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.
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Gunaysu: ‘The tongue cannot describe what the eye sees’

“One day I was told to stand on one foot. After some time I collapsed. This was to be punished. They made me open the lid of the sewage near the wall and take a handful of excrement and put it in my mouth. I was ordered to stand at attention with the excrement in my mouth without moving and [more...]

October 10, 2009 // 1 Comment

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Gunaysu: Neither Yes, Nor No

I really cannot remember how many times I wrote that Turkey is a country full of paradoxes, where there is an unusually high number of questions you can neither say yes, nor no to. Furthermore, it generates paradoxes constantly. For example, the government’s initiative to resolve the “Kurdish [more...]

September 24, 2009 // 13 Comments

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Gunaysu: Turkish Perception of the Recent US Court Ruling

Among thousands of news items showering down from international agencies, none of the Turkish dailies or TV channels skipped the news about a U.S. Federal Court of Appeals ruling against Armenian demands for unpaid insurance claims. Many headlines revealed a hardly concealed note of victory, [more...]

August 27, 2009 // 8 Comments

Gunaysu: Armenians and Kurds

Kurds demonstrating in Turkey. (Photo by Mujgan Arpat) Lately there has been a hopeful atmosphere in Turkey for the settlement of the so-called “Kurdish issue,” which for around 30 years cost the country enormous bloodshed and huge losses of financial and human resources, and saw the [more...]

August 5, 2009 // 7 Comments

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Gunaysu: The Jews of Turkey and the Armenian Genocide

A groundbreaking book by independent scholar and historian Rifat Bali was published recently in Turkey, unearthing facts and first-hand accounts that unmistakably illustrate how the Turkish establishment blackmailed the leaders of the Jewish community—and through them Jewish organizations in the [more...]

July 20, 2009 // 61 Comments

Blue Book Sent to Turkish Parliamentarians

In 2005, 550 members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) signed  a letter addressed to the  British Parliament  arguing that the 1916 parliamentary “Blue Book,” titled The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire 1915-16, was wartime propaganda material—a mere [more...]

July 2, 2009 // 6 Comments

Kurds: ‘We remember, we share your grief’

The front page of the April 24, 2009 issue of Gunluk On April 24 this year, “Gunluk,” the Kurds’ only newspaper in Turkey printed in the Turkish language, featured a big headline above its logo that read: “We remember, we share your grief,” in Armenian with Armenian lettering. Gunluk is [more...]

May 14, 2009 // 24 Comments

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‘Death Wells’ and the Suppression of Truth

All suppressed truths become poisonous. — Friedrich Nietzsche in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra The Armenian Weekly April 2009 Magazine Suppressed truth poisons the suppressor; it also poisons those who are deprived of the knowledge of the truth. Not only that, but suppressed truth poisons the [more...]

April 27, 2009 // 6 Comments

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