By

Orsola Casagrande

ON A DAY THIS WEEK… WALTER BENJAMIN

On a day this week, the 26th (or 27th) of September 1940, the radical German Jewish intellectual, Marxist, and writer Walter Benjamin died by suicide after almost a decade fleeing the Nazis and on threat of being handed over to the Gestapo by Spanish border guards the following day...He was just 48 years old

Ola de protesta en Turquía denuncia los crímenes de género

El intento de violación y posterior asesinato de una joven estudiante de apenas 20 años ha despertado en Turquía una ola de indignación y protesta, encabezada por las propias mujeres, denunciando los crímenes de género, sin embargo en la sociedad turca el patriarcado sigue siendo un valor arraigado mientras la situación socio laboral de las mujeres se deteriora.

Who is the greenest ? Or, who wants peace

It would be somehow funny, if indeed the issues were not so serious, to sit and listen to PM Erdo?an delivering one of his "inspired" speeches over current issues. Take for example his latest remarks on what he called "the solution process" (i.e. the process for a solution to the Kurdish issue) and the protests by Middle Eastern Technical University in Ankara.

On the "solution process", Erdo?an pronounced the following quite threatening words: "The side to break the process will pay the price" and added: "We will never be the side to break it". Now, a smile would shape the lips of everyone even not so familiar with the current state of affairs on the Kurdish question. Because indeed it is clear that while the Kurds (be it the PKK with its ongoing ceasefire, or the BDP with its ongoing proposals and attempts to break the deadlock) keep moving and trying to revive the process times and times agains, the government has chosen - to use en euphemism - a "waiting attitude".

The question is, waiting for what ? As Godot will not turned up, clearly the government is trying - by stretching things to the limit - to push the Kurdish side into some kind of action which Erdo?an could finger at as "leaving the table". The problem is that at present there is no "table". And consequently no table to abandon.

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