Adventure Guide Turkey by Samantha Lafferty

By Samantha Lafferty

If, like me, you're a bit bored with the ethnocentric social statement that turns out to come back with sure renowned guidebooks then you definately may do worse than do this one. easy to take advantage of, good written and exact, i discovered it necessary and could not fault any of its concepts nor descriptions.

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Where the Kurds came from is unclear. Some Kurds consider themselves to be descendants of Noah. Others say they are ancestors of the ancient Medes, who, because of military conquests, defeats and the collapse of empires, began to migrate around 2,000 years ago to the mountains where they live today. Kurdish men typically have darker skin, thick black hair and moustaches, and guttural accents. They also tend to be less conservative than their Turkish counterparts. The traditional homeland of Kurds in Turkey is in the southeast, with the city of Diyarbakir serving as an unofficial capital.

Turks and Greeks had squabbled over the island since Ottomans times. Relations deteriorated after 1960 when the British granted independence to Cyprus and a powersharing government was established. The situation imploded in 1974 when the military junta in Greece deposed Cypriot President Makarios and planned to annex the island. Greek forces attacked Turkish villages, killing thousands of men, women and children. Pleas from Ankara for British aid were ignored, even though this flouted the Treaty of Guarantee designed to ensure Cypriot independence.

In 2007, with Turkey facing a very Western problem – a lack of good political opposition – the AKP party won another large majority in the general election. Later the same year, Gül succeeded Sezer as the country’s first President with an Islamic background. n TURKEY & THE EUROPEAN UNION Erdo—an had originally swept to power on a ticket pledging EU membership. Since then, his party has rewritten most of the rulebook for Turkish politics in the hope of becoming the EU’s only Muslim member. The biggest reforms have been in human rights.

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