Monthly Archives: Şubat 2015

The defeat of Ottomanism

Let’s make no mistake about it: The evacuation of the Turkish military unit from the tiny piece of land — the Süleyman Şah tomb complex — is nothing more than a long overdue precaution. The risk of an attack led … Okumaya devam et

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Negotiation of negotiations: Who has the upper hand – AKP or PKK?

Turkey’s so-called “Solution Process” has gotten into a rut. Given the stakes and the path the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has been pursuing, the opposite would be a surprise. Two years spent in the name of bringing the … Okumaya devam et

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To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail

Here is a translation of my column – for daily Bugün – published yesterday: At first glance, the ‘overall picture’ shows: firmly convinced that he commands the key positions of the state, the new hegemon has totally adopted the security … Okumaya devam et

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‘Cheer the violence and it will all blow up on your face’

“We politicians are responsible for the murders committed in our country…” ‘His Excellency’ will be reminded of this statement every day. He deserves much more than this; he deserves a loud, sonorous, collective reminder. His country reeks of police violence … Okumaya devam et

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When women in Turkey rise up

“I don’t care about being alone in the eyes of the world,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a group of stenographs who call themselves “journalists” whom he regularly travels abroad with. “What matters is how people view me,” he continued. “I … Okumaya devam et

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Hakan Fidan and his baffling resignation

Less than four months before the parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), intoxicated with power, has been given a new dimension. That President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — the de facto leader of the party — is now determined … Okumaya devam et

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Kurdish roulette

There are four months left until the parliamentary elections in Turkey, and one of the many puzzling parts of the political game is what the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is up to. Yet, it is a key party whose … Okumaya devam et

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Turkey’s countdown to autocracy: Parliament to begin discussing much-criticized ‘security package’

Turkish Parliament is to begin to discuss this week a domestic security bill that has been widely criticized as yet another step towards an authoritarian regime. Ignoring  claims by the opposition parties that the bill is against the Constitution, the … Okumaya devam et

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