Turkey

‘Turkey’s decision to escalate tensions with Israel is an effort to reassert itself as the leader of a neo-Ottoman Empire’

The Turkish government’s Orwellian attempt to ban all sexual content on the internet has led to the proscription of toy and takeaway websites. “Hot” dinners anyone?

Erdogan’s Islamist party is capitalising on the disunity of its opposition — and engaging in novel approaches to buying votes — as it steamrolls to another election victory

While celebrity transvestites are much adored in Turkey, their everyday counterparts are the subject of hostile abuse on the streets of Istanbul

British journalists pride themselves on their freedom to write without fear of censorship (but with due regard for good taste and our sometimes draconian libel laws). In a thoughtful posting on his blog, however, the Guardian‘s veteran political commentator Michael White wonders whether he and his fellow writers aren’t being too complacent. He starts out by examining a worrying crackdown on Turkish journalists by the country’s supposedly moderate Islamic government but broadens his argument to look at self-censorship closer to home. Read on to the end for a very honest exposure of the predictable targets that the Guardian‘s fearless writers habitually aim at, and the subjects that are traditionally taboo for them: 

Bizarre new Turkish alcohol laws implemented by the Islamist AKP government are curtailing the civil right to a good time

Book review of Turkey: A Short History by Norman Stone

‘If international affairs are your bag, you might as well have voted for the Ba’ath Party as the Conservatives’

‘When Western journalists note in a casual aside that press freedom has experienced certain setbacks under the AKP, they are failing to do justice to the severity of this calamity and its ramifications for Turkey and the region’

Britain should support Turkey’s European ambition. Criticising Israel’s policy on Gaza is not the way to do it