Posted by: hevallo | March 19, 2008

Is This The Next President of The United States of America?

Some people are calling this speech by Democratic hopeful, Barack Obama, on race in US politics, one of the greatest political speeches in history.

Anyway, wheter true or not, here is a chance to see Barack Obama, who is perhaps going to be the next president of the USA.

In Barack Obama’s powerful speech, one cannot but help to see parallels between the experience of Black African Americans and the Kurds in Turkey. For examples, read today’s lead article in the Turkish Daily News of Kurdish people’s responses in Diyarbakir to the so called, AKP proposed ‘economic package’ of $12 billion to ‘solve the Kurdish issue’.

Some snippets:

Municipality worker İrfan Uçar dismissed the government [economic] package (left) and said, “this is no package. They say there are no bans imposed on the Kurdish language but then the Sur Municipality is charged for printing organ donation pamphlets in Kurdish.”……..

……..Around 650,000 people with green cards reflects both the poverty in the region and the state of the health system. Diyarbakır Doctors’ Association Chairman Adem Avcıkıran said economic measures would be welcome, but doesn’t hide the fact that he has little hope about it doing any good.

“What the region needs is democratization. The identity of those who die doesn’t matter. There has been war here for the past 30 years,” he said.

The trauma caused by this constant war is reflected in the psyche of the people, he said and added, “what we need is a mass rehabilitation with political and economic measures.”

The recent elections have shown that the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) and the AKP are the ones with any political influence in the region and local elections slated for 2009 are expected to feature a tough contest between the two.

The DTP’s bureau in Diyarbakır is buzzing with people. The provincial head of the party, Necdet Atalay, has been in the post for only 50 days but still the problems he is faced with are normal by DTP standards.

“I have received two 10-month sentences in these 50 days for making Kurdish propaganda. I also face three other investigations,” he said.

He accuses the government of introducing economic incentives in order win votes in the local elections, expected to be held early next year.

“The constitution should recognize the Kurdish identity. There should be a democratic, autonomous government in the region. There should be a general amnesty. Kurdish should be introduced in the school curriculum as a language of education. Social and cultural rights should be granted,” Atalat said and added that they are the bare minimums.

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