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Sibel Utku Bila

Sibel Utku Bila is a freelance journalist based in Ankara who has covered Turkey for 15 years. She was a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) from 1999 to 2011, and articles she wrote during that period have been published in many newspapers around the world. She has worked also as an editor at the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest English-language newspaper.

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Alevi jitters worsen in Turkey

By  Sibel Utku Bila | Tue, Dec 17, 2013
Turkey’s Alevi community fears that the government’s ostracizing rhetoric and policies are encouraging discrimination and physical attacks.

Alevi Anger Boils Over in Ankara

By  Sibel Utku Bila | Mon, Sep 23, 2013
Simmering anger in Ankara’s iconic Alevi neighborhood of Tuzlucayir suggests that the prime minister might be too late in addressing Alevi grievances.

Protest Aftermath Stokes
Anti-Government Anger in Turkey

By  Sibel Utku Bila | Sun, Jul 28, 2013
A judicial clampdown on demonstrators and lenient treatment of deadly police conduct hardens anti-government sentiment in the wake of Turkey’s protests.

Erdogan Cheered, Criticized
In AKP Stronghold

By  Sibel Utku Bila | Sat, Jun 15, 2013
A crowd rallies for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a show of force against the protests, but not without a sense of apprehension even in one of his party’s main strongholds.

Young Turks use 'disproportionate wit'
to shake up Erdogan

By  Sibel Utku Bila | Sun, Jun 9, 2013
The peaceful protests and accompanying satire have plunged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan into uncharted waters.
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