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Yüksel Durgut

Dortmund, Germany
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About Yüksel
Yüksel Durgut  is a journalist based in Dortmund, Germany. He is in the fields since 1994. He worked for a Turkish News Agency. He covered Afghanistan and Pakistan about ten years. He wrote four books and hundreds of documentaries for many TV channels.

Journalist, صحافي, журналист, روزنامه نگا,ر, Novinar, ジャーナリスト, Journaliste, صحافی, Periodista, 記者, Giornalista, Gazeteci
English Turkish Urdu
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Voices from Masafer Yatta: Unveiling the Struggle Through the Lens of ‘No Other Land

08 Mar 2024  |  politurco.com
The documentary 'No Other Land' about Palestinian hamlets won Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival. The Palestinian-Israeli collaborative project by directors Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham highlights the plight of Palestinians and calls for an end to the occupation. German Minister of Culture Claudia Roth's selective applause at the award ceremony sparked controversy, as did American filmmaker Ben Russell's solidarity gesture. The film's success and the surrounding events have ignited discussions on Germany's support for Israel and the broader European stance, influenced by historical colonial experiences.

Kamil Oğuz: The Pursuit of Truth in the Shadows of Power

01 Mar 2024  |  politurco.com
The article reflects on the life and work of journalist Kamil Oğuz, who pursued truth and justice in his reporting, particularly during Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's tenure as Mayor of Istanbul. Despite facing challenges such as bid rigging and corruption, Oğuz remained dedicated to his craft until his death on July 9, 2021. The piece also highlights the plight of exiled journalists and the importance of the International Journalists Association's Media Promotion and Solidarity Meeting in supporting press freedom and the safety of journalists who have been forced to leave Turkey.

Causality in Islamic Thought: Navigating Between Faith and Determinism

01 Mar 2024  |  Politurco.com
The article discusses the principle of causality in Islamic thought, its historical debates among scholars, and its relevance to contemporary issues. It explores the views of Islamic philosophers, theologians, and Sufis on causality, determinism, and the nature of miracles, contrasting them with Western philosophical critiques. The article also examines the implications of causality for religious beliefs, the problem of evil, human free will, and the relationship between religion and science. It highlights the importance of causality in understanding the nature of being, creation, and the attributes of God, as well as the potential for idolatry in attributing power to causes rather than God. The piece concludes by emphasizing the need for future articles to delve deeper into the concepts of cause and causality.

I am human and I stand with those who suffer!

28 Feb 2024  |  Politurco.com
The article discusses the historical context of racial discrimination in the US, drawing parallels with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It highlights a recent protest in Washington where Sergeant Aaron Bushnell self-immolated in front of the Israeli embassy, calling for 'Freedom for Palestine.' The piece reflects on global protests against Israel's military operations and the need for diplomatic solutions to both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Russia-Ukraine war. It criticizes the US's unwavering stance on Israel policy under Joe Biden and the influence of American warmongers on foreign policy, advocating for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve international conflicts.

+972 and the Abraham Accords

10 Nov 2023  |  Politurco.com
Following Israel's declaration of war, which has led to the brutal slaughter of Palestinian people, Muslim country leaders have attempted to position themselves as key supporters of the Palestinian cause. Despite the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's strong condemnation of Israeli aggression, the actions of these leaders are largely symbolic. The article criticizes the lack of democratic aspirations in Gulf monarchies and other Muslim countries, as well as the hypocrisy of Western states that claim to champion freedom. It highlights the Abraham Accords' normalization of relations between Israel and several Arab countries, which has been complicated by recent conflicts. The piece also recounts the historical context of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and the failure of the international community to protect their rights.

The US Continues to Block Turkey's Helicopter Exports to Pakistan

02 Oct 2023  |  Tr724
The US has blocked Turkey's sale of ATAK T-129 helicopters to Pakistan due to the use of American engines, despite Turkey's lobbying efforts. This blockade is seen as part of broader US sanctions following Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles. The delay in helicopter delivery has led Pakistan to consider alternatives like the Chinese Z-10. The Turkish Presidency views the US actions as detrimental to US interests, while the Pentagon maintains control over export licenses.

