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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
In the past couple of days, Turkey’s penal courts have released more than 20 famous suspects who have been in prison for years.
There is a less traveled, even less noticed, road: An Enlightenment of the Anglo-Saxon type, which does not attack religion, but reinterprets it within a new political framework that values liberty, tolerance and diversity
These days, the most exciting leisure activity for millions of Turks is to get on the Internet every night and wait for the next scandalous “tape” to go online.
Turkey’s political war is getting only more intense every week, as more ammunition is being fired by the warring sides.
“If previous audio recordings were bombs, this is the atomic bomb.” So read a message in Turkish (with my translation here) that I read on Twitter on Monday night.
I am on this beautiful Malaysian island, which is a popular tourist destination, for something a little less touristy: A talk on whether liberty is an Islamic value.
This is the second time I have visited this impressive gem of South East Asia. It is, as ever, hot, humid and green.
These days, an objective observer of the Turkish media, especially social media, can learn fascinating facts about two bitterly opposed powers:
Fatih Altaylı is an experienced Turkish journalist and the editor-in-chief of Habertürk, a mainstream newspaper which is among the five bestselling national dailies
James Madison, one of the founding fathers of the United States, had a good observation. “Of all the enemies to public liberty,” he noted, “war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded.”