• Issue of press freedom causes loss of altitude

    In three different meetings in Washington last week, three different statements agreed on the same diagnosis: Problems experienced in press freedom are taking the democracy in Turkey backward… 1) The U.S. former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in her conference at The Brookings

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  • Will the ‘Alo Fatih’ hotline work in the EU?

    When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Brussels recently for the first time in five years, he held a joint press conference with Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, and Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. Despite Erdoğan's best

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  • Towards despotism and evaporation of the public sphere

    Jürgen Habermas is the most prominent theoretician to contribute to discussions of the concept of public sphere. He says the public domain is an area of social life between the private life of the individual and the state where something close to public opinion can emerge. In the Habermasian

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  • Totalitarian siege

    ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ Let me write down some of the recent developments in Turkey: * A parliamentary commission which was established to investigate corruption allegations leveled at ex-ministers cannot hold sessions because members of the ruling party do not attend meetings. On top of that, the

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  • Bolu Municipality seals Hizmet-affiliated schools

    The Bolu Municipality sealed  two schools belonging to businessmen affiliated with the faith-based Hizmet movement on Friday. The municipality hung a sign in front of the sealed schools claiming that the buildings are not licensed and that the buildings did not follow municipality approved plans.

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  • Prep school students dominate LYS university entrance exam

    Students at prep schools (dershanes) -- privately owned university preparatory institutions that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is seeking to close down -- dominated the Undergraduate Placement Examination (LYS) university admission exam whose results were announced on

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