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An essay on popular perception shift of 2013 in Turkey

An essay on popular perception shift of 2013 in Turkey

By | January 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm | No comments

For Başak Güçyeter Life is a learning process. It’s the art of giving meaning to the chaos around us. The knowledge we gather during this process is not necessarily cumulative. It’s one enlightenment here, one disappointment there that make the big picture which we call...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

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 people who bring light to everywhere they go and the rest who only live by the darkness inside

The people who bring light to everywhere they go and the rest who only live by the darkness inside

By | January 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm | One comment

2013 was the year of extremes. 2013 was the culmination of all social effects influencing the way we move since the turn of the millennium. In many corners of the world the end of the times as we know them began. This is a small account of events as they occurred in the...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

Tiptoeing the extremes: How private we are really

Tiptoeing the extremes: How private we are really

By | November 8, 2013 at 11:06 am | No comments

Discussions in the public opinion in Turkey are heated up again after remarks of Prime Minister Erdogan on students living in coed housing. He claimed that 'his government's conservative democrat views cannot tolerate coed housing of students and actions will be taken to prevent...

Posted in: Featured, Opinion

I can’t write

I can’t write

By | July 27, 2013 at 9:18 am | No comments

If only I could write about a long awaited beautiful summer finally arriving in Paris, cheerful young people running to both banks of the Seine river in order to have long and happy picnics, about the saxophonist practicing jazz tunes every afternoon under the shade of centuries...

Posted in: Extra Luggage, Featured

Occupy Gezi: All about love

Occupy Gezi: All about love

By | July 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm | 4 comments

I met them on June 2nd, second day of Occupy Gezi resistance in Izmir. Both were high school students, living in the suburbs, children of middle class families, attending comparatively decent schools. I met them on the street corner depicted in the picture. The city center...

Posted in: Featured, Human Rights

#resistGezipark: alternative and international media for more media transparency

#resistGezipark: alternative and international media for more media transparency

By | June 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm | 4 comments

The Gezi Park events in Istanbul have triggered one of the largest and most serious civil unrest in decades in Turkey. It all started as a peaceful sit-in protest in order to prevent the demolition of the trees for the construction of a shopping mall in the park, but excess use...

Posted in: Featured, News, Turkey

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

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