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Letter Concerning Attacks Against Faculty Who Did Not Support Re-election of the University Rector in Turkey

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 8 May 2013 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle ...  Read More »

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The Process in Turkey

In early 2013, a critical process is unfolding regarding the solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey. The success of this process—that is, the protection of Kurdish people's collective rights through the making of constitutional and legal amendments—is fundamental to ending the war which has been waged for thirty ...  Read More »

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Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 April 2013.] Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey Executive Summary Turkey has struggled to find the right response to the Syrian civil war, which has brought shellfire, bombs, militias, refugees, sectarian tensions, ...  Read More »

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The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives

[The following status update on the new Ottoman Archive Center in Kağıthane was written by Patrick Adamiak, Jeffery Dyer, and Michael Christopher Low.] For generations, historians of the Ottoman Empire and its former territories in the Balkans and the Arab Middle East participated in a rite of passage linking them ...  Read More »

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Turkey: Decriminalize Dissent

[The following report was issued by Amnesty International in March 2013.]  Decriminalize Dissent: Time to Deliver on the Right to Freedom of Expression Introduction Freedom of expression is under attack in Turkey. Hundreds of abusive criminal prosecutions are brought every year against political ...  Read More »

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The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Israeli Relations: An Interview with Professor Cihan Tugal

In his Nowruz message on 21 March, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, declared a ceasefire and called on armed militants to withdraw from Turkish territory. He said, “Today we are waking up to a new Middle East, a new Turkey, and a new future” and added, “The Middle East and ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood (9 May, Istanbul)

Reporting Energy and Finance in Europe's Neighborhood 9 May 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Istanbul, Turkey     Organised by Bankwatch Network, this workshop aims to familiarise reporters from European Neighbourhood countries with issues related to reporting energy and energy markets, particularly with a ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Amr Adly, State Reform and Development in the Middle East: Turkey and Egypt in the Post-Liberalization Era

Amr Adly, State Reform and Development in the Middle East: Turkey and Egypt in the Post-Liberalization Era. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Amr Adly (AA): The book is based on my PhD dissertation that I completed in September 2010 at the European University ...  Read More »

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روايات موسيقية من اسطنبول

[تنشر هذه المقالة ضمن إتفاقية شراكة وتعاون بين "جدلية" و"معازف" ] Politiki Mousiki* روايات موسيقية من اسطنبول "ya khabibi ya lelelli" آخر الأخبار الفنية الواردة عن فرق النفخ البلقانية تؤكد أن “الفتاة المصرية” (“مصرلو” بالتركية) ما زالت تحافظ على شعبيتها الأكيدة وحضورها الراسخ في ...  Read More »

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Turkish Progressive Lawyers Association Statement on Lawyers' Arrests

[The following statement was issued by the Progressive Lawyers Association of Turkey on 18 January 2013.] Police terrorism against defense lawyers continues. Lawyers are being taken under custody and searches are carried out in their offices and houses as well as two offices of Progressive Lawyers’ ...  Read More »

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Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 24 January 2013 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık 06573 Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle ...  Read More »

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Qatar Leaks: The Business of Foreign Policy

[This report has been placed on hold until further corroboration emerges]  Read More »

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Statement In Memory of Three Kurdish Activists Killed in Paris

[The following statement was issued by the EU Turkey Civic Commission on 9 January 2013.] In Memory of Our Friends: Sakine Canziz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Söylemez It was with shock and grief we received the horrible news about the deaths of our dear friends who were massacred in Paris today in the most grotesque ...  Read More »

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European Lawyers Protest Against Ongoing Arrests in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights on 20 December 2012.] ELDH is gravely concerned about the ongoing wave of arrests in Turkey. Some 8.000 politicians, trade-unionists, journalists, artists, students, human rights activists as well as ...  Read More »

