Unemployment amid the political storm

GÜVEN SAK writes:

March 15 was a very interesting day, or at least it was for me. The Netherlands held general elections, and the Turkish Institute of Statistics (TÜİK) released its Bulletin of Unemployment. I think it proved to be a day of glory for the Dutch, and despair for Turks

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

It’s all about that ‘vision thing’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 1987, then-vice president George H.W. Bush was spending a few days at Camp David to think about how to approach his presidential campaign

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

How to think about ‘Turkey’s Great Normalization’

GÜVEN SAK writes:

In 1980, Turkey’s GDP per capita was around $1,500. It was $3,600 in 2002 and by 2008 it had reached $10,000. Then it stalled. Was that halt only because of the global financial crisis? I don’t think so.

Comment(s) 3/4/2017

Erdoğan and Turkey’s tradition of pluralism

GÜVEN SAK writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was touring the Gulf last week. During the trip, he spoke to a number of Arab media outlets, including the Qatari newspaper Al-Arab.

Comment(s) 2/25/2017

Trump’s NATO question is a fair one

GÜVEN SAK writes:

President Donald Trump has entered our lives like an asteroid entering the stratosphere.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

Turkey’s existential angst

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Orhan Pamuk’s most recent novel, “A Strangeness in My Mind,” tells the story of Mevlut, a boza seller, and his life in rapidly changing Istanbul from 1969 to 2012.

Comment(s) 2/11/2017

Chancellor Merkel comes to Ankara

GÜVEN SAK writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Ankara on Thursday

Comment(s) 2/4/2017

The politician true to his lies

GÜVEN SAK writes:

We are a week into the Donald Trump presidency, and there isn’t much I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall of the Oval Office.

Comment(s) 1/28/2017

From Star Trek to Star Wars

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Earlier this week, venture capitalist Peter Thiel categorized Star Trek as “communist” and Star Wars as “capitalist” to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times. Why?

Comment(s) 1/14/2017

Turkey’s new IPR legislation

GÜVEN SAK writes:

“The times, they are a changing,’” sang the bard and a recent Nobel laureate, and of course they are. Check the headlines of newspapers published on Jan. 1 if you want to see what I mean. Here is one from Iceland; “First child of 1980 gave birth to the first child of 2017.”

Comment(s) 1/7/2017

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