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Begum Toprak

Begum Toprak is a nom de plume of a Turkish journalist living in Istanbul. In the two years to the end of 2019, 74 journalists were arrested in Turkey, according to the independent international group, the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Articles By Begum Toprak

Turkish Farmers Are Squeezed by Government Neglect By Begum Toprak - Feb 23, 2020

It’s not easy to be a farmer in Turkey. They have long been victims of ill-informed and outdated agricultural policy, and of woefully inadequate subsidies. Now, farmers also are at the mercy of climate change and the government’s inability – or unwillingness – to even attempt to combat it. Negotiating between these handicaps is the … Continue reading “Turkish Farmers Are Squeezed by Government Neglect”

Erdogan’s ‘Pious Generation’ and the Closing of the Turkish Mind By Begum Toprak - Jan 20, 2020

In an address to the theology faculty of Ankara University in November, Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined his vision of “a pious generation” in Turkey, declaring, “God willing, a pious youth and a pious generation will be raised by our hand.” It’s an ambition the Turkish president has been pursuing with all the power at his … Continue reading “Erdogan’s ‘Pious Generation’ and the Closing of the Turkish Mind”