Hülya Avşar and Ceylan Önkol; ending up in the same, Kurdish narrative…

Hülya Avşar
Hülya Avşar

After some disappointing and unnecessary remarks, a popular culture icon, Hülya Avşar was interviewed in Milliyet and this ended up with an investigation.

Challenge for Infamous Prosecutor: BIA Quotes Avşar Interview
Bakırköy Public Prosecutor Ali Çakır’s investigation against Hülya Avşar and Devrim Sevimay has nothing to do with “justice”. This abuse of public power under the pretense of the “Kurdish Initiative” is nothing else but mobbing against the two women. We are protesting.

In the mean time, a scandal might be developing:

A Facebook group accusing military forces in the local area

“The family of a girl killed by a mortar shell fired from an unknown location overlooking the village of Şenlik in Diyarbakır province has asked how it can request an investigation into her death when there are no state authorities in the area…VIA

Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor Durdu Kavak has said that two bomb experts are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ceylan Önkol in the village of Şenlik in Diyarbakır province following her family’s allegations that there were no state authorities in the area to provide assistance. VIA

IPI Condemns Investigation of Journalist and Actress

The International Press Institute is urging the Turkish government to halt the investigation into journalist Devrim Sevimay and actress Hülya Avşar over an interview in the Milliyet newspaper.
Well, if the boundaries of Turkey of extended, no problem. But the opposite causes uproar, which happens frequently….

The New Improved Turkey?

by Jenny White

And here?s an oddity. The Istanbul Provincial Office of Education distributed educational cds to all schools in Istanbul with this map:


Image from Radikal

Kurds & journalists, real & symbolic

There may seem at first glance to be little in common between the recent court cases against journalists Şamil Tayyar and Mehmet Baransu and the dispute over whether Democratic Society Party (DTP) members of Parliament have parliamentary immunity and whether they can be questioned by the police.

Kerim Yildiz, reviewed by Dr. Hasan


The Kurds in Turkey: EU accession and human rights. By Kerim Yildiz. London: Pluto Press. 2005.

by Changing Turkey

Notice anything funny? The boundaries of Turkey have been extended into Kurdish Iraq and incorporating Kirkuk, Mosul, Erbil and Batum, and the boundary dividing Cyprus has disappeared. Apparently no one at the Education Office noticed this and were shocked, shocked I tell you, to learn of it. (click here, in Turkish)

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