The Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association and a number of other civil society organizations released a joint statement on the anniversary of the September 6-7, 1955 Istanbul pogrom, warning that such an event could happen again at any time.
Murat Yetkin writes: What Abdul Hamid II established, the Yıldız Intelligence Organization, was not a national institution but a personal intelligence organization. The leader who established the first national intelligence organization in Turkey was Atatürk, whom Erdoğan did not feel the need to mention.
As Armenians worlwide celebrated the holiday of new life on July 19, Vardavar, opposition deputy Garo Paylan said the special day used to be marked in all cities of Anatolia. The day is marked by drenching others in water that represent the bountiful rains that came down with Noah's flood, the deputy added.
A 190-year-old Armenian church in the northern province of Çorum is being used as a storage space as owner cannot obtain permission to make alterations. The church is believed to be constructed by a large Armenian family who lived in the area until the early 20th century.
If anything, perhaps this continual updating of folk music in Turkey does prove its timelessness. This does not mean that these songs are without history, but that however much the world changes, we will always have need for songs that express the meaning of love, infatuation, mortality, and loneliness in the simplest terms possible.
One of the suspects charged with making death threats to slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink's foundation faces 26 years in prison. As suspect Hüseyin Ateş has previous convictions of death threats, he was indicted with 26 years and three months, and suspect Ersin Başkan is facing eight years and nine months.
Though some of the correspondences are superficial, the coincidence of the protests in the U.S. erupting just as people here are commemorating Gezi has lead to some soul searching about the similarities and differences in state violence and racism in both countries.
Yiğit O. Özdemir writes: Today, what we know of as Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue was originally called Grande Rue de Pera. It is where decisions are made, especially when it comes to how and with which tools will “urban plunder” be managed. Mechanisms of consent and resistance are formed here. The victories and defeats of campaigns about urban space happen here.
Tarık Çelenk, an academic from the right-wing political tradition in Turkey, says that the main reason why the Turkish right has not been able to develop a methodology and discipline of its own is because it is dogmatic. "Though rural national bourgeois revolution occurred in Anatolia, the Anatolian tigers behind it never had an intellectual leader to support and promote their ideals," he told Duvar's İslam Özkan.