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AN INTERVIEW WITH PROF. HÜSAMETTIN ARSLAN ABOUT 15 JULY BY BENGÜL GÜNGÖRMEZ(22.03.2017)

An Interview with Prof. Hüsamettin Arslan About 15 July by Bengül Güngörmez

Bengül Güngörmez: On the night of July 15, 2016 Turkey witnessed outrageous incidents that will haunt people for years to come. A coup with a foreign reach was attempted, planned and conducted by FETÖ militants, and led by Fethullah Gülen. From the government to the opposition people from various segments of the society put up a great fight against the attempt. Some of them made history. We have martyrs and a great number of injured. Kids, women and elders were murdered by militants dressed in soldier uniforms. Our parliament was bombed the first time in its history. In a way, all the dropped bombs were dropped against the democracy. They bombarded our democracy. This cou...


TURKEY AS A COUNTRY OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: A CALL FOR A MAJOR REVISION IN TURKISH POLITICS(24.05.2016)

Turkey as A Country of Missed Opportunities: A Call For a Major Revision in Turkish Politics

As Prime Minister Prof. Davutoğlu once said, Turkey is a country of opportunities. We keep missing economic, political and historical opportunities one after the other. Even worse, we keep blaming “others,” mostly western powers for all the bad things happen to us where in fact we ourselves are the ones who share the bigger part of the responsibility. We are the ones who could not change the Constitution for 14 years, we ourselves neglected EU “homeworks,” democratic-political reforms, we are the ones who started repeating the same old mistakes the ancient Kemalist regime had done for decades, we kept dragging in completing the reforms to permanently solve the...


WHERE IS THE OPPOSITION TAKING TURKEY TO?(31.12.2013)

Where is the Opposition Taking Turkey to?

What Do Erdogan's Opponents Really Want?The rise of Islamic politics in Turkey can be described as a reaction to what has been seen as “cleansing Islam of political interference". In 1924, Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, abolished the office of the Muslim Caliphate and instituted secular civil law throughout Turkey. Islamic education was banned in favor of secular and Sufi lodges were shut down. Atatürk advocated the replacement of Arabic letters with Latin letters to cut the Turks from their Islamic identity. Any Attempts to bring back Islamic values into government have been met with resistance by the military since then.The radical modernization ...


REVISITING THE 30TH AUGUST AT THE LIGHT OF THE 15TH MAY(7.09.2013)

Revisiting the 30th August at the light of the 15th May

The commemorations of the victory on August 30 are widespread every year, but too few Turks know today that August 30 does not mean only a military success, but also a victory against the war crimes of the Greek army and its Armenian volunteers. Swiss journalist Noëlle Roger observed around 1930 that there was no plaque, and even no design to unveil a plaque, to mark the Greek atrocities.[1] Nevertheless, these atrocities started since the very first day of the Greek landing: May 15, 1919.Crimes from the beginningThe crimes were so obvious that Captain Rollin, head of the French Navy Intelligence service, sent, in addition to his regular reports, a spe...


THE GEZI PARK, THE MILITARY COUP IN EGYPT, AND LIBERAL ATTITUDE(5.09.2013)

The Gezi Park, the Military Coup in Egypt, and Liberal Attitude

On the totalitarian interpretation of democracy and on its way of practicing, there are different territorial practices and historical experiences. One of the cliché definitions of democracy is at the form of “Popular Sovereignty” that consists of the words of demos/people and kratia/rule. Barry Holden, in his book called “Understanding Liberal Democracy” that he questions the concept of democracy, expresses that only a small minority of the people in the ancient Athenians was included in the concept of “People.” Accordingly, foreigners, servants, and women were not included in the concept of people. People, as to Aristotle, are those who are not of the classe...


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