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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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Why are Turkish journalists, again, detained?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Sunday, yet another weird episode was added to Turkey’s endless hall of shame: About three dozen people were detained, including many journalists.

Comment(s) 12/17/2014

The making of the ‘presidential system’

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

This week, the Turkish media reported the creation of something called “the shadow government.”

Comment(s) 12/13/2014

Yes to ‘Ottoman,’ no to compulsory religion

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkey just hosted a controversial “National Education Council.” This is a body in which many educators take part in order to make suggestions to the Education Ministry about future strategies in the national education system.

Comment(s) 12/10/2014

Constitutional Court as the new ‘coup’ HQ

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkey’s political lunacy is not likely to end anytime soon. Its latest episode is the condemnation of the Constitutional Court as the headquarters of yet another 'coup attempt' against the AKP

Comment(s) 12/6/2014

How to fit the Alevis into ‘New Turkey’

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has just issued in a landmark decision about religious freedom in Turkey

Comment(s) 12/3/2014

Welcome to Turkey, Your Holiness

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Dear Pope Francis, As I as writing these lines, your plane was about to land in Ankara. As an ordinary Turk, and a Muslim, I just wanted to wish you welcome, and share some thoughts about Turkey, Islam, and, if you don’t mind, even about your mission.

Comment(s) 11/29/2014

A synagogue and a hateful governor

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Nov. 21, Dursun Ali Şahin, the governor of Edirne, a province in Turkey’s northwestern edge, initiated controversy with his appalling remarks.

Comment(s) 11/26/2014

Who discovered America? Turks or Muslims?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, as you might have probably heard, argued last week that Muslims discovered the Americas some three centuries before Christopher Columbus.

Comment(s) 11/22/2014

Tayyip Erdoğan and Christopher Columbus

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

After 12 years in power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by now has established a good record of initiating unexpected controversies.

Comment(s) 11/19/2014

Who be-hooded the US sailors in Istanbul?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Nov. 12, a bizarre “protest” took place in Istanbul. Near Sarayburnu, a big harbor, the American warship USS Ross had stopped by on its way back from a NATO mission in the Black Sea.

Comment(s) 11/15/2014

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