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Der Geruch Erdogan April 6, 2014 | 11:35 am

Ein pfiffiger Geschäftsmann aus Gaza hat diese Woche ein neues Parfüm auf den Markt gebracht und ihm einen klangvollen Namen verliehen: Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mit Tesafilm hat er das Konterfei des türkischen Ministerpräsidenten auf die Flaschen geklebt. Der Name ist eine gute Wahl: Erdogan ist im Gazastreifen sehr populär, und die regierende islamistische Hamas dürfte sich auch nicht gestört fühlen.
Für die Vermarktung eines Parfüms in den palästinensischen Autonomiegebieten sind das gute Voraussetzungen. Ein anderes Beispiel zeigt nämlich, daß politisch konnotierte Parfüms auch ein jähes Ende finden können. Im Westjordanland brachte 2012 ein Hamas Mitglied den Duft “Mohammed Mursi” zu Ehren des gestürzten ägyptischen Präsidenten heraus.
Der wurde zum Verkaufsschlager bis die dort regierende Fatah, die sich im ewigen Streit mit der Hamas befindet, den Braten roch. Sie ließ sämtliche Flakons beschlagnahmen und den Parfümeur verhaften.
In Kurdistan wiederum könnte ein gendergerecht riechendes Parfüm „Abdullah Öcalan“ zum politisch korrekten Gesamtgeruch werden.
Der revolutionären Kreativität sind bekanntlich keine Grenzen gesetzt.

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Zugriffe auf Twitter in der Türkei gestiegen March 22, 2014 | 01:08 pm

The number of active Twitter users, as well as tweeted messages, has soared since the Turkish government blocked access to the popular social media platform, new statistics have shown.

The access to Twitter was blocked in the first hour of March 21. According to figures published by social media rating agency Somera, over 6 million Turks tweeted from March 20, 23:00, to March 21, 12:00. Only 4.5 million tweets were sent the previous day in the same time slot when there was no blocking. The difference correspondents to a 33 percent rise.

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Istanbul Today March 12, 2014 | 09:06 pm

40 Tragic Pictures From Turkey As Clashes Erupt After Death Of 15-Year-Old Berkin Elvan

More than 500,000 child brides married in Turkey in the last decade March 8, 2014 | 10:45 pm

More than 500,000 girls under the age of 17 were married in the past 11 years in Turkey, according to Family and Social Policies Ministry data, which does not include unofficial marriages. In the past 11 years, 504,957 girls between the ages of 16 and 17 got married in Turkey according to the official marriage data.

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Feb 6th: Many media reports on our work and FGM in Asia February 7, 2014 | 09:35 pm

On February 6th, the eleventh international Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, a number of media outlets have picked up on the topic of Female Genital Mutilation in Asia. Many non-governmental und international organizations tackling FGM, including the World Health Organization, still don’t mention the existence of FGM in many Asian countries. Breaking the silence is a first step to saving millions of girls in these countries from being mutilated. WADI and Hivos stressed this in their press declaration on this year’s February 6th. Therefore, we are happy that many journalists have now brought out this message. In several cases Stop FGM Middle East and WADI were able to provide information.

Al Jazeera Turkey came to Wadi’s office in Suleymania in North Iraq and spoke with victims of FGM. The film also describes the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan and the successful campaign against FGM.

De Vokskrant, the largest newspaper of the Netherlands also reported on the work of Wadi in Iraqi Kurdistan on February sixth. On February 7th, they ran a long story on FGM in Indonesia, underlining the importance to stop ignoring the brutal tradition in Asia.

Y-Magazin, an Omani English language culture and lifestyle magazine, ran a large feature article on FGM in Oman quoting the activist Habiba al Hinai, presenting her study and mentioning Stop FGM Middle East mission in Oman.

The Iraqi Kurdish channel KNN interviewed Wadi’s women project coordinator Souaad Abdelrahman in Suleymania. And the Kirkuk Torture Center published a declaration condemning FGM.

