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  • Turkish Court Defends Prophet Against Yours Truly

    May 22, 2013   A criminal court in İstanbul condemned me to 13 ½ months of prison yesterday under art. 216/3 of the Turkish Criminal Code, which concerns “publicly demeaning the religious values held by a section of the population”. The court cited a single......

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  • Must Fight Hate Speech

    June 21, 2014   A silly film lampooning the Prophet Mohammed, The İnnocence of The Muslims, stirred emotions in Turkey, as in the rest of the Muslim world, in September 2012. The government of Prime Minister Erdoğan took this opportunity to propose a “Hate Speech......

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  • Why Our Friends Like God, and Why We Don’t

    July 1, 2014   I’d say “God is the name of a relationship of affection and trust,” and most of you will think “this man is finally gone soft in the head, he’s surrendered to the godlies.” But if you think about it, you will......

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  • Hrant Dink

    May 7, 2012   We first met at a panel discussion organised by the Helsinki Citizens Assembly. I think it was towards the end of 1999. I don’t like being invited to such events as an “Armenian”. I feel humiliated, as though my ideas or......

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