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Turkey's Kurdish Impasse

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 30 November 2012.] Turkey's Kurdish Impasse: The View from Diyarbakır Executive Summary As Turkey’s biggest Kurdish-majority city and province, Diyarbakır is critical to any examination of the country’s Kurdish problem and of the insurgent PKK ...  Read More »

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NEWTON Author Nergis Ertürk Receives MLA First Book Prize

We are very happy to report that Nergis Ertürk, whose book Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey was featured in New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) in 2012, is the recipient of the Nineteenth Annual Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book. She will receive the award, together with the other winners of 2012 ...  Read More »

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Letter Concerning Prolonged Denial of Justice for Pinar Selek

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan: I write on behalf of the Middle East ...  Read More »

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Letter Concerning Allegations of Turkish Universities' Censorship of Subjects

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) concerning censorship several Turkish universitiess.] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime Minister Başbakanlık Ankara, Turkey Dear Prime ...  Read More »

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Letter Concerning Ongoing Pattern of Arrests of Turkish Academics Researching Kurdish Issues

[The following letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) concerning arrests and detentions of academics and researchers working on Kurdish issues.] 12 December 2012 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Office of the Prime ...  Read More »

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 2)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.    -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback” ...  Read More »

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Turkish Academics' Statement of Solidarity with Kurdish Detainees on Hunger Strike

[The following statement was issued by the below-listed Turkish academics in support of the demands and rights of the Kurdish hunger strikers protesting their detention.] To the Press and the Public: We, the academics listed below, would like to declare that we will include the Kurdish problem and the demands of the ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Kurdish Hunger Strikers in Turkey

[The following letter is being circulated as of 3 November 2012 with respect to Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey.] To Your Attention: Academicians from different disciplines and universities in Turkey have started a new campaign in the face of the hunger strike of 683 Kurdish detainees in Turkish ...  Read More »

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Trial of Israeli Attack on Freedom Flotilla Begins on November 6

[The following article was issued by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation on 1 November 2012.]  The first hearing of the trial concerning an Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla and Mavi Marmara ship will be held at an İstanbul court on Nov.6. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which is one of the ...  Read More »

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HRW Calls on Turkey and Iraq to Open Borders to Syrian Refugees

[The following statement was issued by Human Rights Watch on 14 October 2012.]  The Iraqi and Turkish authorities should immediately re-open border crossings where more than 10,000 Syrians have been stranded for weeks and allow all those wishing to seek asylum to cross without delay, Human Rights Watch said ...  Read More »

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Turkish Fragments

Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence. Translated by Maureen Freely. New York: Knopf, 2009. Nurdan Gürbilek, The New Cultural Climate in Turkey: Living in a Shop Window. Translated by Victoria Holbrook. London: Zed Books, 2011. The year 2009 brought us an English translation of the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret and Eric Denis, editors. Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa (MA), Baudouin ...  Read More »

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September Culture

Jadaliyya's September culture bouquet is out with sumptuous fiction and art from Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt: * Shadow Sites: Recent Works by Jannane al-Ani by Maymanah Farhat * An Excerpt from Salam Ibrahim's "The Attic" translated by Ghada Mourad * An Excerpt from Bilge Karasu's "A Long day's ...  Read More »

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Call for Participants -- Mideast Wire's The Exchange: City-Focused Conferences in Beirut, Tunis, & Turkey

The Exchange is an effort by Mideastwire.com and its partners to promote understanding and academic enrichment through a variety of city-focused conferences in and around the Middle East. During their stay, typically lasting from one to two weeks, students and professionals from around the world engage directly ...  Read More »

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An Excerpt from Bilge Karasu's "A Long Day's Evening"

[Bilge Karasu (1930-1995) was born in Istanbul. Often referred to as "the sage of Turkish literature," during his lifetime he published collections of stories, novels, and two books of essay. Karasu is an influential reference point in the progress of Turkish fiction writing. A perfectionist, a philosopher, ...  Read More »

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 September)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com ...  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:


 

Turkey Map and Stats

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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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