Monthly Archives: April 2014

Turkey’s Erdoğan and Thailand’s Pattani

The exploitation of politically sensitive issues, such as the plight of Muslims abroad, for domestic political consumption rather than displaying a genuine effort and sound diplomatic outreach to help contribute to resolving their problems with the consent and cooperation of … Continue reading

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Law of the jungle in Turkey

Failure to execute court judgments when it does not serve the interests of the political authorities, a lackluster performance in the effective implementation of judges’ orders and foot-dragging in their enforcement have now become hallmarks of the ruling Justice and … Continue reading

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Hate crimes get worse in Turkey

Despite the fact that Turkey has recently adopted legislation against hate crimes, Turkey’s divisive Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not stopped his attacks with verbal expressions of intolerance and hatred directed at the judiciary, opposition parties, the media, business … Continue reading

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Erdoğan hampers girls’ education

Adalet Binici, a 14-year-old Kurdish girl in eighth grade, became the champion in last year’s Level Determination Examination (SBS), a high school placement test administered by the Turkish government to over a million students nationwide, thanks to the supplementary education … Continue reading

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Fostering ties between Turkey and Bangladesh

DHAKA – Looking beyond the loud noise generated by domestic political debates and never-ending wrangling between the dominant ruling parties and beleaguered oppositions amid allegations of corruption and rights violations in two predominantly Muslim countries, Turkey and Bangladesh, one cannot … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s war against arts and culture in Turkey

As the authoritarian tendencies of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government under the divisive political leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan become more visible, with fresh evidence of intolerance over the right to dissent revealed practically every day, the … Continue reading

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Right to dissent in Turkey

No doubt that the right to dissent and differ is far from treasonous, and is actually more patriotic than just going along with everything else the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government in Turkey stands for. The primary reason why members of … Continue reading

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