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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

If ISIS uses chemical weapons, the west will be partly responsible

How can the international community respond effectively and promptly to this growing threat, not just to the Middle East region, but to the world?

Turkey: repeating past mistakes

Civilian Kurds bear the brunt of Turkey's indiscriminate campaign against the PKKOnly learning from history can finally end the vicious cycle of conflict and bring about a new dawn of peace.

Voting in Istanbul

An AKP guy brings sandwiches to his colleagues sitting at the long table, and in the day’s only display of bipartisanship is rebuked by another AKPer: go and get sandwiches for everyone.

The violence of the word refugee

Words have power. The meaning of the word ‘refugee’ must be challenged to represent the experiences of the millions of individuals who have lost everything and yet wake up each day seeking to build a better life for themselves.

Turkey’s snap elections: an opportunity for peace?

Unfortunately, the peace process has not produced trust regarding the longterm intentions of each side; on the contrary it has generated actions and attitudes that have contributed to greater distrust. 

Erdogan’s triumph and Turkey's future

Turkey's president is confirmed once more as the master of Turkish politics. Now he faces his greatest challenge.

Censorship and conspiracy theories rule the day in post-election Turkey

There is an undeniable link between media censorship and the proliferation of conspiracy theories in Turkey. In turn, society is so polarized that it lacks the means to negotiate truth claims.

A storyteller’s story: a Kurdish Fahrenheit 451

With the peace process in ruins and Kurdish culture under attack, Dengbêj storytellers have re-emerged as contemporary Fahrenheit 451 figures in the battle for free speech. 

Turkey's year of violence and elections

If a diverse - but united - Turkey is to survive in its current borders, a constitution based on consensus is desperately needed.

The promise of gender parity: Turkey’s People’s Democratic Party (HDP)

The Turkish HDP's egalitarian gender ideology played a key role in the election of a record number of women to parliament in June's election. Can these gains be sustained in the political turmoil ahead? 

Old Turkish demons in new faces?

The ‘deep state’ meets Erdoğan’s ‘New Turkey’. The country’s resulting predicament is much more dangerous than two decades ago.

No, EU, Turkey is not safe for everyone

“Human rights and the rule of law in Turkey are at the worst level I’ve seen in the 12 years I’ve worked on Turkey’s human rights.”

Turkey as a failed society

A different kind of reality is both constructed and deployed, which effects a huge gulf in understanding between the pro-AKP and non-AKP masses.

Turkey’s interim passage to anarchy

The current mayhem, if it continues, is likely to once again tempt the military top brass to stage a coup and take power in the name of restoring order as it has done several times earlier. 

Ankara’s war on peace

Officials have insinuated that Kurds might have blown themselves up on purpose. What the quasi-sacred term ‘terrorism’ does today is to curb the will and the ability to resist arbitrary rule.

Coming to terms with the Ankara massacre

With three bomb attacks this year including two massacres, many ask if the dark days of the Turkish deep state have come back to torment Turkey.

Attacks in Ankara: Same reality, different worlds

Whenever I hear academics preaching the discourse of "there is no 'West' and no 'East'", I know that there is the ultimate confidence and 'superiority' of a western passport behind it.

Understanding conspiracy theories in the Turkish context

Two important elements in the prevalence of conspiracy rhetoric is secrecy and political insecurities in Turkish politics.

How likely is civil war in Turkey?

The recent and ongoing clashes taking place between members of the Kurdish and Turkish diasporas in Europe reflect the violent transnationality of this conflict.

Cyprus: oasis of peace in a sea of instablity

This is an excerpt from the regular briefing for the Friends of Cyprus in the UK .

Political trust or trust in political institutions?

When states lack social legitimacy, a lack of trust in politicians or political parties is merely a symptom of this. Who then do we turn to?

Ankara bombing and the end of the Turkish Republic

What we have witnessed in the last two years, culminating in the horrible scenes of 10 October in Ankara, is the end of the Turkish Republic as we know it.

As Ankara death toll rises, anger mounts against Government for courting disaster

The Government’s immediate response was to enforce a media ban throughout Turkey, rather than attending to the needs of its beleaguered citizens.

The hopes of the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey in spite of turmoil and violence

Is Turkey poised on the brink of the violent conflict of the 90s? Or does the entry of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) into Parliament offer shoots of hope for an alternative path?

Unleashing nationalist and militarist elements in Turkish society

Depending on who one believes the country is either on the brink of civil war, or instead heroically participating in the Global War on Terror.

A turbulent Turkey in a region in turmoil

It is clear that the PKK-focused, national security oriented ‘new politics’ is the main factor that consumes Turkey’s energy.

Urgent letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

“You are in the best position to save your country, as was your great enemy in Syria.  Is the lesson of his misrule playing no part in your current thinking?”  

Refugee crisis in Europe: remember Latin America

This is not only a European crisis but a global one, and it should be approached as such, involving nations throughout the world in its solution. As it did in the past, Latin America can give a hand. Português. Español

Crisis de refugiados en Europa. Recordad América Latina.

Esta crisis no es sólo europea, sino global. Debemos tratarla como tal, involucrando a naciones de todo el mundo en su solución. Como hiciera en el pasado, América Latina puede ayudar. English. Português.

Turkey: media crackdown amid escalating violence

At the very moment that critical independent media are needed most in Turkey, we are witnessing a renewed crackdown on media freedom.

Crise de refugiados na Europa: recordando a América Latina

Esta não é apenas uma crise Europeia, mas global, e que deve ser abordada como tal, envolvendo as nações de todo o mundo na sua solução. À semelhança do que fez no passado, a América Latina pode contribuir. English, Español

Building autonomy in Turkey and Kurdistan: an interview with Revolutionary Anarchist Action

On the history of anarchism in Turkey and establishing alternatives to the current system through self-organisation, mutual aid and co-operatives.

Financiemos un barco salvavidas

Quizás los ciudadanos reaccionen antes que el Estado: People’s Armada (Flota Popular) ha lanzado una operación de crowdfunding para costear una nueva embarcación para operaciones de búsqueda y rescate en el Mediterráneo. Por favor, aportad generosamente. English. Português.

Financiemos uma embarcação de resgate

Provavelmente as pessoas reagirão de forma mais rápida que o estado: a Frota Popular está a financiar coletivamente uma embarcação para levar a cabo missões de busca e salvamento no Mediterrâneo. Por favor contribua generosamente. English. Español.

Terrorist slippery slope

The UK government should look to what is happening to free expression in Egypt and Turkey before broadening terrorist laws to include those who "spread hate".

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