“Newroz in 71 Songs”

BIANET has compiled a good list of songs.  I am a little bit late but here it is. There are several strans (songs) sung about Newroz in the Kurmanji, Sorani and Kirmashani dialects of Kurdish. We have compiled some of these songs for you on the occasion of Newroz celebrated each year on March 21.

Diyarbakır (Amed) Today. Happy Newroz!

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EFD Rights Watch: Doubtful Uludere massacre report… Peaceful Newroz celebrations this year…

Doubts about report on Uludere massacre from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink ISTANBUL ? A commission in the Turkish parliament has finalized its report on the Uludere massacre, in which 34 civilians were killed at the end of 2011. According to the report the bombing of civilians was … Read more

Zahra Abtahi: Norouz [Nevruz]

Norouz Norouz is the main and largest holiday in Iran. It starts from March 19 (the national day of oil independence) to April 1st (the nature day). Iran, as an Islamic country, has always been bewildered between its Iranian and Islamic identity. Depended on what government to take the power, one of its sides becomes … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Cihan Kırmızıgül finally released; A promoted police chief; Child Abuse Tragedy in Prison continues…

    * Student Cihan Kırmızıgül Released ? Bianet – 2 days ago University student Cihan Kırmızıgül was released pending trial at the eighth hearing of his case on Friday (23 March). The Galatasaray University student is     Penalty for Defending Murder with “Tradition” from Bianet :: English The Diyarbakır Bar Association decided for … Read more

Gallery: Turkish officials celebrate Nevruz (Newroz)

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EFD Rights Watch: Medya Association protests the shut down of Özgür Gündem and a Human Rights in Turkey roundups

 My dear readers, i have been so busy with some academic and personal stuff that I could not produce my usual roundups. Now, I am working on it by offering the latest news: Shut down of Özgür Gündem and I will retrace the older news… To shut down a newspaper is a decision against freedom … Read more

Tatlıses poses with Erdoğan… And a social roundup

The first pose after the assassination attempt appeared yesterday: via Turkish singer shot in attack to be released from intensive care – Monsters and Critics Rape in Turkey: between incitement, complicity and silence, Sertaç Sehlikoğlu from open Democracy News Analysis – by Sertaç Sehlikoğlu The debates triggered by a 14-fold increase in violent crimes against … Read more

Nevruz celebrated peacefully- so far

  Turkish Kurds gather to celebrate the Nowruz in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 20, 2011. The Nowruz has traditionally been used as an opportunity to highlight separatist demands by Kurdish rebels and police had to intensify security against possible violence as tensions run high ahead of nationwide general elections. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for ‘new … Read more

Social news roundup.

Two politically/socially concerned TV series ceased to be broadcasted due to rating issues. Bu Kalp Seni Unutur mu had focused on left politics and coup d’etat years of late 70s while Kasaba focused on an Alevite minority. More in Turkish here.

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the First International Newroz Festival in Istanbul (#istanbul2010)

First International Newroz Festival in Istanbul is produced by Gola Culture, Arts and Ecology Association is an NGO which supports the development of participatory and pluralistic societies and organizes cultural and artistic activities in order to achieve its goals. We, as Gola have been organizing the International Newroz Festival in cooperation with Istanbul 2010 Culture … Read more

Peaceful Newroz this year…

I am very glad to see that we have lived through a peaceful Newroz day. Although Turks in Turkey forgot to celebrate this Iranian- Central Asian event, Kurdish nationalism reminded us fast in the last decades… This is a scene of major administrators of Istanbul. from left to right, a commander- I don’t know his … Read more

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