No, I do not refer to Erdoğan when I talk about Hitler's rise. What we have been witnessing is not Erdoğan's rise anyway. It is his demise. That is why he is resorting to all sorts of illegal and unconstitutional practices to stop his fate. What I am talking about is a noticeable phenomenon, namely that many pro-Erdoğan figures have recently started mentioning Hitler positively and keep saying that the Jews deserve another Hitler etc.Look, for inst
A big pile of circumstantial evidence points to the conclusion that it was pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine who fired a surface-to-air missile at Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, killing 298 innocent people. With countries like The Netherlands and Australia still mourning the loss of so many of their citizens, pressure is mounting worldwide to punish those responsible for this horrible tragedy.While it is difficult, at least for the mom
We frequently see people who make comparisons between their pains and those of others. When one speaks about how his nation has been the victim of genocide, others promptly tell stories about their grandparents massacred during a distant war. When you speak about a particular conflict and point out the number of people who have died, there will always be someone who will give other examples about other conflicts during which more people have been killed.
A witch hunt was initiated upon the orders of Erdoğan. A number of police officers were placed under arrest in an operation carried out before dawn.Let us be open. These operations were performed to deliver a message to the AKP support base on the eve of the presidential elections as a consequence of the fabrications and lies Erdoğan has been referring to in his election campaign, to mobilize his supporters. These lies were used by the judges he ap
Political actors have reached consensus in Iraq, which has been experiencing turmoil due to political instability and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks. Based on this consensus, Fuad Masum, a joint candidate nominated by the Kurds, has been elected president. This confirms that the parties have remained adherent to a joint consensus made between the Kurds and Arabs in 2003, at least within the context of presidential election
Almost one year ago I wrote an article about the difficulties that were facing the Turkish economy with regard to increasing per capita income for two years. In my article titled "Turkey on the brink of middle-income trap," I argued that the high per capita income growth that was led by robust labor productivity growth during the first years of Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule, slowed down first and then totally stopped in 2012, based
A Chinese proverb says, "To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." Every one of us who has studied another language has struggled with feelings of hopelessness and frustration.Please post your secret if you have studied another foreign language and never experienced any of the following feelings:· I know it, I understand the grammar but can't speak it.· When people speak to me I don't understand.
Following the controversial operation on high-ranking police officers which was launched on July 22 as part of a government-backed investigation against the faith-based Hizmet movement, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç made a statement in which he said: "We cannot ignore what was done to the government [in reference to the graft scandal]. Some truths should be revealed. Some people who nested in some places should abandon such practices. The
The Turkish government is well aware that it is in a serious trouble over a high-profile corruption and bribery scandal that was disclosed in December of last year. The graft accusations will haunt it until justice is done. It is not just four of his cabinet ministers, but presidential candidate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, himself, as well as some of his family members, who have been implicated in this serious graft scandal. Since the scan
Judicial independence has always been a controversial issue in Turkey because the judiciary was there to protect the interests of the state rather than performing its tasks in compliance with the requirements of justice and the principle of impartiality and the supremacy of law. The judiciary, which has served as the stronghold protecting official ideology -- not the law and justice -- has long been the sword of Damocles hanging over politics and society. Now it
Amid concerns of an accelerating shift towards autocratic rule, over 55 million voters in Turkey are preparing for the presidential elections, due in about two weeks. But to say the voters are truly engaged in the campaigns would be an exaggeration. It may be the summer heat, or the month of Ramadan, general fatigue over acrimonious politics, or, as some claim, already predicting the winner. Turkey today is a land of widening so