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DEMILITARIZATION OF THE GENDARMERIE: AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING RID OF THE TUTELAGE(15.01.2015)

Demilitarization of the Gendarmerie: An Important Step in the Process of Getting Rid of the Tutelage

Today an important issue is discussed in the Parliament’s agenda in the context of the Internal Security Bill: Connecting the Gendarmerie to the Ministry of Interior. I think that this is an important step in the process of getting rid of the military tutelage. I congratulate our government and those who contributed.Turkey is a country where has been very exposed to the military tutelage. We lived a serial of modern and postmodern coups, memorandums, and coup attempts beginning from 1960 to 2007 as the last act. These were the processes that each democracy was interrupted, thousands of innocent people were exposed to tortures and unlawful proceedings, destroyed families, ...


IT IS TIME TO LOOK INTO THE MIRROR(13.01.2015)

It is Time to Look into The Mirror

The horrific terrorist attack in Paris in which 12 innocent people were massacred in the hands of two Muslims affiliated with Al-Qaieda in Yeman is symptom of a much larger problem that is being overlooked by almost everyone. No! It is not the usual "much larger problem" that we keep hearing about. No! It is not Israel. No! It is not the plight of the poor Palestinians.  No! It is not about American imperialism. And No! It is not the so-called Islamophobia of the west that drives Muslims in Europe into radicalism. What is it then, you may ask? Well the larger problem is with “us” the Muslims and our holy book.What is wrong with us Muslims and our holy book? Well to be honest a whole...


FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, OR IS IT?(10.01.2015)

Freedom of Expression, or Is It?

As a foreigner staying in France since five years, it is for the first time I see France grieving in the tragedy of the terror attack. As an Indian, I have witnessed the repercussions of terror attacks in Mumbai and I can imagine the pain felt by the citizens of the nation. In this vein of thought, the article is an attempt to explore the nexus of religion, geo-politics, spirituality and international affairs from my experience in India and France.Liberty and ResponsibilityLast year there was a book released in India which was condemned by Hindus, at the same time there were liberals who said that withdrawing the book amounts to the violation of their basic right of t...


FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE (10.01.2015)

Focus on the Big Picture

Killing of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published controversial caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, with no doubt will remain the course our conversation for years to come. For some, it is the September 11 of France and for others it is the precursor of the new wave of islamophobia and exnophia in Europe. How then can we read this event if the arguments of the two sides are so polarized? So, is it an individual terror incident or a criminal case, or it is a part of a broader picture of the years-old west and the rest discourse? Which face of the discussion is more urgent to address, right to freedom of speech or responsibility that comes w...


THE CAUCASUS AFTER UKRAINE(7.01.2015)

The Caucasus After Ukraine

A look around the Caucasus shows that the various constituent countries have drawn vastly different lessons from the crisis in Ukraine.The crisis in Ukraine seized the world’s attention for the better part of 2014, and it may be just the beginning of a broader trend in confrontation and competition between Russia and the West across Russia’s periphery.Within the territory of Ukraine itself, the conflict has some risk of spreading. Ukraine has a 405 km-long border in its southeast with an internationally unrecognized pro-Russian breakaway region of Transnistria, which is locked in a “frozen conflict” with the government of Moldova. Before the current crisis in Ukraine blew up,...


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