Looking for a Unique Leader

01 Oct 2023  |  Tr724
The article discusses the challenges and qualities of political leadership, focusing on Jacinda Ardern's tenure as New Zealand's Prime Minister. It highlights her empathetic and effective response to crises such as the Christchurch terror attack, a volcanic eruption, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern's unexpected resignation is attributed to burnout, and her leadership style is praised for its empathy, kindness, teamwork, and service to people. The article also mentions other young leaders like Sanna Marin and emphasizes the need for a new generation of leaders who prioritize public service over personal gain.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 'Iron Lady' Tawakkol Karman: I Have No Army, But I Have My Word

04 May 2023  |  www.tr724.com
Tawakkol Karman, known as the 'Iron Lady' and a figure in the Arab Spring, discusses her role as a human rights activist and journalist. Despite not having an army, she leverages her voice, connections, and positions to fight against oppressors. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 alongside Ellen John Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee for her nonviolent leadership, she continues to advocate for human rights, democracy, and women's rights. Karman emphasizes the importance of peaceful struggle, even under the rule of militias and armed groups, and criticizes the global indifference to the oppression in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. She also highlights the role of youth in shaping the future and the need for free press and human rights organizations in countries like Yemen.

Does it serve Trump's interests?

05 Apr 2023  |  tr724.com
Former U.S. President Donald Trump is accused by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office of making hush money payments and falsifying records. The case has not yet reached a conclusion, and Trump has denied all allegations. Comparisons are drawn to the Profumo affair in 1963 England. Trump's indictment could have serious consequences, including potential imprisonment, but the likelihood of this is considered low. The situation may benefit Trump's campaign interests. Meanwhile, the U.S. faces tensions with Russia over Ukraine and potential conflict with China, adding to the domestic political climate. The article suggests that despite the ideal that no one is above the law, historical figures like Reagan and Nixon have not been held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.

Reluctant Coup Leader

08 Feb 2023  |  tr724.com
Pervez Musharraf, a general known for his secular stance and admiration for Atatürk, seized power in Pakistan through a military coup in 1999, shortly after the Kargil conflict with India. Despite his self-description as a 'reluctant coup leader,' he enjoyed the authority and aimed to cleanse the corrupt political system. His rule was marked by a mix of military and political maneuvers, including a referendum to legitimize his regime, and he faced little international backlash initially. Musharraf's tenure saw attempts to liberalize Pakistan and align with the West post-9/11, but also controversies such as the killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and the imposition of emergency rule in 2007, which led to his downfall. After resigning in 2008 amid fears of impeachment, he faced legal challenges, including a treason trial, and was eventually sentenced to death in absentia while living in exile in the UAE.

IJA: Journalists can never be a bargaining chip

09 Nov 2022  |  Tr724
During Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson's visit to Turkey, the issue of exiled journalist Bülent Keneş was raised by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who demanded Keneş's extradition as part of negotiations for Sweden's NATO membership. Keneş, a former editor of the now-seized Today's Zaman newspaper, is portrayed as a victim of political persecution by Erdoğan's regime. The article emphasizes the importance of press freedom and the rule of law, and expresses hope that Sweden will not compromise these values. It also references the poor ranking of Turkey in press freedom indices and the expectation that the Turkish government will continue to suppress media ahead of upcoming elections.

Africa's Che Guevara

13 Oct 2022  |  tr724.com
West African countries like Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso have been struggling with insurgencies despite international aid. Mali is now hosting Russian forces through the Wagner Group. Burkina Faso experienced two coups in 2021, with the latest led by Captain İbrahim Traoré. The article also covers the trial for the assassination of Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso's president from 1983 until his murder in 1987, known as 'Africa's Che Guevara.' Sankara implemented significant health, education, and land reforms, resisted international aid, and was anti-imperialist. His murderer, Blaise Compaoré, was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment 35 years after the assassination. The article reflects on the lack of current leaders like Sankara or Nelson Mandela in Africa.

