Category: MURAT YETKİN
When considered in retrospect, it can be observed that the murder of Mumcu did not only aim at a journalist, and freedom of the press. I was part of a bigger picture - 1993 was a very bad year for Turkey.
Trust in the judiciary is at its lowest level in Turkey today, but the country’s judicial body will be better in future after recent elections also resulted in leftist and Kemalist judges joining the body, according to a high-ranking ruling party member.
HDP co-chair Demirtaş said that PM Davutoğlu should have thanked Turkish daily Cumhuriyet for its decision to reprint a selection of the latest issue of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Several leading Alevis associations have decided to hold a large rally in Istanbul on Feb. 8, as well as further meetings with government and opposition representatives.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
The biggest threat to the Turkish state cannot come from any of the minorities. Irrespective of how serious of threats may come from a minority, the Turkish state and nation is strong enough to stand against and deal with that menace.
Bartın is a small and lovely Black Sea coastal city. It is only about a three-hour drive from Ankara.
The chair of the Alevi-Bektashi Federation, Fevzi Gümüş, said the activities for the 36th anniversary of the Maraş incidents were banned and that Alevi citizens coming from other cities were not allowed entry
Turkey has appealed the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) ruling that said high school students must be allowed to opt out of religious education classes, which are currently compulsory.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Turkey just hosted a controversial “National Education Council.” This is a body in which many educators take part in order to make suggestions to the Education Ministry about future strategies in the national education system.
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
Two recent court rulings, one from Turkey and one from Europe, have strengthened the Alevis’ case for cemevis, but the main source of injustice against them is still the Religious Affairs Directorate
The Turkish government is working on a draft reform bill which will allow Alevis to choose their own religion courses at school and give their places of worship the same rights as mosques
This week, Putin and Turkey’s Erdoğan were in talks in Ankara over gas, nuclear energy, energy lines, and such power-related subjects
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has just issued in a landmark decision about religious freedom in Turkey
The decision comes a day after Turkey's public policies over Alevi places of worship, have been labeled as discriminatory by the top European court on human rights
Challenging rivals with dangerous fault lines, which had cost many lives in the past, might lead up to dangerous outcomes that may cause every player who is in the game now regret afterward
Category: JALE ÖZGENTÜRK
According to World Bank data, Turkey’s Internet usage rate is 46 percent, which is above the global average
Turkey was sued at the ECHR over the non-payment of the electricity bills of a cemevi by the state, while those of other worship places are paid
Category: AHU ÖZYURT
U.S. Vice President Biden’s trip has clarified at least the thorny issues on the Syrian debacle. Turkey wants safe-zone; the U.S. wants to operate from İncirlik.
Turkey’s main nationalist leader was forced to cut short a controversial visit to the eastern Anatolian province of Tunceli (Dersim) upon protests from residents infuriated with his remarks declaring their ancestors who participated in a rebellion as “terrorists.”
MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli is set to pay a visit to the eastern province of Tunceli, but a number of NGOs have reacted negatively
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