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Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey by Richard Stoneman

By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged by means of Turkey, a assorted state on the crossroads of heritage, for millennia. right here, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic aspect the outstanding literature they produced. At a time whilst Turkey’s place at the fringe will be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the diversity of commute writing represented during this booklet indicates how, whereas political conditions may perhaps swap, the entice of Turkey continues to be constant.

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13 But particularly after the armed forces had taken control in Turkey on September 12, 1980, security measures were tightened and the infiltrators were caught or forced into inactivity. At its first meeting in Syria in June 1981, the PKK decided to withdraw its men from Turkey. Some 300 came to Syriancontrolled Lebanon. After training, some were moved south to the border with Israel. This did not please Öcalan’s Syrian handlers. As he was to admit himself, he was reproached with the words ‘We are paying you and feeding you generously.

33 Heckling is, of course, a normal accompaniment of political life. Nor is it illegal to demonstrate peacefully against NATO, the US, the European Union (which has placed DHKP/C on its list of banned organisations) or whatever. On June 20, 2004, the authorities in Istanbul allocated a public square for an anti-NATO meeting which had been called by Marxist, as well as religious groups. But while all these groups cling to legality, there is often an explicit or implicit justification of violence.

After his release Öcalan returned formally to the faculty of political science, but conspiratorial work took up most of his time and he never graduated. He joined the Ankara Higher Education (Students) Association (AYÖD), which was dominated by the Turkish Socialist Workers Party (TS‡P), a more radical successor of the Turkish Workers Party (T‡P), banned for infringing the constitution. When DDKO, which had also been banned, was replaced by the similarly named Revolutionary Democratic Cultural Society (DDKD), many young Kurdish nationalists left AYÖD, but Öcalan stayed on.

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