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What Does Turkey’s “Yes” Vote Mean for Democracy

Turkey Voted Yes By Firat Demir For Syria Comment Sept 13, 2010 Here is a map of the referendum voting. Blue is YES. The voting pattern of the referendum was very close to that of the 2009 elections. The Mediterranean coastal region voted No (though with a very close margin), but the major cities, Istanbul […]

“The Turkish Judicial System: Guardians of the Ancient Regime,” By Firat Demir

The Turkish Judicial System: Guardians of the Ancient Regime By Firat Demir For Syria Comment – April 2, 2010 A test of true democracy in any country is whether it has a constitution that protects the rights of its people. Turkey, as with most Middle Eastern countries, has failed this test in the past. Military […]

“Nationalist First, Islamist Second: The Armenian Issue Shows the Limits of the Erdogan Government,” by Firat Demir

“Nationalist First, Islamist Second: The Armenian Issue Shows the Limits of the Erdogan Government,” by Firat Demir for Syria Comment, March 23, 2010 The Armenian issue (together with the Kurdish problem) continues to trouble the Erdogan government. In a recent series of speeches, PM Erdogan once again proved that he is not a safe bet […]

“The Armenian Genocide: The Islamist and Kemalist Consensus,” by Firat Demir

The Armenian Genocide: The Islamist and Kemalist Consensus by Firat Demir for Syria Comment, 10 March 2010 Tension between Turkey and the US is rising as the anniversary of the Armenian genocide (April 24)  approaches. The pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of Armenians who perished in the hands of the Committee of Union […]

“Turkey at a Crossroad: Democracy or Military Rule?” by Firat Demir

“Turkey at a Crossroad: Democracy or Military Rule?” by Firat Demir March 5, 2010 For Syria Comment The single most important event in the recent history of the Middle East is now taking place in Turkey. At stake is whether a Muslim Middle Eastern country can build a true democracy?  Turkey’s “democracy” has long been […]