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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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A Mercedes affair

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkey is full of political controversies, and not all of them are really significant. The recent controversy over a luxury Mercedes car bought for the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (“Diyanet” in Turkish) was arguably significant, though.

Comment(s) 5/23/2015

How Turkish media is threatened

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Daily Hürriyet (in Turkish) recently had a phenomenal letter on its first page titled, “We call on the esteemed president.”

Comment(s) 5/20/2015

The moral poverty of Turkish politics

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last week, a new political scandal was created in passing during a “political discussion” show on A Haber TV, one of the many pro-government propaganda channels

Comment(s) 5/16/2015

Why I may vote for Kurdish nationalists

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

There is now less than a month until Turkey’s next general elections, to be held on June 7

Comment(s) 5/13/2015

The Muhammad cartoon madness

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

You probably know what happened in Garland, Texas, on May 5. The “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” was attacked by two gunmen, who were killed by the police before they could cause any harm.

Comment(s) 5/9/2015

Iran, Rouhani and the freedom to sin

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

I am not the greatest fan of the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially with regards to its passionate support for Syria’s bloody tyranny

Comment(s) 5/6/2015

Turkey, Cyprus and Patriarchy

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

At the beginning of this week, Turkey had yet another political controversy that was expected by probably no one.

Comment(s) 4/29/2015

My requiem for Armenians

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Exactly a century ago, a dark episode began in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Around 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Istanbul and deported to Anatolia, never to return.

Comment(s) 4/22/2015

The illiberal mind

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

About 2.5 years ago, I wrote a piece titled, “Turkey: Fears of Illiberal Democracy.” I argued that with the subordination of the Kemalist military-bureaucratic establishment by elected politicians, Turkey had finally consolidated its electoral democracy.

Comment(s) 4/18/2015

An open letter to Pope Francis

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

You probably are getting some heated reactions these days from my compatriots, the Turks. The reason is obvious...

Comment(s) 4/15/2015

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