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MUSTAFA AKYOL

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My requiem for Armenians

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Exactly a century ago, a dark episode began in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Around 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Istanbul and deported to Anatolia, never to return.

Comment(s) 4/22/2015

The illiberal mind

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

About 2.5 years ago, I wrote a piece titled, “Turkey: Fears of Illiberal Democracy.” I argued that with the subordination of the Kemalist military-bureaucratic establishment by elected politicians, Turkey had finally consolidated its electoral democracy.

Comment(s) 4/18/2015

An open letter to Pope Francis

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

You probably are getting some heated reactions these days from my compatriots, the Turks. The reason is obvious...

Comment(s) 4/15/2015

Power corrupts, it corrupted the AKP too

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will soon celebrate its 13th year in power.

Comment(s) 4/11/2015

Why pro-Erdoğan media rediscovered Atatürk

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

On Monday, one of Turkey’s many pro-Erdoğan newspapers, Yeni Şafak, published a series of documents allegedly proving that Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, died because of poisoning.

Comment(s) 4/8/2015

Fanaticism conquers Turkey

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

For the past two years, Turkey has been in a downward political spiral where the language of hatred and demonization overshadows everything else.

Comment(s) 4/4/2015

‘Stay Muslim, don’t vote’

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The eccentric idea in the headline above is actually a hashtag I recently noted on Twitter: #staymuslimdontvote. Then I realized that this is a broader campaign calling British Muslims not to vote in the U.K. elections.

Comment(s) 4/1/2015

When ‘neo-Ottomanism’ helps

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last Thursday, the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne, just miles from the Greek and Bulgarian borders, was the stage for a historic event: The reopening ceremony of the newly renovated Great Synagogue, which had been dormant and rusting for almost half a century.

Comment(s) 3/28/2015

Reflections on a new life

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Last Thursday, on March 19, 2015, my wife Riada and I had to rush to our Istanbul hospital early in the morning.

Comment(s) 3/25/2015

What Islamophobia is and is not

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

The term “Islamophobia” entered the global political language in the past decade. The New American Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a hatred or fear of Islam or Muslims, especially when feared as a political force.”

Comment(s) 3/18/2015

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