On this week’s program, we will be talking about the latest corruption scandal engulfing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Shahram Aghamir fills in for Kahlil Bendib to speak with Erdem Yörük, an assistant professor of sociology at Koç University in Turkey about the political graft in that country and how it all unfolded.
Last summer it was the Gezi park anti-government that rattled the Turkish government. Today, Turkish Prime Minster Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party AKP are facing another crisis brought about by a corruption scandal and a power struggle between the self-exiled influential US based religious leader Fethullah Gülen and Prime Minister Erdogan.
For more background reading about Turkey’s latest political crisis, visit Jadaliyya.com.
In the second part of the program, Malihe will speak with acclaimed Iraqi novelist Sinan Antoon about the inspiration for his new novel. News from Iraq has been reduced to daily reports of bombings and carnage. Seeking to explore the emotions of those still alive, Sinan Antoon writes about the accumulated tragedy of loss in his novel, “The Corpse Washer”. The protagonist Jawod is pressured by his father, a corpse washer, to take over the family job. But Jawod has different plans for his life – he wants to become an artist, a sculptor. But growing up during the Iran-Iraq war of the 80’s and witnessing the invasion of Kuwait in the 90’s, he is exhausted by death, and wishes to shape his future in other ways. But his future does not pan out as he plans.
Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi poet, novelist, scholar, and an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. “The Corpse Washer” is his second novel.