Articles by Ayse Gunaysu

About Ayse Gunaysu (34 Articles)
Ayse Gunaysu is a professional translator, human rights advocate, and feminist. She has been a member of the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (Istanbul branch) since 1995, and is a columnist for Ozgur Gundem. Since 2008, she writes a column titled "Letters from Istanbul," for the Armenian Weekly.

Fatih Altayli: Male Chauvinist, Owner of Usurped Armenian Property

By Ayse Gunaysu and Nadya Uygun Special for the Armenian Weekly On Oct. 2, 2012, members of the Revolutionary Socialist Labor Party (DSIP) gathered in front of the Haberturk offices, a mainstream print and visual media group, carrying a banner that read, “Fatih Altayli: Return the Church [to its [more...]

September 24, 2014 // 10 Comments

Gunaysu: Exhibition of Bitlis Armenians Held in Tatvan

Special for the Armenian Weekly March 1, 2014. We are at the municipality’s Cultural Center of Tatvan, a district of Bitlis, close to the city center. There is a poster in the entrance of the building announcing the exhibition: “Bitlis Armenians, March 1-2, Gomidas Institute (GI).” A scene [more...]

March 27, 2014 // 22 Comments

Turkey: An Action Movie without a ‘Good Guy’

Special for the Armenian Weekly In Turkey today, a very high-tempo, high-tension action scene is unfolding, with a life-or-death fight at the top of the state apparatus. A volcano of corruption is erupting once more, releasing all the filth from below the surface. We’re seeing the sons of cabinet [more...]

January 17, 2014 // 63 Comments

Gunaysu: Commemorating Genocide in a Post-Genocide Denialist Habitus

Dilara Balcı, in her book that gives a detailed account of how non-Muslims were represented in the Turkish film industry until the 1980’s, tells an anecdote that elucidates a great deal the environment in which Armenians, the descendants of genocide survivors, in Turkey led their lives. In 1979, [more...]

October 2, 2013 // 16 Comments

Gunaysu: Yes, Peace, but Between Whom, for What, and in What Context?

The Armenian Weekly April 2013 Magazine Is it true? Are things really changing in Turkey, the land of genocides, pogroms, repression, and a prolonged war for the past 30 years with its own Kurdish citizens? Is the war that has claimed more than 40,000 lives—mostly Kurdish—in Turkish Kurdistan [more...]

May 8, 2013 // 22 Comments

Names of Lost Armenian Villages Read in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square

It’s April 24, 2013. In Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul. People have gathered in front of the Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum which, in 1915, served as the Central Prison that held Armenian intellectuals kept before they were sent to their deaths. But something very unusual is happening. From a [more...]

April 25, 2013 // 39 Comments

Gunaysu: My Views on Post-Genocidal Turkey

Below is the full text of a speech delivered by Armenian Weekly columnist Ayse Gunaysu during a panel discussion at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, on Nov. 10. For more about the event, click here. A scene from the panel discussion I thank the Grotowski Institute for inviting me, and [more...]

January 2, 2013 // 56 Comments

Gunaysu: My Silent Sister

The setting is a small, beautiful, historical city in the south of Poland, Wroclaw. It’s night-time on the 11th of November 2012. The St. Anthony of Padua Church is full. People are listening to a small chorus singing Armenian liturgical songs. On my left I hear Talin singing along under her [more...]

January 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Gunaysu: The Reign of Lies in Turkey

Organized denial means the reign of lies. The denialist, in order to sustain denial, has to resolutely and incessantly lie. Otherwise it can’t go on. The truth, even bits of information that might hold the slightest potential of undermining the lie, is the biggest and most merciless enemy of [more...]

May 11, 2012 // 27 Comments

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