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Nonagon of Toxic Conflict: Notes on the Turkish Quagmire



The lethal complexity of politics in the Middle East has become overwhelming. The main political actors producing a continuous stream of swerves and turns that randomly juggle alignments and almost casually switch the identity of friends and enemies. 2,791 more words


Looking forward to another inconclusive election

At LobeLog today, I look ahead to the possibility that Turkey’s November 1 snap election, a do over for its inconclusive June election, will itself prove inconclusive, as recent polling… 499 more words


New Social Media Rules & Restrictions for Turkish Students

Turkish educational system suffers yet another blow; after last year’s signaling of a life style indoctrination by President Erdoğan, this year new rules and regulations update seems to target the students’ future experiences and uses of free speech and questioning capacity. 329 more words


Some Significant Home News

I know that I have been neglecting the blog lately in a serious way (some of which was for good reasons such as the birth of my daughter, and some of which was for not so good reasons such as having a lazy summer), but that is soon to be remedied due to some news on the professional front. 1,103 more words


2 Ministers Quit Turkish Government Amid Heightened Tension

The Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Two lawmakers from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party resigned on Tuesday from the interim government, accusing top officials of making it impossible for them to do their jobs amid a flare-up of violence between Kurdish rebels and the military. 267 more words

Taking the band apart

As snap elections approach in Turkey on November 1, President Tayyip Erdoğan appears to be attempting to regain his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) recently lost parliamentary majority while simultaneously doing everything he can to purge the party of anybody he deems insufficiently loyal. 574 more words


Turkey on the brink (again)

I’ve written a piece for New America’s Weekly Wonk newsletter about the current mess in Turkey. Unfortunately it’s not very optimistic:

“Turkey has been rocked in recent weeks by a fresh wave of violent clashes between its security forces and the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). 246 more words