Abrüstung und atomwaffenfei January 10, 2014 | 11:48 am

….. würden „nur die USA & Westen den Iranern entgegenkommen“, so sollte dies nach Auffassung der Friedensbewegung zu einer Denuklearisierung der Region führen. Das Ergebnis genau dieser Politik bewirkt jetzt das glatte Gegenteil: Saudi Arabien arbeitet an Nuklearplänen, nun auch die Türkei. Pakistan hat bereits Atomaffen, demnächst der Iran:

Theoretisch Basis für türkische A-Bombe. Japan baut das zweite türkische AKW. Der Vertrag gewährt Ankara angeblich auch die Uran-Anreicherung

 

Erdogan in Not December 25, 2013 | 04:10 pm

Nach dem Amtsverzicht zweier Kabinettskollegen reicht auch Umwelt- und Stadtentwicklungsminister Bayraktar seinen Rücktritt ein und erhebt dabei schwere Vorwürfe gegen Ministerpräsident Erdogan: Der Regierungschef solle ebenfalls zurücktreten.

 Der Umwelt- und Stadtentwicklungsminister der Türkei, Erdogan Bayraktar, ist der dritte Minister der Regierung, der innerhalb kurzer Zeit im Zuge des Korruptionsskandals zurücktritt. Doch sein Abgang verläuft nicht so geräuschlos wie jener seiner zwei Kabinettskollegen: In einer Erklärung fordert Bayraktar auch Recep Tayyip Erdo?an zum Rücktritt auf. “Für das Wohl des Landes glaube ich, dass der Regierungschef gehen sollte”, sagte er. Erdo?an habe von allen Vorgängen gewusst, die jetzt Gegenstand der Untersuchungen sind. Im Detail geht es um Veränderungen an einem Bauvorhaben, die Erdogan und Bayraktar zugunsten eines Bauunternehmers durchgesetzt haben sollen. Außerdem, so Bayraktar, sei Druck auf ihn ausgeübt worden, von selbst zurückzutreten.

Friedensprozess tot November 6, 2013 | 08:04 pm

The leader of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leading council said the peace talks with Turkey government is dead as Ankara rejects to take promised steps in meeting the demands of the Kurds, Firat news said.

“Negotiation is a bilateral attempt; we are not due to take steps unilaterally while Turkey government rejects our offers,” Cemil Bayik told Swedish Dagens Nyheter in Qandil Mountains of Kurdistan Region. He added we believe the peace period is dead but are attempting to pump new blood into it. “Change in Ocalan (PKK jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan) imprisonment condition, guaranteeing the right of the Kurds in the constitution and making changes in anti-terror laws are our main three demands to continue the talks,” he said, denying Ankara claim that only 20 percent of PKK forces have quit the country in line with the peace agreement.

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Land der Angst September 17, 2013 | 09:20 am

Die Türkei ist ein Land geworden, in dem die Angst umgeht. Angst, das Falsche zu sagen, Angst, zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort zu sein, Angst, das falsche Leben zu führen, mit dem falschen Lebenspartner im falschen Haus oder in der falschen Stadt zu leben. Die korrekte Gesellschaft, die das Falsche definiert, braucht Regeln und Kontrollinstanzen.

Die Faustregel lautet: Korrekt ist, was Ministerpräsident Erdogan gutheißt. Erdogan hat fünfzig Prozent der Stimmen hinter sich, also gilt sein Wort hundert Prozent. Wer ihm widerspricht, hat hundert Prozent unrecht. Das ist die Logik der derzeitigen türkischen Demokratie, in der die Wahl als Blankoscheck für die Regierung interpretiert wird. Eine ungeschickte Opposition vervollständigt das Bild.

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The Tigris River Flotilla September 10, 2013 | 11:36 pm

A great project of Nature Iraq:

Nature Iraq plans to recreate a journey down the Tigris River, starting in southeastern Turkey and travelling through Iraq, using traditional boats and vessels in order to document and bring awareness to the myriad threats facing not only the timeless waters of the Tigris but also the unique cultural heritage of Mesopotamia.

In so doing, the project seeks to connect conservation issues with daily life. By building greater awareness and networking of both the local and global community and collecting data critical to understanding the current state and threats to the Tigris, we hope to empower local communities in protecting this vital resource.

