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Fighting for Kurdish Languages: Resistance Against Assimilation

Français | English The incident was filmed in a commercial street in the Kadıköy neighbhorhood in Istanbul. Among the bodies obstructing the view, we see a man, holding an amplifier, attempting to stop another, with short hair and a powerful build,  who is attempting to grab his instrument. He…

Fascism • The Dirty Word Hiding under the Ashes

Français | English I like dictionary definitions. At the letter F, under ‘fascism’, you find: “(1) Doctrine, nationalist and totalitarian political system Mussolini established in Italy in 1922. (2) Doctrine or political system tending to establish the same type of totalitarian regime in a St…

A virtual Kurdish bookstore to abolish borders

Français | English The café-bookstore in Sulaymaniyeh’s Salim cinema is a refuge for intellectuals and young progressives who go there to work quietly, read and flirt. Sitting at a table, a flowery red scarf around her neck and with attentive eyes, Naska smiles recalling her birth in the 80s in…

An Appeal to Public Opinion from Devrim Ayık, a Sick Prisoner

Türkçe | Français | English An Appeal to Public Opinion from Devrim Ayık, a sick prisoner: “I can’t tell you everything over the phone, give names of the sick, because they will mistreat them even more.” Devrim Ayık, imprisoned a number of times since 2019, despite the fac he is seriously…

Turkey : Filming prohibition and freedom of the press

Français | English Yesterday, May 3rd, was “World Freedom of the Press Day”. On May 1st, a decree set the tone in Turkey: citizens and journalists were forbidden of producing sounds and images during public demonstrations. May 1st demonstrations in Turkey led to 200 arrests. Not all of them fil…

Nedim Türfent • Open letter to the winds of injustice

Türkçe | Français | English  Nedim Türfent: Long live the snake who omits striking me. Words fly by in my head. Meanwhile, I can barely put two syllables together. My pen has been becalmed for hours. The ink no longer flows, as if  my pen had been weaned. How can it be that I, who usually wr…

Covid is not soluble in alcohol

Français | English “Europe is starting to reopen. So as not to be left behind in tourism and commerce, we must be down to less than 5 000 Covid cases per day. Therefore, I am calling on your sense of sacrifice in the coming days.” Thus spake Tayyip in presidential stance, regarding Covid and ou…

Turkey • The Kobanê trial, a political instrument

Français | English You won’t find any articles in the Kedistan archives on the Kobanê demonstrations, so called by the Kurdish movement, but not only. The online magazine only came into existence a few weeks following the events. But those days are known from everyone, when in Syria, the coaliti…

Aslı Erdoğan: They see women as objects to be destroyed

Deutsche FAZ | Français | English At novelist Aslı Erdoğan‘s request, we publish translations of an interview conducted by Karen Kruger, published on April 29 2021 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * Turkey has withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention on violence toward women. Writer Aslı Er…

Eren Keskin • 1915 and my aunt’s story

Türkçe Yeni Yaşam Gazetesi | Français | English Eren Keskin is a lawyer, an indomitable defendor of human rights, one of the most precious activists and symbolic personalities in Turkey. She is also the Co-President of IHD, the Human Rights Association. The following is a free translation of her…

Stop the terricide • Manifesto for Buen Vivir

Français | Castellano | English | Türkçe (çevriliyor) Moira Millán is one of the women leaders in the Mapuche people’s fight for the land and for freedom. She is one of the important people representing the Mapuche women’s movement. Protectors of nature and historical resistants against th…

June 5 2021 – Nice • Have you made your kite yet?

