Ten public figures asked to be prosecuted for declaring their support to the news reports published on Cumhuriyet daily newspaper by Can Dündar and Erdem Gul, as a sign of solidarity with the two journalists imprisoned on charges of revealing state secrets and espionage.
President Erdoğan's threatening reaction and the first punitive measures against the academics, who signed the appeal to suspend the curfew in the south-east and restart the peace talks for the Kurds, confirms Turkey risks to turn into an authoritarian state, says political analyst Cengiz Aktar.
This year, Holocaust Memorial Day falls in a particularly gloomy time, with terrorism taking its toll all over the world. This is why, today, we want to present you, young people, with the stories of other young people: of Jan Karski and Peppino Impastato.
On 22 January, at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, a tree will dedicated to Arturo Toscanini "for his resistance against fascism and nazism and his aid to the persecuted Jewish musicians ". On 27 January the concert of the Palestine Orchestra conducted by the Maestro in 1936 will be performed again. We talked about it with Harvey Sachs, music historian and biographer of Toscanini.
Waiting for 6 March
Sonita Alizadeh was born in Afghanistan, but she grew up in a refugee camp in Iran with her elder brother. When she was just 10, her mother went to Tehran to try and sell her to a man who wanted to marry her, but unsuccessfully. Six years later her parents tried to sell her again, for 9,000 dollars. At that point Sonita refused, learnt to write and secretly composed a rap song, Dokhtar Forooshi (Children on sale), by which she denounced the tragedy of child brides. In the song’s video, Sonita wears a wedding dress, has the face covered with bruises, a bar code on her forehead and she entreats her family not to sell her.
Flavia Agnes, lawyer and activist for women rights, who will be honoured with a tree at the Garden of the Righteous of Milan in March, reflects about the situation of women victims of rape in India, underlining the uncertainty, the lack of protection and the social stigma they have to face after going through trials where, too often, the rapist manages to prevail.