Turkish parliament approves articles on women, homosexuals in draft constitution August 16, 2013 | 09:10 pm

Constitutional Consensus Committee members agreed on two articles in the new Turkish draft constitution during a parliamentary session on Monday.
Turkish Vatan newspaper reported on Tuesday that committee members had agreed on increasing the quota of women representatives in government and in the public sector to allow them to take part in political and economic life side by side with men.
Attendees also agreed not to discriminate against homosexuals, saying they plan to write an article on equality.

Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey August 11, 2013 | 12:22 am

This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on 15 July 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and never before seen footage.

Since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyo?lu district became a battle zone for three consecutive weeks, with conflicts continuing afterward. So far five people have died and thousands have been injured.

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Gezi continues July 5, 2013 | 09:19 pm

Taksim Solidarity Platform is set to “enter” Gezi Park on Saturday, July 6, despite police having cordoned off the area, while another group will stage “the First Annual Gas Man Festival” on the Asian side’s Kad?köy the following day.

The platform has announced that it will be in Gezi to serve the notice of the Istanbul first Regional Court’s June 6 decision which canceled the controversial Taksim pedestrianization project and the Artillery Barracks project.

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Rainbow flags and peace June 30, 2013 | 10:56 pm

After a month of protests, Istanbul’s Taksim Square braced today for the 11th gay pride march as thousands of gay rights activists as well as demonstrators who participated in Gezi Park gatherings marched on the iconic Istiklal Avenue.

Rainbow flags and banners supporting peace in Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian and Arabic were displayed.(…)

The demonstrators also chanted the name of Medeni Yildirim, who was killed in Diyarbakir’s Lice district after being shot by soldiers during a protest denouncing the construction of a gendarmerie outpost.

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Transsexuals for Gezi June 24, 2013 | 09:54 am

Turkish activists staged the fourth annual transsexual pride march today along Istanbul’s ?stiklal Avenue, which connects with Taksim Square, in an event that turned into a demonstration of support for the ongoing Gezi Park protests.

LGBT activists, very active in the protests in Taksim, called for the recognition of transsexuals’ identity and slammed the dominant homophobia and transphobia in Turkish society, chanting: “We don’t want a transphobic state,” and “Don’t keep silent, shout, there are homosexuals,” they chanted. They also used slogans stressing that being a transsexual was not a “disease,” in reference to former minister Aliye Kavak, who once stirred outrage by stating that homosexuality was a “disease.”

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Qaradawi and Erdogan June 22, 2013 | 03:05 pm

In another speech, PM Erdogan complained that the EU had no respect for democracy. At the same time, his deputy, Bülent Arinç, was telling newsmen that the army could step in to stop protests if need be. And, in the exact same moments, Interior Minister Muammer Güler was telling another group of newsmen that the government was working on a draft bill to restrict the use of social media. I must admit that when I wrote “Democratic Police Republic of Turkey,” I could not have imagined that within two years Turkey would progress so fast as to detain dissidents just because they stood in a public square in silence. I knew making the Gaza Strip look like Istanbul was too ambitious, but I would never imagine the government would so efficiently make Istanbul look like Gaza. Speaking of the Arab world, who says there are restrictions on freedoms? On the Arab Street there is absolute freedom of the type Minister Ba??? mentioned. Here we go: Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the Association of Muslim Scholars, and the ideological leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a written statement last week stating that he fully supports Mr. Erdogan. The honorable academic also said that the Turkish protesters, by merely protesting about what they protested, were “acting against Allah’s will.” Ironically, Mr. Qaradawi said that just a couple of days before Mr. Erdogan famously remarked that “one is of his friend’s religion,” Mr. Erdogan’s wording for “tell me who your friend is…”

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Gezi Park is now a utopic ‘Freetown’ June 5, 2013 | 10:11 pm

Since the police withdrawal from the city center on June 1 as a result of clashes with protesters, the Taksim district has been occupied as could never have been predicted. Closed with barricades, the central district now solely belongs to the people, and to ideologies that were previously deemed completely closed to the mainstream.

