• Cartoon: Free Twitter
    Cartoon: Free Twitter

    The Constitutional court in Turkey ruled PM Erdogan’s actions illegal, after the two week period in which he banned Twitter. In today’s curated cartoon, Artist Osvaldo Gutierrez depicts the iconic social media symbol escaping its former clutches.

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  • Destroyed CHP Vote
    Post-Election is Pre-Election

    Tarik Günersel offers a pre- through post-election look at recent events that transpired in Turkey. Tarik also lays out some key Erdoğan “moments” during the election process, which provided great fodder for media outlets around the world.

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  • A protestor holding a sign expressing opposition against Turkish PM Erdogan
    Air Must be Banned, Too

    In this week’s column, author Tarik Gunersel writes about literary and social media crackdowns as well as the recent challenges to religious freedom under Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdoğan.

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  • Yusuf Has Hajib
    Knowledge for Happiness

    Tarık Günersel’s selected, paraphrased, and recomposed ideas from Kutadgu Bilig / Knowledge For Happiness, a 6500 couplet work written by the Uyghur thinker Yusuf Khass Hajib in 1070.

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  • Tarık Günersel with his grandson
    Letter to My Grandchild

    Life is words in action, literature is action in words. Humans are about to destroy their spaceship Earth. Some of them are aware of this and they try to change the course of events. Will they [...]

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  • 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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