What’s the trouble with Turkey?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Denmark has had no majority government since 1982. Turkey, on the other hand, has been ruled by a tight single party majority since 2002. That is 33 years of debate and deal-making in Denmark and 13 years of parliamentary hegemony in Turkey

Comment(s) 2/28/2015

Have you heard Özgecan’s cry?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Özgecan Aslan was a 20-year-old university student. She was killed in a private bus after an attempted rape in Tarsus, between Mersin and Adana on the southern coast of Turkey. The perpetrators of the monstrous crime disfigured and burned her body. They have all been arrested. Yet the slogan “Have you heard Özgecan’s cry?” is still echoing across massive protests all over the country

Comment(s) 2/21/2015

Greek debt no longer a technical problem

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The EU has approached the Greek debt problem as a technical one up until now. Greek governments used to share that perspective.

Comment(s) 2/14/2015

The Middle East and North Africa needs its own ASEAN

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 2012, Turkey made the Ro-Ro agreement with Egypt, which allowed its goods easier access to Middle Eastern markets.

Comment(s) 1/31/2015

First Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 2012, Mexico was the first emerging economy to lead the G20. So Turkey is not the first. But those out there with unhealthy “first time ever” obsessions can take solace in Turkey being the first Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

Comment(s) 1/24/2015

Why Turkey’s transformation is confusing

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I have been hearing two seemingly contradictory tales about Turkey’s transformation lately. One ends with the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) election victory in 2002, while the other begins with it.

Comment(s) 1/17/2015

Let the person without sin cast the first stone

GÜVEN SAK writes:

People seem to think that Turkey has changed in some basic way in the past couple of years, that the system of 80 million people somehow shifted its stance overnight to no longer be an integral part of Western civilization.

Comment(s) 1/10/2015

How the ballot box made Turkey

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Internal migration made Turkey. Families packing up and leaving their hometowns was one of the major building blocks of our growth model.

Comment(s) 1/3/2015

The state of the Turkish economy

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Santa Claus is a citizen of Turkey – or he would have been if he was living today. In the third century, he was known as Saint Nicholas of Myra, today’s city of Demre in the province of Antalya.

Comment(s) 12/27/2014

Cuba, Turkey and the unbearable feeling of loneliness

GÜVEN SAK writes:

It takes courage to accept failure. U.S. President Barack Obama has shown the world that he can learn from the facts and abandon a long-failed policy – because U.S. policy toward Cuba has been a disaster, a remnant of the 20th century.

Comment(s) 12/20/2014

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