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Between 'Sultanism' and Liberal Democracy: The Peculiarities of a Failed Coup in Turkey

The dominant mainstream Western media narrative regarding the failed military coup in Turkey revolves around the theme of a democratically-elected leader going mad and suddenly becoming an autocrat. It reminds one of the good old themes of “sultanism” or “oriental despotism.” Of course, the massive purges that are ...  Read More »

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Media On Media Roundup (July)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on media and communication in the Middle East and North Africa and reflects a wide variety of opinions.] The month of July has seen a great deal of media-related discussion. News of the ​coup attempt in Turkey and its fallout, the ...  Read More »

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Media on Media Roundup (July 28)

This week's "Media on Media Roundup" features an array of articles ranging from discussion of the aftermath of the attempted military coup in Turkey and hostility towards the LGBTQ community in Israel to how the Middle East is reacting to Pokemon GO. One of the earliest consequences of the coup was the ...  Read More »

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The ‘Pelican Brief,’ the ‘Coup’, and the Matter of Parliamentary Immunity: The End of the End of Turkish Democracy

Recent Turkish parliamentary scandals—the "resignation" of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the appointment of Binali Yıldırım, and the question of legal immunity for serving MPs—might seem rather inconsequential in the context of the violence, corruption, and increasingly brazen anti-democratic measures ...  Read More »

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With Blood They Consecrate a New Order: Erdogan’s ‘Revolution’

On the evening of 15 July 2016, in the midst of the attempted coup d’etat, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan landed in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport after flying in from the holiday resort of Marmaris. His flight across the country may well have been a tense one as the Associated Press (AP) reported that his jet ...  Read More »

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In Turkey: A Question of Emergency

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” Vladimir Lenin once said. Turkey is going through some of those weeks. Given the failed coup d’état on 15 July 2016, and the state of emergency declared on 20 July, not much is how it appears. What may eventually become clear is that ...  Read More »

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Statement by Middle East Studies Association and Other Academic Organizations Concerning Turkey

[The following statement was issued by the below-listed organizations. Organizations wishing to be included as signatories on the above statement should contact Amy Newhall at amy@mesana.org] July 21, 2016 The Middle East Studies Association, American Anthropological Association, Executive Committee of the ...  Read More »

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On Turkey's Coup and Counter-Coup: An Interview with Osman Sahin

On Friday, the whole world was abuzz about what was happening in Turkey and whether there was a coup underway. A few short hours later, President Erdogan, ironically using the same methods he had denounced for years when used against him, beseeched his supporters to “Go to the streets and give them your ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (July 6)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 28)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 22)

  [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of ...  Read More »

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أهلاً بكم في ليسبوس

  أرى الشاب من الليلة الماضية، يجلس لوحده، يدخّن، ويبحلق في البحر الأسود الممتد أمامه. هاتفه مُطْفأ في يده. بجانبه أكثر من عشرة شباب ينامون تحت بطانيّات رمادية. وعلاماتها الكبيرة التي تشير إلى المفوضية العليا لشؤون اللاجئين في الأمم المتحدة ترفرف في الريح. «هل أنت بخير؟» «نعم، الحمد لله. وأنت؟» «جيّد. هل ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Fatma Muge Gocek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

Fatma Müge Göçek, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Fatma Müge Göçek (FMG): I wrote this book to understand why my country of ...  Read More »

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Pro-AKP Media Figures Continue to Target Academics for Peace

On 22 March 2016, Yıldıray Oğur, a pro-government media figure, wrote a column targeting the Academics for Peace, Bosphorus/Boğaziçi University, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and Jadaliyya, among others.  The piece problematically conflates terrorism with Academics for Peace, and blatantly ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 26)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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A Belgian Bombing in Istanbul: How Small States Manage Terrorist Moments

A century and a decade ago, an Istanbul court sentenced a Belgian named Edouard Joris to death for his part in a bomb attack on the Ottoman sultan. Joris was involved with two of the terrorisms of the turn of the century: anarchism and Armenian nationalism. The young man had moved from Antwerp to Istanbul in 1901. He ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 29)

English Violence in Turkey Bosporus 'Bulls' Defy Terrorist Threat Kerim Karakaya reports that investors remain positive about Turkey as an investment prospect, having factored the country’s instability into their calculations over the course of 2015. The Wrong Mindset to Fight Terrorism Yasin Aktay, member of ...  Read More »

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Urgent Call for Solidarity with Academics in Turkey (Letter to the US Department of State)

[This letter was written by a group of US-based scholars and educators and was released on 22 March 2016.] Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights US Department of State Email: tmalinowski@state.gov Dear Mr. Malinowski: We are a group of US-based scholars and educators who have grown deeply ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Kishwar Rizvi, The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East

Kishwar Rizvi, The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kishwar Rizvi (KR): The idea for this book emerged through my research travels in Europe and the Middle East, where I ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 22)

English Bombings in Ankara and Istanbul Reporting on March 13 Ankara bombing from Reuters, and The Economist PKK Taking a Page From DAESH’s Playbook The Daily Sabah editorial board accuses the HDP leadership of “radicalizing” Kurdish youth and calls on the intelligence services to take “necessary measures” to ...  Read More »

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Entertainment and Consumption: The Impending Destruction of the Armenian Memorial Trchnotz Puyn

I attended Armenian grade school in the suburbs of Philadelphia until I was thirteen years old. As we grew older, the extent of Armenian language classes within the curricula decreased, and by seventh and eighth grade it had been relegated to the realm of the “cultural.” We still had Armenian language and history ...  Read More »

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“Cleaning out the Ghettos” - Urban Governance and the Remaking of Kurdistan

Over the last couple of weeks, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and the ruling AKP government have started to lay out the details of the government’s master plan for urban renewal in Turkey’s conflict-ridden Kurdish region in Southeast Anatolia. Though the government announced on 9 March that military operations in Sur ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 15)

English Crackdown on Journalism After Seizing Zaman Newspaper, What's Next for Turkey? Mustafa Akyol argues that all of Turkish media, not just a few newspapers like Zaman, is under threat by the current regime in Turkey. Tightening The Grip: Turkey's Media Takeover Al Jazeera’s “The Listening Post” examines the ...  Read More »

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On a Day of a March…

“In his eyes was the sorrow of an Arab horse that has lost the race.” Yaşar Kemal On a day of a March… The three of us are sitting in a hotel garden right above a park. A jovial giant, a cheerful exile, a lucky me... Beneath a sky full of birds… The wind is blowing like a forgotten whisper; the smell ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 9)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Humanism and Its Others

Who could possibly be against humanism? Wouldn’t this be tantamount to being against humanity—that is, being against oneself? This all depends, of course, on whether you have had the chance to count among those who are considered to be “human” in the first place—or, to put it in the terms of contemporary protests in ...  Read More »

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Sevan Nisanyan icin izan talep ediyoruz! / The Sevan Nisanyan Question

Sevan Nişanyan için izan talep ediyoruz! / The Sevan Nişanyan Question [This petition was first published on 28 February 2016. For more information, or to sign the petition, click here. More information about Sevan Nişanyan’s court case can also be found here. The English text has been lightly edited for stylistic ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 1)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  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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