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Semra Sevi

Political Science Student, University of Toronto


Turkey's Prime Minister Needs to Take Responsibility

After three weeks of turmoil in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still appears to be reluctant to resolve the political conflict in Turkey. Rather, he has further provoked the protesters by his continued dismissive and authoritarian statements.
06/25/2013 12:24 EDT

The Munk Debates: Should We Tax the Rich More?

Since it began in 2008, the Munk Debates series has firmly established itself as one of the premier debating events in Canada. The latest debate, held this Thursday night in Toronto, took on the highl...
06/02/2013 08:41 EDT

Will Canada Answer the "Kurdish Question"?

Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners in Turkey have been on a hunger strike for over a month. According to CNN, they demand equal Kurdish language rights in education and in courts, as well as the release of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the infamous Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK). The Kurdish demands do indeed require a response, not only from Canada but from the rest of the world also
10/30/2012 04:39 EDT

Justin Trudeau: More Than a Famous Pretty Boy

What Justin Trudeau brings to politics is a charismatic, genuine, energetic and trustworthy face. He can work a crowd like no other MP. Since announcing his candidacy, he has had no problems drawing full crowds at appearances ranging from rallies to talks on the role of social media in politics. Don't underestimate these traits. What the Liberal party of Canada needs is a young energetic leader who can reclaim the centre and encourage people who don't usually vote to do so.
10/15/2012 11:35 EDT

When the Internet is Blocked, So Is Change in Iran

In the highly turbulent world of the Middle East, social media has been playing an extremely significant role in raising awareness and inciting change. But in Iran, the internet is closed-off from the outside world, only giving its citizens government-issued propaganda. People like Saman Arbabi are trying to fight this, and we must help in any way we can.
06/19/2012 12:02 EDT

Will The Female Bob Rae Please Stand Up?

Bob Rae's decision not to seek the position of permanent leader of the Liberal Party was a dignified one. But now the way forward for the Liberal Party is to rebuild in the best possible way. It's time to end the old boys' club mentality. Liberals are given an opportunity to show this to Canada by breaking down barriers for women in politics.
06/14/2012 03:39 EDT