Statue von Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Üsküdar, Istanbul
Statue von Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Üsküdar, Istanbul | Photo: Darwinek | CC BY-SA 3.0

Glücklich, wer sich nicht nur Türke nennt! Yücel verdankt dem Doppelpass die Freilassung

Die Freilassung Deniz Yücels nach einem Jahr Untersuchungshaft in einem türkischen Hochsicherheitsgefängnis ist Anlass zur Freude. Dass sich in diese Freude mehr als nur ein bitterer Beigeschmack mischt, haben zahlreiche Kommentare der letzten Tage zum Ausdruck gebracht: Gibt es einen Deal mit Ankara? Was hieße es, wenn Pressefreiheit zur Verhandlungsmasse würde? Welche Konsequenzen hat es für die vielen noch immer in türkischen Gefängnissen einsitzenden Journalistinnen und Journalisten, wenn es ein Jahr Geheimdiplomatie und Kampagnen in Deutschland braucht, um in Freiheit zu gelangen? Eines zeigt der Fall auf tragische Weise: die Umdeutung der Staatsbürgerschaft zum nationalistischen Treuschwur ist in der Türkei vollzogen.

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The City of Afrin, in 2009 | Photo: Bertramz | CC BY 3.0

Turkey’s Invasion of Afrin must be Halted

Turkey’s ‘Operation Olive Branch’ is a marked escalation of its campaign against the Kurdish autonomous regions in Syria. The battle for Afrin, a mountainous, well defended region protected by a battle hardened Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces will likely be protracted and lead to significant civilian casualties, due to Afrin’s large community of internally displaced Syrians. It will further compound the ongoing conflict against Kurds in Turkey and lead to, as of yet, unclear regional ramifications.

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Meral Akşener at IYI Party's first congress in October 2017
Meral Akşener at IYI Party's first congress in October 2017 | Photo: Yıldız Yazıcıoğlu (VOA) | Public Domain

What’s in a Name? IYI Party – Good for Turkey?

A new political party was founded in Turkey on 25 October 2017. Named the “IYI Party”, meaning “good party”, it claims to bring betterment for Turkey’s financial, judicial and also human rights situation. The inaugural speech of the party’s founder, Meral Akşener, leaves an impression of the “modern” face of Turkish conservative politics. The IYI Party presents itself as an alternative to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in times of a growing dissatisfaction with Turkish politics and reorientations in opposition parties’ political stance. Although the idea that the AKP era might come to an end is intriguing, the Akşener’s party seems to follow the well-known narrative of Turkish nationalism. For a truly pluralist democracy in Turkey, this is not enough.

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