Turkey’s Kurdish minefields

Some say the conflict in Syria risks destabilising Turkey. In fact, it is already happening.

Some say the conflict in Syria risks destabilising Turkey. In fact, it is already happening.

Turkey Syria minefield

Callous this might sound, but the battle for Kobane is just another episode in Syria’s repugnant civil war. What’s different is that the conflict in the Syrian border town is so close it can be clearly watched from the Turkish side of the border.

Broadcasters have been doing just that, and the pictures they beam to audiences around the world show how desperate the situation has become. Kobane, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab, could fall tonight to fighters from the so-called Islamic State.

Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, told CNN yesterday he was ready to commit ground troops to an invasion of Syria, but only if backed by the international coalition and only if the Assad regime in Damascus was also targeted.

And as if the prospect of Turkish troops crossing the long border with Syria, some of which is still littered with mines, was not alarming enough, there is a deteriorating situation on the streets at home.


Kurds from both Turkey and Kobane have been gathering as close to the border as they are allowed, demonstrating for action. The jandarma, taking a leaf out of the police tactic book from last year’s Gezi Park protests, used tear gas and water cannon to scatter them.

Turkey Syria minefield
Turkish nationalists were on the streets…

Tonight a curfew is in place across the province of Mardin and a small town in Van province to prevent similar clashes with the police. Other cities might follow.

In Istanbul, where a curfew would be impractical, Kurdish demonstrators clashed with Turkish nationalists. Video footage published by Cumhuriyet, an opposition broadsheet, appeared to show a mob beating and kicking an HDP member to the ground.


And then, the inevitable. Hakan Buksur, a 25-year-old demonstrator, was killed this afternoon on the streets of Varto, near Muş in eastern Turkey. Reports from the town say he was struck after police directly fired upon a crowd of protestors. The reports are unconfirmed, but entirely plausible. Protestors during last year’s Gezi Park demonstrations died under police fire, after all.

We all know about the brutal, careless tactics used by Turkey’s oafish police. The uninitiated need only to watch how they used a BBC camera crew as target practice this week. There is little point lamenting here what we already know.

Turkey Syria minefield
…as were Kurds, demanding action in Kobane and waving Abdullah Öcalan flags

Far more serious is the risk to social and political stability in Turkey, which this week became very real.


Before next year’s general election, where it could secure an unprecedented fourth term in power, Turkey’s governing AK Party wants to conclude its Kurdish peace process.

It is well aware that the “solution process” will not just come by granting increased rights to the country’s resident Kurdish population, the details of which could easily be thrashed out with elected MPs from the People’s Democracy Party (HDP).

No, to end the 30-year conflict once and for all Turkey needs to talk to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), whose leader it has kept jailed once for half that time. And if last week’s Economist is to be believed, real negotiations – with government concessions – are taking place.


But today the HDP declared the peace process and the defence of Kobane were effectively intertwined.

“We call on the government once again,” it said in a statement. “By not supporting Kobane and by obstructing those who want to support it, you are endangering the peace process.”

“Open a corridor to meet all of Kobane’s needs, beginning with the needs of those defending themselves there. Keep Kobane’s doors open.”

Angry Kurds, restless nationalists, a peace process under threat and the prospect of invading a neighbour for the first time in nearly seven years makes for a morass of hurdles.

It is little wonder Mr Davutoğlu told Christiane Amanpour that the west needed to develop a strategy for Syria beyond just air strikes. Turkey has more minefields to cross than those on its southern border.

  1. A big thank you for your blog post. Keep writing.

  2. Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before
    but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new
    to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking
    back frequently!

  3. Its primary use is to facilitate reading scripture aloud for those who are not able to do so or for those wanting to learn the bible.


    – Reads gospel harmony (a comprehensive collection of scripture readings in the context of the common English hymn tune, “The Old Rugged Cross”)

    – From a plain text document using any word processor, opens your document and allows you to read the text out loud by selecting the text and then read it out loud http://gonapa.5link.ir/?url=https://vimouvisro.weebly.com

    6add127376 appnar

  4. Over and above these aspects, which make it great for quick access of a password protected worksheet, the program offers valuable data recovery tools (delete sheets, data, fonts, formulas) and basic document editing. For further information on this functionality and a 2-minute tutorial, check out the program’s manual.
    The most important features are:
    • Password and editing restrictions removal.
    • Password protection for worksheets.
    • Password protection for workbook.
    • Password https://theeaspininbio.weebly.com

    6add127376 talejane

  5. Chart import/export is provided.

    Download the XL Audit Commander Lite application and start using the most accurate and powerful financial reporting software

