Armenian pilgrims worship in the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island, Lake Van, September 19
Shameful lack of posting of late, through what have been interesting, busy times. Here are links to some of my recent work.
The weekend before last I travelled to Van to report on the reopening for a one-off Mass of the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island.
You can read my report for the Times here, also have a piece coming out on SETimes looking at the Kurdish aspect to this, which will appear soon. My colleague Justin Vela has an excellent piece and accompanying photo essay on this same event for Transitions Online. You can read it here.
Having managed the impressive feat of not once blogging about the September 12 referendum, I thought it might be prudent to post some links to my work on it, just to prove I didn’t actually sleep through the whole thing. You can read it here, here, and here. Most recently, I did an audio podcast for SETimes on the roots of the AKP’s enduring success – and the enduring failure of the secular opposition to dent their support. You can listen to it here.
I also had a piece in today’s Times featuring an interview with the very recently arrived Iranian dissident Rahim Hemati, also a former member of the youth wing of the country’s notorious Basij Militia.
He spoke of his experiences in the Basij, of his arrest and imprisonment during the brutal crackdown following last years elections, and shared his views on the state of the Green Movement, and the regime, which he described as ‘rotten, and close to collapse’. You can read the interview here.
Rahim Hemati, a 28-year-old Iranian dissident blogger, moments after applying for temporary asylum in Istanbul