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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

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

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

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

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