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January 14, 2015

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers. 

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers.

Are we Confused?

December 5, 2013

Today, there is a sense of joy among the EU and Turkish politicians; a joy that is shared and reported enthusiastically by the mainstream Turkish and European media. The main headlines give the good news in big bold letters: "Visa free travel for Turkish citizens to EU countries!" But wait! There is a much smaller, almost invisible sub-heading underneath this joyfully breaking story: "Readmission Agreement to be signed between EU and Turkey on December 16". Horror hits you!

Today, there is a sense of joy among the EU and Turkish politicians; a joy that is shared and reported enthusiastically by the mainstream Turkish and European media.

The main headlines give the good news in big bold letters: ''Visa free travel for Turkish citizens to EU countries!''

November 27, 2013

Gezi protestors in Turkey were denounced by the Turkish government as 'terrorists', 'foreign agents trying to break the stability in the country', 'looters' etc.

Gezi protestors in Turkey were denounced by the Turkish government as 'terrorists', 'foreign agents trying to break the stability in the country', 'looters' etc.

September 10, 2013

[...] is the world’s largest fully integrated […]  and […]  exhibition that brings together the entire industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships, and generate new business opportunities.

Based in ExCeL, London every two years, the event provides unrivalled access to key markets across the globe.

Combining a high quality of exhibitors across the supply chain, networking opportunities and the ability to see new technologies first hand on the show floor, [...] provides an inspirational experience to nearly 30,000 visitors.

[...] is the world’s largest fully integrated […]  and […]  exhibition that brings together the entire industry to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relationships, and generate new business opportunities.
Based in ExCeL, London every two years, the event provides unrivalled access to key markets across the globe.

September 8, 2013

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

Antioch, the ancient land within Turkey's border that stretches out into Syria, is a place I went to many times. I fell in love with the place, its people and its complex and multi-cultural history. When you reach the seashore of Seleucia Pieria you are in all places at the same time, divided by modern borders: Syria, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea. The struggles of Antioch of the past are shining a light to the struggles in the region today...

August 5, 2013

Today, on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

NOT ENOUGH BUT YES!

Today on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

 

August 5, 2013

Today, on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

NOT ENOUGH BUT YES!

Today on 5th of August, the biggest and most significant court case - ERGENEKON - in Turkey, against illegal (obviously) military coup gang and counter-insurgency network, handed down huge sentences after a lengthy and complicated trial process.

 

June 26, 2013

Suddenly, a lot of things have happened in our lives, just as we were all getting ready for our hot Turkish summer lethargy.

The environmentalist agenda that emerged with the Gezi Park protests evolved into a much broader political struggle after the initial first few days of the protests. Police brutality and the dismissive political arrogance of the government, only served to anger many thousands and bring them out onto the streets. In the process, a lot of stereotypes were broken and a lot of clichés were proven to be totally wrong.

We will continue to discuss and politically analyse the events, but there are already a lot of lessons learned from this complex, multi-dimensional, full of contradictions, full of Byzantine games – struggle, that started almost a month ago. These were both practical and political lessons.

Suddenly, a lot of things have happened in our lives, just as we were all getting ready for our hot Turkish summer lethargy.

The environmentalist agenda that emerged with the Gezi Park protests evolved into a much broader political struggle after the initial first few days of the protests. Police brutality and the dismissive political arrogance of the government, only served to anger many thousands and bring them out onto the streets. In the process, a lot of stereotypes were broken and a lot of clichés were proven to be totally wrong.

October 9, 2012

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.

Last week Turkey's parliament authorised military action in Syria in response to Syria's deadly shelling of a Turkish town. Since then there have been more incidents of artillery exchanges and it has been widely reported that Turkey deployed additional tanks and missile defence systems to the Syrian border as artillery units responded to fire from Assad’s armed forces for a sixth day.    

September 6, 2012

Turkey is right in the middle of the situation in Syria. Not only because it is the only NATO member with a strong army bordering Syria but also politically and ideologically, especially because of the politics developing around the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

The refugee crisis in Turkey is growing and there are potential dangers ahead. It is estimated that there are now around 80,000 Syrian refugees in the camps in South-eastern border district of Hatay. Like many Irish, many Turks also express the sentiment of a “million welcomes”, but it looks like the nationalist left is not willing to offer this to the refugees in these camps.

Turkey is right in the middle of the situation in Syria. Not only because it is the only NATO member with a strong army bordering Syria but also politically and ideologically, especially because of the politics developing around the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey.

July 3, 2012

A few years ago, in Iran, a university student told me that "Each time the US and the West threatens Iran with military attacks, the regime tightens its grip on various social/political elements of life. They use the "being under attack" argument and call for national unity and support for the regime. There are various political elements challenging the government in Iran and the government uses every excuse to disable these, including the sentiment of unity of the nation under attack"

A few days after this conversation there were two news items in one of the Iranian TV channels. The first one was about Hilary Clinton’s statement on how US will "obliterate" Iran. The following item was a warning from the government. It issued a warning to the people about their relaxed dress code, and said that "non compliance" with the regimes dress code will not be tolerated". The news channel went on about the great state of Iran and the bad foreign influences on some people...

I think this little episode is very relevant to the current situation in Syria.

A few years ago, in Iran, a university student told me that "Each time the US and the West threatens Iran with military attacks, the regime tightens its grip on various social/political elements of life. They use the "being under attack" argument and call for national unity and support for the regime. There are various political elements challenging the government in Iran and the government uses every excuse to disable these, including the sentiment of unity of the nation under attack"

July 2, 2012

May 1st, always been a struggle in Turkey. People attending the gatherings, meetings or protests of any kind are always considered a problem in this country. May 1st, in its nature quite a humane celebration, has seen so tragic events... And in the recent years, would people be allowed to walk in May 1st has been discussed for weeks. People being sprayed pepper gas, being beaten by the police... Just for walking together... This year was a different one. Attendance was immense. Everyone was happy that a meeting of this scale  took place and people could make their cases and be heard. But some banks’ windows were broken by some protestors. This’s the story we all know. What happened afterwards... Well they were not a big media attraction and we are oblivious to them. How I found out was just a coincidence. Someone I know, a neighbour of mine, was a victim of the unbelievable events afterwards. So I started reading and asking.

June 29, 2012

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

The trial has started in April 2012. Chief of the General Staff General Kenan Evren and General Tahsin Şahinkaya are on trial in Ankara.

12th of September 2010 was the date of the referendum in Turkey for some limited but progressive constitutional changes. Some of the 27 changes to the Turkish constitution (a constitution that was forced upon people by the military junta of the 12 September 1980 coup d'état) enabled the civilian courts to put on trial the remaining 2 generals of the military junta. Turkey, for the first time, in its history of multiple military coup d'états, was going to hold accountable the military leaders for the brutal consequences of the coup.

May 31, 2012

Public Meeting: Abortion – As Turkey debates abortion, the struggle in Ireland and lessons learned

Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2012 | Time: 19:30 | Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Speakers:
Sinéad Kennedy, NUI Maynooth
Speaker from Prolife Campaign - TBC

Hosted by Turkish Irish Association

Public Meeting: Abortion – As Turkey debates abortion, the struggle in Ireland and lessons learned

Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2012 | Time: 19:30 | Venue: Cassidys Hotel, Dublin 1

Speakers:
Sinéad Kennedy, NUI Maynooth
Elizabeth Martin ,Prolife Campaign

Hosted by Turkish Irish Association

I recent days, the Turkish Prime Minister, at various conferences, and during public speeches has announced his objection to c-section and abortion. He has publicly said that “he sees abortion as a murder”.