Bright lights and loud music coming from ?stiklal Avenue are not there. Shops are closed, and graffiti fills their windows. On the Taksim Square, it feels like the post-apocalypse has met the day after revolution. A wrecked NTV van and a crashed police car were left like the Berlin Wall remnants – open for photographing. The iconic Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) has been covered with flags: Legendary 1970’s revolutionary Deniz Gezmi? looks down on the area, while next to him are posters of left-wing groups and a “shut up” call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Unions join forces with Turkish protesters June 4, 2013 | 01:43 pm

Trade unions claiming 240,000 members are throwing their weight behind anti-government demonstrations across Turkey.

The KESK confederation of public sector workers was calling a two-day strike starting Tuesday to protest what it called the “fascism” of the governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has become one of the focal points of demonstrators’ anger.

They have united demonstrators from across the political spectrum against a common foe: security forces who unleashed tear gas and water cannon on them in response to what had been largely peaceful protests against Erdogan’s government.

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"Islamic Democracy" June 3, 2013 | 08:46 pm


A snapshopt from a video clip of one of PM Erdogan's speech, delivered during his term as Istanbul’s mayor (1994-1998), where he mocks the Turkish constitution and secularism.


With protests flaring across the country, the prime minister and the style of this political system, which was declared as the European role model for "democratic islamism", when the arab spring started, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his eleven-year reign. (1)
A growing number of people in the country – even those who have supported him in the past – are now accusing Mr Erdogan of a stifling authoritarianism and a subtle shift towards religious conservatism. They say Turkey is secular in name only and that Mr Erdogan is now promoting a distinctly Islamist agenda.

The following text is an excerpt of a speech, which was held by Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his term as Istanbul's Mayor (1994 - 1998). (2)
So this is what "islamic democracy" sounds like:

"Now, this constitution is full of gaps and holes. Like a rag with patches. The other day journalists asked me what I think about this [constitution]. I said, Look, what do they say? That sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people. You must think well. When [does the sovereignty belong to the people]? It is only when they go to the polls [every five years] that sovereignty belongs to the people. But both materially, and in essence, sovereignty unconditionally and always belongs to Allah!"

"But the fact is that 99% of the people of this country are Muslims. You cannot be both secular and a Muslim! You will either be a Muslim, or secular! When both are together, they create reverse magnetism [i.e. they repel one another]. For them to exist together is not a possibility! Therefore, it is not possible for a person who says 'I am a Muslim' to go on and say 'I am secular too.' And why is that? Because Allah, the creator of the Muslim, has absolute power and rule!"


The following pictures (3) will show what the concept of "islamic democracy" means for the public, when the people want to demonstrate for their right of privacy, expression of freedom and wish to fight against the restriction of their civil rights.

So this is what "islamic democracy" looks like:








Even Bashar al-Assad's regime has issued an advisory against travel to Turkey. (5)

The Syrian foreign ministry warned its citizens about the deteriorating security situation in several Turkish cities, and the escalating protest violence between the Turkish government and Turkish protesters.
Syria even called on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to stop the violent repression of the protesters, and if he can’t, then to resign.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry advises the Syrian citizens against traveling to Turkey during this period for fear for their safety, due to the security conditions in some Turkish cities that have deteriorated over the past days and the violence practiced by Erdogan’s government against peaceful protesters.

"Islamic Democracy" June 3, 2013 | 08:46 pm


A snapshopt from a video clip of one of PM Erdogan's speech, delivered during his term as Istanbul’s mayor (1994-1998), where he mocks the Turkish constitution and secularism.


With protests flaring across the country, the prime minister and the style of this political system, which was declared as the European role model for "democratic islamism", when the arab spring started, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his eleven-year reign. (1)
A growing number of people in the country – even those who have supported him in the past – are now accusing Mr Erdogan of a stifling authoritarianism and a subtle shift towards religious conservatism. They say Turkey is secular in name only and that Mr Erdogan is now promoting a distinctly Islamist agenda.

The following text is an excerpt of a speech, which was held by Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his term as Istanbul's Mayor (1994 - 1998). (2)
So this is what "islamic democracy" sounds like:

"Now, this constitution is full of gaps and holes. Like a rag with patches. The other day journalists asked me what I think about this [constitution]. I said, Look, what do they say? That sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people. You must think well. When [does the sovereignty belong to the people]? It is only when they go to the polls [every five years] that sovereignty belongs to the people. But both materially, and in essence, sovereignty unconditionally and always belongs to Allah!"

"But the fact is that 99% of the people of this country are Muslims. You cannot be both secular and a Muslim! You will either be a Muslim, or secular! When both are together, they create reverse magnetism [i.e. they repel one another]. For them to exist together is not a possibility! Therefore, it is not possible for a person who says 'I am a Muslim' to go on and say 'I am secular too.' And why is that? Because Allah, the creator of the Muslim, has absolute power and rule!"


The following pictures (3) will show what the concept of "islamic democracy" means for the public, when the people want to demonstrate for their right of privacy, expression of freedom and wish to fight against the restriction of their civil rights.

So this is what "islamic democracy" looks like:








Even Bashar al-Assad's regime has issued an advisory against travel to Turkey. (5)

The Syrian foreign ministry warned its citizens about the deteriorating security situation in several Turkish cities, and the escalating protest violence between the Turkish government and Turkish protesters.
Syria even called on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to stop the violent repression of the protesters, and if he can’t, then to resign.

The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry advises the Syrian citizens against traveling to Turkey during this period for fear for their safety, due to the security conditions in some Turkish cities that have deteriorated over the past days and the violence practiced by Erdogan’s government against peaceful protesters.

Wandel April 26, 2013 | 06:16 pm

“Die Gedenkveranstaltung auf dem zentralen Istanbuler Taksim-Platz am Abend des 24. April ist anders als in den Vorjahren eine richtige Großveranstaltung geworden. Trafen sich früher 50 bis 100 Leute eher unauffällig, um still des Völkermordes zu gedenken, waren es jetzt über 1.000 Teilnehmer, die in einer offiziellen Veranstaltung der Opfer gedachten. Auch in Izmir, Adana, Mersin und in Diyarbakir fanden Versammlungen statt. Im türkischen Parlament war die kurdische BDP am Mittwoch die erste Partei, die jemals in einer öffentlichen Erklärung von einem Genozid sprach, eine Formulierung, die die offizielle Türkei seit Jahrzehnten erbittert bekämpft.”

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Kursschwenk der PKK in Syrien April 22, 2013 | 08:42 pm

Der Friedensprozess zwischen der Türkei und der PKK hat auch Folgen für den Konflikt in Syrien: Lange hielten sich die dortigen bewaffneten Einheiten der YPG, der bewaffnete Arm des syrischen PKK Ablegers PYD, zurück und bewahrten eine Art Neutralität, Kritiker sagten ihnen sogar nach, in engem Kontakt mit dem Assad-Regime zu stehen. Dies scheint sich nun zu ändern, in Aleppo haben sich nun YPG Einheiten nun aktiv auf Seiten der Free Syrian Army engagiert. Das gibt nicht nur mehr Feuerkraft durch kampferprobte Milizionäre, sondern dürfte auch die Zusammensetzung in den Reihen der Opposition gerade in Nordsyrien verändern. Denn, was immer man der PKK auch nachsagen mag, eines kann man ihr nicht vorwerfen: Es mit den Islamisten zu halten.  (Außerdem kämpfen viele Frauen in ihren Reihen, was den Islamisten auch nicht gerade gefallen dürfte) Die sind in den vergangenen Monaten gerade in und um Aleppo immens erstarkt, das sie, anders als nichtreligiöse FSA Kämpfer, mit Waffen und Munition aus Qatar und anderen Golfstaaten versorgt wurden.

Für Assad und den, mit ihm alliierten, Iran dürfte das ein herber Rückschlag sein, für all jene, die darauf hoffen, dass in Syrien sich doch irgendwie noch jene Kräfte durchsetzen, die ein multinationalen, nichtreligiösen Staat anstreben, dar irgendwie demokratisch, ist dieser Schritt der PKK in düsteren Zeiten immerhin ein kleines Hoffnungszeichen.

Seit Abdullah Öcalan nämlich mit dem türkischen Staat verhandelt und versprochen hat, dass die PKK in der Türkei ihren bewaffneten Kampf einstellen wird, benötigt er die PYD nicht mehr als Rückhalt und propagiert seit dem den brüderlichen Kampf von Kurden und Arabern gegen den ehemaligen Verbündeten der PKK, das Assad Regime.

