Help AR spread its progressive message to larger audiences at a time when it's particularly needed! We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We depend solely on you, our listeners, to sustain us.

We welcome your tax-deductible contributions for any amount. Send your check to RISE UP-Alternative Radio, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306. Or just give us a call at (800) 444-1977, Monday–Thursday 8:30–4:30pm, Mountain Time.

DonateSubscribe Subscribe Monthly

Turkey, Armenians, & Kurds

Program #MARR001. Recorded in Istanbul, Turkey on June 24, 2007.

When Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's Nobel Prize winner for literature, said that more than one million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds had been killed in his country, he was not only publicly vilified but also prosecuted by the government. And he's not the only one who has gotten into trouble for speaking out. Breaking the taboo and talking about the 1915 state-organized and directed genocide of the Armenians and the plight of its large Kurdish population is dangerous. Witness the murder of journalist Hrant Dink. The Turkish government takes out full-page ads in The New York Times denying the genocide. It warns of retaliation against the United States if the Congress acknowledges a historical fact. Ankara is also threatening to invade Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish fighters. Interviewed by David Barsamian.


Ron Margulies

Ron Margulies was born in Istanbul and was educated there and in England. In addition to being a political activist and commentator, he is a well-known Turkish poet and has published seven books of poetry.

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet Write a review

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty

(800) 444-1977