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Stories from Turkey

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Stories from Turkey

Stories from Turkey

Ahval

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Political repression and curtailed freedoms have earned Turkey a troubling reputation abroad in recent years. For generations of western artists and intellectuals in the 20th century, though, the country was a haven, and many congregated in Istanbul to lead a lifestyle of freedom, far from the Cold War repression of their own countries.

Latest Episodes

Organised crime and Turkey's deep state - a conversation with Ryan Gingeras

Ahval journalist John Lubbock talks to Ryan Gingeras, author of the book 'Heroin, organized crime and the making of modern Turkey' about the recent release of mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı.

48 MINAPR 19
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Organised crime and Turkey's deep state - a conversation with Ryan Gingeras

The Erdoğan government is turning into a war regime - Yektan Türkyılmaz

EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, Yektan Türkyılmaz, discusses the Idlib attack, in which 36 Turkish troops were killed with AhvalPod and suggests that the Erdoğan’s government is turning into a war regime with its current foreign policy vision.

29 MINMAR 1
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The Erdoğan government is turning into a war regime - Yektan Türkyılmaz

Turkey in an embarrassing situation after Assad captures key Idlib town - expert

Turkey and its allies are facing a difficult situation in the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib, particularly after the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad seized the control of Saraqib in eastern Idlib countryside this week, said Timur Göksel, former spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

8 MINFEB 8
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Turkey in an embarrassing situation after Assad captures key Idlib town - expert

Fincancı talks to Ahval about her presentation at the UNHRC

Turkish human rights advocate Şebnem Korur Fincancı shared with Ahval her reflections on last week's United Nations periodic review of Turkey, which focused on the country's human rights violations including the use of torture.

12 MINFEB 8
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Fincancı talks to Ahval about her presentation at the UNHRC

Twelve months of Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a tough 2019. He had to deal with rising food prices, losing local elections in his political strong hold of Istanbul, power that opposed his ambitions to build a safe zone in north Syria and even scientists who fail to understand the simplicity of calculating salinity levels of the sea.As the year ends, Hale Akay and Michael MacKenzie discuss the president’s last 12 months through his public remarks and try to understand why Erdoğan said what he did.

59 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Twelve months of Erdoğan

Turkey’s ruling AKP not a monolithic Islamist movement - Birol Başkan

Birol Başkan, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute whose research broadly focuses on religion and political order in the Middle East, spoke to Ahval about how Islamism has incorporated nationalism in Turkey and the characteristics of the country’s “religious market”.

35 MIN2019 DEC 25
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Turkey’s ruling AKP not a monolithic Islamist movement - Birol Başkan

Yektan Türkyılmaz: What happened to Armenians in 1915 is very well documented

Turkey has been proposing for years to establish a commission of historians to decide whether the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire should be defined as genocide. Turkish authorities also say that the country’s archives are open to researchers, accusing their counterparts in Armenia for failing to do the same.Yektan Türkyılmaz, a historian focusing on collective violence who has worked in both Turkish and Armenian archives, discussed the validity of such claims with Ahval.

28 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Yektan Türkyılmaz: What happened to Armenians in 1915 is very well documented

Erdoğan was nationalist from the beginning - Umut Özkırımlı

Political scientist Umut Özkırımlı, the author of several books including “Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction”, discusses nationalism in Turkey in the wake of its military offensive in Syria.Özkırımlı, a visiting professor at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull, and a visiting researcher at Barcelona Center for International Studies, says in times of peace Turkey witnesses competing ideas of nationalism, but such differences dissolve when Turkey, ruled by a leader who plays the nationalism card skilfully, faces a crisis like the recent one in Syria.

20 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Erdoğan was nationalist from the beginning - Umut Özkırımlı

Italian journalist: Ahmet Altan is a man who is loyal to democracy

Marco Ansaldo, the Istanbul-based senior correspondent for the Italian daily La Repubblica, shares with Ahval his impressions from his meeting with jailed author and journalist Ahmet Altan during Altan’s temporary release this month. The 69-year-old former editor-in-chief of the now defunct Taraf daily had been in jail since his arrest months after a failed coup attempt in 2016, which the Turkish government accuses a religious group led by the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating. The prominent journalist and author was re-arrested a week after a court ruled that he should be released from prison during his retrial. Rights group Article 19 said that imprisoning Altan again shortly after releasing amounted to psychological torture.

18 MIN2019 NOV 29
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Italian journalist: Ahmet Altan is a man who is loyal to democracy

Turkey’s transition in a post-Erdoğan era will be long, painful

Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former member of the Turkish parliament, HowardEissenstat, associate professor of Middle East History at St. Lawrence University and senior non-resident fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy, discusses possible scenarios for Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies when one day power changes hands.

