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MESA Memo on Impact of US Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

[The following memo was issued on 27 June 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Supreme Court's limited stay in the case that MESA has joined as plaintiff against the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] On Monday, June 26, 2017, the ...  Read More »

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the ...  Read More »

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Statement from Mashrou' Leila on Jordanian Government Banning of Their Show (Again)

[The following written statement and video was issued by the Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila on 13 June 2017 in response to news that the the Jordanian government had officially cancelled their 27 June 2017 show in Amman. This represents the second year in a row that this has happened, despite obtaining all ...  Read More »

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DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward (15 June 2017)

[DC Panel Discussion -- Fifty Years of Occupation: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30 – 12:00 pm. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036] The panel will include Tareq Baconi and Nur Arafeh, US and Palestine-based ...  Read More »

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Faculty and Border Patrol Searches

[The following announcement was issued by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on 7 June 2017 via email] In conjunction with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the AAUP is seeking information from any faculty members who have had their cell phones or other electronic ...  Read More »

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Call for Targeted Academic Boycott of Turkey

[This call was released by Academics for Peace on 7 June 2017. The statement is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kurdish (Sorani), Kurdish (Kurmanji), Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. For more ...  Read More »

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Call for Book Proposals to UC Press: New Directions in Palestine Studies at Brown University

Call for Book Proposals in Palestinian Studies New Directions in Palestinian Studies publishes innovative conceptual, archival, and ethnographic research projects that transcend the dominant Orientalist and nationalist paradigms and that connect the Palestinian experience to global histories and dynamics. WHAT WE'RE ...  Read More »

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Letter to Chancellor White and President Castro Regarding the Edward Said Professorship at the California State University

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 2 June 2017, in response to the abrupt cancellation of the search to fill the position of the Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies at the California State University at ...  Read More »

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Letter to the President and Prime Minister of Turkey in Response to the Infringement of Academic Freedoms

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association on 19 May 2017, in response to the memo released by the Turkish Council for Scientific and Technical Research on 17 March 2017.] Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım Office of the Prime ...  Read More »

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Sorry I Drowned | آسف لأني غرقت

[The following video and introduction were co-produced by Studio Kawakeb and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)] The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Unconstitutional Ruling in MESA Lawsuit against Trump Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 25 May 2017] For Immediate Release May 25, 2017 Contact: Geoffrey Knox 917-414-1749 gknox@geoffreyknox.com Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Muslim Ban Unconstitutional RICHMOND, VA. — In a 10-3 ruling, a federal appeals ...  Read More »

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London Event -- Violent Order: Extinguishing Palestinian Resistance, Expanding Israel’s Use of Force

School of Politics and International Relations Friday, 26 May 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST) London, England Only those with tickets can attend. You will be asked to present your ticket and photo ID at the registration desk Doors close at 18:00, strictly no admittance after this time  Since November 2000 ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2017): Activism

Middle East Report No. 281 (Spring 2017) ACTIVISM Many commentators declare that the Arab uprisings of 2011 have ended. But in the eyes of many activists in the region, the uprisings are not over, even if the multitudes have retreated from central squares as the regimes re-entrench. Indeed, the throngs that ...  Read More »

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Beirut Event: Heritage Watch Day for Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche (18-21 May)

Heritage Watch Day:  Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche  By Save Beirut Heritage & The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche 18-21 May 2017 Beirut, Lebanon Beirut has two of 50 selected sites worldwide listed on the 2016 World Monument Watch List. By listing Beirut’s Dalieh of ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice (Beirut, 7 June 2017)

Call for Applicants "The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice" Social Justice and The City Program Issam Fares Institute American University of Beirut Does your research bring up issues of social or spatial (in)justice? Does it invoke social issues such as unemployment, mobility problems, unaffordable ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants -- The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education & Transnational Movement Building

The Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) Calls on Palestinian/Arab Youth to apply to participate in: The 2nd Palestinian/Arab Youth Summer School 2017: Political Education and Transnational Movement Building The Summer School will be held from July 22th to July 30th, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The summer school ...  Read More »

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES) at Brown University

Middle East Studies at Brown University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies (MES). The position is open to all disciplines, with a preference for the social sciences such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology. This is a two-year position. We especially ...  Read More »

