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48 Hours in Turkey: Diplomatic Victory and Defeat followed a Terror Attack


The first two days of the past week saw two momentous developments on the diplomatic front take place on the Turkish scene. But Tuesday night then witnessed a heinous terror attack that left the country reeling…

Turkey’s Culture War: The Art of Fasting in the New Turkey


Reversing L. P. Hartley’s by now near-proverbial 1953 phrase, Turkey specialists, historians, and commentators alike are now in a position where they can safely remark that the present is “a different country,” that they really…

Turkey Today: A Post-Kemalist Reality


Recent developments on Turkey’s political scene have all but reinforced the impression that the ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw is nothing but a willing handmaiden to the figure of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who ambition…

The Panama Papers around the World: John Doe and the Expendables


Far from rocking the world to its foundations, the Panama Papers have so far been unable to create a popular movement that would bring about real change, real change in the world of finance or in the world of politics…

Insulting the Prez: Tayyip Erdoğan, Satire and Islamophobia


At the outset of the 21st century, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan created a new political project in Turkey, namely the Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw that set out as defining itself as a Muslim-Democrat entity similar to the many Christian-Democrat…

Is the War-on-Terror Really a Crusade Against Islam?


Now that the Brussels attacks have moved down the list of things to watch on TV and the War-on-Terror is ready to be resumed, I would like to use this opportunity to reflect on the back-story, without however necessarily reverting to conspiracy…

Post-Democracy: The Real Message of the Panama Papers


News cycles have been awash with reports about the so-called “Panama Papers”, a leak revealing “approximately 11.5 million documents – more than the combined total of the Wikileaks Cablegate, Offshore Leaks, Lux Leaks, and Swiss Leaks.” The daily…

Turkey’s Civil War: Authoritarian Stability vs Separatist Terrorism


In last year’s November Surprise, the Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw solidified its position at the helm of Turkey’s ship, capitalizing on its supposed proven economic track record and firm stance in the face of separatist terrorism…

Islamic Authoritarianism and Freedom of the Press in Turkey


The Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw has brought Turkey into the 21st century, and has managed to heighten significantly Turkey’s status abroad. But its authoritarian tendencies on the domestic front appear to undermine the country’s…

Turkey in Turmoil: Moving towards an Authoritarian Sultanate of Kitsch


In power since 3 November 2002, Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw has come a long way. Led by the charismatic Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the somewhat lacklustre, albeit highly influential…

The Ankara Blast: A Casus Belli Posing as a Terror Attack


Terror attacks have now become a recurring reality in Turkey. The recent deadly blast in Ankara took place against a backdrop of heightened military activity, on the domestic front as well as across the border in Syria. The rationale behind…

Turkey at War: Disaster Capitalism in the South-East


Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw was the first national political player to engage the country’s Kurdish minority in a peace process, actively negotiating with the PKK (or the Kurdish Workers’ PartyDahJTkfw and its imprisoned leader…

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