Français | Italiano | English So, have you made your kite yet? In French, this object is called a cerf-volant – a flying stag. Which raises the question “why should a stag be flying?”Well, in fact, the cerf-volant has an ancient history and went through a few linguistic mutations. Origina…

Feminicides in Switzerland • “The Struggle continues”

Türkçe | Français | English Although their forms and frequency vary from one country to another, violences against women, feminicides, are among the most common violations of rights linked to the patriarchal system. Violence within the family is the kind to which women are subjected most often, y…

Cizre • Destruction of the Mem û Zîn Cultural Center

Français | English The Mem û Zîn Cultural Center in Cizre is no more… Opened in 2004 in the Şırnak district of Cizre, its name was inspired by b the immortal work of Ehmedê Xanî, one of the pioneers of classical Kurdish literature. This center was a cultural birthplace for thousands of stud…

Ioannis Kontos • Interview with Zehra Doğan

Ελληνικά Εναντιοδρομίες | Français | English  Zehra Doğan: “As a child I was already fighting politically” Born in Diyarbakır in 1989, the Kurdish Zehra Doğan is a brave investigative  journalist and an authentic artist. Very politically aware, she was imprisoned twi…

İrfan Aktan • Ersin Korkut’s sudden solitude

Türkçe Duvar | Français | English By İrfan Aktan, published on April 12, 2021 on Duvar Through dint of hard work over several years, Ersin Korkut, a comedian from the town of Hakkari, managed to build a certain career for himself. In a number of plays, movies and series, he has mostly played cha…

Dilan Cudî sends you a letter from her prison

Türkçe | Français | English We received a letter from Dilan Cudî Saruhan, a Kurdish artist imprisoned in Turkey, still incarcerated in Bakırköy prison in Istanbul. As she uses this approach in order to respond to Kedistan readers or to those who mentioned her in a letter of support, it seemed…

In Diyarbakır : erasing memory and rewriting History

Français Ballast | English The English version of Loez’s excellent article about Diyarbakır, published by Ballast on April 1st 2021. * Diyarbakır, largest Kurdish-majority town inside the Turkish border, is sometimes described as the “Capital of Kurdistan” for its political and cultural dyn…

Turkish Music • The Dramatic Touch

Française | English During a short trip by car yesterday, I listened to a playlist of Turkish music and was surprised to find myself suddenly addressing you in my mind… So upon my return, here I am before the keyboard. My ex-companion the musician, who is more inclined to navigating in classical…

Mr. and Mrs. European Union travel to Turkey

Français | English Such lovely photos from the meeting between the leaders of the European Union and the sultan! She had hesitated between wearing the official outfit of the sultana or wrapping herself in the national colors of the Turkish flag. Finally, she chose the red and white flag and kowtowi…

Moira Millán • Great Historical March Against Terricides

Castellano | Français | English Moira Millán is one of the women leaders in the Mapuche people’s fight for the land and for freedom. She is one of the important people representing the Mapuche women’s movement. Protectors of nature and historical resistants against the Incas and the Spanish co…

Sponsoring Turkish detainees at the initiative of DJV-Hessen

Français | English The Association of German Journalists (DJV) of Hessen has begun a sponsoring campaign for journalists imprisoned in Turkey. As part of this campaign, our friend and colleague Nedim Türfent is being sponsored by Sylvia Kuck, President of the Wiesbaden section and member of its bo…

Cultural Resistance #2: Literature

Français | English Ömer Fidan is on of the actors in the development of Kurdish literature in Northern Kurdistan (Kurdish regions inside Turkish borders – Baku’) as well as at the international level. An English teacher, he developed an interest in the Kurdish language during his studies. How…

A call to a feminist action for a Europe without walls!

Français | English June 5 2021. Enter this date on your agenda right away. “Toutes aux frontières” (All of Us to the Borders), a call to a feminist action against European borders. The action to take place next June 5th. The objective: assembling thousands of feminists in Nice! Why ? “Since…

Moira Millán • From the bottom of my heart, I’m asking for your full support

Castellano | Français | English Moira İvana Millán is one of the women leaders in the struggle for land and freedom of the Mapuche people. She is one of the important figures representing the Mapuche women’s movement.1 For other articles (multilingual), click here When the Terricide renders th…


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