How to read a recent survey on World War I

NURAY MERT writes:

It was very interesting to read an interview by Barçın Yinanç in the Hürriyet Daily News on a recent British Council survey in seven countries, including Turkey and the U.K., on views of the First World War.

Comment(s) 11/17/2014

Delusions of the new order

NURAY MERT writes:

As I was reading the story of a man who was diagnosed with a rare delusional disorder, I could not avoid making a comparison with the current mental state in Turkey

Comment(s) 11/10/2014

The tradition of ‘blaming the West’

NURAY MERT writes:

Nationalism(s) and Islamism(s) also reinforced anti-Western feeling as a popular ideological tool to put the blame on the West - and Israel in particular - for all problems

Comment(s) 10/27/2014

The politics of ‘policing’ Turks and Kurds

NURAY MERT writes:

I spent last weekend in Tehran, talking about Turkey’s regional and foreign politics. I have been to Tehran many times before for different occasions, but this was the first time that I saw Iranians display such a negative mood toward Turkey.

Comment(s) 10/20/2014

ISIL, Kurds and Turkey’s ‘new deal’

NURAY MERT writes:

As I suggested last week, the Turkish government is trying to present its “policy shift” concerning the “struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)” in “different terms” than those of the Western-Arab coalition.

Comment(s) 10/6/2014

The reluctant interventionalists

NURAY MERT writes:

The so-called Sunni powers have not been able to adapt to the changing political atmosphere in the Middle East, and Qatar and Turkey have resisted to the end

Comment(s) 9/29/2014

Reluctant fundamentalists

NURAY MERT writes:

It feels like if we condemn ISIL without finding excuses we will betray our religious identity, legitimize Western interventionism, or even whitewash Western imperialism

Comment(s) 9/15/2014

Muslims, Turkey and ISIL

NURAY MERT writes:

Muslims all over the world rightly hate to be held responsible for the atrocities committed by some groups or organizations (like ISIL recently) in the name of Islam. Yet, they (in fact, “we”) have the responsibility

Comment(s) 9/8/2014

ISIL, Muslims; good and evil

NURAY MERT writes:

ISIL poses more moral dilemmas concerning the question of who is to be held responsible for such horrendous religious ideology and politics. Is it Islam itself that contains the seeds of radicalism?

Comment(s) 9/1/2014

The ‘New Turkey’ and its new prime minister

NURAY MERT writes:

It is rather difficult for me to write about the new prime ministerial candidate, Ahmet Davutoğlu, since he is a classmate from university years and an old friend.

Comment(s) 8/25/2014

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