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‘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

Why Gül is not in the AKP anymore

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

One of the recent political curiosities in Turkey was whether retired President Abdullah Gül would re-enter politics by running for the parliament under the ticket of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Comment(s) 3/14/2015

Ankara’s Kremlinology

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

In political systems where power is highly centralized and personalized, laws, institutions and traditions do not matter much. Rather, almost all politics derive from the decisions - and fluctuations - of a Great Person

Comment(s) 3/11/2015

Turkey’s ugly tradition of forged documents

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

Mehmet Baransu, a Turkish journalist who first made a name for himself by publishing secret military documents, was arrested earlier this week.

Comment(s) 3/7/2015

Erdoğan’s trouble with the good-old AKP

MUSTAFA AKYOL writes:

One the recurrent themes in contemporary Turkish politics is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s uneasiness with Turkey’s Central Bank. In the past six months, Erdoğan has repeatedly called on the institution to lower interest rates, but the Central Bank has by and large resisted this political pressure

Comment(s) 3/4/2015

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

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