Archive | May, 2014

Fuelling Sectarian Rifts in Turkey is a Dangerous Game

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s style of leadership is authoritarian. He does not like to be challenged and criticised. His confrontational and heavy-handed response to dissent is not limited to his opponents, either. Inside his government and party, differences of opinion are not tolerated. Mr Erdoğan takes individual control over all important decisions, based on […]

What is behind the campaign to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque?

Political Islam is the major force determining the direction of Turkey and the country’s cultural landscape is not immune to its crushing impact. In a land that has been the birthplace of many great civilizations, cultures and religions, crude nationalism and monotheistic triumphalism of today’s prominent politicians are particularly unsettling. Recent revival of the campaign […]