Critics become terrorists in Erdoğan’s Turkey

From activists to academics, and protesters to politicians people in Turkey are left with the choice to accept a straitjacket of political conformism or risk being excluded from the social, cultural and political arenas altogether. Or worse. Photo by Uygar Önder Simsek / MOKU Speaking to a group of lawyers in Ankara on April 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the controversial suggestion that Turkey … Continue reading Critics become terrorists in Erdoğan’s Turkey

Anti-Mining Protests in Turkey Book Temporary Victory

Over the past weeks, thousands of people across Turkey have protested against the planned construction of a gold mine in Cerattepe, close to the town of Artvin in the northeast of the country. Protesters fear that the mine will cause irreparable damage to the unique natural environment of the region. The protests in Artvin started peacefully on February 15, but these quickly escalated after a … Continue reading Anti-Mining Protests in Turkey Book Temporary Victory

Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast continues to escalate

The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey’s … Continue reading Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast continues to escalate

“Nothing will be the same” for Turkish press after recent elections

ANKARA, Turkey , Dec 1 2015 (IPS) – Days after the 1 November general elections in Turkey, Beyza Kural, a reporter with the independent press agency Bianet, rushed to Istanbul University to cover a stand-off between protesting students and the police. At the scene, Kural was harassed and manhandled by a group of civil police for no apparent reason. She was handcuffed and only narrowly … Continue reading “Nothing will be the same” for Turkish press after recent elections

Turkey elections: AKP strategy pays off, Kurds continue to struggle

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 4 2015 (IPS) – Despite months of violence and unrest, spirits were high in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish town in the country’s southeast, prior to Sunday’s elections. In the previous weeks, multiple curfews had been declared in the city and in several towns in the region. On election day, all of the curfews had been lifted, although a continued heavy police and … Continue reading Turkey elections: AKP strategy pays off, Kurds continue to struggle

Analysis: Turkey at a crossroads prior to Sunday’s snap elections

ISTANBUL, Oct 27 2015 (IPS) – This Sunday, November 1, Turkey heads to the polls for the second time this year, to elect the 550 members of its Grand National Assembly. The snap elections were called for by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in late August when the different parties failed to form a coalition government after the June elections, in which the Justice and Development … Continue reading Analysis: Turkey at a crossroads prior to Sunday’s snap elections