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What is Turkey’s deal in Mosul?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The operation to save Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has begun. It is led by the Shiite-dominated Iraqi army, Shiite militias, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, some Sunni forces trained by Turkey, and of course the United States, which is coordinating the whole effort.

Comment(s) 10/19/2016

The challenges of peace

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

The international community took its breath 10 days ago when Colombians took to the polls in a nationwide referendum to have their say on a negotiated peace deal to end the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.

Comment(s) 10/13/2016

Good news: The CHP now gets religion

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The other day, a symposium was held by Istanbul’s Kartal Municipality, held by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), along with Istanbul University and the “Turkish Hearths,” a moderate nationalist organization. The title was “Problems of the Contemporary Islamic World and Solutions.” And the keynote speaker was none other than Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the CHP, the citadel of Turkish secularism.

Comment(s) 10/12/2016

Murphy’s law in Turkey

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Since July 15, we have been living in a post-coup Turkey - and there is little doubt that it is getting more depressing every week. It is not depressing because the coup failed, of course.

Comment(s) 10/8/2016

The intra-Erdoğanist power wars

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

If you want to understand how concentration of power in the hands of one man has affected Turkey, you should read a recent piece in daily Yeni Şafak penned by Aydın Ünal.

Comment(s) 10/5/2016

No more Yozgat Blues?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

If you really want to know Turkey well, you should know something about Yozgat, the Central Anatolian town just east of Ankara.

Comment(s) 10/1/2016

Erdoğanism versus anti-Erdoğanism

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

In 2001, I watched the Hollywood movie “The One.” It was a pretty mediocre action film and there is little wonder it gets a mere 5.9/10 on IMDB, the people’s republic of rating movies

Comment(s) 9/28/2016

A state of emergency forever?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

After Turkey’s failed coup on July 15, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency.

Comment(s) 9/24/2016

The attack on a woman for wearing shorts

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

During the relatively calm days of Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), an unpleasant incident made Turkey’s breaking news.

Comment(s) 9/21/2016

What to do about the journalists in jail?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On July 14, a night before the failed coup attempt in Turkey, there was a political discussion show on Can Erzincan TV, a small TV channel unofficially operated by the Gülen cult

Comment(s) 9/17/2016

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