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The events of 1915

The final years of the Ottoman Empire was a tragic period for the people that made up the Empire. Turks, Armenians, and many other groups suffered immensely. So, this period needs to be understood and analyzed in its entirety. Concerning the 1915 events, Turkey’s views are based on available archival documents, academic research and oral… » 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

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

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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

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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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    As known, on March 31, local elections will be held. More than 57 million Turkish citizens are registered to vote at the local elections. Turkish local elections are held every five years to elect mayors of 1,398 municipalities across the country. Among them are municipalities in 81 provinces, including 30 metropolitan municipalities and… » read more

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      Sultan Abdulhamid II had been the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Sultan Abdulhamid had been the 113th caliphate of Islam. During the 33 years of his rule (1876-1909), Abdulhamid had faced serious internal and external challenges. Sultan Abdulhamid had lost his throne after the March Incident in 1909 ( A palace… » 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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On 24 January 1993, Ugur Mumcu, the investigative journalist, who had brought corruption cases and mafia-politics links into daylight, died when he started the engine of his car, which then exploded in front of his house in Ankara, fragmenting his body into pieces. Mumcu had been receiving death threats because of the files he had… » read more

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