The sentencing of popular Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu to 2 years and 7 months in prison with a lifetime ban from public office on suspicion of insulting the judges of the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) has reinvigorated the opposition and provided their leaders with an opportunity to cement their base.
- The 100,000-strong Turkish minority of Thrace is proudly attached to its roots – and equally cautious at Ankara’s religious-conservative drift.
- A recent webinar held for the launch of the Transatlantic Platform for Democracy in Turkey sheds light on the case that has fuelled new diplomatic tension between Turkey and Western countries.
- Turkey’s regime is trying to exploit the return of the Taliban in Kabul to reassert its regional power. But Erdoğan will be moving on a slippery ground.
- Turkey’s highest Court is to review a request to close down the leftist, pro-Kurdish party. Yet for the ruling AKP and its strongman, the political move could well backfire.
- The new US administration may well change its approach to Turkey, yet Erdoğan’s regime is unlikely to significantly review the foundations of its self-assigned macro-regional role— that of a revisionist player, ready to embark on a number of political and military adventures to assert its power and “right the wrongs of colonialism”. Yet someone, at some point, will call the bluff. So claims historian Kerem Öktem, a leading scholar on contemporary Turkish history and politics, in this talk with Reset DOC discussing AKP’s foreign policy in the age of Biden.
- France, and what it represents, appears in many respects to be a priority target for political Islam in general, and for its extremist avatars in particular. This not a coincidence, since France embodies a singular conception of freedom of expression inherent to laïcité, which it has historically elevated to the rank of a cardinal republican value. “France is an indivisible, laïque, democratic and social Republic. It ensures the equality before the law of all citizens without distinction of origin, race or religion. It respects all beliefs.” It is precisely this respect for all religious beliefs that has been called into question and manipulated for largely political purposes by neo-Ottoman Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid the controversy generated by the republication, on September 2, 2020, of the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper.
- Though beloved by Sufis and sultans, Üsküdar was not spared the ground-shaking reforms of the 19th and 20th centuries. In the second half of our history, we look at how Istanbul’s ‘holy land’ has fared in its two-century tryst with modernity.
- Turkish intellectual Cengiz Aktar speaks to ResetDOC in the wake of Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque by Erdogan’s government