Category: Turkey

Stones of Armenian Church in Van Used to Build Mosques

Stones of Armenian Church in Van Used to Build Mosques

ISTANBUL (Armenpress) — The walls of Varagavank monastery in Turkey’s Van province are being constantly demolished, Yeniozgurpolitika.org reports. Ali Kalchik, president of the union of preservation of historical buildings and environment, said the stones taken from the demolished walls of Varagavank are used to build mosques, various types of rural buildings. Varagavank is located on […]

IPA Prix Voltaire Given to Turkish Publishers

IPA Prix Voltaire Given to Turkish Publishers

GENEVA (The Bookseller) — A Turkish publisher and a Turkish publishing house — Turhan Gunay of Cumhuriyet Books and the multilingual publishing house Evrensel — have been named joint winners of the 2017 International Publishers Association’s Prix Voltaire. The prize marks courage in upholding the freedom to publish. The IPA said the decision to award […]

Turkish Authorities Seize Sevan Nisanyan’s Bank Accounts

Turkish Authorities Seize Sevan Nisanyan’s Bank Accounts

ISTANBUL (Armenpress) — Turkish authorities have seized the bank accounts of linguist, intellectual and hotelier Sevan Nisanyan, Nisanyan posted on his Facebook page. “I had 12,000 liras for bad days on my bank account. The Republic of Turkey could do nothing else but to seize it. This is not a state, this is a group […]

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

By Sargis Karavardanyan A fight against injustice, corruption and terror often leads to eruption of violent clashes. When the efforts for ending hostilities take a shape of peaceful protests by unarmed civilians of the United States, it is anticipated that the government will not interfere and silence the right to free speech granted by the […]

Sevan Nisanyan Receives Asylum in Greece

Sevan Nisanyan Receives Asylum in Greece

YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Istanbul Armenian writer, linguist, journalist and intellectual Sevan Nisanyan, who escaped from a Turkish prison in July after serving 3.5 years in prison, in a recent interview, spoke about his future plans, situation in Turkey and other issues. It was revealed this week that Nisanyan had applied for political asylum and received […]

Turkey Opens Trial of Nearly 500 Defendants over Failed Coup

Turkey Opens Trial of Nearly 500 Defendants over Failed Coup

ANKARA (Reuters) — Nearly 500 suspects including army generals and pilots went on trial in Turkey on Tuesday, August 1, many of them accused of commanding last year’s failed coup attempt from an air base in the capital Ankara. Families of those killed or wounded protested outside the courthouse, with some throwing hangman’s nooses or […]

Turkish Journalist Defends Press Freedom as Grand Trial Begins

Turkish Journalist Defends Press Freedom as Grand Trial Begins

ISTANBUL (The Guardian) — A top Turkish correspondent delivered a powerful defense of press freedom as he took the stand in the largest trial of journalists in the country, saying he was being punished for doing his job and criticizing Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism. Kadri Gürsel, one of 17 journalists, lawyers and executives from Cumhuriyet, […]

German Government Draws the Line

German Government Draws the Line

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought he could celebrate the first anniversary of the attempted coup by cementing his dictatorial rule at home and intimidating allies abroad, he made a serious miscalculation, which may end up costing more than he could have imagined. By exacerbating […]