The Wide World of Identity Politics

The Independent Online reports,

Article 301 […] makes a criminal offence of denigrating national character.

Hey, is’nt it a refreshing change to be on the outside looking in on another peoples’ identity crisis for a change?

[Orhan] Pamuk, 53, has long been a thorn in Turkey’s side. His books, in more than 20 languages, paint an often unsettling picture of a Turkey split between Western and Oriental cultures, between conservative and modern, Islamic and secular ways of thinking. He has often spoken out against Turkey’s treatment of its minorities, accusing the government of encouraging “crazy” nationalism and violating human rights.

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