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Turkey: A vanity of oppression in three acts

Turkey: A vanity of oppression in three acts

By | June 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm | 3 comments

Once upon a time there were a park... Prologue: Turkey had a stable AKP government for 11 years. Picturing themselves as primary victims of an almost century old Turkish state mechanism, the Islamist party came to power with the promise of democratization and the help of...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights, News

#OccupyGezi, the civil disobedience movement takes over Izmir

#OccupyGezi, the civil disobedience movement takes over Izmir

By | June 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | One comment

In Turkey during the last decade of AKP government individual freedoms were in a recess. Party's unprecedented 53% majority in the last elections paved way to a borderline authoritarian regime where media was pressured for self-censorship, journalists and political activists...

Posted in: Featured, Smyrna, Turkey

Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

Turkish Justice and Blasphemy: Why pianist Fazil Say was convicted – Die Zeit

By | April 29, 2013 at 12:30 am | 3 comments

Michael Thumann (Die Zeit) The decision on blasphemy which sounds like a verdict by a court in an Iranian city was taken by a 19th Magistrates’ Court in Istanbul. Most famous pianist in Turkey, Fazil Say was convicted on charges of blasphemy against Islam for ten months in...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression

KCK: Withdrawal of guerrillas from Turkey to begin on May 8

KCK: Withdrawal of guerrillas from Turkey to begin on May 8

By | April 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm | No comments

(ANF) Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council President Murat Karayılan has held a press conference on the withdrawal of Kurdish guerrillas out of Turkish borders. The press conference, which was attended by KCK Executive Council member Zeki Şengali and...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

An elegy to Istanbul: destroying the last remnants of metropolitan culture

By | January 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm | 2 comments

A few weeks ago a traffic jam forced me to walk through Tarlabasi, an old Greek quarter located in Pera district of Istanbul (Konstantinoupolis). While central Pera (Beyoglu) was where the turn of the century bourgeois lived, surrounded by elite stores and chic cafes, Tarlabasi...

Posted in: Featured, Konstantinoupolis, Turkey

Roboski Massacre: A road to redemption

Roboski Massacre: A road to redemption

By | December 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | 2 comments

Most of us wake up in the morning and start our daily routine. Some a little early, some rather late. On December 28th, 2011 34 youngsters from Gulyazı village in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border did the same. You leave your house to arrive at your office if you are...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

Two fantastic artists share both name and passion

Two fantastic artists share both name and passion

By | November 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | One comment

Today’s guests at The Globe Times were sculptors Ayşe & Mehmet Sağlam. Sağlam siblings are young and very passionate artists. Investigative in nature, their art opens windows to the soul of Turkish society in transit. Both graduates of Marmara University Fine Arts...

Posted in: Interview

Fréderike Geerdink, up close and personal on Kurdish Matters

Fréderike Geerdink, up close and personal on Kurdish Matters

By | November 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm | No comments

Fréderike Geerdink, one of the most active and exceptional journalists reporting on Turkey, talks about her new project: KurdishMatters.com. Working on human rights issues in Turkey since 2006, she has previously contributed to The Globe Times as well as SES Türkiye, ANP, HP...

Posted in: Featured, Interview, Kurds

Dead spirits society

Dead spirits society

By | November 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | No comments

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people are proud of their hospitality. It has been said that strong family ties are the pillars of those societies. Especially in times of need the family size gets bigger as an act of solidarity. In Greece, since the economic crisis hit the...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion, Turkey

CPJ slams Turkey about policies against press freedom

CPJ slams Turkey about policies against press freedom

By | October 22, 2012 at 10:59 am | No comments

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a report about the jailed journalists and the current state of press freedom in Turkey. Turkish authorities are engaging in widespread criminal prosecution and jailing of journalists, and are applying other forms of severe...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

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