Bleibt abzuwarten, ob die PKK dieser neuen Linie treu bleibt. Sie ist bekannt für ihre Kursänderungen und in der Vergangenheit hat sie sich immer die Option offen gehalten in die Arme des Iran zurückzukehren:

The Kurds joined forces with Syrian rebels last month, helping them overrun the strategic Sheikh Maksud neighbourhood on a hilltop north of Aleppo. Sheikh Maksud is currently in the midst of some of the heaviest fighting since the uprising began, with incessant sniper fire and aerial bombardment in the wake of the newfound alliance forcing thousands of Kurdish residents to flee the district.

“We have the same goal as the rebel fighters,” said Engizek, a commander of the People’s Protection Committees (YPG), the armed wing of Syria’s main Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

“It is to seek the ouster of Assad,” Engizek, who goes by a single name, said in Sheikh Maksud during a lull in fighting interspersed with sporadic bursts of sniper fire but declining to comment on the shift in the Kurdish policy of neutrality.

Den Bock zum Gärtner machen April 19, 2013 | 08:48 pm

Die türkische Familienministerin Fatma Sahin sagte vor einiger Zeit, die Regierung arbeite daran, Gewalt gegen Ehefrauen durch ihre Männer nicht nur besser in den Griff zu bekommen, sondern komplett zu beseitigen.

Das mag etwas zu optimistisch sein. Eine neue Statistik zeigt, dass sie dafür wohl die Denkweisen und Reflexe der meisten türkischen Männer ins Gegenteil verkehren müsste. Eine Umfrage der Universität Kirikkale und der Organisation “Glückliche Kinder” bei 3500 türkischen Männern belegt, was in der Türkei ohnehin eine Binsenweisheit ist: Selbstverständlich finden die meisten türkischen Männer Gewalt gegen Ehefrauen völlig normal, sinnvoll und praktisch. (…)

In ihren Aufklärungsbemühungen stützt sich die islamisch geprägte Regierung auf die Botschaft, dass Gewalt gegen Frauen auch ein Verstoß gegen den Islam sei. Da liegt aber vielleicht das größte Problem: Die Ehrenmord-Forscherin Hülya Özaktürk fand durch Befragung zahlreicher Frauenmörder heraus, dass diese ihre Taten als den Geboten der Religion entsprechend betrachten. Das dürfte auch für “normale” häusliche Gewalt gelten.

Insofern stellt sich die Frage, ob nicht die religionsfördernde Regierungspolitik selbst dazu beiträgt, trotz aller Präventivprogramme und Aufklärung, jene gesellschaftlichen Schichten in ihren Ansichten zu bestärken, die am ehesten zu Gewalt gegen Frauen neigen.

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Die Türkei und der Föderalismus im Irak April 14, 2013 | 08:31 pm

Before the US invasion a decade ago, Turkey worried about the disintegration of Iraq. Now, as it eyes the energy wealth of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region — which it needs to fuel its growing economy — Turkey is more supportive of federalism.

According to newspaper reports, the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq might finish its 300,000-barrel-per-day pipeline to Turkey this summer, allowing companies to entirely bypass Baghdad’s control over exports.

With the death of the Biden plan and clear US opposition to the decentralization of Iraq, will the West and the United States also oppose alleged plans by the PKK and Turkey to create a Kurdish-Turkish federation, on grounds that this could push Baghdad even closer to Shiite Iran.

While the US still harbors hope it can maintain its influence in Iraq by keeping it together and centralized in order to combat Iranian influence, Turkey appears to have given up hope on the Iraqi prime minister.

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Turkey’s state-run news agency to begin reporting in Kurdish this year April 7, 2013 | 01:58 pm

Anatolia news agency General Director Kemal Öztürk said during an interview with the Star daily on Saturday that the 93-year-old state news service is currently publishing in English, Arabic, Russian and Bosnian in addition to Turkish and that it will add Kurdish to its services on Sept. 1 of this year. Öztürk said the primary purpose of reporting in Kurdish is reaching out to the northern Iraqi media. The agency already has an office in Arbil, the regional capital of the Iraqi Kurdish region. The agency plans to increase the number of languages in which Anatolia offers reporting to 11 by 2020, Öztürk added.

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