Taner Akçam writes: The regime’s bold stroke vis-a-vis Hagia Sophia should not be seen as stemming from desperation. Rather, it is simply meant to relay the not-so-subtle message of the path to be followed by the "New Republic", and that message is that the “annihilationist tradition” of the old regime, inherited by the Republic’s founders, will be retained in the era to come.
Dicle University in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has denied changing the medium of instruction from Kurdish to Turkish at its Kurdish language department. The university said in a statement on Aug. 3 that the medium of instruction had been always Turkish for the Kurdish studies programs.
Students enrolled in the Kurdish language departments of universities in Turkey will no longer be allowed to submit their dissertations in Kurdish. Former academic Selim Temo has also announced that from now on, all lectures at these departments will be conducted only in Turkish.
Murat Yetkin writes: What Abdul Hamid II established, the Yıldız Intelligence Organization, was not a national institution but a personal intelligence organization. The leader who established the first national intelligence organization in Turkey was Atatürk, whom Erdoğan did not feel the need to mention.
A Turkish criminal court in southeastern Turkey ruled that displaying the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) flag didn't qualify as propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), dubbed a terrorist organization by Ankara. The court noted that the KRG was recognized as a federal state in the Iraqi constitution, and should therefore be distinguished from any terrorist activity.
The Blue Homeland doctrine is a product of Kemalist maritime officers. The nationalists realized that allying with Erdoğan would bring crucial advantages, such as using the radical Islamists as a proxy back and forth in Syria and in Libya, and forging military ties with Qatar and Somalia.
Bilingual Kurdish-Turkish pedestrian crossing signs in the southeastern province of Batman have been replaced with monolingual signs in Turkish by a government-appointed trustee. Ousted HDP co-mayors slammed this move saying the trustee's "animosity towards Kurdish" has been continuing.
Police victim’s father to be tried over ‘terrorism’ after court overturns acquittal ruling in Turkey’s Şırnak
The acquittal decision for the father of a police victim from the Kurdish-dominated southeastern province of Şırnak was overturned. 24-year-old Hacı Lokman Birlik was shot to death and his body was dragged behind an armored vehicle. Birlik's father and nine others once again face terrorism charges for shouting Kurdish slogans at his funeral.
The motive behind the killing of a 20-year-old man in the Turkish capital Ankara has created controversy, with initial reports saying that he was killed in a racially-motivated murder although latter reports painted a completely different picture. Initial reports on May 31 said that he was the victim of racism, which prompted outrage on social media, but his family on June 1 denied such claims.
The ECHR has fined Turkey for detaining a university student who participated at a protest urging the government to recognize the Kurdish language as a "mother tongue" and allow for bilingual public education. The court said that Turkey violated the student's right to liberty and security as well as the freedom of assembly and association.
Academic at Mardin’s Artuklu University becomes Turkey’s first Zaza language and literature professor
Ferhat Yaşar reports: İlyas Akman at Artuklu University in the southeastern province of Mardin has become Turkey's first Zaza language and literature professor. Zaza is a language spoken by around two million people in Turkey. There has been a long-standing intellectual debate about whether Zaza is a separate language or one of the numerous Kurdish dialects.
Haci Bişkin reports: Turkey has prevented the Chinese tech giant Huawei from sponsoring Dalkurd FF, a football team based in Uppsala, Sweden made up of Kurds from the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin, according to the club's chairman Ramazan Kızıl. He also claimed that the Turkish state does not want them to attend European cup matches because of fears over possible encounters with Turkish teams.
Kars Mayor and former HDP spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen has said that the HDP has structural problems it needs to solve, as he commented on the resignation of Ahmet Şık from the party. "I think that he carried out productive works with both his identity as a journalist and a politician. I shared my sadness with our friends from the party and with himself," he said, adding that his personal choice is "to stay within the party to struggle and make a change."
A police officer has fired his gun into the air to disperse children playing on the street, before dragging a child with mental disabilities to an armored police vehicle to beat him in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin. The incident prompted outrage on social media, with provincial police forces trying to defend itself by saying that the children were throwing rocks at a group of officers.
Ahmet Türk, the sacked mayor of the southeastern province of Mardin from pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), sang a Kurdish folk song on an online broadcast, along with main opposition deputy Orhan Sarıbal. Sarıbal said that as long as folk songs live on, so does heritage, and that will eventually lead to the victory of minorities' struggles.