Turkey’s Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is known not only for his award-winning novels but also for his “to the point” analysis of Turkish politics. His outspoken manner may be regarded by some “ivory tower” intellectuals as unwise, for it would alienate at least some of his readers. But Pamuk is a brave personality speaking out the truth, which has certainly proven risky as he had to seek refuge in New York. He was on the hit list of the Ergenekon gang, which some describe (...)
The latest row over the Israeli attacks on Gaza and the ensuing public reaction in Turkey has raised questions about the rise of anti-Semitism in Turkey. The recent rise of anti-Semitism is in fact related to the activities and ideology of neo-nationalist (Ulusalcı) groups, some of which are associated with the Ergenekon case.
Let me explain. A near witch-hunt of people of Jewish origin was started in early 2004 with the publication of a series of books on Sabbateanism. The authors of (...)
Source : Today’s Zaman, 15/03/2007
In an article that appeared in the Daily Star, an Oxford University expert on Turkish foreign policy, Philip Robins, raised the question of whether a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in its second term might “seek serious Islamist-oriented policy revisions” in its foreign policy. Such an expectation wrongly assumes that the Kemalist establishment is still committed to a Western-modeled Turkey and thus that alternative political movements, (...)