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 “Those who control the present control the past”* In 1969 when I was posted to Ankara , the word Kurd was almost a taboo in Turkey .Kurds were called mountain Turks .But the truth  was brought home to me very vividly a few months after my arrival when  after  a long tour of the Black Sea coast including Samsun , Trabzon and cutting via Erzurum ( cold and gloomy) and Bingol ,I and family  drove into Diyarbakir, with its black rock walls , the largest Kurdish city ( although some people claim that Istanbul, a mega polis of 12 million ,might have surpassed it in the number of Kurds) . After installing my family in the hotel I came out to look for a restaurant .Lo! I was surrounded by five six young boys singing Kurdish songs and repeating ‘Kurdum, Kurdum ‘ ( I am a Kurd ,in Turkish) I visited Diyarbakir a few times more, the last time in 1997. Turkey’s Kurdish problem is as old as the establishment of the secular Republic by Kemal Ataturk .The Kurds have been inhabiting the east

China to break free of the U.S. dollar.

word is already starting to leak out in Chinese newspapers that government officials intend to make the renminbi "fully convertible" by 2015. What does that mean? In a nutshell… China's currency could be freely traded or exchanged for other currencies worldwide… It would be common, easy to use and as widely accepted as the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and the British pound… And it would become a prime candidate for use by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), right beside the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and the pound That's right — I believe China's leaders are trying to make their currency just as liquid and internationally accepted as the dollar and the euro. And it appears their efforts are succeeding… As the Financial Times recently stated, "The exponential growth of the renminbi as a trading currency – and of the offshore renminbi market – continues to stun observers." This past summer Japan and Brazil began dir