Turkey: Shattered Dreams and Neo-Ottoman Nightmares

Arzu Merali reflects on the Gezi Park protests, the Arab Spring and the contradictions of the role of Turkey in Muslim geopolitics.* The moon is full and rising over Fatih, as we sit atop Saray restaurant, waiting for kebab, tea and ice cream.  A chill is in the March air and the

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War on Islam, Turkish Style

As the War on Terror – Bush’s crusade – is launched, Turkey has joined its ranks.  What are the implications for the already poor human rights record of this country? So Turkey – that shining example of modernity, a secular Muslim country – will be sending special forces to Afghanistan to “support

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Freedom is My Daughter’s Name

Can Turkey justify its horrendous catalogue of human rights’ abuses in the name of modernity? I had thought that after years working in Human Rights, I had become desensitised to horrors inflicted and suffering unlimited. Torture should have been just another research topic. Talking to Ipek Firat, the wife of a political

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