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.
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.
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, a young Pole who did not turn away when the Nazis who had occupied his country persecuted the Jews and shut them into the ghettoes; and Peppino Impastato, a Sicilian youngster who could not stand being submitted to the mafia gangsters and paid his wish to live as a free boy with his life.
- Ai Weiwei suspends exhibits in Denmark
to protest against seizure of refugee goods
- Tribute to Hrant Dink
with member of Turkish communities in France
- Meeting "Being a journalist in Turkey"
The price of truth
- Zimbabwe abolishes child marriage
announcement by Amnesty International
- Dink case opened against 26 public officials
to be tried by 14th High Penal Court