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Why the Turkish left hates Erdoğan but loves Castro

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The passing of Fidel Castro was big news in Turkey as in much of the world. What was interesting was the unreserved adoration the Turkish left expressed for the late Cuban dictator.

Comment(s) 11/30/2016

The road from Brussels to Shanghai

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkey’s decades-long relationship with the European Union is now in state of coma. The European Parliament voted the other day in favor of “freezing” the relationship, while Ankara responded in a “we-don’t-give-a-damn” sort of mood. The vote is not legally binding, and it will be up to the European Council, consisting of the leaders of the member states, to decide on Turkey’s future next month.

Comment(s) 11/26/2016

Did the Turkish government just try to legalize child rape?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

If you have been following Turkish news, the odd question in my headline might have occurred to you.

Comment(s) 11/23/2016

When reason does not work

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

For decades, I have been a believer in human reason. By that, I don’t mean that I have been a hardcore French rationalist who thinks that we can find all truths through reason

Comment(s) 11/19/2016

A sad farewell to the European Union

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to a supportive audience in Ankara on Nov. 14 and said something about the strained relations between Turkey and the European Union

Comment(s) 11/16/2016

The brave new world with Donald Trump

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last Tuesday night, I went to bed thinking that I would probably wake up to a world with Hillary Clinton as the next American president. I woke up instead, of course, to Donald Trump as the next American president. It was a big surprise, of course, if not a shock. But I told myself, as I later told others, “Don’t panic, it probably won’t be that bad.”

Comment(s) 11/12/2016

Thoughts about the next US president

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

By the time you are reading these lines, the presidential election in the United States will be over.

Comment(s) 11/9/2016

Vicious cycle on the Kurdish front

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

When I woke up yesterday, I saw two breaking news: First, around a dozen members of the Turkish Parliament, all from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), had been detained by the police. Second, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist group that fights for Kurdish autonomy, had bombed the police station in Diyarbakır, killing eight people and injuring almost a hundred.

Comment(s) 11/5/2016

Depressing news from Turkey

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

SARAJEVO – I have been in Europe in the past week, in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Heidelberg, Germany, for public talks on freedom.

Comment(s) 11/2/2016

Is Ankara really irredentist now?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Dictionaries define “irredentist” as “a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it.” What makes this relevant to us today is that there are some political commentators who suggest that Ankara has lately become “irredentist.” Are they right?

Comment(s) 10/29/2016

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