Tag Archives: Turkey

Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity

In full public view, a long struggle over urban spaces is erupting as a broader fight over Turkish identity, where difficult issues of religion, social class and politics intersect. And while most here acknowledge that every Turkish ruling class has sought to put its stamp on Istanbul, there is a growing sense that none has […]

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan’s Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a self-styled patron of Turkish immigrants in Germany. But critics say that his aggressive diaspora policy is increasingly driving a wedge between immigrant families and mainstream society. The young woman from Melle, a town in the northern German state of Lower Saxony, was received like a guest of […]

Call for Papers: International Conference: The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey

The School of Public & International Affairs, Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, the  Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair (Indiana University) and the Center for Turkish Studies (Portland State University) plan to organize an international conference on the PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey. This will be a one day conference with four specific […]

PKK sets date for withdrawal from Turkey

The Kurdish rebel group the PKK has announced it will withdraw its thousands of fighters from Turkey starting on May 8. The rebels from the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), who have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, will move to northern Iraq after leaving Turkish territory. During the announcement, the armed group […]

Attacks on Elderly Armenian Women in Turkey Awaken Fears

ISTANBUL — The man in the ski mask struck in the twilight of late afternoon, strangling the elderly woman from behind, beating her senseless and leaving her for dead. He ran off with 50 Turkish lira, about $30, and her engagement ring, a last memory of her long-dead husband. Ms. Asik was left bruised and blinded […]

‘Turkey to take Yunus case to court’: Dutch media quote Turkish paper

A Turkish newspaper is reporting that the Turkish government is to take the case of a nine-year-old Turkish Dutch boy to the European Court of Human Rights in an effort to have him returned to his family. The boy, known as Yunus, has been looked after by a lesbian couple since he was a baby after […]

PKK leader calls for ceasefire in Turkey

Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish rebel leader, has issued a long-awaited ceasefire declaration that would be a major step towards ending a 30-year conflict that has cost around 40,000 lives in Turkey. The ceasefire, announced on Thursday and which coincides with the Kurdish New Year, or Newroz, also calls for the withdrawal of PKK likely to […]