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EU-Turkey rift no temporary matter

NURAY MERT writes:

The rift between Turkey and the European Union is not a temporary matter; on the contrary, it is time to think rationally and take it seriously.

Comment(s) 11/28/2016

Que sera, sera in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

“Que sera, sera” is how some of us are looking at current developments in Turkey: “What will be, will be.”

Comment(s) 11/21/2016

The worst-case scenario for Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Many have argued the theoretical issue of whether a democracy can tolerate the discourses of anti-democracy.

Comment(s) 11/14/2016

The crises and paradoxes of Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

It seems that my country has lost its way like never before

Comment(s) 11/7/2016

The republic, old and new

NURAY MERT writes:

We supposedly celebrated the 93th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey on Oct. 23. In fact, it seemed rather like a funeral party for the old Republic.

Comment(s) 10/31/2016

The new generations, one nation under God

NURAY MERT writes:

Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”

Comment(s) 10/24/2016

Politics of death over dead hopes

NURAY MERT writes:

It was about midnight on Friday when I found myself unable to resist wondering what the latest news was and switched the TV on.

Comment(s) 10/17/2016

‘Patria non grata’

NURAY MERT writes:

In just the past decade, Turkey has turned from being lauded as a “model country” to being termed a “patria non grata” (unwanted country) by its Western allies and neighbors.

Comment(s) 10/10/2016

The Lausanne debate: ‘Away with dreams and shadows’

NURAY MERT writes:

“Neither sentiment nor illusion must influence our policy. Away with dreams and shadows! …They cost us dear in the past”

Comment(s) 10/3/2016

The legacy of Abdulhamid II

NURAY MERT writes:

İsmail Kahraman, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) member and Parliament Speaker, recently stated that “the Sultan Abdulhamid II period is a mariner’s compass to give us direction and enlighten our future.” He was speaking on the occasion of the Symposium for the Commemoration of the Birth of Abdulhamid II last week.

Comment(s) 9/26/2016

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