Since its inception, the Diyanet — Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey — has been there to streamline religious practice in Turkey under the watchful eye of the state. As one of the most critical institutions to move masses, the Diyanet treaded the mainstream while steering Islamic worship in Turkey as per the lines defined by the state for public displays of religiosity. When Erdogan rose to power back in 2002, he was well-aware of how the Diyanet officials, especially the imams, could possibly be helpful for his Islamist political career to pave the path for his totalitarianism and life-time…

Orhan Inandi, and Selahattin Gulen are just two unassuming educators like many others who were forcefully abducted in different countries by the Erdogan regime and illegally extradited to Turkey. Abductions, forceful disappearances, tortures, and political target killings have always been among the burning human rights violations in Turkey; however, they skyrocketed during Erdogan’s rule and especially after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Since the founding of the Republic of Turkey, people of Turkey have not been strangers to myriad social, economic and cultural milestones and crises. Yet, none but one of those crises has been so disparaging with a massive fallout. The failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 proved to be a watershed moment in the contemporary history of Turkey. Metaphorically, Istanbul was not aware that it would change the fate of the country and the region once again because the coup plotters seemed to have purposefully chosen the old Ottoman capital as the starting point to ‘overthrow’ the government in…

KRT TV shared the criminal network of government officials and high profile people based on Sedat Peker’s confessions and this network withdrew the attention of the public on how these former and current officials turned the state into a real international criminal organization. The network of this international criminal organization backed by the Erdogan regime were discussed by journalists in detail in this news show. Journalists Inan Demirel and Mustafa Hos explained the shady links and the dirty deeds by displaying their network of officials based on respective spheres of influence on one another.

There is not a single day when we do not hear something new in Erdogan’s Turkey. It has been a long time since we stopped talking about today’s Turkey being a democratic state governed by democratic institutions as per the rule of law. It is sad but true. …

It hurts to see how Turkey has been enslaved by a mafia regime under Erdogan’s tutelage. In my previous articles, I analyzed this phenomenon which touts the brand ‘The New Turkey’ and explained at length why I thought it was a looming threat beyond its own confines. Erdogan’s New Turkey is a totalitarian state where the separation of powers has already been removed and all governance and personnel are subdued to his authoritarian rule.

On behalf of the 83-million strong country, Erdogan calls the shots singlehandedly thanks to his so-called new system rising on the pedestals of a pliant parliament…

Annually celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement by millions of children across Turkey, April 23 Children’s Festival is the world’s first official children festival. This day was gifted to children by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, in commemoration of the opening of the first Turkish Grand National Assembly on April 23, 1920 in Ankara. April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day marks a profoundly special day in the history of the modern Turkey and has been celebrated as the Children’s Festival for the fact that today’s children are the future leaders of a country.

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The world was focused on Turkey, especially on the EU presidents’ meeting with Erdogan. The world now discusses the incident occurred when the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was not given a chair in a billion-dollar extravagant palace full of gilded seats despite the fact she was an indispensable part of an official EU delegation. No doubt, she and her colleagues must have been irked by this diplomatically- unethical and inappropriate treatment meted out especially to a woman during that much-anticipated meeting.

No different than myself, many people from different walks of life have criticized the European Council…

It is really difficult to write a weekly column on Turkey. In most countries, columnists write about a popular issue of an important week. That is pretty ordinary in states where democratic and social institutions are functional. Unfortunately, for the last couple of years, this has not been the case in Turkey. Every day, something more critical hits and scours the scene. During any seven-day week, months-heavy agenda occupies the national headlines and discussion circles, upsetting the existing crucial state of affairs closer to an abyss.

Let’s see what happened in Turkey last week, particularly.

On Monday, Erdogan appealed resolutely…

Engin Yiğit, an educator who had also worked as an administrator in the PakTurk Schools, wrote about the repercussions of the schools’ achievements on the public opinion. Yiğit also shared the opinions of several Pakistani parents about teachers and schools.

In terms of demographics, PakTurk Islamabad Girls High School was one of our schools with students from different sociocultural circles. The parents, including the state officials, showed great interest in the school. Among our parents was an opposition member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, who would later become a state minister when his party rose to power in the…

Engin Yigit

Educator, Author and Activist

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