The 16 April vote did not give President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the full victory he expected and caused wide protests among the people, which are totally ignored, says Turkish writer and political scientist Cengiz Aktar in this interview.
Gabriele del Grande is a well known italian journalist and documentarist. While he was in Turkey trying to reach Syria he was arrested on April 9 in the turkish region of Hatay, near the syrian border. Since then, he is under unjustified detention and his documents have been seized jointly with his telephone.
If intellectuals of Muslim faith or culture had the courage today to speak out putting forward Tahar Ben Jelloun’s arguments, not only we would advance in the cultural and political battle against Islamist terror, but we also would leave less scope to those who seek to create a climate of fear and suspicion toward Muslims.
"The resurfacing of nationalism comes at a price. It may cost us our stability and peace". The remarks by Konstanty Gebert, brilliant pen of Polish journalism and Solidarity exponent, at the third meeting of the series “The crisis of Europe and the Righteous of our time".
"We can no more afford a romantic vision of Europe, the one of the Manifesto of Ventotene, but we shall rethink and rebuild the Union". The remarks by journalist Ferruccio de Bortoli at the meeting The crisis of Europe.
"Now there are no alternatives to political unity. Europe is thus necessary, but this does not mean it is also possible". Philosopher Massimo Cacciari's remarks at the meeting "The crisis of Europe" organized by Gariwo in cooperation with Franco Parenti Theatre.
Persecutions, torture, massacres
the violation of human rights
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in Paris by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".The day before the General Assembly itself had approved in New York the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which was defined as the intentional destruction, as a whole or in part, of"a national, ethnical, racial or religious group", with the well-known exclusion of the political groups due to the opposition of the Eastern Bloc countries, which feared being charged for persecuting their foes (the so-called enemies of the people who were condemned to forced labour in the Gulag camps).