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Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

Turkey: Redefining the public space, one piece at a time

By | July 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 2 comments

Republic of Turkey was founded on a vast space of historical heritage circa a century ago in Asia Minor. Connecting western and eastern hemispheres of civilizations, the region is the classical melting pot of different aspects of Hellenism, Roman might, Caucasian and Middle...

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Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

Antioch – Conflicting Loyalties on the Doorstep of Civil War

By | January 11, 2013 at 9:20 am | No comments

It was a hot summer’s night of 2011, when I sat on a balcony with my family in my birthplace near the Syrian-Turkish border: Antakya, Hatay. My cousin’s relatives from Syria were visiting her. These guests were wealthy Christians that had a very modern air, as they sat...

Posted in: Christians, Featured, Minorities

Religion’s role in the Identity-shaping of Second Generation Migrants from Turkey in Germany

Religion’s role in the Identity-shaping of Second Generation Migrants from Turkey in Germany

By | January 3, 2013 at 9:39 am | No comments

In the context of a globalizing world, the question of identity becomes subject to change and challenge. This is especially relevant for migrant communities, and more so, as I argue, for the second-generation of a migrant group. Unlike the first, the second generation finds...

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Thirsty for blood

Thirsty for blood

By | November 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm | No comments

The basics don’t change. The basics are: people are born with rights. That’s what we, many nations of the world, have agreed upon and have put down on paper in international treaties and declarations. The right to self-determination, the right to express yourself in your...

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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

Starving the Kurds

Starving the Kurds

By | October 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm | One comment

It could be said that Asia Minor has old-age amnesia. Once cradle of civilization, this region has lost its memory for almost a century now. No one remembers Karamanlis, Pontus Greeks or Smyrnean Armenians who has once created the backbone of the society as well as Ionian...

Posted in: Featured, Kurds

Dear Roza,

Dear Roza,

By | October 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm | 4 comments

We never met. If it wasn't for the latest developments maybe I would have never acknowledged your existence like many others who live in the comfort of their shiny bubble. They've arrested you and all your electrical belongings last week. With your comrade Gulhan Yag among 24...

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Turkey: When tomorrow is yesterday

Turkey: When tomorrow is yesterday

By | August 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | 3 comments

As of today fighting between the Turkish armed forces and PKK guerrillas in Semdinli province in southeastern Turkey continues for fifteen days. Since Turkish security forces do not allow press into the greater region, no citizen reports could be verified. The national media...

Posted in: Armenians, Featured, Kurds, Minorities

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

By | May 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | One comment

Fréderike Geerdink Esra wants to take me to the local shop. I’m not sure why, but she insists and takes me by the hand. In the shop I want to buy her and her sister a notebook because they want to practice their writing all the time. But she doesn’t like it. She wants a...

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The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

The Netherlands go where Turkey is coming from

By | April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 4 comments

Fréderike Geerdink “Abdullah Gül has no right to speak”, I hear all the time as a reaction to President Gül resisting the ideology of Dutch politician Geert Wilders, which discriminates against people and marginalises them. That’s because Gül has a problem handling...

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