The European Elections and Social Democracy

The European Elections and Social Democracy

May 2014

Each month, 700 deputies travel from Brussels to Strasbourg. 8 trucks filled with files are carried all the way from Brussels to Strasbourg. This burocratic irrationality is caused by the attitude of France. Though we are facing a parliament who even has difficulties to decide where to meet, the European deputies claim to have improved their impact and force in...

Sources of Authoritarianism in Turkey

Sources of Authoritarianism in Turkey

May 2014

The idea that democracy is essential for progress and that unhindered declarations of the preferences of the hoi polloi must replace those of authoritarian administrators has been supported by a great number of thinkers. Of these, Francis Galton’s experiment is one of the most convincing. Betting at the farmers’ fair In the year 1906, Francis Galton,...

An Authoritarian Approach: The Case Of The AKP

An Authoritarian Approach: The Case Of The AKP

May 2014

  Taking the previous right-leaning parties as their model, the AKP takes more steps toward authoritarianism than its predecessors.       Turkey is among the world’s young democratic countries and that democracy brings with it the election system. Voters perceive they hold the power because they are able to determine major government bodies, such...

“Woman Without a Name”

“Woman Without a Name”

May 2014

Although the women of Turkey had obtained various rights long before many European countries had, a reverse process began in the aftermath thereof. Duygu Asena,a famous Turkish female writer who made significant contributions regarding the development of women’s movement in Turkey, had summarized the position of women in Turkey quite well with the name of her...

Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Pitfalls For The Peace Talks

Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Pitfalls For The Peace Talks

May 2014

Turkey’s chronic “Kurdish problem” has always been a central issue in both the republic’s domestic and foreign policy since its very foundation. However, the armed opposition of Kurdish ethno-nationalism has become one of the biggest challenges to the Turkish state and democracy in only the last two or three decades following the emergence of the PKK....

Is “Tolerance” the Straight Path for Cultural Diversity?

Is “Tolerance” the Straight Path for Cultural Diversity?

December 2012

In the new world establihment, the mantras of cultural diversity would be tolerance and dialogue.

Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Jewish Americans and Their Socio-Economical Comparison

Turkish, Greek, Armenian  and Jewish Americans  and Their Socio-Economical Comparison

October 2012

Defined as the "land of immigration", the theme of immigrants in the US is understood differently.

The Future of Women in Turkey: What Are the Prospects?

The Future of Women in Turkey: What Are the  Prospects?

October 2012

Turkey's modernization is confronted with the need for a rejuvenated perspective, but the current government displays a gender-biased perspective.

Abortion and Cesarean Sections: Acts of Crime?

Abortion and Cesarean Sections: Acts of Crime?

July 2012

The prime minister's statements on abortion and Cesarean sections show that AKP is striving to create a presidential system, in which the President would be omnipotent.

Silenced Bird of Youth

Silenced Bird of Youth

April 2012

As jailed Turkish journalists steal the international limelight, basic liberties of Turkey's youth face an invisible attack of governmental restraints.

Polarization and Democratization in Turkey

Polarization and Democratization in Turkey

April 2012

Turkey goes through a new cycle of polarization threatening the social equilibrium.

Gender Based Violence: A Present to Women of Turkey

Gender Based Violence: A Present to Women of Turkey

April 2012

Hindered by AKP's lack of determination, violence against women in Turkey takes a turn for the worse.

Beyoğlu: Killing Her Softly…

Beyoğlu: Killing Her Softly…

April 2012

The future of Istanbul's Soho is under threat. The municipal ban on outdoor tables and chairs raises many questions and rightful concerns.

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