Iran's 'Generation Z' and the headscarf

29 Sep 2022  |  Tr724
The article discusses the widespread protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman detained by the morality police for not wearing a headscarf properly. The protests, led by young people and joined by various social and ethnic groups, have resulted in over 75 deaths. The author highlights the underlying issues of Iran's economy, bureaucratic corruption, and the struggle against the mandatory headscarf imposed by the country's religious leaders. The article also criticizes Western hypocrisy in addressing human rights issues and calls for accountability if Amini's death is confirmed to be due to police violence.

Harsh Resistance in Ankara

23 May 2022  |  tr724.com
The term 'vastus ankara' in Finnish, meaning harsh resistance, has become prevalent in the Baltics, especially in the context of Turkey's opposition to Sweden and Finland's NATO membership. The article recounts the historical resistance of Finland against the Soviet Union during World War II, drawing parallels to the current geopolitical situation. It discusses Vladimir Putin's outspoken concerns about NATO's eastward expansion and the lack of Western diplomatic efforts to prevent the war in Ukraine. The article also touches on the Solomon Islands' security agreement with China and the implications for regional sovereignty and geopolitical tensions. It concludes by reflecting on the double standards of major powers in conflicts and the uncertain future of Ukraine's resistance against Russia.


30 Apr 2022  |  Tr724
The article discusses the concept of hypocrisy in Islam, referencing the Quran and Hadiths to describe the characteristics of a hypocrite. It criticizes those who lie, break promises, and betray trust for personal gain, highlighting the issue of two-faced individuals who claim religious piety for self-interest. The text specifically targets the actions of the Erdoğan regime and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, condemning their response to the July 15 coup attempt and the subsequent harm caused to individuals through the use of emergency decrees and the closure of unions and professional organizations.

Asia is being reshaped

29 Mar 2022  |  Tr724
The geopolitical landscape in Asia is undergoing significant changes, with traditional alliances shifting and new partnerships forming. The Ukraine crisis has brought Russia and China closer together, challenging the dominance of the United States. European reliance on Russian energy is being tested, and Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE are seeking paths independent of US influence. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, with its vast economic and military resources, could redefine the balance of power between the West and the East. As the US withdraws from regions like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran, gaps are left for China and Russia to extend their reach into the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Silence in Pain

12 Mar 2022  |  Tr724
On March 12, 2022, as the war approached the capital of Ukraine, Kiev residents sought refuge from indiscriminate gunfire, with daily life coming to a halt. Journalist Vladymyr, working for a major news channel, had to navigate the dangers of the advancing Russian army, even filming amidst the suburban violence. He and a colleague witnessed the aftermath of intense fighting in Velyka Dymerka, including scattered bodies and a wounded man they could not assist. Vladymyr's 15-year experience in war reporting, including in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, did not prepare him for the trauma of covering conflict in his own country. The invasion, which began on February 24, disrupted sleep patterns and caused lasting psychological impacts. Vladymyr's wife, Valentyna, and their daughter, Elena, also suffered, eventually leaving for the unknown from Odesa's train station. The article contrasts Vladymyr's silent suffering with the experiences of other journalists, including a Russian journalist named Vladimir, who feels unaffected by the violence he covers. The piece reflects on the psychological toll of war reporting, the normalization of violence, and the lack of support for journalists' mental health.

From Human Rights in Islam to the AKP Troll in Sweden

09 Feb 2022  |  Tr724
The article discusses the contrast between the inclusive and compassionate teachings of Islam, as found in the Quran and exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad, and the hateful speech of an AKP-affiliated woman in Sweden who made a statement about burning people like Hitler did. It highlights the principles of human rights as they are presented in Islam, which align with those in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing the sanctity of life, equality, and the prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment. The author reflects on his own experiences with genuine patriots who understand the concepts of 'halal' and 'haram' and expresses gratitude for distancing himself from individuals like the aforementioned AKP affiliate.

The New Game Changer of the Middle East: UAE

21 Jan 2022  |  Tr724
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as a significant diplomatic player in the Middle East, engaging with non-Arab regional powers Turkey, Israel, and Iran to foster economic ties and redesign relations with Syria. The UAE's rise as a game changer comes as the United States, under Joe Biden, continues a quiet diplomacy approach, failing to fill the void left by its unsuccessful policies in the region. The UAE's economic strength, entrepreneurial culture, and population diversity have contributed to its success in initiating peace and stability in the region, contrasting with the US's inability to take bold and constructive steps over the past two decades.

