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About Ayse Gunaysu (34 Articles)
<p>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.</p>

Gunaysu: A ‘Bolsetsi’ in Los Angeles

I was in Los Angeles from Nov. 23-27, a place I never imagined I would go! Long journeys to unknown lands have always frightened me. But this time I was invited by the ANC-Western Region to participate in their three-day conference at the Sheraton Universal. Gunaysu: “There must be reparations. [more...]

December 27, 2011 // 23 Comments

Gunaysu: Denial Is a Hate Crime and Denialist Discourse Is Hate Speech

“It is as if a general orphan-like spirit floats over the [Muslim] quarter. Laziness, an apathetic attitude toward life is the character that appears among the Muslims. In contrast, if you enter the quarter of the Christians, your heart feels happiness; you find superbly constructed houses, which [more...]

August 11, 2011 // 42 Comments

Gunaysu: Snapshots from the Fragmented Landscape of Turkey

This time my column will have no structural integrity. It will be fragmented just like life itself and just like my thoughts wandering around, coming and going at unexpected times, intertwined to form strange, disconnected images in my mind, culminating in absurd dreams at night. Sevag Sahin [more...]

May 19, 2011 // 43 Comments

Gunaysu: Kurds Challenge Turkish Nation-State

On Dec. 20, 2010, Turkish members of parliament, including the ultra-nationalist MHP, Islamist AKP, nationalist CHP, and others, were listening to the tall woman addressing the session during the budgetary discussions for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. “Rafael Lemkin says genocide is not [more...]

January 21, 2011 // 41 Comments

Gunaysu: Armenian, Turkish Publishers Launch Book on Akhtamar in Van

Sarafian (L) and Koker during the book event. (Photo by Ayse Gunaysu) It’s Sept. 17, two days before church services will be held at the Holy Cross (Sourp Khatch) Church on Akhtamar Island. A multi-storey bookstore sits on one of the busiest streets of Van. At the top is a cafe, where mostly [more...]

October 11, 2010 // 11 Comments

Gunaysu: Akhtamar: A Lost Paradise

My Akhtamar visit was a huge pile of mixed thoughts and feelings, mainly that of despair and indignation from being in physical contact with evidence of the painful truth. A lost paradise (Photo by Ayse Gunaysu) Images are engraved in my mind… Of the solemn and dignified faces of Armenians [more...]

October 2, 2010 // 58 Comments

Gunaysu: Dreams of Peace May Come True After 25 Years of War

Thirty-four PKK (Kurdish Workers’ Party) members were released after their surrender to Turkish security forces in support of the peace process to resolve the Kurdish issue. Thousands of Kurds in Istanbul, Diyarbakir, on the Habur border gate, and elsewhere rejoiced over the biggest step taken in [more...]

October 21, 2009 // 4 Comments

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