Politics of farce in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

When I expressed my concerns about the signs of a move from authoritarian rule to fascist political discourse in Turkey (in daily Cumhuriyet last week), I only wanted to underline the danger of ever increasing militarization and “statization” of politics and party in the country.

Comment(s) 8/31/2015

Is it a ‘war coalition?’

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey is now a “failed country” in many respects that is in total turmoil. Nevertheless, the failure of the Kurdish peace process and the return to arms is the most urgent problem.

Comment(s) 8/24/2015

Faking politics in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Finally, Turkey’s president made it clear the rules of the game have changed, as he recently stated that since the president was elected by the people last year, he cannot be expected to limit himself to the constitutional role of presidents

Comment(s) 8/17/2015

Turkey’s fatal voyage

NURAY MERT writes:

An Islamist newspaper (Diriliş Postası-Resurrection Post) warns that Turkey should not attack the al-Nusra Front in northern Syria, adding that Turkey should also discourage the United States from doing the same.

Comment(s) 8/10/2015

Whom is Turkey fighting against?

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s “struggle with ISIL” has turned out to be an armed struggle with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a domestic offensive against the Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a general witch hunt against dissent and finally a search for a homeland for Turkmens in northern Syria

Comment(s) 8/3/2015

Turkey’s grand offensive against all

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey supposedly gave up its reluctance to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and joined the anti-ISIL coalition, but in reality, the Turkish government started military operations against both ISIL and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the same time

Comment(s) 7/27/2015

Iranian deal and ‘Reset’ in the Middle East

NURAY MERT writes:

“Reset” was the title of the Stephen Kinzer book (2010, Times Book) on the possible prospects of the Middle East.

Comment(s) 7/20/2015

Is a coalition with Islamism possible?

NURAY MERT writes:

A political consensus to restore democracy is the only solution to Turkey’s deteriorating politics, but every day, we are moving further away from any possibility of a coalition that aims at a consensus.

Comment(s) 7/13/2015

The end of Turkey’s ‘opposition camp’ fantasy

NURAY MERT writes:

By paving the way for the election of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate as the new speaker of parliament, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) “disappointed” not only the Republican People’s Party (CHP) but also leftist democrats and liberals.

Comment(s) 7/6/2015

Difficult choices

NURAY MERT writes:

As it is unclear when Turkey will manage to end its political uncertainty through the formation of a coalition government, we face a new crisis of foreign policy concerning Syria

Comment(s) 6/29/2015

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