I dwelt in my previous article on three major events that helped promote the Kurdish cause (Today's Zaman, Sept. 24). In the present article I will examine a fourth event that contributed to the promotion of the same cause and especially its effects on the implementation of Turkey's latest “Kurdish Opening Package,” adopted by the Turkish Parliament on July 10 (Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration). The fourth blessing for Ku
Jon Roland underlines in his academic article “Principles of Tyranny” that tyranny “operates by principles by which it can be recognized in its early emerging stages, and, if the people are vigilant, prepared and committed to liberty, countered before it becomes entrenched.” Roland has prepared a list of principles of tyranny. I will write them down and try to see if and to what extent they can be applied to the Erdoğanist regime. 1. Control
While many appointments with Ankara were cancelled, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was the center of attention at the UN General Assembly in New York. The fact that many permanent members of the UN Security Council such as France and the United Kingdom were curious to meet him should certainly be seen as an indication of the future of relations. Attempts to establish a dialogue with Rouhani, albeit for the sake of figuring out what should be done to counter the i
"In the West, democracy means different things to different people, but in Asia it means that citizens are entitled to free and fair elections, that they can choose their own government. Once a government has been elected, we believe it should be allowed to govern and to formulate and implement policies. ... When citizens understand that their right to choose also involves limits and responsibilities, democracy doesn't deteriorate into an excess of freedom or, in extreme case
I spent last week in China with a group of Turkish think tankers and academics. China is a large and equally interesting country. It is difficult to describe exactly what one should make of this vast place, but one thing is for sure: China is an important country whose internal trends will have an impact on global politics. My first impression of Beijing was the mere presence of a large population living together. The Chinese seem to manage life despite the immense
I don't like to talk about Kosovo in the context of "political Islamism." The beautiful country doesn't deserve this. Actually, Kosovo is not inching toward political Islamism, despite concerted efforts from political Islamists. Unfortunately, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) not only managed to make Turkey remembered in connection with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/al-Qaeda terrorism but also to make Kosovo involved in this dirt.
Still peevish from run-ins with the men who say no to photography in our local churches, I decided to take advantage of what turned out to be one of the last sunny days of the summer and headed out to one that is right inside Göreme village and yet hasn't been shut off behind a ticket barrier. This is quite surprising since the Yusuf Koç church is not any old church, impressive for its mere existence but lacking the painted walls that migh
In a recent statement, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Western countries of remaining silent against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), while taking a clear stand against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These remarks came shortly before Turkey announced that it will take part in the US-led coalition against ISIL and sent a motion to Parliament in order to take military action against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. "Why isn't the world disturbed
In Turkey it is not unusual to walk down the street in major urban centers and see women wearing all different types of clothing and jewelry. The phrase “women of the Middle East” conjures up an array of colorful and varied images. These images can be stereotypes -- sometimes limited and distorted. Turkey has changed drastically over the centuries. Topkapı Palace with its sultan's harem is now just a tourist site. As the level of education increases
Turkey has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) twice because of the content of mandatory religion lessons taught in middle schools and high schools. The ECtHR said these lessons were too one-sided, only teaching and imposing Sunni Islam. The first decision was in 2007. After this decision, Turkey made a few changes to the curriculum, but apparently they were not enough in the eyes of the ECtHR, which condemned Turkey a second time in 2014 because of these less
A few days ago, Turkey's top export organization, the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM), launched a new "Turkey" brand and logo, which will from now on be used on goods made in and exported from Turkey: "Turkey, Discover the Potential." President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the launching ceremony and said he regarded the new logo and slogan as "the symbol of self-confidence of the new Turkey, which has global targets and ambitions."