Good news is that PKK extends ceasefire until elections. Now gov’t’s turn to respond HRW’s claims…

Let’s celebrate it with a Ferec (Kurdish heavy metal band) song:

Ferec – Newroz celebrations in Colemerg (Hakkari)

Kurdish rebel leadership extend Turkey truce

Human Rights Watch:


Tens of thousands of Kurds gather during a rally of the DTP (Democratic Society Party) organized under the banner “Call for a self-respecting life” on November 25, 2007 in the city of Diyarbakır, southeast Turkey. © 2007 Getty Images

Turkey: Terrorism Laws Used to Jail Kurdish Protesters

Bombing in Istanbul injures dozens on day that PKK ceasefire expires, Daniel C Giacopelli

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Daniel C Giacopelli

The bombing shook Taksim, a heavily trafficked tourist and shopping plaza in the city?s Beyoglu district, at 10:30 am According to a televised statement from Istanbul?s police chief, Huseyin Capkin, the unidentified male bomber attempted to access a parked police van in the square, however the explosives detonated before he could reach his target. Police presence is a common feature in the area which historically has been the location of large political gatherings and demonstrations. The bomber appears to have been the only person killed.

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