The Sivas Massacre, an arson attack staged by radical Islamists on mostly Alevi intellectuals inside the Madımak Hotel that killed 33 intellectuals and two hotel personnel, was commemorated on its 24th anniversary on July 2 in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said the party is “walking against the wall” with the ongoing “justice march” from Ankara to Istanbul, kicked off after the arrest of CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on June 20 that the Turkish government must pay compensation amounting to 54,000 euros to an Alevi foundation on the grounds of religious discrimination.
The mother of a Turkish man killed by a police officer in 2014 in Istanbul has gone on trial over damaging the watch of the police officer’s lawyer watch.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has excoriated the government for postponing ceremonies to commemorate an Alevi saint in the southeastern province of Adıyaman.
Category: MEHMET Y. YILMAZ
After the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments, while it was being debated whether or not the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) would be able to consolidate the “No” votes, a meaningless fight erupted within the party.
A local district municipality has denied claims that there is a decision to demolish a cemevi, an Alevi place of worship, in Istanbul’s Sultangazi district due to its “unlicensed construction,” state-run Anadolu Agency reported on April 19.
Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed co-chair of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has called on all voters in Turkey to go to the ballot boxes and to “beat fear” in the April 16 referendum on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.
Resolving the conflicts between Alevi and Sunni teachings is one of Turkey’s most important responsibilities, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said on the occasion of Nevruz.
Academic Cuma Çiçek speaks to the Hürriyet Daily News about his book ‘The Kurds of Turkey: National, Religious and Economic Identities’
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokesperson Selin Sayek Böke has slammed Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for accusing CHP lawmakers of supporting terror, describing his comments as “an example of great irresponsibility.”
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said the government will hold an official ceremony in Ankara to mark the birthday of Caliph Ali, 27 years after the last time it was celebrated with the Alevi community of Turkey.
Compulsory religion classes in Turkish schools will be taught in such a way to approach all religions equally while an approach that championed Sunni Islam will reportedly be eliminated in accordance with European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.
A Turkish Alevi foundation has released a list of suggestions that was submitted to the Education Ministry on Jan. 30 to demand that officials include lessons on their faith in religious classes amid changes to the country’s curriculum.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“While the Turkish Ministry of Education is still expressing its openness to hear other views, it is not too late for Turks to consider the benefits the remarkably tolerant curriculum that exists today and to lobby for it,” ends an opinion article sent to me by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se).
Category: MURAT YETKİN
For the last two days, Turkey has been talking about the heroic move by Fethi Sekin, a police officer who prevented a disaster from happening in the western city of İzmir on Jan. 5.
President Erdoğan declares that terrorist groups who have left Turkey reeling with a series of attacks will not divide the country
Turkish designer Barbaros Şansal was arrested on charges of “inciting hatred among the public” and “insulting” on Jan. 3
World-renowned pianist and composer Fazıl Say takes issue with the perception that classical music is not appreciated in Turkey, saying his work continues to receive interest and plaudits at home in addition to abroad
The Kahramanmaraş Governor’s Office announced on Dec. 26 that it had extended a ban on protests over the construction of a container city for around 25,000 Syrian refugees near predominantly Alevi-populated villages for the ninth time, citing security concerns
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