have lost the moral high ground to Hindu nationalists by not taking terrorism seriously and secularists
in the media and politics need to acknowledge that their mode has failed.
They fed Erdogan's fear of being toppled, and eliminated the remaining vestiges of the secularist
regime from the military and civilian bureaucracy.
In fact, jihadist terrorism is exacerbating the sharp divisions that already exist in Turkish politics between the secularist
and Islamist camp.
Specifically, in addition to religious and rationalist justifications, the secularists
had other sources of justification and power as well.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling center-right Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has Islamist foundations, suggested the relaxation of the trouser ban and the opposition parties - the secularist
CHP, the pro-Kurdish BDP and Turkish nationalist MHP - supported the proposal, which has now been approved by the Turkish parliament.
But opposition from secularists
as well as a ban in other state institutions--which was lifted this month--deterred women from wearing them.
These factors include tensions between Islamists and secularists
; the UGTT's partisan (and pro-secularist) role; the fragmented nature of party politics; and the treatment of figures from the regime of former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011).
Earlier, security forces fired tear gas in fields around the courthouse in the Silivri jail complex, west of Istanbul, as defendants' supporters gathered to protest against the five-year trial, a landmark case in the decade-long battle between Erdogan and the secularist
The Turkish public initially welcomed the trial on the grounds it would bring to account the country's "Deep State" - an undefined network of secularists
long believed to have been pulling the strings of power in Turkey.
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri accused the US of "plotting" with Egypt's military, secularists
and Christians to overthrow Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, in an audio recording posted on militant Islamist forums.
CAIRO -- Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri accused the US of "plotting" with Egypt's military, secularists
and Christians to overthrow Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in an audio recording posted on militant Islamist forums.
The army has simply reaffirmed and aggravated a decades-old feud between secularists