Mahmut Bozarslan

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After decades in exile, musician finds way home to Diyarbakir

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

After an ill-fated love story forced oud player Yervant Bostanci to leave Diyarbakir, he has returned to his homeland and says he will never leave again.

Bill allowing Turkish muftis to perform civil marriages stokes concern

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

Turkey's ruling party has introduced legislation authorizing muftis to perform civil marriages, a law critics fear would make it much harder to protect children.

Turkey’s Kurdish movement seeks to mobilize street protests

Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

Turkey’s main Kurdish political movement has called for street protests against government oppression but faced a stiff police blockade on the first day of the initiative.

Iraqi Kurdistan-Russia oil deal could have major implications for region

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

The Kurdistan Regional Government quietly signed a major deal June 2 with Russian oil giant Rosneft, allowing Russia its first entry to the Kurdish oil market, which was dominated by the United States and Turkey.

Kurdish cantons in northern Syria already linked

Friday, Jun. 2, 2017 | Mahmut Bozarslan, Contributor

One of the most heated issues of the Syrian war has been the possibility of Kurdish cantons connecting, overcoming Turkey’s threatening objections. And now, with the Aleppo road open, Kurdish cantons are connected for the first time in four years.

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Mahmut Bozarslan is based in Diyarbakir, the central city of Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. A journalist since 1996, he has worked for the mass-circulation daily Sabah, the NTV news channel, Al Jazeera Turk and Agence France-Presse (AFP), covering the many aspects of the Kurdish question, as well as the local economy and women’s and refugee issues. He has frequently reported also from Iraqi Kurdistan. On Twitter: @mahmutbozarslan

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