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Once upon a time, there were Kurds

Visiting my hometown of Diyarbakır last week, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor, Binali Yıldırım, said that when Turkey’s parliament was first established, “a Kurdistan deputy” was among those invited to participate by the…

  • Nurcan Baysal
  • Ahval

Yet for years, many people, including myself, have been subject to investigation for using the term Kurdistan.

Encompassing southeastern Turkey as well as parts of Iraq, Syria, and Iran, Kurdistan is a place that alternatively exists and does not exist in Turkey, depending on the political priorities of the…

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