What opposition?

As the implications of last month’s coup attempt continue to shake Turkey, opposition-government relations in the country are undergoing a complete shift. While much attention has been cast on how rapprochement between the opposition and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has created an atmosphere of unity in Turkey that could dissolve social polarization,…

Dutch Turks: a diaspora under the shadow of Turkish politics

While the repercussions of last month’s coup attempt rock Turkey by the day, its effects have reached beyond the country, causing sometimes violent divisions within the diaspora. Though the rapidly developing Turkish community in the Netherlands possesses the means to relate to Dutch society on a more individualistic level, recent events are a reminder that the influence…

WikiLeaks ‘Erdoğan Leaks’ reinforce questions about data security in Turkey

Allegations that the ‘Erdoğan leaks’ revealed sensitive and private information about women in Turkey have raised questions over data security in the country at a time when the government has stepped up the state’s powers to collect and store personal data. Independent Turkey, 27 July 2016 Available at: http://independentturkey.org/wikileaks-erdogan-leaks/

Should We Be Enthusiastic About The Formation Of An Independent Kurdish State?

Anticipating the dissolution of Iraq, many have been enthusiastic about the formation of a new, independent Kurdish state. This has seemed rather likely to observers, given the inadequacy of the central government in keeping the country united, evident in the rise of the Islamic State (IS). The argument goes that the modern Middle Eastern borders are…

The French Niqab Ban: Revisiting Social Order and Culture

Headscarf, veil, and niqab bans are often the center of a debate around the reflection of autonomy in women’s clothing. Last month, France placed a ban on the full-faced veil, often referred to as the niqab, which was approved by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). France’s argument, accepted by the ECHR, was that “the barrier raised against others…