» 08/24/2013, 00.00
Turkish government promoting Islamic schools at the expense of secular education
Out of more than a million applicants to secular high schools, only 360,000 have been accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. This favours the Imam Hatips, religious high schools centred on Qur'anic and Islamic studies. For education advocate Unsal Yildiz, the government is trying "to impose an Islamist mindset" on new generations and on society.
15/11/2016 16:36:00 TURKEY
Erdogan’s road to power includes presidential rule, Islamisation, and fighting Kurds
The Kurdish-based HDP opposition party stands alone in parliament against the country’s changing political system, expected to be decided in a referendum in April 2017. If Erdogan’ wins, he will have concentrated power in his own hands. Meanwhile, the Turkish lira is paying the price of instability dropping 6 per cent against the dollar in a month. Repression after the failed coup is now sweeping the school system.
Ergenekon, the Turkish military's Nuremberg
With the conviction of the leaders of the secret organisation, whose aim, the court ruled, was to destabilise the government, the Kemalist Era has come to an end. Now, Erdogan's neo-Ottomanism has no one to block its path. This represents the revenge of a traditional Turkey whose new ideology combines elements of the old Kemalism with political Islam in opposition to the existing military-secularist complex.
05/11/2016 14:36:00 TURKEY
Ankara’s repression and neo-Ottoman dreams worry the international community
A court remands into custody nine journalists waiting for trail. The leaders of the main Kurdish opposition party are also jailed. Ankara blames the PKK for yesterday’s attack in Diyarbakir, claimed by the Islamic State. Concern is growing in the West over thousands of arrests and Turkey’s imploding democracy. Turkism expansionism targets Aleppo, Raqqa and Mosul.
Persistent rumours suggest Hagia Sophia will be turned into a mosque
Two other churches in Nicaea and Trebizond that served as museums have already been converted into mosques. With Hagia Sophia in Constantinople as the symbol of Ottoman conquest, Erdogan's neo-Ottoman plans need such a symbol to cover up Turkey's economic and social crises. For Bartholomew I, Hagia Sophia could only reopen to worship as a Christian church.
14/03/2017 10:54:00 TURKEY - EU
Erdogan’s dream no longer passes through Europe
Tensions rise after Germany, Holland, Austria, Denmark ban rallies in favor of the referendum by Turkish President. The Dutch ambassador's entry to Ankara blocked. After 50 years of waiting, Turkey does not want to enter Europe. The Ottoman dream and authoritarianism are the only way.
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