Turkey as a new model?

NURAY MERT writes:

“Totalitarianism differs essentially from other forms of political oppression known to us such as despotism, tyranny and dictatorship. Wherever it rose to power, it developed entirely new political institutions and destroyed all social, legal and political traditions of the country.”

Comment(s) 5/23/2016

The biggest problem with the EU

NURAY MERT writes:

The problem with EU-Turkey relations is not about succeeding in saving the refugee deal; it is much deeper

Comment(s) 5/16/2016

Erdogan’s Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Now, it is Erdoğan’s Turkey, like it or not. I have been writing about the authoritarian tilt in Turkey for six years

Comment(s) 5/9/2016

We need a debate on secularism in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman sparked controversy last week after suggesting that secularism should not be included in Turkey’s new constitution, as this is a Muslim country

Comment(s) 5/2/2016

Turkey’s coups

NURAY MERT writes:

The Supreme Court of Appeals has overturned convictions in the Ergenekon coup plot trial as the alleged Ergenekon Terror Organization could not be found and identified

Comment(s) 4/25/2016

The ‘Muslim world’ and the Istanbul summit

NURAY MERT writes:

At the end of the Organization of Istanbul Cooperation’s (OIC) Istanbul summit, our Turkish president declared that “terrorism and violence are the two biggest issues facing the Muslim world”

Comment(s) 4/18/2016

Engaging Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s pretense of being a Western(ized), secular country has long been challenged as being “superimposed.” I, for one, have always been a critic of the “radical Westernization project” of the Republican regime, since it could only be enforced by authoritarian politics

Comment(s) 4/11/2016

Kurds and the flames of fire

NURAY MERT writes:

I learned the price of getting involved in the political debate on the Kurdish issue after I started to focus on Kurdish politics in around 2009

Comment(s) 4/4/2016

The last hope of Turkey’s lazy democrats

NURAY MERT writes:

After the controversial Iranian-Turkish citizen businessman Reza Zarrab was arrested in the U.S. last week, it was not only cheered by thousands of ordinary Turkish citizens but also welcomed by all circles of opposition and dissidence as a fresh chance to weaken the ruling party.

Comment(s) 3/28/2016

Living with fear

NURAY MERT writes:

Two blasts have hit Turkey within a week and left us with all kinds of fears

Comment(s) 3/21/2016

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