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The Dis-United Kingdom

Nicholas Bliss

Running alongside this has been the country’s long term love hate relationship with immigration into the UK. Without knowing the full facts on this, the UK has, at least during my lifetime, been very welcoming of immigrants from various parts of the world, but there have also been undercurrents o...

Mourning for an Activist rather than a Boxer

Ümit Öztürk

We have a country whose citizens are so overemotional that they perform a funeral prayer in the absentia of an actor who has to die according to the scenario. I guess many people will remember Oktay Kaynarca, namely Cakir from the TV Series, “Valley of the Wolves”. Clearly saying, we take too ser...

Les Facteurs Déterminants de L’autoritarisme du Parti d’Erdogan

Ahmet İnsel

Commençons donc par les caractéristiques propres, particulièrement saillantes, de l’autoritarisme dans la dynamique de l’AKP d’Erdogan. Évidemment les caractéristiques que je vais citer ne sont pas exclusivement propres aux autoritarismes turcs. On retrouve certaines d’entre elles dans les autori...

Rise of ISIS Threat in Turkey and an Alarming City: Kilis

Ümit Öztürk

History is not only made by societies, but it also makes and transforms societies. A sudden historical change may completely alter or reshape individual or societal well-being. At first, people may not be aware of the seriousness of the historical change emerging around and surrounding them. As l...

From Balkans to Syria: Unvarying Peace-making Processes and Similar Post-emotional Stances

Ümit Öztürk

In the last decade of the twentieth century after the breakup of Yugoslavia; Bosnians, Croats and Albanians were exterminated for the sake of Serbian irredentist nationalism, however so called peace makers just watched for a long time and hesitated intervening and ending the extermination. They w...

Middle Class Rhetoric

Tamer Söyler

Wiretaps allegedly featuring phone conversations between Prime Minister (PM) Erdoğan and his son were leaked on February 24, 2014. The recordings provided material for everyday jokes in Turkey. Focusing on the dramatic aspects of the corruption scandal will be a grave mistake. This significant ev...

The Prime Minister and His Embarked Media

Ahmet İnsel

Today the group of televisions and newspapers which define themselves as conservative are more puritan, aggressive and dishonest. Now many people who write in newspapers or appear on TV shows take action with the voice of the Prime Minister just like they did in the past with the whistle of a sol...

Professor İnsel: Social Engineering does not Work

Galatasaray University professor of economics Ahmet İnsel says plans by social engineers in Turkey have always backfired. Referring to the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup and its aftermath, İnsel said the regime depended on a spread of nationalism and conservatism promoted as moderate Islam to comba...

"This Conduct Was a Crime Against Humanity": An Evaluation of the Initiative to Apologize to the Armenians

As of January 21, 2009, 28,000 citizens of the Republic of Turkey had signed this statement. Joining in this entirely personal undertaking, listening to the voice of their own consciences, assessing the situation for themselves, persons have signed and continue to sign this “apology” text.

Ahmet İnsel - Le nationalisme des "Turcs Blancs"

Plus qu’une position idéologique parmi d’autres, le nationalisme est la matrice de toute la pensée politique turque contemporaine. La gauche comme la droite, les Turcs comme les Kurdes, les laïcistes comme les islamistes revendiquent haut et fort leur adhésion aux principes nationalistes. Et cela...

The Praetorian State and Its Owners

The concept that best describes the regime in Turkey is praetorian republic. In a praetorian republic, the state may be a disorderly, anarchic power tool of a less than professional army marching behind adventurous chiefs as seen in Latin America in the past. The most significant example to these...

Ahmet İnsel - Local Nazis'

In recent Turkish history, there is a significant difference when the 6-7 September events are compared to other similar ones. These events form another link in the chain of operations such as the Armenian deportation, the scaring off of other minorities, the population exchange with Greece, the ...