The Politics of Grieving in Turkey

The Death of the Maden Family The Aegean Sea is a graveyard. Like its Mediterranean counterpart, its waters are filled with human bodies that wash up on the shores of Turkey and Greece. You may remember Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian. Two winters ago, the image of his lifeless body lying on a Turkish beach […]

What’s in a Kiss?

On a late October day in 2016, police detained 17 journalists in a raid on the Istanbul offices of Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, as part of the post-July 15 coup attempt purge. It took eight months for the Cumhuriyet trial to begin, with the first verdicts given in late July. While some journalists were released, others […]