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Controlling Student Houses
Erdogan Stirs Controversy on Women in University Housing Yavuz Baydar summarizes the public debate over Erdogan’s statements in regard to mixed-gender student houses.
Erdogan`s "Morality Police" Assume Duty Orhan Kemal Cengiz criticizes the government’s intention to prevent male and female students from sharing homes.
Kemalo-Islamism, the State and Private Life İhsan Yılmaz writes that “Turkish Islamists have acquired several characteristics of Kemalism, resulting in the emergence of Kemalo-Islamism.”
Social Engineering Having inherited all the instruments and methods of Kemalists, Bülent Keneş says, “our new social engineers are working hard to build the ideal society they have in mind.”
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Nicole Pope says “it is evident that the government has a selective approach to individual freedoms, constrained by its very patriarchal and religious outlook.”
Why Is He Doing This? Ahmet Hakan argues that “everybody is trying to explain the situation based on their own temperament, but none of this is true.”
Advanced Democracy Snapshots Yusuf Kanlı writes that controlling student houses or dictating families how many kids they should have “happens only in advanced democracies like of Mussolini, Hitler, and Erdoğan.”
We Should All be Ashamed Over This Commenting on the student houses debate, Semih İdiz says Erdoğan takes his hatred for Turkey’s progressive and educated youth a step further.
The Erdoğan Doctrine: I Am Conservative, So I Can Intervene Sedat Ergin points out that Erdoğan bases the legitimacy of his intervention directly to his conservative values.
When the Reference is Religion Mehveş Evin argues that Erdoğan’s discourse is progressively evolving from “conservative democrat” into “conservative.”
Continue Praying Taha Akyol points to “a law of politics: as the period of governance gets longer, the patience of the opposition and the tolerance of the government decrease.”
It’s More Than a Boy-Girl Story “As Turkey gets closer to local elections, it appears that religious and moral values are likely to be a major propaganda tool,” says Murat Yetkin.
Does AKP’s "Silent Revolution" Silence Women? Pınar Tremblay argues that the AKP’s “silent revolution” guarantees women’s rights as long as they do not clash with Islamic ideals.
In Turkey, from Headscarf to "Immorality" Ban Mustafa Akyol draws attention that “the headscarf, once a symbol of Turkey`s struggle for freedom, is now normalized, but other symbols appear in its stead.”
Turkish Hijab Activist Calls On State to Keep Out of Private Life An interview with Merve Kavakçı, a deputy hounded out of the parliament due to her headscarf, on Erdoğan’s recent statements.
Finally, Freedom for Headscarves “Thank God, four MPs in headscarves entered Parliament without causing tension as happened fourteen years ago when Merve Kavakçı did the same,” writes Nuray Mert.
Syrian Kurdish Front Divided as Geneva II Approaches Fehim Taştekin points out that Kurdish groups are divided over issues relating to the representation in Geneva II Syria conference.
Time Running Out for Turkey-PKK Peace Process Kadri Gürsel argues that the government’s stalling of required steps for peace and a political solution with the Kurds increases the likelihood of violence.
Does Washington Have a Policy Toward Syria’s Kurds? Çengiz Çandar claims that “the view from Washington about US policy toward Syria may be more confusing than it looks from Turkey.”
How did Turkish Media "Lynch" Kurdish Singer? Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya receives the Presidential Medal of Honor after his life was ruined by Turkish media fourteen years ago, writes Rasim Ozan Kütahyalı.
Syrian Kurdish Leader: Turkey May End Proxy War Amberin Zaman interviews Saleh Muslim, co-chairman of the PYD, who says that Turkey is ceasing its proxy war against his party.
Turkey Mostly Mum on Chemicals Seized on Syria Border Fehim Taştekin draws attention to the the chemical-seizure in the Turkey’s Syria border.
People’s Democracy Party
Turkey’s Militant Left Treads on "New" Roads The Turkish and Kurdish militant left looks for ways of waging political battles under a new banner, says Yasemin Çongar.
Muslim(ized) Armenians of Turkey
Another Taboo Finally Addressed: Muslim(ized) Armenians of Turkey A report on “Islamized (Islamicized) Armenians” conference held in Boğaziçi University, İstanbul.
Other Pertinent Pieces
Statement of Support to Middle East Technical University`s Resistance against the Government`s Unlawful Environmental Massacre on Their Campus Hundreds of academics declared their support to METU.
Controlling Student Houses
8 gazeteden 21 köşe yazarı kızlı erkekli öğrenci evlerini yazdı Twenty-one columnists from eight different newspapers comment on the government’s intention to control student houses.
Nostaljik bir sahne Murat Belge argues that “peer pressure” has turned into a “peer raid.”
"Otoriter muhafazakarlık" ve demokrasi Nuray Mert focuses on “‘authoritative conservatism’ and democracy.”
Tehlikeli ve kritik eşik: Özel alana müdahale… Ali Bayramoğlu argues that intervention in the private sphere is a critical and dangerous threshold.
#hanemedokunma: 3 kusurlu hareket! Eyüp Can explains Prime Minister Erdoğan’s “three wrongful acts.”
Toplum mühendisliğinde yeni safha Ruşen Çakır says preventing male and female students from sharing homes is a new phase of social engineering. He also gives an account of a new peer pressure: Mahalle => devlet => mahalle => devlet...
"Muhafazakâr demokrat" değil kaba "devletçi" (1)- (2) Çengis Çandar argues that Prime Minister Erdoğan is not a “conservative democrat” but rather a rough “statist.”
Devletin mahreme girmesi caiz midir? İhsan Dağı asks whether state’s intervening one’s confidential is licit or not.
45 soruda Tayyip Erdoğan ne yapıyor? Hasan Cemal explains what Erdoğan is trying to do in forty-five questions.
Muslim(ized) Armenians of Turkey
Ermeni Müslüman Cengiz Aktar writes on the Muslim(ized) Armenians of Turkey.
Jenosidin mütemmim cüzü olarak dinsel ve ulusal asimilasyon Ragıp Zarakolu comments on the same conferences underlying the extent of denial in regard to the Armenian genocide.
Ermeni kimliğinin Müslüman Ermenilerle imtihanı Robert Koptaş examines the Armenian identity through the the Muslim(ized) Armenians’ Conference.
"İslamiyet açısından Ermenilere yapılan şey bir soykırımdır" Mücahit Bilici says in Turkey what Armenians were exposed to is nothing but a genocide according to Islam.
Müslümanlaş(tırıl)mış Ermeniler Arsi Nalcı points out that the Muslim(ized) Armenians’ Conference is of the same importance as the conference held eight years ago.
Öfkemiz buna! (1) - (2) -(3) -(4) - (5) A comprehensive interview with Cemil Bayık, co-chair of KCK, on the future of the peace process, the state of Rojava, the alliance under the HDP, and the relationship with the KDP.
Other Pertinent Pieces
Yoga matı ve namaz seccadesi Nilüfer Göle comments on the debate over whether yoga is a licit action or not for Muslims in Turkey.
Varlık sebebimiz ve siyasi amacımız Yalçın Akdoğan, Erdoğan’s chief political advisor, explains the AKP’s reason for being and its political aims.
Teleolojik tarih okuması ve Türkiye’nin dış politikası Birol Başkan argues that Turkey’s foreign policy is reconfigured upon the theological understanding of history.
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