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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Most of those who know Turkey’s human rights community probably also know Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu. He is a medical doctor from the city of Kocaeli, and has been a devoted human rights activist for decades.
The operation to save Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has begun. It is led by the Shiite-dominated Iraqi army, Shiite militias, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, some Sunni forces trained by Turkey, and of course the United States, which is coordinating the whole effort.
The international community took its breath 10 days ago when Colombians took to the polls in a nationwide referendum to have their say on a negotiated peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.
The other day, a symposium was held by Istanbul’s Kartal Municipality, held by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), along with Istanbul University and the “Turkish Hearths,” a moderate nationalist organization. The title was “Problems of the Contemporary Islamic World and Solutions.” And the keynote speaker was none other than Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the CHP, the citadel of Turkish secularism.
Since July 15, we have been living in a post-coup Turkey - and there is little doubt that it is getting more depressing every week. It is not depressing because the coup failed, of course.
If you want to understand how concentration of power in the hands of one man has affected Turkey, you should read a recent piece in daily Yeni Şafak penned by Aydın Ünal.
If you really want to know Turkey well, you should know something about Yozgat, the Central Anatolian town just east of Ankara.
In 2001, I watched the Hollywood movie “The One.” It was a pretty mediocre action film and there is little wonder it gets a mere 5.9/10 on IMDB, the people’s republic of rating movies
After Turkey’s failed coup on July 15, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency.
During the relatively calm days of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), an unpleasant incident made Turkey’s breaking news.
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