More than 160,000 have fled northern Syria as Turkish offensive escalates
Ahmet Altan and Turkey’s revolving prison doors

I’m free but my friends still languish in Turkish jails


The novelist reflects on a judiciary that ignores the rights of those it imprisons


Nothing is scarier than an encounter with the horrifying power of someone who holds your fate in his hands. That person can kill you, lock you up, send you into exile or let you go free. Regardless of the difference in outcome, to be locked up or released by such an authority is equally devastating. You don’t have a say in what happens. People with such authority usually wear a robe and sit on a dais. They are called judges. You can forgive the wielding of such superhuman powers if they are used righteously. What happens, then, if the authority in question doesn’t care about righteousness? To read more, please click on the Guardian.