Is this the end of the republic and Islamism?

NURAY MERT writes:

Paradoxically, the end of the secular republic in Turkey also marks the end of Islamism or Islamist politics in Turkey and elsewhere

Comment(s) 1/16/2017

Political truths and politics of truth

NURAY MERT writes:

The truth is the least important matter in politics. It is widely believed that “the truth is the first casualty of war,” but it is also true in peacetime.

Comment(s) 1/9/2017

The end of a ‘terrible year’

NURAY MERT writes:

Global opinion leaders and observers of politics all agree that 2016 was a “terrible year.”

Comment(s) 1/2/2017

Turkey-Russia: New ‘frenemies?’

NURAY MERT writes:

I don’t know who invented the term “frenemy” to refer to the implicit alliance of Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran in the wake of the U.S.-Iran deal, but it seems well-suited to describing the new Russia-Turkey friendship as well.

Comment(s) 12/26/2016

The friends of Kurds should be critical

NURAY MERT writes:

Within the span of just a week, two terror attacks have killed dozens of police, soldiers and civilians, first in central Istanbul and then in Kayseri. The blast in Istanbul felt like an earthquake in my flat, which is located just a 10-minute walk from the site of the explosions

Comment(s) 12/19/2016

The crime and its punishment

NURAY MERT writes:

The whole Syrian affair deserves to be defined as a “crime against humanity.” The “intervention in Iraq” was another one, even if the chief conspirators, George W. Bush and Tony Blair, were able to get away with it given that they were the leaders of two powerful countries.

Comment(s) 12/12/2016

Turkey’s economic crises

NURAY MERT writes:

I should be the last person to write on economic matters, since it is neither my profession nor my passion

Comment(s) 12/5/2016

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

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