BBurak

Archives for Political Sociology

    The decision of the Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) to repeat only Istanbul metropolitan mayoral election is of a political nature according to many people. The declarations of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with the leader of Nationalist Action Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli and the pro-government media put a considerable degree of pressure upon… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

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

As the local elections are drawing near, the election campaigns are being run for the last corner. On March 30, the election campaigns will all be prohibited. Leaders and candidates, therefore, put their best foot forward in the final days before the election.   Although this is a municipal poll (local election), the atmosphere is… » 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

      The Hugo Chaves adiministration had been the golden years of Venezuela. Iti s known that, the rule of Hugo Chaves had been subjected to many military coup attempts because Chaves did not welcome foreign companies and he made the natural resources gain national identity. Chaves had the support of poor majority and… » 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

Posted by Begum Burak

          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

Two days ago, on November 28, a large concrete block fell during the construction of a highway viaduct in northwest region of Turkey, killing three workers. The accident occurred near the town of Gebze, in Kocaeli province, during the construction of the North Marmara Highway. With the collapse of the concrete block, the workers working… » 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