqi Disarmament Crisis, UNSCOM/Hans Blix, "Mission Accomplished"... ISIS ...

Concerning money and power. A couple of bankers were fired over here recently, I learned yesterday. Without being given a reason in their termination notice. Their not addressed wrongdoing was that they dealt with private Iranian customers.

Aware of politics, the one interviewed, who had worked for the bank more then 20 years, had asked his superiors if this was OK. They reassured him everything was fine. Then matters developed dramatically. His bank sent him to NY for interrogation. Apparently he was asked to sign some kind of contract. Which would have made him some type of informer. He compared it to Stasi methods. What they wanted to know was everything around the costumers he had dealt with. ...

There are other similar but comparatively minor cases, where US law interferes with European or German law according to which they wouldn't have done anything wrong, like selling Cuban coffee. Terminates access to your Paypal account. Until you stop selling Cuban Coffee.

Two random picks - control of banks post 2008:


All this happened under Obama. Why don't we simply exchange our laws with American law, would make matters easier for the average European merchant and banker.

Babak Makkinejad

Kurds in Iran had nothing to do with the Armenian massacre.

Eric Newhill

Well, not when you put it that way.

Eric Newhill


I only brought the whole thing up to suggest that there is a history in the cultures of the region that, IMO, hasn't changed much. The history was somewhat interrupted in the post WW1 era, but the current just went underground. It didn't dry up. Tayyip wants to resurface one of those powerful currents.

100 years doesn't mean much in that region - again my humble and not so enlightened opinion. Perhaps the Kurds can become a nation, but I doubt it. I am suspicious of tribes with flags attempting to become anything more than that.

took rat

I think that Russia is making moves to wrest the Bosporus Strait and Istanbul from Turkey and in the process finally give Russia a true, incontestable access to the Mediterranean and a warm-water port. Only the British Empire and then America have prevented this and now America has enabled Turkey to retain Constantinople. All things change and with America needing an ally against an increasingly bellicose China and the realization the Europe is a basket-case may lead America to trade off Turkey for the following reasons:

1) If you are going to take on China, then Russia is a necessary ally.
2) If you are serious about destroying ISIS and islamofascism, then Russia is a natural ally with the same goals.
3) If you want shift troops from Europe and refocus military resources then a friendly allied Russia allows you to do so.
4) Turkey has betrayed America and actively sabotaged its military efforts in the Middle East so it has proven itself to be a worthless ally and even an enemy.

Sleep well Erdogan as the world moves around you........

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