A night in London with Zehra Doğan… We are sitting at a small table with our glasses of tea. Facing me, Zehra is drawing Leyla Güven who is on hunger strike. For my part, I am reworking photos of hundreds of Zehra’s works she has brought with her. Deep in our tasks, we exchange nonetheless…
Martyrs or terrorists? Why such an ignoble question about women’s bodies in this dirty Turkish war around Afrin?
Since the 1959 visit of then Turkish President Celal Bayar, this was the first time a Turkish President met again with the Pope on his home ground. In 1998, Turgut Özal had paid a visit as Prime Minister.
Three exhibitions are ending, another one is upcoming in Paris. Each time, Zehra Doğan’s free and collective words hit the mark as the free part of her speaks out from her prison.
“Nous nous sommes battus pour notre démocratie. Maintenant, la Turquie veut la détruire”. Par NUJIN DERIKJAN. 29 janvier 2018
Because it suddenly becomes obvious that Picasso’s faces, those of the civilian victims of the bombings in Guernica, have a cruel similarity with those painted by Zehra Doğan.
Is linking two facts, two events, acts or declarations, following the publication at the tail end of 2017 of another criminal decree in Turkey, a matter of fanning the flames?
The two latest decrees with force of law n°695 and 696, announced on December 24 2017 in Turkey don’t stop with the declaration of new purges. They promise quasi-immunity to “civilians” demonstrating their “civic” anti-terrorism.
Another year is coming to an end. No snow in Istanbul to mark the occasion. And the anti-Santa Claus hysteria isn’t a box-office success this year. The bearded ones must be busy believing elsewhere, no doubt.
Beginning a new article on Turkey means returning to these past few years during which wars, crimes against humanity, geostrategic games, and Occidental duplicities have built up an impossible situation in the Middle East.
I know, some say a column by Mamie Eyan on Kedistan is like a conversation in a tea garden. No political depth, and not at the required level. But you’ll have to go on waiting before I take my final bow.
According to the article by Fundanur Öztürk published on BBC Türkçe on December 7 2017, 1100 graduates in medicine who were supposed to begin their 2 year compulsory service have not yet started working, because investigations opened against them under the emergency law have not been finalized yet.
From an academic, fired by a decree related to the state of emergency in Turkey, a reflection more profoundly relevant than it may seem at first glance.
I’m too old to wear American running shoes, so I don’t have the right shoebox in my closet in Turkey. Why am I bringing up the topic of shoeboxes?
Zehra, is this then the way women live? Aragon would have written to you in this way, we are sure of it. But your words are the ones we are inserting in this article, the ones with which you could have answered him.