    1. What is XL Audit Commander Lite?

    XL Audit Commander Lite is an MS Excel 2010 sheet which has a subset of XL Audit Commander’s capabilities, with an easy to use default interface, and an introductory tutorial. This utility is specifically aimed at those that simply want to use the software to view and compare the charts and charts of https://kaischizadstil.weebly.com

    6add127376 yardkapa

  6. A:

    For me, I use In their other programs (such as USPS), I can see a history of the parcel so I know what date it should arrive and I also have the tracking number.
    This is free, so you can use it indefinitely. It is simple and clear, easy to use. The only major drawbacks are:

    Their program do not work for every country, so if you are in Canada, https://braheshipti.weebly.com

    6add127376 johmell

  7. csBooks is available now on the Microsoft Store for MS Windows and macOS. It can be downloaded for free until the 11th of February 2019, after which it will cost you 14.99$ and comes with 30 free days of trial.

    Okay, I am on a Mac, but never mind, it’s still useful as I would find it odd if paid for apps couldn’t be used on *my* machine.

    The review looked good – it looks good. I bought it because of its size – I don’t download huge apps on my phone’s tablet – generally. I am happy to be spending money on http://asbestosfife.co.uk/?URL=https://unilacmen.weebly.com

    6add127376 infaign

  8. DocuCan can be accessed in the both Windows and Mac-compatible platforms.


    Category:2013 software
    Category:Software for macOS
    Category:Email clients
    Category:Portable software0.00011.8845**NS**Nerve tissue storagePrion protein solubilized with GuHCl and TEV^b^1.00000.007924.949**0.00022.2084***NS* not significant, *Prnp https://awinoven.weebly.com

    6add127376 wonels

  9. That way you do not need to select any place on the picture and do not get any information to how fast you are driving.
    How to start with:
    • Move your camera to the position under refernce.-Point to the leftmost position
    • Turn on the camera
    • If you have a paper or tapboard on your camera, turn on the paperaboard
    1. start of the program
    2. Lists of the german tongue
    3. Preference Menu with http://mplan.hr/?URL=https://wersmebetci.weebly.com

    6add127376 indbir

  10. OEM Editor Publisher’s Description

    Over the years, more than several thousand different OEM products have been produced. For sure, you have seen them on store shelves, but you may not have thought that there are so many OEM products out there. It is simply amazing!
    This is what makes the listing of all supported products and suppliers such an important issue.
    To tackle the problem, we have created the tool that would help you: OEM Editor
    Why is OEM Editor https://jetenari.weebly.com

    6add127376 wylhdus

  11. AutoCapture is an Open Source FOSS capture software written in C++.

    autoback is a GUI for auto backing up of all folders or selected folders, ignoring read-only. With autoback a computer user can back up almost all of their data, including music, movies, archives, configuration files and documents. It is fully integrated with the file manager, allowing the end user to abort tasks without undamaged data.

    autoInstall is an open source plugin https://herpuncchendabb.weebly.com

    6add127376 giomand

  12. Polyalphabetic Cipher provides you with a lightweight Java-based application that can be used for encrypting texts and strings.
    Polyalphabetic Cipher is an encryption technique that combines the input string with a key, taking into account the place of the letters in the alphabet. The application comes in handy for encoding important, confidential messages.

    PDF Password Remover to remove passwords from Adobe Acrobat PDF files.This freeware can remove all passwords from PDF files.You don’t have to be https://tretinguixy.weebly.com

    6add127376 sofbelg

  13. How do you rate the product overall?

    After a long wait, the official release of the Windows 10 Insider Preview is finally close.

    Microsoft’s next desktop operating system will be available to anyone who wants to test it, starting from May 21st.

    Should you catch it?

    What to expect

    Windows 10 is best described as “a new surface with an existing

    That surface contains all the icons, apps and settings of a Windows https://ddevzietlemlo.weebly.com

    6add127376 naiveg

  14. 8.8
    ■ All popular network related information like
    ■ USA 1-2-3 Location, Cell Phone Carrier, Phone
    Number, Directory Numbers, Premium Numbers, Call
    Types, SMS, Email
    ■ Call history for last 3 days, past 24 hours
    ■ Unlimited Caller Name and Number List
    Having trouble? See how it works…Q:

    How is the voice-activated command section implemented?

    One of the sections http://cse.google.se/url?sa=i&url=https://inanseermi.weebly.com

    6add127376 heyfun

  15. It is in reality, a file manager that allows you to manage the content of your desired folder in the most accurate way that will save you time.
    HotFiler is definitely a worthwhile tool to have around as it can be used to improve the easy identification of files by adding prefixes or removing special characters and even replace numbers with strings that are easier to identify without having to manually replace every match of a numeric string with an Arabic numeral.

