In loving memory of Hrant Dink

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By Leonard Bektas Today is a sad day for Turkey’s Armenian community and the Turkish-Armenian diaspora. The 19th of January marks 15 years since the death of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Dink was born in Malatya, central Turkey, to Armenian parents. He knew well the reality of being an Armenian…

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Turk(ish)?

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Turkey is a country that borders two cultural spheres, the Islamic and the European. As a consequence of this, Anatolia became the home for many different ethnic groups. Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Arameans, Assyrians and Kurds all inhabited parts of Anatolia. However, after the 1915 genocide and the burning of Smyrna…

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A Decade of Destruction

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By Leonard Bektas, Melwin Martinsson & Emil Lewenhaupt Monday the 15th of March marks ten years since the Syrian revolution began, when the Syrian people took to the streets to demand freedom and democracy. The slogan that echoed through the streets was “ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ an-niẓām!”, which roughly translates to…

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