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Secular Turkey Strikes Back, One School At A Time

A Turkish parachutist with a Turkish flag flies over a military parade in the Turkish occupied area of the divided capital Ni
A Turkish parachutist with a Turkish flag flies over a military parade in the Turkish occupied area of the divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The parade was part of the celebrations marking the 39th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern area of the island. Cyprus was split into Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

When the Turkish Ministry of National Education announced plans last summer to turn her daughter’s public school into a religious academy, Bercis Kaplama grew so upset that she dashed off a petition, and went door-to-door collecting signatures. She got 13,000.

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