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (May 2017)

[The following report summary was published by the International Organization for Migration on 14 May 2017. For the full report, click here.] The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), co-led by IOM and UNHCR is a Technical Working Group of the Yemen Protection Cluster. The TFPM implements an ...  Read More »

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Call for Submissions: The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) 2017 Book Award

2017 INAUGURAL AGAPS BOOK AWARD The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites nominations for its inaugural 2017 Book Award. Nominations can be made either by the publisher or the author. The criteria for nominated books are as follows: Books must be non-fiction scholarly ...  Read More »

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The Muslim Ban and MESA

Last year we watched as the condition of academic freedom eroded in Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, and elsewhere in the Middle East. The situation for scholars in Turkey, in particular, has reached a low that none of us could have imagined, with hundreds of those who signed the peace petition protesting the government’s actions ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers -- Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel

Trinity College Dublin 12 September 2017 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other ...  Read More »

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Multi-Campus Event: Three UC Schools Observe the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War (28 April)

June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political ...  Read More »

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GCHR Report: Oman - Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 24 April 2017.] Oman: Internal Security Service Continues Systematic Targeting of Human Rights Defenders and Internet Activists According to reports from Oman, the Internal Security Service (ISS) has arrested both human rights ...  Read More »

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya ...  Read More »

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GCHR Report: Saudi Arabia - Human Rights Defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi Calls On The International Community To Protect Him

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 23 April 2017.] Saudi human rights defender Mohammed Abdullah Al-Otaibi has called for international support after being forced to leave Saudi Arabia for Qatar. He said, "I call on the international community to protect me ...  Read More »

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Spring 2017 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

Arab Studies Journal Volume XXV, no. 1 (Spring 2017) EDITOR'S NOTE Since the November 2016 elections, the dying gasps of US exceptionalism has meant the intensification of attacks on the lives and movement of people from the Arab world. The travel ban constitutes a US policy to sanction the very people that ...  Read More »

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Visualizing Campus Collective Action for Palestine Solidarity

As a thirteenth year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) draws to a close across campuses in over two hundred cities around the world, Visualizing Palestine shares two new data visualizations on the impact of campus activism. Timeline of North American Campus Divestments, Then and Now In 1959, the African National ...  Read More »

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% ...  Read More »

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Political Economy Project Book Prize Competition: Call For Books Published in 2016

2017 BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must ...  Read More »

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Suppressing Dissent and Sustaining Impunity: Torture in Bahrain 2015-2016

[The following report summary was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 April 2017. For the full report, click here.] In light of Bahrain’s upcoming review by the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has produced a shadow report demonstrating Bahrain’s ...  Read More »

About Turkey Page

Jadaliyya’s Turkey Page features exclusive and in-depth coverage by contributors on the ground in Turkey as well as outside observers, from a wide range of perspectives. We aim to enrich the coverage of Turkey throughout the English-language media, to generate new critical conversations, and to translate work being published in Turkish for an English-language audience. We welcome submissions in both English and Turkish. If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to Turkey@Jadaliyya.com or click below:


 

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Population: 75,627,384
Government: Republican parliamentary democracy
Year of independence: 1923
GDP: $795 billion (nominal); $1.306 trillion (purchasing power parity)
Unemployment: 9.2%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 25.3%
Internet Users: 45.7% (37.455) million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 1.8 Turkish lira per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 5.2% 
Military Expenditures: 2.4% of GDP (World Rank: 15)
Health Expenditures: 6.74% of GDP (World Rank: 88)
Population Growth Rate: 1.2% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 24.5%; 15-64 years: 67.8%; 65 years and over: 7.7%
Literacy: 87% (Male: 95%; Female: 80%)
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 80-85%; Alevi Muslim 15-20%; Christian (various denominations) 0.13%; Jewish 0.03%
Ethnic Demographics: Turks 80%, Kurds 18%, Arabs 1.4%, Armenians 0.1%, and other (Assyrian, Greek Orthodox, Georgian, Circassian) 0.5%
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, Zaza, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Albanian, Neo-Aramaic Laz, Ladino
Area: 301,159 square miles
 

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