Yavuz Baydar

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The heinous terror attack in the heart of Istanbul, targeting more than 500 guests celebrating New Year’s Eve in a popular nightclub on the Bosphorus, marked the peak of a series of massacres that has shaken Turkey to its core over the past year. These have partly been attacks against security forces claimed by offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK); and partly attacks by jihadi groups, imported from Syria.

The bloodbath has now been claimed by Islamic State. But – and it is a big but – there was a particular significance to the target. Jihadi terror has previously targeted Kurds, Alevis and leftists in Turkey, leaving hundreds dead.…  Seguir leyendo »

The protests that convulsed Istanbul and other Turkish cities last month exposed, among many other things, the shameful role of Turkey’s media conglomerates in subverting press freedom.

As the social unrest reached a peak on May 31 with clashes between tear-gas-happy police officers and protesters spreading through the heart of the city, the lack of even minimal coverage by seemingly professional private news channels presented the residents of Istanbul’s upscale neighborhoods near Taksim Square with a moment of truth. They could see, hear and smell the truth from their windows, and they quickly realized how their TV channels had lied by omission.…  Seguir leyendo »

El referéndum del próximo domingo en Turquía ha provocado mucho ruido y una gran polarización, sobre todo al cargarse de un mensaje que pregunta hacia dónde va a encaminarse el país desde el punto de vista de su estabilidad social y su normalización política.

Profundamente divididos en una serie de temas importantes, millones de turcos van a manifestarse, con su voto o su abstención (como ya han declarado que van a hacer algunos kurdos), sobre varias cuestiones. Dirán si aún confían en el Partido Justicia y Desarrollo (AKP), el partido gobernante, y su líder, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Indicarán si tienen más esperanzas depositadas en Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, que ha sustituido a Deniz Baykal como presidente del Partido Popular Republicano (CHP), la principal fuerza de oposición, con un programa incondicionalmente kemalista y alejado de la socialdemocracia.…  Seguir leyendo »