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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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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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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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Why foreign countries are scrambling to set up bases in Africa

French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017.

French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State Recent media reports claim that a covert Kenyan paramilitary team is responsible for the unconstitutional killing of terror suspects in nighttime raids. The reports are based on interviews with US and …

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When abortion is ‘haram’, women find strategies to claim their rights

Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans to ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey on 22 June 2012, in Istanbul. Reuters

Hazal Atay, Sciences Po – USPC Many women took to the streets worldwide on September 28, the global day of action for safe abortion successes and put forth new demands for women’s right to access safe, free and legal abortion. Right to access safe abortion is under threat in many countries, from the United States to Poland, from Argentina to Ireland …

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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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Hagia Sophia: turning this Turkish treasure into a mosque is at odds with its Unesco status

The Hagia Sophia has been converted into a mosque. Murat Can Kirmizigul/Shutterstock

The Hagia Sophia has been converted into a mosque. Murat Can Kirmizigul/Shutterstock Senija Causevic, SOAS, University of London The Hagia Sophia has just opened to receive Sunni Muslim worshippers for the first time since 1931. The decision to convert the building in Istanbul, Turkey from a museum back into a mosque has divided opinion. Many Turkish inhabitants commend the transformation …

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