The real friends and foes of Syria

NURAY MERT writes:

Obviously there are still those who are eager to advise the United States and Western powers to indulge in murky meddling in Syria

Comment(s) 2/8/2016

Are we at war or not?

NURAY MERT writes:

As a citizen of Turkey (a Sunni-Turkish, Muslim believer by conviction, if you were wondering), I need to know whether my country is at war with another state

Comment(s) 2/1/2016

The visit

NURAY MERT writes:

Nobody was expecting a meeting of the minds and hearts, but it seems that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey went worse than expected

Comment(s) 1/25/2016

Another banal expression of authoritarianism in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent attack against academics - who signed a petition condemning military operations in Kurdish cities and calling for peace and negotiations - is yet another banal expression of the authoritarian politics that have long prevailed in Turkey under Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule

Comment(s) 1/18/2016

The rights and wrongs of the Saudi-Iran rift

NURAY MERT writes:

Yes, it is the latest reflection of a regional power struggle and rivalry of domination

Comment(s) 1/11/2016

Turkey’s presidential system debate as farce

NURAY MERT writes:

“Populism is primed to open the door to a plebiscitarian transformation of democracy insofar as it makes the role of personality essential in representing the unity of people and elections through a plebiscite that crowns the leader

Comment(s) 1/4/2016

A note for readers on Islamic radicalism

NURAY MERT writes:

A piece in the International New York Times (Dec. 22, 2015) that was written by my fellow columnist in the Hürriyet Daily News, Mustafa Akyol, was a good read since Akyol duly reminds us of the fact that “it is wrong to pretend that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam as Islamophobia-wary Muslims like to say”

Comment(s) 12/28/2015

The invention of ‘moderate Islamists’

NURAY MERT writes:

Famous “Islamism expert” Oliver Roy’s latest book, “En quête de L’Orient perdu” (In Search of the Lost Orient), did not provoke enough of the debate and criticism that it deserved, especially these days when we all talk and write about Islam and Islamism with reference to ISIL

Comment(s) 12/21/2015

Kurdish drama, Turkish tragedy

NURAY MERT writes:

The new Turkish party-state has proven to be no different to the “ancien regime” regarding its Kurdish policy, despite all the fanfare in the name of democratization, dialogue, negotiations and the so-called peace process

Comment(s) 12/14/2015

Europe’s gatekeeper

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s relations with the EU have regressed to the extent of the country becoming Europe’s gatekeeper, given 3 billion euros in return for halting the refugee flow to Europe

Comment(s) 12/7/2015

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