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The empire strikes back

By Gwynne Dyer      

Deeply unpopular at home, Turkey's strongman has a new plan to appeal to his critics: he’s going to move a million Kurds away from Turkey’s southern frontier with Syria, and replace them with a million Arabs.

Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdoǧan wants to evict the Syrian Kurds from their homes and drive them south, away from the Turkish border. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Ottoman Empire, like many of its Middle Eastern predecessors, had the bad habit of moving entire peoples around if they were causing trouble. And sometimes, as happened to the Armenians during the First World War, what started as deportation ended up as genocide.

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