AMBERİN ZAMAN @amberinzaman As across much of the globe Donald Trump’s stunning victory is eliciting mixed responses in Turkey. Pro-government commentators believe Trump will be better for Turkish US relations. They argue he will be less concerned about what the government’s critics view as the unraveling of Turkey’s fragile democracy. Many see parallels between Trump’s […]
Media coverage of the area known as Rojava has been broadly favourable. The main Syrian Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units or YPG has attracted sympathy for its battle against the Islamic State. But foreign journalists usually do not spend more than a week or two in the region. And the steady blast of pro-YPG propaganda dressed up as news can blur the picture.
Azade Simavi For many years the effects of wind farms on animals and the natural habitat have been researched by scientists and environmentalists. Wind farms built in unsuitable locations have had a devastating impact on populations of some rare species of birds, bats and bees, to the point of near extinction of species in those […]
Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink, author at Diken, has been detained by the Turkish counter terrorism police after a raid to her house in Diyarbakır.
The Constitutional Court of Turkey annulled two provisions in the omnibus bill enacted on 11 September 2014, amending among others the so-called Internet Law.
American journalist Seymour Hersh, in an exclusive interview with DİKEN, answered some of the questions that have been raised by his latest piece published on London Review of Books on April 4. One of the most controversial claims Hersh made is that the Turkish government was behind the August 21st sarin gas attack in Damascus. Hersh also responded to criticism leveled against him by those like Eliot Higgins and Dan Kaszeta.
British blog writer Eliot Higgins, known for his credible observations on the civil war in Syria, opposes the allegations of Seymour Hersh, the American journalist who claims that the Turkish government behind the August 21st sarin attack in Damascus. Higgins claims that Volcano rockets were used in the attack and it was not possible for the rebels to have obtained such rockets.
American journalist Seymour Hersh, at his 77th birthday, talked to Diken and answered some of the questions that have been raised by his latest piece published on London Review of Books on April 4.
The more nationalist a Turk, the more he considers the Kurdish region as a part of the country where he will never ever set foot. They passionately deny the existence of Kurdistan, but without realizing it they created the country in their minds. Who are the separatists here?
The Roboski massacre was not an accident. It was a deliberate bombing of a group of poor smuggling villagers. We cannot forget Roboski. May our hearts dry out if we do.