Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil writes about the recent detention of Kurdish human rights activists and politicians in southeast Turkey. Yarbil argues that the arrests threaten a fragile reconciliation process.
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Correspondent Gizem Yarbil and producer Bryan Myers recently traveled to the Kurdish enclave of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey for a closer look at the allegations that the Turkish government had engaged in a so-called "dirty war" against the Kurds.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, who grew up in Turkey, writes about the experience of reporting from the Kurdish areas of that country. A recent court ruling has reignited clashes between the Kurdish minority and Turkish authorities, and the issue remains a polarizing one in Turkey.
On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ventured to the Kurdish autonomous region and promised to settle long disputes that have threatened Iraq's stability. But a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that young Kurds are more concerned with jobs than with a history that none of them experienced.
In 2005, Turkish lawmakers made it a crime to insult "Turkish identity." Selma Şevkli, a freelance reporter in Turkey, describes how the country has struggled to carve out a place for minorities and to define its "Türküm," or Turkishness.
Jehangir "Jay" Irani served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, flying missions throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. He comments on Kurds in northern Iraq laying claim to oil and gas revenues, recalling the time he transported his most famous passenger.