In December, I spent one week in Istanbul, Turkey to look for independent
thinkers. I lead the Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt for serving
and organizing independent thinkers. I welcome all who signed up for our new
Turkish group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/minciu_sodas_TR
Today I read that Hrant Dink was assasinated. What a loss for all of Turkey
and all of us! I was fortunate to visit Hrant Dink at the offices for his
Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos. He was recommended and respected by the
Turks I met as a truly independent thinker. Hrant Dink was glad to learn of
our efforts and signed up for our groups. He shared and we posted his
deepest value in life: "Standing up to oppression".
Standing up to oppression means for me that we all do our part. Some people
take big risks and may suffer all in this world. Others take small risks.
But we are all in solidarity if we take some risk for truth and justice.
This is how we protect our champions who take the big risks, is that we the
people cover the whole spectrum of risks, like a human chain that offers no
gap, lets no champion be isolated, because on either side there is always a
brother or sister holding hands along the chain.
Please know that our "independent thinking" is very real, but especially
if we are devoted to love and truth. We can judge by such foul crimes. We can
respond by taking to heart each other's deepest values and linking them with
our own, so that we all may hear each other and respond, and we not be
Thank you, Hrant, for your stand and inspiration.
I invite us to share our values and concerns so that we might care for each
other. Thank you!
Editor Of Turkey's Armenian Newspaper Assasinated
January 19, 2007 2:41 p.m. EST
Linda Young - All Headline News Staff Writer
Istanbul, Turkey (AHN) - Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor was
and killed outside his office on Friday. Dink, 53, was the editor of Turkey's
only Armenian language newspaper.
He had served as editor-in-chief and columnist of the Agos from 1996 until
his death today from a gunshot wound to the head. Dink was born in western
Armenia and immigrated, at age 7, with his family to Turkey.
Dink was convicted of insulting the Turkish state last year over comments he
made about the mass deaths during World War I of ethnic Armenians in what is
now Turkey. Dink received a six-month suspended sentence.
Many Armenians and foreign historians view the WWI deaths as Turkish genocide
but the Turkish government denies the events took place.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Bloomberg news that he condemned the
murder as an attack against the "Turkish nation's togetherness and peace
and Turkey's stability". Turkish stocks fell after the killing, Bloomberg
Dink was leaving his office in the early afternoon when he was shot three
times by unknown assailants, the New York Times reported that Turkey's
semiofficial Anatolian News Agency reported today.
Both the New York Times and Bloomberg News reported that Dink had received
numerous threats against his life.