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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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As known, yesterday was the anniversary of Operation Olive Branch (Afrin Operation). Last year, Turkey launched military operation (Olive Branch) on January 20 in order to clear Syria’s Afrin region of the YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorism, which Turkey considers a threat to its national security and territorial integrity. On March 18, Turkish troops and the… » read more

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    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

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