The new generations, one nation under God

NURAY MERT writes:

Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”

Comment(s) 10/24/2016

Politics of death over dead hopes

NURAY MERT writes:

It was about midnight on Friday when I found myself unable to resist wondering what the latest news was and switched the TV on.

Comment(s) 10/17/2016

‘Patria non grata’

NURAY MERT writes:

In just the past decade, Turkey has turned from being lauded as a “model country” to being termed a “patria non grata” (unwanted country) by its Western allies and neighbors.

Comment(s) 10/10/2016

The Lausanne debate: ‘Away with dreams and shadows’

NURAY MERT writes:

“Neither sentiment nor illusion must influence our policy. Away with dreams and shadows! …They cost us dear in the past”

Comment(s) 10/3/2016

The legacy of Abdulhamid II

NURAY MERT writes:

İsmail Kahraman, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) member and Parliament Speaker, recently stated that “the Sultan Abdulhamid II period is a mariner’s compass to give us direction and enlighten our future.” He was speaking on the occasion of the Symposium for the Commemoration of the Birth of Abdulhamid II last week.

Comment(s) 9/26/2016

Syria, Turkey’s Syrians and Kurds

NURAY MERT writes:

A recent video which was released by Syrian rebels in northern Syria shows fighters jeering a coalition convoy and rebels objecting to U.S. special forces on the ground. It also shows the complexity of the current situation in Syria

Comment(s) 9/19/2016

Comparative politics

NURAY MERT writes:

I decided that “comparative politics” is the best way to avoid my hopelessness concerning Turkey’s politics

Comment(s) 9/12/2016

Turkey is missing another chance to change

NURAY MERT writes:

I tried to explain the difficulties that Turkey has faced since the July 15 coup attempt and criticized Europeans for their negative attitudes toward Turkey during the European Forum in Alpbach last week

Comment(s) 9/5/2016

The ‘sons of the conquerors’

NURAY MERT writes:

Failure is doomed to be an “orphaned child,” but in fact Turkey’s foreign policy failure has many fathers

Comment(s) 8/29/2016

Time to talk frankly about Kurdish politics

NURAY MERT writes:

The tragedy of being or trying to be “a democrat” in Turkey is being a member of a very tiny minority

Comment(s) 8/22/2016

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