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May 16 2015

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I laughed when I saw this fact but stopped when I saw the explanation…Turkey gained independence when the Ottoman Empire broke up and the new president decreed that Turkish would now be written with the Latin alphabet instead of the Arabic one.  Well that would cause problems enough, but breaking ties with the old empire wasn’t the only reason.

Kemal Atatürk wanted to force Turkey’s minorities to assimilate, and of course one good way to do this is through oppression of languages.  The Kurds were the most hard-hit - fully 20% of the population spoke Kurdish.  Q, W and X were outlawed and several new characters added to fit the Latin alphabet perfectly around the Turkish language - and make it more difficult to write in any other ones.

I’m gonna be perfectly honest here: Turkey isn’t exactly the biggest fan of minority languages. Apparently Article 42 of the Turkish constitution is:

No language other than Turkish shall be taught as a mother tongue to Turkish citizens at any institutions of training or education. Foreign languages to be taught in institutions of training and education and the rules to be followed by schools conducting training and education in a foreign language shall be determined by law. The provisions of international treaties are reserved.


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May 12 2013

Kurdish men in Iran have launched a Facebook campaign to send a message: being a woman is nothing to be ashamed of. The "Kurd Men for Equality" campaign was started in response to a judge's ruling that forced a man convicted of domestic abuse to wear women's clothing as a form of public humiliation.

According to Global Voices, a local court in a Kurdish province of Iran ordered the man be escorted through the streets while wearing a red dress and hijab. Since then, Kurdish Iranians have organised on Facebook to speak out against the ruling, which they say is demeaning to women.

(via AlJazeera)
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