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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
About 2.5 years ago, I wrote a piece titled, “Turkey: Fears of Illiberal Democracy.” I argued that with the subordination of the Kemalist military-bureaucratic establishment by elected politicians, Turkey had finally consolidated its electoral democracy.
You probably are getting some heated reactions these days from my compatriots, the Turks. The reason is obvious...
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will soon celebrate its 13th year in power.
On Monday, one of Turkey’s many pro-Erdoğan newspapers, Yeni Şafak, published a series of documents allegedly proving that Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, died because of poisoning.
For the past two years, Turkey has been in a downward political spiral where the language of hatred and demonization overshadows everything else.
The eccentric idea in the headline above is actually a hashtag I recently noted on Twitter: #staymuslimdontvote. Then I realized that this is a broader campaign calling British Muslims not to vote in the U.K. elections.
Last Thursday, the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, just miles from the Greek and Bulgarian borders, was the stage for a historic event: The reopening ceremony of the newly renovated Great Synagogue, which had been dormant and rusting for almost half a century.
Last Thursday, on March 19, 2015, my wife Riada and I had to rush to our Istanbul hospital early in the morning.
The term “Islamophobia” entered the global political language in the past decade. The New American Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially when feared as a political force.”
One of the recent political curiosities in Turkey was whether retired President Abdullah Gül would re-enter politics by running for the parliament under the ticket of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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