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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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Is the ‘Islamic State’ Islamic?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Feb. 25, 1994, an ultra-Orthodox Jew named Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, occupied Palestine, with a machine gun. Seconds later, he opened fire on the Muslim worshippers, killing 29 people and wounding more than 125. He himself was lynched to death by the survivors in the mosque, but only to turn into a martyr in the eyes of his comrades

Comment(s) 2/28/2015

The No-More-Mr-Nice-Guy law

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last weekend, public attention in Turkey was focused on the limited military operation in Syria. Some 100 Turkish armed vehicles and 570 soldiers crossed the border to relocate the tomb of Süleyman Şah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) territory to a safer Kurdish zone

Comment(s) 2/25/2015

Why do they hate the West?

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC on Sept. 11, 2001, I have seen countless discussions in the West on a peculiar question: “Why do they hate us?”

Comment(s) 2/21/2015

The monsters among us

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Özgecan Arslan was a 20-year-old female university student living in Tarsus, Mersin, a town close to the Mediterranean Sea. Last week, she took a minibus as usual to go from her home to school.

Comment(s) 2/18/2015

‘Anti-theist’ murders at Chapel Hill

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Jan. 10, three American college students were murdered at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Unmistakably, they were all Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat (23), Yusor Mohammad (21) and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (19).

Comment(s) 2/14/2015

Turkey: The republic of hatred

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Within Turkey’s ruling elite – those who are either in or around the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) – there are very few people left who can dare to say anything self-critical

Comment(s) 2/11/2015

Why does Erdoğan want a ‘presidential system?’

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

These days, one of the hottest topics in Turkey is the campaign to shift to the “presidential system” with a new constitution after the upcoming elections on June 6

Comment(s) 2/7/2015

Enter Erdoğan and Putin

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The political model that President Tayyip Erdoğan has been establishing for Turkey in the past two-three years — and aims to perfect with a new constitution based on a “presidential system” — has been famously controversial.

Comment(s) 2/4/2015

Michelle Obama, the Saudis and the veil

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia last Tuesday, to pay respect to the late Saudi King Abdullah.

Comment(s) 1/31/2015

Erdoğan’s attack on civil society

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan was on an “Africa tour” recently, a trip that includes official visits to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.

Comment(s) 1/28/2015

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