When the question is raised of a “solution for Syria” and, beyond, for all of the Middle East, the most common answer always consists in a Nation-State patterned on those exported for over a century.
Here is the list of journalists imprisoned in Turkish jails as of August 9th (source : “Media monitoring” on the P24 platform, updated on a regular basis.) Loup Bureau appears on the list since his arrest, with 163 others.
The Douarnenez Film Festival is a great and ongoing adventure since 1978. Every year the festival explores a different destination through film, music, conferences and extends a hearty invitation to meet cultures, stories, artistic creations and struggles of peoples across the world.
Here you are, impatient for the liberation of a journalist our media defines as a terrorist. Are you as impatient that he bring you news of our country, Turkey ?
Coming at a few days’ interval, the arrest of French journalist Loup Bureau and the heavy sentences handed down to two Czech nationals, Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, also arrested at the checkpoint between Turkey, Irak and Syria in November 2016, bring more light to the Turkish regime’s intentions.
On July 6th, the media trumpeted a murder committed by two men. Emani al-Rahmun, a Syrian refugee living with her husband Halid and ten-month old baby Halaf in Kaynarca, Sakarya district, was raped and killed with her baby. The young woman was also nine months pregnant.
Par delà les petites phrases réécrites lues ici où là, il nous semblait important de publier l’intégrale de ce qu’Ahmet Şık appelle lui même “un acte d’accusation”. La version turque originale fait désormais l’objet d’une censure en Turquie.
Cumhuriyet is part of the pile of read newspapers that long throned on the couch. So, suddenly, I put a question to myself since my « news » delivery man has changed. Has he been arrested ?
During the press conference held in Hamburg after the G20 meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared the following concerning Selahattin Demirtaş – the Co-President of the HDP Party jailed since November 4: “This man is a terrorist.
Three leaders of the union for the private security sector, “Güvenlik-Sen”, tied to DISK (the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey) denounced three union members to the Republic’s Prosecutor for « insulting the President » when they expressed opposition against their leadership.
In a recent article in french, we published comments by Selahattin Demirtaş, praising the virtues of « popular humor » in order to be heard and understood without hatred or spite, despite all the seriousness of the repression.
In Turkey’s history, “Gezi” is the most important resistance movement triggered by environmental questions.
After Özgecan I’m gobsmacked. This young woman’s murder is just a symbol, a detonator, the drop that overfills the cup. And the cup is an ocean.
This article is not an exhaustive analysis of contemporary Turkey. Far from it. It is nothing but a series of photographs, exposed or over-exposed. Putting words in order on disturbing realities helps in feeling better. Giving them out to read, a relief.
People, oligarchy, nation: big words that filled the french presidential election campaign, and functioned like an infernal trio, both on the right and on the left.