Articles by Kenan Behzat Sharpe

Turkish TV series: a global success

22/04/2024 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe

In recent decades, Turkish television series have experienced astonishing success, becoming one of the country's most significant economic and cultural exports. If they sell abroad, however, TV series are subjected to ever-increasing government pressure

Turkey: Echoes of Gaza

31/10/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe

Turkish politics has always been extremely sensitive to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Hamas attack on Israel and the subsequent Israeli military operation in Gaza have reopened debate and conflict in Turkey too

Turkey’s main film festival cancelled amid growing censorship

13/10/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe

The prestigious Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will not take place this year. The reason? The controversial decision to exclude the documentary "The Decree", which talks about a taboo topic: the consequences of the repression following the failed anti-Erdoğan coup of 2016

Turkish women’s volleyball: national victory or culture war?

14/09/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

The "Sultans of the Net", the Turkish women's national volleyball team, won the European championship at the beginning of September, confirming their leadership at world level. The victory, however, reignited divisions at home over the rights and identities of sexual minorities

Erdoğan's “new Turkey” looks no different than the old one

21/06/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

Despite some early signs of moderation, after winning his third presidential term in contested elections, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has remained committed to his traditional repressive policies

Turkey, the elections and Gen-Z

05/05/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

The political elections in Turkey, scheduled for May 14, will be fundamental in defining the future of the country, dominated for over twenty years by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A key role will be played by younger voters, the so-called "Generation Z"

Turkey, earthquake fall out takes political turn

14/02/2023 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe

The devastating earthquakes that shook Turkey on February 6 have uncovered a divided country, where many denounce the earthquakes as an announced tragedy. The government responds to the protests by tightening censorship

Turkey, bombs and censorship

02/12/2022 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

The recent attack in the heart of Istanbul brought the issue of political violence in Turkey back to the fore, but also dramatically exposed the limitations on access to free information in the country

Turkey’s LGBTI+ movement resists despite the odds

18/07/2022 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

Istanbul celebrated its annual LGBTI+ Pride March in late June under the shadow of intense police repression, in line with Turkish government’s growing intolerance for any form of LGBTI+ expression, from public marches to popular media

Turkey, even music must be silenced

10/06/2022 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

In recent weeks, Turkey has seen numerous cancellations of concerts and music festivals by authorities linked to President Erdogan's AKP: political repression against opposition and minorities now also affects music

Femicides in Turkey: a film honours Bergen, the "Woman of Sorrow"

12/05/2022 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

As violence against women continues to rise in Turkey and the government targets activist organisations seeking to prevent femicide, a blockbuster film about a slain 1980s singer is forcing the country to grapple with its past and present abuse of women’s rights

Turkey’s Ukraine policy: playing all sides

18/03/2022 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe Istanbul

A NATO member with strong strategic and economic ties with Moscow (but also with Kyiv), Turkey is facing the Russian aggression against Ukraine with extreme caution, in an attempt to minimise the risks, but also to take advantage of possible opportunities

Turchia: utopia femminista e rock’n’roll nello spazio

26/05/2020 -  Kenan Behzat Sharpe

Il testo e il videoclip İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir (Il sogno insistente è realtà) - singolo della musicista Gaye Su Akyol - sono uno psichedelico e coraggioso manifesto politico