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“Crossing Borders” • Nabi Kımran

Türkçe Duvar | Français | English “Crossing Borders” an article by Nabi Kımran, published in Turkish on Duvar, on July 23 2021 CROSSING BORDERS Have you ever been forced to leave your country? I have. On this 28th day of September 2011. We headed out of Istanbul at 6 AM. Around 9 AM we reach…

The Vile Beast Feeds Beasts in its own Image #3

Français | English Read the other articles in the series The Vile Beast Ex-Yugoslavia, or: when “the beast” stuttered in Europe French media made but sparse comments about the recent verdict of the International Tribunal in The Hague, condemning Ratko Mladić, the “Serbian butcher” and co…

Sıdıka Avar, Atatürk’s Missionary #1

Türkçe Nupel | Français | English The factories of the colonization educational industry, with their machinery for the destruction of identity and culture, produce norms and values denying everything that belongs to the place and the civilization of the colonized. These factories in the service o…

From Rojava, an Open Letter to Brigitte Macron

Français | English As evidenced by its date, this letter from Keziyên Kesk (Green Tress) of Rojava was sent to Brigitte Macron but also to political personalities and French media in May 2021… Clearly, although the topic is of vital importance for the population of an entire region, it did not f…

Ayşen Şahin • A short and bitter request

Türkçe Evrensel | Français | English By Ayşen Şahin, published on July 11 in Turkish on Evrensel. To the authorities concerned… Have you ever had to go scrounging for your bread money seven storeys underground? You, have you ever had to bury your colleagues with your own hands because the min…

Death of Tahir Çetin of the Turkish Independent Mining Union

Français | English On July 9 2021, Tahir Çetin, the iconic leader of the Bağımsız Maden İşçileri Sendikası (Turkish Independent Mining Union) and Ali Faik İnter, a young 26 year old member of the union, died in an automobile accident as they were returning from a protest. They had gone to…

Searching for the hidden treasure at the bottom of the bowl

Français | English A population kept in denial of past genocides for a century can only live with the myth of the “buried treasure” in mind. The Roums, and the Armenians before them, were said to have hidden their treasures here and there, preferably in “ancient sites” before dying on the r…

Lisa Çalan • Cinema is a duty

Français Ballast | English On June 5 2015, the Kurdish film maker Lisa Çalan was seriously wounded in a double bombing attack in Diyarbakır, in southeastern Turkey, during a meeting of the HDP – The Peoples’ Democratic Party. The leftist, ecologist, feminist coalition defending minorities had…

Violent Attack on Journalist Erk Acerer in Berlin

Français | English At 10 PM on July 7th, we received an urgent message: Erk Acerer, a journalist based in Berlin, was attacked by armed men at his home. At 9: 56 PM , Erk shared on his Twitter account a photo showing the wounds to his head and face. “I was attacked  at home, with a knife and s…

Erdoğan’s New Palace : Leave Your Shoes at the Door

Français | English The curtains are open and we, the rabble, were finally able to pay a virtual visit to Reis Erdoğan’s summer residence, modestly known as the “Summer Palace” which we paid for with our taxes. Located in the Bay of Okluk in Marmaris, Muğla district, there used to be a humbl…

In Rojava, considering a literature of the revolution

Français | English With its benches in the shade of the tall linden or mulberry trees and its blooming roses, the readers’ garden in the town of Qamishlo in Northern Syria’s Rojava offers a cool and pleasant oasis away from the town’s dust and heat. In one corner, a glassed-in building serves…

The Vile Beast Feeds beasts in its own image #2

Français | English What better way than to look up sentences on Wikipedia in order to summarize the previous article on the vile beast? Well, maybe not quite… > See previous article  “Strictly speaking, the term fascism applies to the Mussolini period of Italian history and in a larger sense t…

Journalist Ziya Ataman, now imprisoned for 1900 days

Français | English Ziya Ataman, an ill journalist and prisoner has been in detention since April 11 2016 in Van’s high-security prison. A preventive incarceration that goes well beyond legal limits, a judgement in the series of the usual Kafkaesque trials in Turkey, a sentence devoid of any real…

Ercan Jan Aktaş • Deniz’ Assassins!

Türkçe | Français | English Once again, Deniz Poyraz’ life shows us that geography is destiny. Deniz was a young Kurdish woman who held freedom as an ideal and resisted in hope, despite the oppression and the violence experienced both as a family and as a people. We come to know her after she h…

Turkey sets in motion the closing down of the HDP Party

Français | English At its session on June 21 2021, the General Assembly of Turkey’s Consitutional Tribunal proceeded to a first examination of a second indictment calling for the closing down of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). This indictment was unanimously accepted. Thus does the “affa…

Author Aslı Erdoğan dragged before the courts once again

Français | English The final hearing in the  “Özgür Gündem trial” took place on February 14 2020, ending in an acquittal for Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan, accused of “propaganda for a terrorist organization”. At the time we announced that Aslı Erdoğan, Bilge Oykut and Necmiye Al…

The Vile Beast Feeds Beasts in its own Image #1

Français | English “The womb it crawled from is still going strong” Brecht wrote. This sentence comes at the end of a play “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” that was never published nor staged during his lifetime, although he attempted to do so during his exile in the United States, from 1…

June 5th in Nice • “Festive Ants” Celebrate Life

Türkçe | Français | English I would like to share with you this magnificent and large meeting of ants I could unfortunately not join myself.  From afar in the Basque country where I live, I followed the preparations for the meeting the nits coming together, with much emotion and pleasure. Do you…

Green Braids for Rojava

Français | English Rojava. The stifling  May heat slowly abates as the sun goes down. Behind the Qamishlo University in Northern Syria, a few people are at work in an empty lot transformed into a garden. The air is fresher here than in town, less charged with dust and fumes from the poor-quality…

Turkey • Sedat Peker Launches the Sales Season

Français | English You probably don’t know Sedat Peker, our now-famous mafia youtuber much better known in Turkey. He recently began settling accounts with some that are even more corrupt than he is, whose rise he had facilitated and who seem to be less generous with him now than they once were…

Paşa Vardiyası, a Political Film on the Soma Disaster

Türkçe | Français | English The mining disaster at Soma is now the topic of a film. The disaster had powerful political repercussions in Turkey, illustrating as it did the cowardice of those in power protecting corruption in a sector where exploitation took precedence on all safety precautions…

Prisoner Nûdem Durak victim of disciplinary sanctions

Français | English As her family was rejoicing over the soon-to-be lifted prohibition on visits caused by the Covid pandemic, it learned on Wednesday June 9th that Nûdem received a disciplinary measure for “disobedience”. The news fell in the morning as the family prepared for its weekly phon…

Freedoms, against extreme far-right ideas • June 12

Français | English While these events are scheduled to take place in France, the climate they aim to denounce are far-reaching ones, not limited to this country. Others elsewhere may wish to consider similar actions on that day or on another, as an ongoing, international but locally-structured move…

Shameful Expulsion of Kurdish refugee Serbest Derin to Turkey

Türkçe | Français | English On November 18 2020, most of the fifty refugees who wished to seek asylum in Rumania were expelled back to Turkey. The resistance displayed at boarding time by journalist Nuri Akman, and Kurdish political figures Lokman Çoşkun, Serdar Bilgiç and Serbest Derin, had c…

Nûdem Durak and the others, in prison as an example

Français | English Kurdish musician and singer Nûdem Durak is one among the regime’s hostages in Turkey, served up as an example. In France, when we use the word “hostage”, we are expressly referring to a very somber period in the history of the 20th century, when fascism terrorized attempts…


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