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It is very unfortunate to observe a physical attack against the leader of the main opposition party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. We all know that one thing is certain. This attack has made it crystal clear that the long-standing political polarization in the country can bring rather dangerous outcomes. The harsh rhetoric adopted by the political figures… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

In the elections held last Sunday, the ruling party AKP has lost control of the capital Ankara which can be seen as a serious blow to the party’s 16-year rule.In parallel to that, the opposition party’s Ekrem İmamoğlu is slightly ahead in the contest for mayor of Istanbul . As known, the ruling party does… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

I think, almost every political scientist agrees that, differences are seen as a threat to state authority. Even in Western democracies, different ethnic or religious groups ( minorities) are not treated equally. For instance, in Austria, a considerable degree of Islamophobia is evident.   On the other hand, in terms of Turkish context, the establishment… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

The “Post Modern Coup”

The coup known as “post modern coup” is a milestone in Turkish democracy history, as it divided the political islamist actors (National Outlook) into two different camps and one of them has turned into a party now known as the AK Party.… In 1997, a soft coup broke out in Turkey known as the February… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

    Today, the whole world and my country also go through a legitimacy crisis in the political sphere. As long as the ballot box is seen as the only parameter of democracy, such legitimacy crisis will always find some way to emerge. According to the German socioogist Ulrich Beck, one of the causes behind… » read more

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          The Hrant Dink Foundation set up in 2007 as a non-governmental organization aims to fight discrimination and prejudices between different social and political groups with different ethnic or racial characteristics. The Foundation aims to build dialogue, tolerance and cooperation in the society. Media can be defined as a source of… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  A few days ago, one of the popular celebrities, namely Gamze Özçelik (born in 1982) was spotted wearing a headscarf. For a few days, Gamze Özçelik and her headscarf have been one of the hotly-debated issues on TV shows and programmes. I prefer to use the term “headscarf” instead of “turban” because in my… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Yesterday was the anniversary of the foundation of Council of Higher Education (YÖK). There had been a considerable amount of news coverage about YÖK in those years. Exactly 37 years have passed since the debates related to YÖK have first begun. The number of universities had been 19 before the foundation of YÖK. Today, there… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak