The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced its manifesto for the Nov. 1 elections, keeping promises to focus on a new constitution and a presidential system together with bold and assertive pledges on the economy.
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
One of the priorities over the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been raising “pious generations,” meaning the country’s education system has been a special target for the party, and its de facto leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkey’s education system continues to discriminate against ethnic and religious minorities, reinforcing an exclusionist definition of “Turkishness,” a joint report by the History Foundation and the Turkey branch of the Minority Rights Group has stated
Category: VERDA ÖZER
We are in the middle of one of the most contradictory moments in history. Two currents are flowing in opposite directions and pulling nation-states at both ends.
Category: EMRE KIZILKAYA
Political parties in Turkey have announced their MP candidates for the crucial Nov. 1 election, providing a number of hints for observers who are wondering whether the outcome will be dramatically different than the June 7 polls.
Volkan Ertit, an academic popularly known for his books ‘Secularism’ and ‘The Age of Concerned Conservatives,’ argues that Turkish people are becoming less pious
Category: FARUK BİLDİRİCİ
No piece of news, no title of a story can be the justification for attacking and vandalizing a newspaper office, with chants of “We will torch you like Madımak.” (Madımak is a hotel in the eastern province of Sivas where 35 mostly Alevi intellectuals were burnt to death by an ultraconservative mob in 1993.)
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has become the first AKP official to condemn consecutive violent attacks targeting daily Hürriyet, describing them as “very awful.”
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
Turkey’s human rights record has never been a bright one. Especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Turkey entered a spiral of violence due to the Kurdish issue, human rights violations became a major and shameful headache for Turks
The 54th International Poetry Evenings event in Struga, Macedonia, has hosted three poets from Turkey, along with 44 poets from 29 different countries.
Category: MEHMET Y. YILMAZ
Kenan Ceylan who died in uniform in Hakkari Şemdinli is an Alevi from Tokat. That’s why two separate funerals were held.
KONDA’s latest data shows that over the last six years, the percentage of atheists in the population has increased from 2.3 percent to 2.9 percent. Hürriyet took a deeper look into atheism in today’s Turkey
Category: YUSUF KANLI
What would you do? How would you behave? Was it abnormal for someone who lost his 32-year-old younger brother in a terrorist attack to cry and ask why he was killed?
I had written an article on the night of June 7 when the first results of the election were revealed and said, “He will have to force early elections.”
Category: AHMET HAKAN
Dear lieutenant colonel Mehmet Bey,When you were holding the Turkish flag-wrapped coffin of your soldier brother, crying “Ali, Ali…”I felt your pain deep inside of me,
The government is obliged to implement decisions taken by Turkey’s Supreme Court and the ECHR on the rights of the Alevis, or else the justice system will be blocked by thousands of new legal cases and ‘unfortunate’ things could take place, says Professor İzzettin Doğan, the head of the Cem Foundation
A lieutenant colonel’s angry rebuke during the funeral ceremony for his soldier brother has been added to the increasing number of protests by mourners accusing President Erdoğan and the government over the spike in violence ahead of early elections in Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has urged the Alevi community to be alert against those "who want to make brothers kill each other," while also stressing that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) must be eradicated.
The Turkish state should cover the expenses of cemevis, Alevi houses of worship, a chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled, in a move which could mark a watershed on an aspect that many have seen as discriminatory toward the Alevi community
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
There is no doubt that the concept of “national will,” i.e., an unconditional respect for the ballot box, has been the most sacred word(s) in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spectacular political journey.
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