    Install from the browser: We recommend Firefox https://cse.google.co.ls/url?q=https://prefolbrinram.weebly.com

    6add127376 symelys

  16. You can get the Animotica app on Windows Store
    The app is compatible with Windows 10 and can be downloaded from the Windows Store for $5. Now you can show your friends that video editing is a thing of the past.

    Your style will generate a bespoke gift basket with what you want. Each gift basket can have a name and description and has the option to include brown k-cups, e-liquid and coils.
    You have the option to pay $500 https://sightribaral.weebly.com

    6add127376 georind

  17. The application was developed using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET 2003 Express Edition. The functionality was tested using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. It is not tested under Windows Server 2003.
    The Original CustomURL source is available in the following location:

    SimpleURL is a little tool that allows you to create custom URL protocols.
    SimpleURL supports all of the https://rectilonciou.weebly.com

    6add127376 salcze

  18. Account Xpress is a simple and affordable tool to manage your personal finances at home. The software allows you to:
    * Avoid bank fees
    * Easily enter and analyze transactions
    * Split a transaction into payment categories
    * Register receivable and payable transactions
    * View the history of previous transactions
    * You can also download Account Xpress Lite and other demo versions in this web portal

    ACC-100 Process Journal


    ACCEPT https://corpersbook.com/upload/files/2022/05/LUB3j4BLnW2G6E5QxvDT_19_dd0e0d51a337883c77bc959acf11f8ad_file.pdf 05e1106874 ulriben

  19. Comfort Keys Lite is compatible with all versions of the Windows operating system from XP to the new releases. Get the trial version for testing out the unlimited usage.
    Using shortcuts in Windows in a convenient way
    Comfort Keys Lite not only allows you to define specific key combinations, but also gives you access to all the action on your computer in a convenient way. Click on the Comfort Keys Lite icon placed in the system tray, and it runs smoothly. Whenever you need, press the shortcut you https://pop-chats.com/upload/files/2022/05/ETlXDfuxwdZvegE2x555_19_c7cf98d92e054cbcac179e2186d77c06_file.pdf 05e1106874 scookarl

  20. What more, you get a neat boost when it comes to features and tools. It’s pretty flexible and simple to use and it helps you get things done easily. Who said that the software design is so complicated?

    Download Jotx:

    Cydia is the smartest way to install apps on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Our team has found 70,000
    appifications from the cydia store, including paid and free apps. We guarantee a safe and simple https://www.premierhealthexpress.com/profile/Radionicki-Prirucnik-Imt-539-Pdf-44l-LINK/profile
    66cf4387b8 blesregn

  21. And in addition to that, the application can act as an additional taskmanager.

    Major Features Of Captain Tray Pro

    Clean Taskbar: Automatically cleans the taskbar of unwanted applications and icons.

    Power Saving: Slim down the usage of your computer by turning off the power option with mouse clicks.

    Privacy Protection: Hide any active window in the taskbar with just a click.

    Undo: Restore window by pressing the undo hotkey.

    Shutdown https://www.compass-gc.com/profile/cremtamortatife/profile
    66cf4387b8 jesseste

  22. This tutorial shows you how to use the Radio Recorder add-on that I’ve made to capture radio streams on your computer, using RTSP. To show it off, I’ve ripped a five-hour BBC radio stream of “This Is Rock Radio.”

    Do you have an old radio using D-sub? Well, you can build a bit of a box to make it into one of the easiest, best, and most awesome (and https://www.sylvainpasliermusic.com/profile/luemiydysfuncgecom/profile
    66cf4387b8 olaramb

  23. We can definitely recommend this utility for everyone, who has to look through a lot of fonts for one specific character that is required by a particular application.

    A Simple, Easy, and Handy Tool to Manage Your Favorite Individual and Professional Contact Information

    Ah, to be contacted by a decent individual, when one is engaged in a business relation, is it really a pleasure? Therefore, when you first start to use the Contactinfo tool on your Windows PC, it will be the most https://halfin.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/alasyev.pdf
    ec5d62056f jyscesl

  24. :
    ■ Windows:
    ■ DAW Interface:
    ■ Selected Browsers:

    March 15, 2014

    When I see images like this it makes me think of something I did a few years ago: a “Transformer” effect.

    I have been burned by overpassing amplitude (volume) control and when it goes l-o-o-w a bit the effect gets reversed and stuff goes hard at the other end of the https://hanffreunde-braunschweig.de/mapa-de-colombia-para-garmin-nuvi-unlocked-crack/
    ec5d62056f scohapp

  25. For simplicity, it will work with a single database.
    Only one connection can be made by each client at any given time.
    A field in the SqlCeViewer table is set to “N” for not
    currently active or”Y” for active.

