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The Middle East deadlock

TAHA AKYOL writes:

Turkey is facing a new crisis in the Middle East: The crisis between Qatar and four Arab states that want to oppress it. The four Arab states are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but they have supporters.

Comment(s) 6/28/2017

Impartial and independent

TAHA AKYOL writes:

Nowadays, the government is frequently emphasizing that justice is “impartial and independent” and wants “respect for justice.”

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Scientific level in Turkey and targets

TAHA AKYOL writes:

The economy is recovering but for this recovery to be permanent, structural reforms must be made, according to many experts

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

Fight over religious affairs directorate

TAHA AKYOL writes:

There is currently an argument happening over the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). In order to get the head of Diyanet, Mehmet Görmez, to forcefully resign, he has been accused of being a member of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

Comment(s) 6/6/2017

Different understandings of Islam

TAHA AKYOL writes:

According to the “2017-2021 Strategic Action Plan” of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a number of issues have been identified through surveys and consultations.

Comment(s) 6/3/2017

The community

TAHA AKYOL writes:

Imagine such a life: Almost all of your decisions are made by somebody else; there is no free area in your life. Your education, job, marriage, free time, books and newspapers to be read… All of these are decided for you, and you need only obey.

Comment(s) 6/2/2017

What is freedom good for?

TAHA AKYOL writes:

In Turkey, freedom of thought should be explained for its practical benefits rather than for its high philosophical values, because in our society the political tradition that regards “thought” as a “tool” rather than an individual value is very strong.

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

$380 billion Saudi-US agreements

TAHA AKYOL writes:

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a series of agreements amounting to $380 billion in his Saudi Arabia visit. He did not refer to any of the Islamophobic speeches we frequently heard during his election campaign.

Comment(s) 5/29/2017

Where is Turkey from?

TAHA AKYOL writes:

Without focusing on whether Turkey is European or Middle Eastern, can’t we view relations between Turkey and the European Union from the perspective of the law, diplomacy and the economy?

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

The Ottoman lieutenant

TAHA AKYOL writes:

Over the weekend my wife and I went to see the film “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” directed by Joseph Ruben. It narrates the story of the love between an Ottoman officer and an American nurse in Van, the city that became a milestone with an Armenian insurgency in 1915

Comment(s) 5/23/2017

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