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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
It is always refreshing to visit the Austrian capital – to experience its majestic architecture, impressive museums and legendary cafes. What brought me here this time is a more specific reason though:
Since the brutal jihadist group calling itself the “Islamic State” of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) became a global hit, debates about the nature Islam have soared.
This has been a terrible week for Turkey. Riots hit dozens of cities, mostly in the predominantly Kurdish southeast, leading to more than 30 deaths.
Today’s Turkey, unfortunately, is deeply polarized by two opposite camps: The venerators of the government and the denouncers of the government.
On June 10, 2014, the notorious “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) took over Mosul, a key city in northern Iraq, with a swift conquest that caught many off guard.
When the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011, Turkey was still in its blissful mood of having “zero problems with neighbors.”
This week, the Turkish Parliament passed a series of laws, including changes about internet privacy.
Yet another “work accident” took place in Turkey last week, when an elevator at the construction of a luxury skyscraper in the middle of Istanbul collapsed.
I wrote a piece in this very column some three years ago with the exact same headline above: “The tragedy of Turkish justice.” I argued that Turkey’s justice system was a warzone between political camps, rather than being a fair arbiter of disputes. I concluded:
In my writings in Turkish, I often argue against this culture of traitor-hunting. I suggest that we Turks should learn to see different political views as only that: different political views
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