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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
On Aug. 21, President Tayyip Erdoğan announced the news: On Nov. 1, Turkey will go to ballots again, for yet another general election that will form yet other set of deputies in the Turkish Parliament.
The so-called “Islamic State” of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is known not only for its wanton violence but also its slick videos.
I was among those unsurprised when breaking news emerged the other day that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) had failed to agree on forming a coalition government.
These days we wake up in Turkey almost every day to news about some new act of political violence.
This week, as usual, lots of crazy things happened in Turkey.
There is a naïve view of history which assumes that as time goes by, societies become more mature. I have never shared that optimist “progressivism” and have gradually come to believe that history is rather chaos with no traceable destiny.
A recent piece of mine probed the question, “What Does Islam Say About Being Gay?” (The New York Times, July 28). I gave a response which is basically liberal: That Muslims should not attack or stigmatize gay people, assuming that this is what their religion demands from them.
In the past 10 days, Turkey made global headlines with its belated entry to the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) led by the United States.
Yesterday, we woke up to breaking news: Three Turkish F-16 fighter jets had bombed two ISIL headquarters in northern Syria, right near the Turkish border. Meanwhile, Turkish police detained some 290 people all across the country, not all but many suspected to be Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent (ISIL) members
The barbaric terrorist attack in Suruç, a Turkish town just 10 kilometers from the Syrian border, not only killed 31 innocent souls and wounded dozens of others
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