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Is Turkish AKP Losing Political Support?

The Justice and Development Party(AKP) swept into power on a platform that a centrist moderate religious centered political organization could govern Turkey in a manner that made the economy boom while protecting individual rights. There is great concern in Turkey among business and liberal leaders that the AKP is no longer representing its views. There is growing fear corruption is spreading within AKP ranks and Prime Minister Erdogan is not as popular because he has not moved quickly enough to make individual right reform become a high priority. The entire basis for being able to enter the European Union rests on instituting political reforms that foster democracy and individual rights.

The AKP moved too quickly on the headscarf issue for women in universities and would have been wiser to wait until entry into the EU. Erodgan has not reassured the Kurdish minority that its rights will be respected and he has lost considerable support among the Alevis who want true religious freedom.

Turk Independent Minded Professor Fired

Osman Can is an independent minded professor in Turkey who follows his own path on issues pertaining to the rights of individuals rather than blindly accepting those of either side in debates dealing with individual rights. He learned a few days ago that his presence was not desired at the Cankaya University Law School. Undoubtedly, they did not want a man who supported the rights of Muslim women to wear a headscarf in university. He had recommended to the Constitutional Court it was not unconstitutional to allow women the right to wear a headscarf. Many liberals oppose this right on ground it will spread Islamic ideas in the university but Can believes infringements on individual rights have no place in a university. He also opposed shutting down the Justice and Development Party(AKP) and has taken a stand supporting the rights of conscientious objectors.

Can does not fall into a category but will support fundamentalist Muslims on one issue and their opponents on another. Can opposed law that allow individuals who want more secularism and other cases involving individual rights. The university claimed he was fired because they want professors who attended the college rather than bringing in outsiders.