Presidential elections and Kurds

NURAY MERT writes:

One major issue concerning Erdoğan’s presidency is his willingness to do a deal with the Kurdish political movement to ensure their support

Comment(s) 4/21/2014

‘The Court’ and ‘The Agency’

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has become the latest target of accusations from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government

Comment(s) 4/14/2014

Turkey, Syria and Armenians in context

NURAY MERT writes:

From the beginning, the fact that the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria has been a dictatorial police state has been used as an excuse to turn a blind eye to the brutality of the opposition groups, especially against Alawites and Christians

Comment(s) 4/7/2014

The cost of ‘pride and prejudice’

NURAY MERT writes:

I had to write this column before seeing the election results, but no worries, as the political problem is not related to the electability of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)

Comment(s) 3/31/2014

The two new universes of Kurds and Turks

NURAY MERT writes:

Arriving Diyarbakır a day before Nevruz (Newroz in Kurdish) has been bliss; away from the dark Western side of Turkey.

Comment(s) 3/24/2014

The desperate times of Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Sometimes, history seems as if it is all just a constant repetition of mistakes, based on human weaknesses.

Comment(s) 3/17/2014

‘Navigating challenges’ in Sulaimaniyah

NURAY MERT writes:

In the last three weeks, I spent some time in Baghdad and then in Sulaimaniyah and as a result, I ended up feeling very sad although also a little hopeful

Comment(s) 3/10/2014

Corruption or noble cause?

NURAY MERT writes:

Postmodern theories suggest that there are no facts, but only “competing narratives.”

Comment(s) 3/3/2014

The end of ‘Endism’

NURAY MERT writes:

The early 1990s supposedly marked the end of many things: the end of communism, nation-states, ideology and even the end of history and politics.

Comment(s) 2/17/2014

Banality of ‘the truth about Turkey’

NURAY MERT writes:

The life and times of the so-called 'new Turkey' under the AKP rule has been so short that all those analyses based on the 'democratic potential' of a rising moderate Islamic political power proved to be a disastrous delusion

Comment(s) 2/10/2014

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