Tag Archives: Turkey

A Dark Day for Turkey

May 6, 2019 Turkey held municipal elections on Sunday, March 31. Late in the evening polling stations finished counting the votes. In Istanbul, like in other major cities, the result was a victory for the opposition candidate, Mr. Imamoglu. However, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Counting and Recounting …

April 7, 2019 On March 31 Turkey had municipal elections. The result was a yellow card for the government. However, the ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) immediately asked for recounts in Ankara and İstanbul where, according to initial figures, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey’s Municipal Elections: A Yellow Card for the Government

Co-authored with Yusuf Buluc (*) April 1, 2019 The significance of an election in a democratically governed country is determined by the context and the framework in which it is held, as well the political backdrop. If these parameters were … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Christchurch Tragedy

March 21, 2019 The Christchurch massacre was a horrendous crime. It was a ghastly, dastardly act of terrorism. The innocent people who lost their lives there ranged in age from 3 to 71. The enormity of the crime shocked the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crisis in Venezuela and Turkey

February 7, 2019 BBC’s country profile on Venezuela starts with the following: “Venezuela is a country of striking natural beauty, ranging from the snow-capped Andean peaks in the west, through the Amazonian jungles in the south, to the beaches of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Syria: Moment of Truth for the West

January 11, 2019 Defeating ISIS in Syria and ousting President Assad are no longer compatible. They never were. The West must make a choice. The following questions can help find the answer: Was the Western intervention in Syria about promoting … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump’s U-turn in Syria and Turkey

January 8, 2019 President Trump’s surprise announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Syria has ended up, unsurprisingly, in another U-turn. On Sunday his national security advisor John Bolton said, “We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment