13 February 2007

Turkey

Hrant Dink's funeral procession. Istanbul Jan. 23, 2007, mourners
carrying signs proclaiming "We are all Armenians." © Reuters


Here is a report from Der Spiegel on the dire political situation in Turkey where the nationalist right is resorting to violence in reponse to perceived threats to "Turkishness." There are several tributes to Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist who was assassinated last month, as well as discussions of the "Armenian Issue" (read genocide) that he helped place on the public agenda over the past few years, at Open Democracy [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] and Eurozine [1] [2] [3]. And, lest we take overly much comfort at the outpouring of outrage and grief following Dink's murder, notice that one of the essays conveys 'news of crazed masses chanting in football stadiums: "We are all Ögun Samast"!' in mimicry of the mourners pictured above. Samast is the young nationalist accused of killing Hrant Dink.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim: I could not find your e-mail address and didn't know how else to contact you. My comment is not about this post, but about the three quotes on the sidebar locating the problem of photography and visual imagery in "use." They are SPOT ON! Visual imagery is a rhetoric, and the real problem is taking account of how it operates in such a register. Is there any chance you have the citations for the three quotes.

John Lucaites (lucaites@indiana.edu)

P.S. I love the blog. I don't read many, but you are among the few I look at regularly. Along with BAGNEWS.

14 February, 2007 10:24  

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