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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

Posted by Begum Burak

On 24 January 1993, Ugur Mumcu, the investigative journalist who had brought corruption cases and mafia-politics ties into daylight, died when his car exploded in front of his house. Mumcu had been receiving death threats because of the files he had been investigating.   Born in 1942, Mumcu studied law in university and he had… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

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

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

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    Today is the 745th death anniversary of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Every year, an international commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of Rumi’s union with God is held in Konya between December 7 and17. What Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi tells us through centuries is first and foremost tolerance and love When we use or hear the… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

The relations between nations / states – I here use them interchangeably although they do not refer to the same thing – ( let me say international relations) are managed in both a dynamic and static style. Firstly, I see it as a dynamic process ( the interaction between nations) because the global arena does… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Women’s fight for suffrage started early in the 20th century in Ottoman Empire – then ruled by a monarchy – but they faced many other challenges after the country switched to a parliamentary system as they failed to have suffrage added to the new constitution in 1924. Before Atatürk´s reforms, it is known that, peasant… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak