• Letter to my Grandson
    Letter to My Grandchild

    “A drop in an ocean leads a richer life than a lake. / Approach with care, contribute, and celebrate.” Turkish author Tarik Günersel shares a poem dedicated to his young grandson.

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  • Tarik Günersel - Turkey Exile Hangout
    Exile Hangout: Turkey

    Writers Tarik Günersel, Pinar Selek, Necati Abay, and Cüneyt Ayral talk via Google Hangout about risking imprisonment for writing against the regime, the pattern of repression against opposition writers, the government’s crackdown on free press, and the condition of writing in exile.

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  • Where Turkey is Heading Under PM Erdogan
    Believe It or Not

    From ordering a TV station to stop broadcasting a speech by an opposition leader to the imprisonment of Gezi Park protesters, and from the bombing of Kurdish peasants to the targeting of journalists, each day “it seems that PM Erdoğan’s government creates new material for Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”

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  • Turkish artists writers musicians and lawyers in solidarity against oppression
    Law and Art in Turmoil

    ‘Today there is hardly a democratic government in Turkey. I have taken to calling it “Erdocracy” as it carries the heavy hand of PM Erdoğan.’ Writer Tarik Günersel issues a sharp critique of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government, as censorship of the arts expands and institutional corruption worsens.

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  • Take your shoe box and leave!
    4.5 Million Dollars in a Shoe Box!

    As more fragments of news about a Turkish corruption scandal are released, journalists are fired, fingers are pointed, and even the upper echelons of power aren’t safe. Writer Tarik Günersel comments on the latest developments in Turkey.

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  • Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird
    Ten Most-Read Columns of 2013

    We look back at the most-read columns of 2013, featuring contributions from Tarik Günersel (Turkey), Bina Shah (Pakistan), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Hamdy el-Gazzar (Egypt), Tienchi Martin-Liao (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).

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  • Duru Theater Shutdown
    Attacks Against Theater

    In what is a reversal of a decades old policy, the Turkish Ministry of Culture refuses to give financial aid to private theaters that supported the Gezi Park protests and that stage plays that violate the public’s general morality. Turkey columnist and author Tarik Günersel explains the situation.

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    Turkey’s Imprisoned Writers

    Nearly 800 writers, poets, journalists, translators, and editors are currently in prison around the world. Approximately one tenth of them are in Turkey, where an Anti-Terror Law has been broadly applied to target writers. Here PEN Turkey president explains and names the writers under threat.

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