My country, good or bad!

NURAY MERT writes:

I spent the last two weeks mostly in London and then in Vienna for two days. My latest journey only confirmed my resolve to live in my country, good or bad

Comment(s) 6/26/2017

Quixotic Qatar

NURAY MERT writes:

The Qatar crisis is no surprise for those who follow the Middle East closely and know enough about this small country’s curious rise as a regional player.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Provoking Turkey will not bring peace

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey is furious about the United States’ decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria, and rightly so. So far, both the Turkish government’s Syrian and Kurdish policies have been, and still are, full of mistakes and miscalculations.

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

Another disastrous project for the Middle East

NURAY MERT writes:

Another disastrous project with the name “peace” is on its way, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent consequent visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel revealing the pillars of this new policy. The new administration is appealing to the U.S.’s so-called old Sunni allies in search of a rehabilitation of Muslims’ relations with Israel, and the interests and willingness seem mutual.

Comment(s) 5/29/2017

The transformation of the old republic

NURAY MERT writes:

I am sure President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is very sincere about his policy to build the “New Turkey” as a “better alternative to the old republic,” as he is an idealist, after all.

Comment(s) 5/22/2017

Turkey painting itself into a corner in Syria

NURAY MERT writes:

The U.S. decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has dealt a huge blow to the Turkish government’s position.

Comment(s) 5/15/2017

Pluralistic convention rather than imagined unity

NURAY MERT writes:

One does not need to be concerned just with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the new system that it imposed with last month’s referendum to be hopeless about Turkey’s democratic prospects, as one look at the politics in opposition circles also provides reason for worry.

Comment(s) 5/8/2017

The terror of ambivalence

NURAY MERT writes:

It is not only the fact that we live in oppressive political circumstances, that freedoms are immensely curbed, and that submission is becoming the only option. Worse, we are now supposed to live under the terror of ambivalence

Comment(s) 5/1/2017

Hope in vain after referendum results

NURAY MERT writes:

The referendum results provided hope, but for nothing!

Comment(s) 4/24/2017

Victory for the liberal warmongers

NURAY MERT writes:

Liberal warmongers lost the last U.S. election but have won the day! Finally, they have managed to get someone to strike Syria.

Comment(s) 4/10/2017

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