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Notes from the Back-Alleys of a Turkish Border City

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Syrian woman in front of a billboard reading “We are the nation! We shall not allow the wasting of Turkey by the coup and terror”

The Locals, the Syrians and the 15 July Coup Attempt in Gaziantep

By H. Pınar Şenoğuz

Turkish politics is full of surprises with intriguing conclusions – or perhaps we cannot talk about endings yet – and diverse social impact among its adherents. The 15 July coup attempt and the ‘resistance of Turkish people’ hailed by the national media, for instance, was such an extraordinary event as the anthropologist Lisa Malkki would coin (Malkki, 1997). Continue reading Notes from the Back-Alleys of a Turkish Border City

21 missing as new migrant boat disaster unfolds in the Aegean

Daily Sabah – During a renewed rise in the crossings of illegal immigrants to Greece from Turkey, a migrant boat disaster on Thursday fueled fears of a return to the period before a EU-Turkey deal to curb the migrant flow when migrant deaths were almost a daily occasion.
The Coast Guard and volunteers are scanning the Aegean Sea for 21 migrants who went missing after their boat traveling to Greece from Turkey’s Bodrum sank on Thursday. Six bodies were recovered from sea in two days of efforts while four others were rescued alive.

Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Speech by Çetin Gürer

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Academics for Peace (Barış İçin Akademisyenler) (picture by Sedat Yağcıoğlu)

In occasion of the awarding of the Aachen Peace Price on 1st September 2016 to Academics for Peace, we post the content of the speech by Çetin Gürer. You can find the speech on the homepage of the Aachen Peace Price (in Turkish and German). Continue reading Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Speech by Çetin Gürer

Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Speech by Esra Mungan

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Academicians for Peace (Barış İçin Akademisyenler) (picture by Sedat Yağcıoğlu)

In occasion of the awarding of the Aachen Peace Price on 1st September 2016 to Academics for Peace, we post the content of the speech by Esra Mungan. You can find the speech on the homepage of the Aachen Peace Price (in Turkish and German).

Continue reading Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Speech by Esra Mungan

Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Laudatory Speech by Georg Restle

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The honorees of the Aachen Peace Price 2016: Academics for Peace and Citizens’ Initiative Open Heath (picture by Aachener Friedenspreise e.V.)

In occasion of the awarding of the Aachen Peace Price on 1st September 2016 to Academics for Peace, we post a shortened version of the laudatory speech by Georg Restle, managing editor and host of the German political TV magazine Monitor. You can find the speech on the homepage of the Aachen Peace Price (in German).

Continue reading Aachen Peace Price for Academics for Peace – Laudatory Speech by Georg Restle

Greece sends 70 refugees back to Turkey

ORF.at (link in German) – A vessel from the European border agency Frontex brought 70 refugees from the Greek island Lesvos to the turkish town Dikili. It’s the first big repatriation since the EU deal with Turkey from April.
According to the Greek ministry for citizens protection the refugees were all men, 50 of them from Pakistan and other from Sri Lanka, Algeria and Morocco. They either didn’t apply for Asylum or they Asylum application had been rejected.

Turkey blocks Syrian refugees from resettlement in the US – for having degrees

The Guardian – Turkish officials argue the most vulnerable deserve priority resettlement. Some question whether a degree makes refugees less vulnerable.

More than 1,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey have been blocked from resettlement in the US and other countries because they have university qualifications. The refugees were approved for resettlement by American officials, before being blocked – sometimes just days before their departure date – by the Turkish authorities.