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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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Eid not-so-mubarak

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Eid Mubarak! Or, in English, may your feast be blessed. That is what we Muslims say to each other during these days, when we are celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Comment(s) 7/30/2014

A bitter fact: Fascism in Israel

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Gideon Levy is a prominent Israeli journalist and a leading voice within the Israeli liberal left. The other day, he had a piece in daily Haaretz, where he regularly writes

Comment(s) 7/26/2014

Gaza’s right to defend itself

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Had a Martian descended on our Earth right at this time and looked at these numbers, he would probably conclude that a shockingly unfair battle was going on

Comment(s) 7/23/2014

Islamists and illiberal democracy

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

If you would like to read a book these days that would help you grasp the political dynamics of post-Arab Spring societies, I would wholeheartedly recommend a new title: “Temptations of Power:

Comment(s) 7/16/2014

How Islamic is the Caliphate?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The title above might sound silly to some readers. Because the Caliphate (or the 'Successorship' to Prophet Muhammad) is certainly an 'Islamic' institution

Comment(s) 7/12/2014

Where Turkey is heading today

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Comment(s) 7/9/2014

What would the real caliph do?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The notorious ISIL, or “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” which has made a name for itself by chopping off heads and crucifying opponents, has recently made global news by declaring a “caliphate.”

Comment(s) 7/5/2014

Erdoğan the president

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The expected happened. Yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections in August.

Comment(s) 7/2/2014

Erdoğan’s attack on private universities

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

A bitter fact about Turkey has become painfully obvious in the past couple of years, especially the past couple of months

Comment(s) 6/25/2014

Ending the older witch hunts

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

More than four years ago, in this very column, I wrote a piece titled, “Today, I am closer to the secularists,” and I wrote the following:

Comment(s) 6/21/2014

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