Frei Denken, the Swiss Association of Free Thinkers, awarded its “Freethinker Prize” for 2017 to journalist and artist Zehra Doğan, jailed in Turkey, and to Masih Alinejad
In March 2012, Zehra Doğan became one of the co-founders of JINHA, the all-female press agency banned and shut down since by Turkish State decree in October 2016.
(For English readers : in French, the word cafard describes the bug known as ‘cockroach’. It also designates a police informer.) Today, I offered my neighbor flowers. You find that odd? Well, I have to tell you I was only taking out an insurance. Ah ! I haven’t told you about the cockroaches in the […]
After the dead-end referendum in Iraki Kurdistan, starting another column on geopolical news from Irak and Syria as “an attentive observer” would amount to nothing but a compilation of news published elsewhere, if those “news” did not add weight to the Kurdish question considered as a possible way out.
Once again İrfan Aktan is the one who shines a light, more necessary than ever, following the liberation under surveillance of one of the teachers on hunger strike. He does so through the intervention of Veli Saçılık, who has been of one of the protagonists since the very beginning of this power struggle.
A powerful short film. And a sort of wink in Zehra Doğan’s direction… Twelve minutes of animated images, like the artist’s hand taking revenge on destiny.
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.
This is a new translation of an article published in Turkish, denouncing the trivialization of torture in Turkey, not to say its promotion by groups and factions within and outside the State.
The death of a Kurdish child is no longer newsworthy in Turkish « big media ». The war goes on killing children, silently.
After 13 days in custody and in isolation, journalist-photographer Çağdaş Erdoğan, was placed in preventive detention in Istanbul on September 13 under the now-traditional accusation of belonging to a terrorist organization.
As could have been predicted, the sequels to the referendum initiated by Massoud Barzani in Kurdistan do not in any way resemble a path strewn with rose petals.
Zeynep Koçak questioned author and journalist Ercan Jan Aktaş, a conscientious objector now exiled in France… A friendly interview, published in Turkish in Kopuntu on September 30th 2017.
Turkey declared on Saturday that rebel Syrian groups had launched a military operation in Idlib Syria, where a Djihadist alliance is blocking efforts for an imposed truce between insurgents and the Syrian government.
The Turkish President’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın has declared that “all is ready for an intervention in Efrîn.” The AKP’s attacks and threats against the gains of the Kurdish people continue.
Fatoş İrven, or “İrwen” (with the Kurdish spelling she commonly uses) a Kurdish woman, teacher and artist was thrown in jail following a court decision resting on no evidence – in application of the “anti-terrorist” law, of course.
Gabar was a French national who joined the YPG in Rojava. He was interviewed for a book titled “La Commune du Rojava”, éditions SyllepsE, 2017. Wounded at that time, Gabar had vowed to return to the fight.