Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hrant Dink için

Hrant Dink (September 15, 1954 – January 19, 2007)

See Elizabeth's post here.


thalassa_mikra said...

At some point the Turkish nation will have to face up to two very painful issues:

1. It is very well established that during 1915-1922, the last vestiges of Ottoman Empire systematically targetted the Christian populations in the region.

The Armenians were the main victims (there is hardly an Armenian diaspora family that did not lose a member), but thousands of Assyrians were also killed. I've heard friends relate oral histories handed down from great-grandparents and grandparents.

2. Underneath the homogeneous Turkish national identity, Turkey is a multi-ethnic state. They cannot keep pretending that the Kurdish question does not exist.

The wonderful thing about Turkey is that it has a very vocal intelligentsia that has consistently brought these issues to the fore. Many Turks I know personally are willing to acknowledge the discontents of Turkish nationalism.

That Armchair Philosopher said...

Thats an excellent photograph of him..

Sad, really.

Space Bar said...

Have you seen Arundhati Roy's article in Outlook?

Szerelem said...

space bar: Thanks for the link...I knew that she was in Istanbul but hadn't read the article. I'm a bit iffy about parts of it though...