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NURAY MERT

The Second Republic and the Gülenists

NURAY MERT writes:

Now, it is the turn of “Gülenists” to be eliminated from the bureaucracy and to be deprived of any social and economic power, on the way to “the second one-party period” in Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/28/2014

Israeli aggression and Muslim agitation

NURAY MERT writes:

No army can defeat “resistance movements” without transforming itself into a killing machine.

Comment(s) 7/21/2014

Reflections on a historical moment in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

More than 20 years ago, I was antagonizing my secularist friends on the matter of religious freedoms. I was discussing the shortcomings of the Kemalist regime with 'the old-fashioned Republicans' in the name of democracy

Comment(s) 7/14/2014

‘Banality of evil’

NURAY MERT writes:

After the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its candidate for the presidential elections, he gave a speech and promised the beginning of “a new epoch” for Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/7/2014

Project New Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s presidential election is going to be a choice between 'problematic old Turkey' and 'problematic new Turkey'

Comment(s) 6/30/2014

The myth of Sykes-Picot and its shortcomings

NURAY MERT writes:

After too much emphasis on the Sykes-Picot order as the root of problems in the region, it is now the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that claims the legitimacy of fighting Sykes-Picot.

Comment(s) 6/23/2014

Clash of pragmatisms

NURAY MERT writes:

It seems 'the pragmatism of Islamists' has defeated 'the Western pragmatism,' at the end of the day

Comment(s) 6/9/2014

The new official history and St. Sophia

NURAY MERT writes:

I remember the times when our high school history textbooks changed in the late 1970s, after the nationalist-conservative coalition government came to power

Comment(s) 6/2/2014

India, Turkey and the dark beginnings of the 21st century

NURAY MERT writes:

Pankaj Mishra’s elaborate review of India’s elections (Guardian Review, May 17) was a sad read for me, especially in these troubled days of democracy in Turkey.

Comment(s) 5/26/2014

Failed democracy and the Soma tragedy

NURAY MERT writes:

The story of Turkey is neither 'peculiar' nor 'surprising,' as many claim. Turkey is another 'banal' case of rising 'illiberal democracies'

Comment(s) 5/19/2014

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