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Ece Basay

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Latest posts by Ece Basay

8 March 2016

Turkey, March 8 and the Everyday Struggle Against Gender Stereotyping

"#YouAreMuchMoreBeautifulThisWay, so what is it, if we do not pop out of our mothers' wombs as models, all the talking orangutans will criticise us?"

30 November 2015

Death in Diyarbakır: Shooting of Human Rights Lawyer Deepens Turkey's Political Strife

"We have lost a very important lawyer who gave all his life to peace and the human rights struggle. Please get to know him better and do not forget him."

14 November 2015

Activists in Turkey Try to Keep #SilvanUnderAttack in the Media After the Paris Attacks

'Our magnificent media, #ParisUnderAttack is unfortunately true, what about #SilvanUnderAttack?'

21 July 2015

Blame Game Follows Horrific Violence in Eastern Turkey

"The people who died were humans, is it this hard to value people only by knowing that they have the fundamental right to life... Why are we fighting?"

15 June 2015

In Turkey, in Search of a More People-Sensitive Gentrification

"They have taken away yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, red, and turned them into brown and white. They have destroyed Sulukule."

15 May 2015

Turkey's Selfie-Taking Ottoman Prince Statue Is Down but Not Out

An Ottoman prince took a snap of himself looking rather bronzed on the Black Sea coast. Now he is recuperating having been robbed of his sword and phone.

1 April 2015

March 31: A Dark Day in Turkey's History

A nationwide power cut and the kidnap and death of a prosecutor in a politically loaded trial. Turkey met April 1 with more sadness than humour.

20 February 2015

Can Istanbul Be Saved from Overdevelopment?

Build, build, build. Turkey's largest city is under a redevelopment siege threatening the buildings and communities that are part of its fabric.

16 February 2015

Turkey Mourns a Female Student's Brutal Death

News of the horrific murder of a female student last week opened up the discussion about gender-based violence in Turkey, and public anger came steaming out.

19 January 2015

Eight Years After His Death, Turkish-Armenian Hrant Dink Still Cannot Rest in Peace

Eight years ago today ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was murdered by a nationalist teenager in broad daylight. The rest of the story remains untold.

14 December 2014

Gezi's Echo and the Battle for Public Spaces in Turkey

On December 13, Istanbul hosted Turkey's first Radical Democracy Urban Encounter. The forum is likely to become a focal point for people wanting to reclaim Turkey's politicised public spaces.

3 December 2014

Turkey's Growing Corruption Problem Is Getting Harder to Hide

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Turkey's five point decline in the index is the biggest of any country this year.

25 November 2014

As Turkish Women Struggle for Freedom from Violence, Their President Tells Them: Give up on Equality

2014 has been another horrendous year for violence against women in Turkey. In this context, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's suggestion women should seek "equivalence" instead of equality has disappointed many.