44 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Turkey’s transition in a post-Erdoğan era will be long, painful

Latest Episodes

Organised crime and Turkey's deep state - a conversation with Ryan Gingeras

Ahval journalist John Lubbock talks to Ryan Gingeras, author of the book 'Heroin, organized crime and the making of modern Turkey' about the recent release of mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı.

48 MINAPR 19
Comments
Organised crime and Turkey's deep state - a conversation with Ryan Gingeras

The Erdoğan government is turning into a war regime - Yektan Türkyılmaz

EUME fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, Yektan Türkyılmaz, discusses the Idlib attack, in which 36 Turkish troops were killed with AhvalPod and suggests that the Erdoğan’s government is turning into a war regime with its current foreign policy vision.

29 MINMAR 1
Comments
The Erdoğan government is turning into a war regime - Yektan Türkyılmaz

Turkey in an embarrassing situation after Assad captures key Idlib town - expert

Turkey and its allies are facing a difficult situation in the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib, particularly after the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad seized the control of Saraqib in eastern Idlib countryside this week, said Timur Göksel, former spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.

8 MINFEB 8
Comments
Turkey in an embarrassing situation after Assad captures key Idlib town - expert

Fincancı talks to Ahval about her presentation at the UNHRC

Turkish human rights advocate Şebnem Korur Fincancı shared with Ahval her reflections on last week's United Nations periodic review of Turkey, which focused on the country's human rights violations including the use of torture.

12 MINFEB 8
Comments
Fincancı talks to Ahval about her presentation at the UNHRC

Twelve months of Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a tough 2019. He had to deal with rising food prices, losing local elections in his political strong hold of Istanbul, power that opposed his ambitions to build a safe zone in north Syria and even scientists who fail to understand the simplicity of calculating salinity levels of the sea.As the year ends, Hale Akay and Michael MacKenzie discuss the president’s last 12 months through his public remarks and try to understand why Erdoğan said what he did.

59 MIN2019 DEC 26
Comments
Twelve months of Erdoğan

Turkey’s ruling AKP not a monolithic Islamist movement - Birol Başkan

Birol Başkan, a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute whose research broadly focuses on religion and political order in the Middle East, spoke to Ahval about how Islamism has incorporated nationalism in Turkey and the characteristics of the country’s “religious market”.

35 MIN2019 DEC 25
Comments
Turkey’s ruling AKP not a monolithic Islamist movement - Birol Başkan

Yektan Türkyılmaz: What happened to Armenians in 1915 is very well documented

Turkey has been proposing for years to establish a commission of historians to decide whether the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire should be defined as genocide. Turkish authorities also say that the country’s archives are open to researchers, accusing their counterparts in Armenia for failing to do the same.Yektan Türkyılmaz, a historian focusing on collective violence who has worked in both Turkish and Armenian archives, discussed the validity of such claims with Ahval.

28 MIN2019 DEC 11
Comments
Yektan Türkyılmaz: What happened to Armenians in 1915 is very well documented

Erdoğan was nationalist from the beginning - Umut Özkırımlı

Political scientist Umut Özkırımlı, the author of several books including “Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction”, discusses nationalism in Turkey in the wake of its military offensive in Syria.Özkırımlı, a visiting professor at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramon Llull, and a visiting researcher at Barcelona Center for International Studies, says in times of peace Turkey witnesses competing ideas of nationalism, but such differences dissolve when Turkey, ruled by a leader who plays the nationalism card skilfully, faces a crisis like the recent one in Syria.

20 MIN2019 DEC 4
Comments
Erdoğan was nationalist from the beginning - Umut Özkırımlı

Italian journalist: Ahmet Altan is a man who is loyal to democracy

Marco Ansaldo, the Istanbul-based senior correspondent for the Italian daily La Repubblica, shares with Ahval his impressions from his meeting with jailed author and journalist Ahmet Altan during Altan’s temporary release this month. The 69-year-old former editor-in-chief of the now defunct Taraf daily had been in jail since his arrest months after a failed coup attempt in 2016, which the Turkish government accuses a religious group led by the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen of orchestrating. The prominent journalist and author was re-arrested a week after a court ruled that he should be released from prison during his retrial. Rights group Article 19 said that imprisoning Altan again shortly after releasing amounted to psychological torture.

18 MIN2019 NOV 29
Comments
Italian journalist: Ahmet Altan is a man who is loyal to democracy

Turkey’s transition in a post-Erdoğan era will be long, painful

Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former member of the Turkish parliament, HowardEissenstat, associate professor of Middle East History at St. Lawrence University and senior non-resident fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy, discusses possible scenarios for Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies when one day power changes hands.

44 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Turkey’s transition in a post-Erdoğan era will be long, painful
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