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Ten Years of organized ignorance: Crowded malfeasance

Ten Years of organized ignorance: Crowded malfeasance

By | January 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm | 2 comments

“What happened in Turkey during the last ten years?” When the storm is over and if we wake up to a bright morning after it’s all over, we will end up with that question at hand which could take another ten years to answer. One answer could commence as such: A leader...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

The End of Hesitation

The End of Hesitation

By | June 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm | No comments

"This cannot go on" said a journalist friend, referring to the oppression of the media, of Kurdish politics, the silencing of society and rising authoritarianism in Turkey. In return I asked: "Do you mean 'It is impossible for it to go on like this' or 'I will not let it go on...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

Greece: Elections are over. Next up: Elections!

Greece: Elections are over. Next up: Elections!

By | May 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm | No comments

(Photo courtesy of Mehran Khalili) Last Sunday Greek people, nearly 65% of all eligible voters went to polls to decide what they want to do with the old lady we call Greece. Squeezed between economical hardship, austerity measures, self-pity and fear they were arguably not...

Posted in: Featured, Greece

A ‘new approach’ to the Kurdish issue: a road leading nowhere

A ‘new approach’ to the Kurdish issue: a road leading nowhere

By | March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm | One comment

Fréderike Geerdink I have not been blogging for over a week. I have been uncertain what to blog about. Recently I have written a lot about oppression of Kurds, and I felt I needed more variety in my subjects. So I was pondering what to write about. But today, I decided to...

Posted in: Featured, Kurds, Minorities

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

Turkey: Attacks on the Press: 2011. (CPJ)

By | February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | No comments

The article is published on Committee to Protect Journalists web site. In a series of articles the Committee analyzes the attacks on journalists in several regions. Here's the one about Turkey: Discarding Reform, Turkey Uses the Law to Repress By Robert Mahoney A critical...

Posted in: Featured, Turkey

A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

A House Divided Against Itself: The Deteriorating State Of Media Freedom in Turkey

By | February 8, 2012 at 3:36 am | One comment

Gareth Jenkins Most international attention has focused on the more than 100 journalists who are now in jail in Turkey as a result of what they have written or said. But more pernicious – and ultimately much more corrosive to freedom of expression – is the widespread...

Posted in: Featured, Freedom of Expression, Opinion, Turkey

Turkey’s Time Lost

By | March 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm | No comments

Phone ringing woke me up today. It showed 7:35 am. When I hung up the phone I checked the time on my Mac. It was 8:40 am. What we should have done on March 27th that we didn't? Were we supposed to put the time one hour ahead? Were we supposed to put it one hour back? For some...

Posted in: News, Opinion, Turkey

Turkish State as an Impediment to Progress

By | June 10, 2010 at 12:19 am | No comments

What is the function of a nation state? If we listen to Rousseau, "... the general will is always in the right and inclines toward the public good" in a modern state. It finds its origins in a "contract". A contract between the electorate and elected to serve in the good of the...

Posted in: Armenians, Christians, Greeks, Human Rights, Opinion, Turkey

Who by Fire

By | May 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm | No comments

Fairies must have whispered to his ear. Or else, as he would prefer, God must have talked to him in his dreams. Turkish Prime minister declared he was sorry of ethnic cleansing of the "Christian minorities" in Asia Minor. We would never know if he was sincere since another...

Posted in: Christians, Turkey

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