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The transformation of the old republic

NURAY MERT writes:

I am sure President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is very sincere about his policy to build the “New Turkey” as a “better alternative to the old republic,” as he is an idealist, after all.

Comment(s) 5/22/2017

Turkey painting itself into a corner in Syria

NURAY MERT writes:

The U.S. decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has dealt a huge blow to the Turkish government’s position.

Comment(s) 5/15/2017

Pluralistic convention rather than imagined unity

NURAY MERT writes:

One does not need to be concerned just with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the new system that it imposed with last month’s referendum to be hopeless about Turkey’s democratic prospects, as one look at the politics in opposition circles also provides reason for worry.

Comment(s) 5/8/2017

The terror of ambivalence

NURAY MERT writes:

It is not only the fact that we live in oppressive political circumstances, that freedoms are immensely curbed, and that submission is becoming the only option. Worse, we are now supposed to live under the terror of ambivalence

Comment(s) 5/1/2017

Hope in vain after referendum results

NURAY MERT writes:

The referendum results provided hope, but for nothing!

Comment(s) 4/24/2017

Victory for the liberal warmongers

NURAY MERT writes:

Liberal warmongers lost the last U.S. election but have won the day! Finally, they have managed to get someone to strike Syria.

Comment(s) 4/10/2017

The referendum as a war between the cross and the crescent

NURAY MERT writes:

Nowadays, even some government supporters are hinting that the April 16 charter referendum is poised on a knife’s edge and that the “yes” side may not win as easily as thought before. Some governing party politicians have started to mention the danger of chaos and even civil war in the event that the “no” side wins

Comment(s) 4/3/2017

Gentrifying failure

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s drift from the Western alliance is going to be very painful, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. As the West has started to perceive Turkey truly as a failing state, the country’s rulers have started to feel freer to express their hostility (past and present) toward the West.

Comment(s) 3/27/2017

Turkey’s grim prospects

NURAY MERT writes:

I do not agree with the many critics of Turkey that the danger facing the country is dictatorial rule.

Comment(s) 3/20/2017

Turkey’s dangerous liaisons

NURAY MERT writes:

I am actually glad that Turkey made up with Russia, since it helps to ease the Syrian tragedy, and because it is a better foreign strategy to seek diplomatic solutions rather than follow the politics of enmity.

Comment(s) 3/13/2017

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