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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

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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

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The guarantee of civil liberties is one of the crucial elements of democracy. Democracy can only flourish in a free environment. In other words it can be said that, freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association,… » read more

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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

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  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

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