Articles by Uzay Bulut

About Uzay Bulut (19 Articles)
Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist and political analyst formerly based in Ankara. She is a fellow at the Middle East Forum (MEF) and is currently based in Washington D.C. Bulut’s journalistic work focuses mainly on Turkish politics, ethnic and religious minorities in Turkey, and antisemitism.

Turkey: A History of Banning Poetry and Targeting Poets

Special for the Armenian Weekly A poem written by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the opposition Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was recently banned by the prosecutor’s office in the city of Mardin because it contained “terrorist propaganda.” The Turkish [more...]

May 9, 2017 // 1 Comment

Hidden Armenian and Greek Celebrities in Turkish Cinema

Special for the Armenian Weekly Being a celebrity is often associated with having a certain lifestyle. Fame often brings fortune, privileges, and opportunities—whether they are career-related or not. Celebrities are thought to have an “easier” life, in which they get special treatment [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 7 Comments

From Eliza to Zehra: A ‘Hidden Armenian’ Superstar in Turkey

Special for the Armenian Weekly On March 26, 1913, an Armenian girl named Eliza was born in Arapgir, a town in Elazig (Kharpert), which is now part of Malatya province in eastern Turkey. Eliza was incredibly talented. She sang Turkish folk songs of all regions of Anatolia and became the first [more...]

March 30, 2017 // 7 Comments

Turkey: Historic Armenian Church in Kayseri to be Turned into a Library

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet recently reported that the historic Surp Asdvadzadzin (Mother Mary/Meryem Ana) Armenian church in the city of Kayseri will be turned into a library and “book café.” According to the report, the project has a budget of six-million Turkish liras. The exterior [more...]

March 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Destruction at Tadem: The Purge of the Armenians

Special for the Armenian Weekly Yet another plague has recently shaken Turkey: the purges of academics from Turkish universities. According to the BIA news network, 4,811 academics from 112 universities have been discharged by five statutory decrees declared during the state of emergency. Fifteen [more...]

February 22, 2017 // 8 Comments

How Istanbul’s Kuleli Military High School Became an Armenian Orphanage

The consequences of the July 15, 2016, coup attempt have been top news items in the Turkish media for months. And one of the topics widely discussed is what will become of the Kuleli Military High School in Istanbul, which was closed down by decree of the Turkish government on July 31. Armenian [more...]

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey Removes Assyrian Sculpture, Continues Crackdown on Christians

Turkish authorities have removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has yet been provided by the Turkish Government. The removed sculpture (Photo: AINA) The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a lamassu, was [more...]

February 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

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