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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
If you have been following Turkish news, the odd question in my headline might have occurred to you.
For decades, I have been a believer in human reason. By that, I don’t mean that I have been a hardcore French rationalist who thinks that we can find all truths through reason
President Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to a supportive audience in Ankara on Nov. 14 and said something about the strained relations between Turkey and the European Union
Last Tuesday night, I went to bed thinking that I would probably wake up to a world with Hillary Clinton as the next American president. I woke up instead, of course, to Donald Trump as the next American president. It was a big surprise, of course, if not a shock. But I told myself, as I later told others, “Don’t panic, it probably won’t be that bad.”
By the time you are reading these lines, the presidential election in the United States will be over.
When I woke up yesterday, I saw two breaking news: First, around a dozen members of the Turkish Parliament, all from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), had been detained by the police. Second, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist group that fights for Kurdish autonomy, had bombed the police station in Diyarbakır, killing eight people and injuring almost a hundred.
SARAJEVO – I have been in Europe in the past week, in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Heidelberg, Germany, for public talks on freedom.
Dictionaries define “irredentist” as “a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it.” What makes this relevant to us today is that there are some political commentators who suggest that Ankara has lately become “irredentist.” Are they right?
On Oct. 22, an interesting symposium was held by Kuramer, or the “Qur’an Research Center,” at May 29 University, a government-owned Islamic institution for higher education in Istanbul. The topic was “The Faith in the Awaited Savior.” More specifically, what was addressed was the Islamic belief in the “Mahdi,” or the Islamic version of the Jewish Messiah, who is expected to emerge at the end of times and save Muslims, and ultimately humanity, from evil.
Most of those who know Turkey’s human rights community probably also know Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu. He is a medical doctor from the city of Kocaeli, and has been a devoted human rights activist for decades.
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