Turkey’s tarnished human rights record

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The report by Hürriyet’s İpek Yezdani yesterday, Jan. 28, shows that Turkey received quite a bit of heat during the U.N.’s “Universal Periodic Review” of its human rights record earlier this week.

Comment(s) 1/29/2015

Prospects for Turkish-Greek ties look good

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The advent of Syriza and its young and energetic leader Alexis Tsipras is good news for Turks of my generation, as it must be for all left-leaning Europeans.

Comment(s) 1/27/2015

Corruption allegations will remain despite this vote

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A government which says it is determined to fight corruption no matter what, and which is led by a prime minister who claims that “he would cut off the arm of his father’s son if he found him to be corrupt,” has missed a golden opportunity to put its money where its mouth is.

Comment(s) 1/22/2015

Where is Turkey heading?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The two day Istanbul Forum organized by the Center for Strategic Communication (STRATIM), which kicked off on Monday with a large Turkish and international participation comprising some high caliber names, is providing an opportunity to gauge where Turkey is perceived to be heading under its present administration.

Comment(s) 1/20/2015

Much to consider after the dust settles

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Many readers took exception to my giving links in my last piece to David Brooks of the New York Times, who wrote “I am not Charlie Hebdo,” and to Jordan Weismann of Slate magazine, who wrote “Charlie Hebdo is heroic and racist.”

Comment(s) 1/15/2015

Time to stop and think deeply

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The terror attacks in Paris have resulted in much commentary among Islamists and Islamic intellectuals and commentators in Turkey. There is little that is new in Islamist quarters, of course.

Comment(s) 1/13/2015

PEGIDA provides Germans an opportunity to speak out

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Given that Turks represent the majority of Muslims in Germany, it is not surprising that the activities of the group known as PEGIDA, the German acronym for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident,” should be attracting attention in Turkey.

Comment(s) 1/8/2015

Why the HDP must remain in Parliament

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Head Selahattin Demirtas says his party will have no problems in passing the nationwide 10 percent electoral threshold in the June elections.

Comment(s) 1/6/2015

Tough year ahead for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Elections, corruption allegations, the Kurdish peace process, Syria, to name a few cases, will ensure that tensions remain high

Comment(s) 1/1/2015

Respect cannot be earned with a stick

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The arrest of a 16-year-old teenager for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes one wonder if those who are trying to protect Erdoğan in this way are aware of the damage they are actually doing to his image and to Turkey’s reputation

Comment(s) 12/30/2014

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