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ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ

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Diyanet continues anti-secularism fight under new management

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

The head of Turkey’s top official religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has recently been changed by the government, but it seems that the change has not had any effect on the institution’s anti-secularism stance.

Comment(s) 9/21/2017

Do not believe in evolution, or the screwdriver

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

The debate over the exclusion of the theory of evolution from the curriculum in Turkey has now reached a new level, thanks to a man heading the board in charge of overseeing and approving all textbooks and educational materials used in Turkish schools.

Comment(s) 9/14/2017

Will ‘no’ campaign lead to a new center-right party?

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

Turkish society is divided right down the middle as the country heads to a referendum on April 16 to decide on whether to replace the current parliamentary system with one with an executive presidency. According to the latest polls, half of the voters are on the “yes” front, while the other half is firmly “no,” with tensions between the two camps rising every day

Comment(s) 3/30/2017

Justice minister praises Turkey’s one-party rule era

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

Consistency in political arguments has not been a virtue of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) politics.

Comment(s) 1/12/2017

A fair referendum under state of emergency

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

When the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the government came up with the idea of a swift constitutional change to give more power (or all the power) to the president in the wake of the July 15 failed coup, they talked about the problems of holding a referendum under a state of emergency and said that it would not be an option.

Comment(s) 12/29/2016

They have not been jailed for journalistic work

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

“They have not been jailed for journalistic work.” This phrase has been the defense of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling AKP whenever Turkey is criticized for the high number of journalists who have been detained, arrested or convicted in the country

Comment(s) 8/4/2016

A Turkish call to massacre LGBT community

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

At a time when the world is mourning the massacre of 49 people at a gay night club in Orlando, a new massacre is being brewed by Islamists and a far-right nationalist group in Istanbul

Comment(s) 6/16/2016

Why do Germans, crusaders and Zoroastrians unite against Turkey?

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

As Turkey continues to struggle under a wave of terror attacks by different groups, the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are resorting to threatening and xenophobic rhetoric at a time when they need local and international allies

Comment(s) 6/9/2016

Abusing Turkey’s children sexually and mentally

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

Stories of the sexual abuse of minors have been pouring in for the last couple of weeks

Comment(s) 3/31/2016

Turkey needs more democracy against terror, not oppression

ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ writes:

When then-U.S. President George W. Bush made his famous “you are either with us or the terrorist” speech in the U.S. Congress on Sept. 20, 2001, nine days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many people voiced concerns about the consequences of such a policy

Comment(s) 3/17/2016

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