Erdogan goes Ottoman in reforming Turkey’s Byzantine Constitution

Historical soap operas like Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century) are making the "sick man of Europe" popular again across former Ottoman territories -- in Greece,  usually hostile to all things Turkish, episodes of Muhteşem Yüzyıl are aired daily.
Historical soap operas like Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century) are making the “sick man of Europe” popular again across former Ottoman territories — in Greece, usually hostile to all things Turkish, episodes of Muhteşem Yüzyıl are aired daily.

Today Ankara, and the rest of Turkey, nervously anticipates the long-awaited and much disputed AKP democratization package, a series of constitutional reforms addressing longstanding democratic issues with the existing draft.

Created in the wake of Kemal Ataturk’s republican revolution and amended following a military coup in the 1980s, the current constitution is rife with articles restricting freedom of the press, religious freedom, and political plurality. Just how much of that the AKP wants to change is an open question.

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Occupy Istanbul: The Watch goes to Turkey

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Occupy Istanbul: The Watch goes to Turkey

Over a long summer break waiting for a visa to return to Turkey, I wrote this piece for the University of King’s College’s Watch Magazine. I hope to be back with more posts shortly — although perhaps less regularly as my time is divided between Byzantine bureaucracy, German romantics, and the Imperial Circumcision Festival of 1582 (it’s a thing).