Ukraine Invasion at Hand

17 Jan 2022  |  Tr724
Intelligence reports indicate Russia is ready to attack Ukraine, with the U.S. sharing details of Russian troop buildups. Russia plans to invade within a month, potentially using 100 battalions from Crimea, the Russian border, and Belarus. The international community is concerned about the reasons behind Russia's desire to invade Ukraine. President Putin sees Ukraine as a vital buffer for Russian security, historically significant as a gateway for European invaders. The U.S. administration has warned of significant consequences for Russia if it invades, with coordinated sanctions that could severely damage the Russian economy. The situation could escalate tensions in Central Asia, with implications for Tajikistan, which is strategically aligned with the U.S. but economically and defensively dependent on Russia. Tajikistan's President Emomalij Rahmon has supported Russia's potential invasion, possibly influenced by his stance against the Afghan Taliban. The unrest in Afghanistan and the role of anti-Taliban groups in Tajikistan are becoming more visible, with Rahmon refusing to recognize the Taliban government without a significant role for the ethnic Tajik minority. The potential invasion of Ukraine could exacerbate issues in Tajikistan and Pakistan, with fears of triggering a third world war. Terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Tajik and Uzbek Taliban in Pakistan could exploit the unrest in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Ignorance and Closed Minds

11 Jan 2022  |  Tr724
A conference on 'Islam, society, and ethical values' in Pakistan highlighted the Muslim world's struggle with corruption and rising sexual crimes, which Prime Minister Imran Khan attributed to social media. The narrow perspective presented at the conference was criticized for failing to address the root causes of the Muslim world's lag in social and economic development indicators. The need for education, freedom of expression, and open-mindedness among Muslim youth was emphasized, contrasting with the reality of less freedom and academic achievement in Muslim countries. The article also touched on the minimal scientific contributions from the Muslim world, exemplified by only three Muslim scientists winning Nobel Prizes, and the case of Dr. Abdus Salam, who faced discrimination in Pakistan.

The language of Hindustani: Hindi and Urdu

09 Nov 2021  |  tr724.com
The article by Yüksel Durgut discusses the historical and cultural significance of Hindi and Urdu languages, collectively known as Hindustani. It traces their evolution and differentiation post-India's partition in 1947, highlighting the shared linguistic heritage despite political and religious divides. The author reflects on personal experiences with Urdu, the impact of the International Cricket Council's events on India-Pakistan relations, and the role of language in cultural unity. The piece also touches on the institutional efforts that led to the formal separation of Hindi and Urdu, and the societal implications of this division.

Major journalist associations from around the world warn Turkey

02 May 2021  |  tr724.com
Fourteen major media organizations have issued a report and a call to action on media freedom, with Turkey being the most warned country. The report, titled 'A Real Action Plan for Press Freedom,' was signed by influential groups such as PEN, EBU, IPI, CPJ, IFJ, and AEJ. It highlights the increasing control of media by state-led entities in Europe, with Turkey's mainstream media largely under government allies' control. The report criticizes Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) for increasing threats against independent broadcasters and mentions specific cases of journalists facing violence, arbitrary arrests, harassment, and other retaliatory actions. It also notes the misuse of criminal law against journalists in Turkey, citing examples of convictions for insulting public officials, disclosing confidential information, and alleged terrorism. The report calls for the release of all detained journalists and media workers and urges Turkish authorities to stop actions that hinder independent journalism and to restore judicial independence and impartiality.

Hope for 140,000 people affected by statutory decrees

28 Apr 2021  |  Tr724
The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has ruled that dismissals and union closures by statutory decrees in Turkey are illegal, even during the state of emergency. The decision impacts 140,000 individuals dismissed by these decrees. The ILO's decision is based on international agreements, which are part of Turkey's domestic law according to the constitution. The ILO also found no evidence of terrorism links for the closed unions and criticized the State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission for not being an effective legal remedy. The ILO calls for the reinstatement of dismissed workers, the return of confiscated properties if no sufficient evidence for closure is found, and a fair and impartial investigation into the dismissals.

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