Kurds In Turkey

GUESTS: Michael Gunter Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Technological University Author, The Kurds and the Future of Turkey [St. Martin's, 1997] and The Kurds in Turkey: a Political Dilemma [Westview Press, 1990], et. al. Jennifer Ludden NPR foreign desk reporter Kani Xulam Director, American Kurdish Information Network Guler Koknar Executive Director, Assembly of Turkish-American Associations The capture of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan [OH-jah-LAHN] by Turkey last week prompted violent protests by Kurds all over the world. Kurds make up about one-fifth of Turkey's population, but have no voice in Turkey's government. The Turkish authorities say Ocalan is a terrorist responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, but his supporters claim he is a freedom fighter, and a hero for an oppressed minority. Join Ray Suarez for a look at the history of Kurds in Turkey...on the next Talk of the Nation from NPR News.

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