Category Archives: Politics

Has Turkey’s notorious ‘deep state’ come back with a vengeance?

”The return of Ergenekon as ultranationalists replace FETÖ” This was the headline of one of the most concise and interesting analysis I encountered lately. The column was penned by my esteemed colleague Barçın Yinanç, with Hurriyet Daily News (an outlet … Continue reading

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Taboo-breaking Belge Publishing House raided: ‘Black history of Turkey is back’

When I heard the news, I called him first thing in the morning. At the other end of the line, there was this elderly gentleman – 70 years old – known as one of the boldest taboo-breakers in Turkey. ‘Good … Continue reading

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Referendum moment: Will Turkey say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Erdoğan’s power grab?

That the race in Turkey’s existential referendum is neck and neck is in itself self-explanatory. A nation sharply divided by half, not simply in civilized disagreement, but turned against each other in mistrust, enmity, vengeance. A day before the country’s … Continue reading

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Turkey: on the brink of a systemic suicide

If ‘holding your breath together’ would apply to large masses of concerned people, it is that rare moment. On Sunday some 55 million voters in Turkey will go to the ballotboxes in a referendum which will define the country’s identity, and … Continue reading

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Stupefied by terror and deaths, erratic AKP is between a rock and a hard place

One point emerges as undisputable after the series of terror attacks, and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara by a police officer: Turkey, now showing strong signs as ‘ungovernable’ under the AKP rule, is sinking all more deeply … Continue reading

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Withdrawal welcome as challenges mount

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Turkey is holding its breath as Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels started their withdrawal to Iraqi soil. From every vantage point of view, this is the third phase of the “peace … Continue reading

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Davutoğlu: “‘Point of no return”

With a slight delay of some days of the date planned, the negotiating parts have now reached the second threshold of the peace process’s first phase. It has been about silencing the guns first, which has been done. Ever since … Continue reading

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Turkey’s glasnost: Kurds and Armenians

Such is the power of the dynamics of transformation. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “switching-on” of the Kurdish peace process at the very end of December 2012 showed how deeply “Turkish glasnost” was hidden in the depths of the sociopolitical … Continue reading

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Not unlikely at all: CHP’s ‘modernists’ may stage an uprising

Sırrı Süreyya Önder, a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy — the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was clear in his statement that a final PKK declaration on withdrawal is impending. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, prime minister of … Continue reading

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Time to stop engineering religion

Democrats and reformists from all camps in this country may have been united in expecting a fully democratic constitution for Turkey, but each and every one has his/her own focal point and red line about it. While legitimate concerns are … Continue reading

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