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.
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.
Written by Ermira Kola, translated from the Italian to French by Sylvain Bianchi. The English version is based on the French translation by Renée Lucie Bourges. See the original article here: Lala e la circolar
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.
In this thorougly inegalitarian Turkish society, children are affected of course, as they always were. Notwithstanding the nationalistic and bigoted stance of the AKP’s leadership, Turkey has now moved on to shameless and uncontrolled liberalism.
Journalist and artist Zehra Doğan, incarcerated in the Type E prison in Diyarbakır (Amed), addressed a succinct message to Jin News on the role of Art in the fight against domination.
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.
I am the corpse of the Other… The Kurd you call “terrorist”. The Armenian you insult. The Greek whose home you confiscated, The Rom you throw out, the Arab you despise.