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Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul in July 2020 as lawmakers made speeches before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul in July 2020 as lawmakers made speeches before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media. (Turkish Presidency via AP) Mehmet Bastug, Lakehead University and Davut Akca, University of Saskatchewan Turkey’s long arm and espionage activities against dissidents living in exile in …

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Former Byzantine churches are being converted to mosques – this threatens Istanbul’s cosmopolitan identity

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Hagia Sofia. Baucys/Shutterstock.com Ilay Romain Ors, University of Oxford and Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, University of Pittsburgh Two former Byzantine churches of Istanbul, the famed Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, which served as museums for decades, have been converted to mosques in the space of a month. This has raised concerns. Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox community …

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Turkey bans teaching of evolution – but science is more than a belief system

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Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY James Williams, University of Sussex In the US there have been many attempts to expunge evolution from the school curriculm or demand that creationism – the idea that all life was uniquely created by God – is given equal treatment in science textbooks. While all these have failed, the government in Turkey has now banned …

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Turkey: how Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is using coronavirus to clamp down further on dissent

Erdoğan marked four years in July since a 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish President Press Office/EPA

Balki Begumhan Bayhan, Coventry University Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian government led by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has always made use of crises to consolidate its power. The coronavirus has been no exception. The regime has cracked down on opposition and attempted to undermine its effectiveness, while endeavouring to legitimise the rule of the long-serving president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since …

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