    ~Click the “Create database” button to create the Database.
    The database is called “DBFileName”.
    (Assume the database already existed.) https://mentorus.pl/?p=527
    ec5d62056f carllera

  26. The interface is responsive, especially for tablets. There is also a browser version of the program, which can be used right inside of your browser. The application is also quite simple. No extra tools, looks or options are required to fully use it.


    It’s a website that is part of the education programs of the Telecor organization in Belo Horizonte.
    They offer many kids educational programs, and this one is an online learning site for kids.

    V https://tenathernmande.wixsite.com/vicandcomba/post/hd-online-player-aashiqui-2-movie-cracked-download-hd-1080p-k
    ec5d62056f reimhel

  27. This is a solution to an issue we were all familiar with which was the difficulty in launching external programs in the Media Player when using foobar2000 because it could not easily be accessed in all situations.

    The rtm.cdf plugin that was made by Andrey Anisimov has had quite a evolution as it was previously in development and was later placed into the foobar2000 repository. It has now been upgraded to both newer versions of Foobar2000 and https://senso.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/chaell.pdf
    ec5d62056f halvvee

  28. What’s in this version:
    Version 1.2.7
    – Fixed bug causing incorrect saving of captured video streams.
    – Video Call Recorder no longer allows you to save captured video streams to the same location as the recorded audio streams.
    Version 1.2.6
    – Fixed bug causing incorrect saving of captured video streams.
    Version 1.2.5
    – Fixed http://bebesea.org/?p=2421
    ec5d62056f fayvani

  29. In addition, it is quite the perfect solution for those who need a very functional yet extremely simple tool that is suitable for both Mac and Windows systems.

    It is a very short essay, written for writing uni work. It gives a brief description of a brief history of computers and tells about the Desktop Environment in 2011.

    Sometimes, adding a bit of humour can amuse and improve the reader’s perception of the stories, articles and articles. Photos are like life, funny https://zip-favor.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/ilynanne.pdf
    ec5d62056f yedwit

  30. Not a barcode expert? No problem. BarCode Software for All
    easily generates more than 250 high-quality barcodes. Create
    up to 200 of them at once with the drag-and-drop
    functions. Input barcode text and specify font type,
    barcode size, and resolution. Choose a custom background. Save
    or make a barcode image. Uniquely integrate your Barcode
    Software for All app into your business.
    Create the perfect https://kasujjaelizabeth.com/zigarettenautomat-knacken-anleitung-pdf-13l/
    ec5d62056f janaell

  31. To use Type Finder, there are essentially four steps to take in order to get the most accurate results:

    Select the assembly you want to search

    Select the type you are looking for

    Apply one of the filters

    Limit your search results, if you need

    Step 1 – Selecting the Assembly You Want to Search

    As mentioned earlier, you must first select the assembly that you want to search through.
    To select an assembly, you can either https://mighty-spire-94325.herokuapp.com/lattenn.pdf
    ec5d62056f hersfabi

  32. Easily switch between your favorite applications
    There are a host of applications in WPS. But before you can open them, you must first ensure that all of them are closed and of their taskbar. Just get to the WPS shortcut on your desktop and press Ctrl + Alt + D. You’ll find it in the bottom-right corner of Windows. Drag the icon or use the shortcut if you’re on a Mac.
    Disgruntled Network Users
    Sometimes the icons stop https://www.neherbaria.org/portal/checklists/checklist.php?clid=7644
    ec5d62056f aridenn

  33. What is a TVLinks toolbar?

    A TVLinks toolbar is a standalone toolbar application for flash, or it is a plug-in that will add a toolbar in your regular player. When you want to watch a tv show or an episode, you play your favorite TV show or a movie and do the usual stuffs like watching the screen, search on Youtube, posting and much more. TVLinks toolbar will only apply to flash website for instance, some of the tools will not works https://fitgirlboston.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Free_YouTube_to_MP3_Converter.pdf
    50e0806aeb seraelgy

  34. Well, most likely because Yahoo! Music Jukebox was a music services that provided its users with an extensive range of features and functions, so it is quite a shame that we are left with just that and not the music management software that could come handy in the many situations we have in place.
    Hello there! Thanks for stopping by! I’m Sagar and I’m a music blogger based in Canada, adding music reviews on audio and music apps like Spotify.
    That being said, if https://hiking-tenerife.com/attendance-robot-keygen-full-version/
    50e0806aeb caregerm