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Regime Change in Contemporary TurkeyPolitics, Rights, Mimesis$
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Necati Polat

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416962

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416962.001.0001

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Peace at Home

Peace at Home

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Regime Change in Contemporary Turkey

Necati Polat

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the government policies in Turkey in a host of long outstanding issue areas, mostly predating the AKP rule, such as the tension between piety and secularism, especially in exercises of free speech, with a freshly acquired zeal on the part of the judiciary towards ‘protecting religious values’, in effect cases of deemed ‘blasphemy’ against Islam; the basic Alevi rights towards a full recognition, which fell on deaf ears as before; gross impunity of the security forces in tackling the Kurdish insurgence, as in the Roboskî massacre of 2011; and the domestic debate on the ghastly fate of the Ottoman Armenians, traced here through the baffling mysteries of the Dink assassination in 2007. The chapter also comments on the purported government complicity in the jihadist bloodbath in the greater region following the Arab Spring and on the attendant allegations of its ‘international crimes’, especially in Syria.

Keywords:   AKP, Alevis, Arab Spring, Armenian genocide, Dink, international crimes, Kurds, religious-secular divide, Roboskî massacre, Syria civil war

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