Ülkü Doğanay writes: Maybe in January 2016, if the former prime minister, who now resents his colleagues and who kept quiet before the events regarding Şehir University, had remembered that he was also an academic benefiting from free expression, then universities may not have been in the dark position they are in today.
İslam Özkan writes: Rather than dividing it, it appears that Turkey’s strategy and polarizing policies in Libya have contributed to unifying the enemy camp. Though the attack against the al-Wattiyah airbase did not inflict huge damage on Turkey’s air defense system, Turkey’s efforts in Libya will likely get harder in the future.
Vural Özdemir writes: Both scientists and journalists seek the truth. But the truth is caught between a rock and a hard place with COVID-19. We are facing, on the one hand, an anti-science movement and, on the other hand, scientific essentialism that omits the role of power politics and human values in the making of truth. As an antidote, we need a new narrative on evidence frameworks in journalism that expands on the classic 5W + 1H.
Okan Çil writes: James Baldwin was an African-American who experienced systemic racism. When thinking about the rage Baldwin and all the black people have experienced, one involuntarily finds oneself pondering upon Turkey and its very own negroes: the Kurds, the Alevis, the atheists, the gays and the refugees.
Şafak Göktürk writes: This pandemic will surely have an abiding significance beyond its pathology. Yet, it will more likely be owing to its role in sharpening public awareness about our already existing afflictions. Of all the leaders, worst performers turned out to be the populists.
When last weekend's coronavirus curfew was lifted by President Erdoğan and when crowds hit the streets immediately, Health Minister Koca could have thought of a better solution than sitting in front of his computer and posting a tweet.
Ömer Cansız writes: One of Turkey’s biggest problems is education. If we continue to reduce education to government policies, then each new government will destroy what the previous one has done and then adopt an education policy according to its own political-ideological views.
Metin Yeğin writes: Belgian Marxian economist Ernest Mandel said that the bourgeois left two structures intact: colonialism and the proletariat. It is not surprising that African-Americans in the U.S. and Kurds here are killed so easily. The plight of both the Kurds and the African-Americans is related to class dynamics.
Vural Özdemir writes: Turkey has reopened to a new normal on June 1. The new normal is a red herring; a smoke screen to manufacture consent to put unchecked political power, profits and wealth over health. There will be a greater risk for conflict in the next 12 months in societies divided into haves and have-nots with the pandemic.
Namık Tan writes: It is difficult to make sound predictions but a lot will depend on the economy. Similarly the choice for Biden’s running mate could also be a major determinant. However, the most important factor in deciding who will be the next leader of the U.S. will be an invisible virus.
Berke Kaya writes: The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the financial strain in Turkey caused by the ‘City Hospitals.’ The 5 billion liras that will go to the ‘City Hospitals’ could be used for preventive/protective health measures. The best way to fight against the COVID-19 is through test kits, but capital-owners are buying them in bulk while people form long queues at hospital doors waiting to be tested.
Faruk Loğoğlu writes: Two plane-loads of medical supplies and a sweetener letter cannot and should not be expected to cure the problem-ridden state of Turkish-American relations. It certainly will not be enough to open the doors of the Federal Reserve to the Central Bank of Turkey. The resolution of the S-400 issue, for better or worse, is the password for any progress.
Sinem Sönmez writes: A minimum set of conditions must be satisfied before the Turkish economy can be reopened. There must be mass testing capability to identify both those who still have an active infection and those who have evidence of prior infection. There needs to be an unrestricted availability to perform both types of tests, ideally through local health care centers and state hospitals.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: Last week in a fake interview video we saw a man accusing Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu of purchasing 100 tons of lemon from fellow CHP supporters to help their trade. What interests me here is not the trolling activity of spreading fabricated news, it is the topic of the story. The lemon had a leading role of the most successful campaign message of maybe all of Turkey’s election campaign history.
No need to build new pandemic hospitals in Turkey if the footsteps of Germany and South Korea followed
Sinem Sönmez writes: It’s the combination of a lockdown and mass testing that is most effective in controlling the spread of the coronavirus and flattening of the curve. If Turkey follows the footsteps of Germany and South Korea by carrying out mass COVID-19 testing to isolate the carriers of this virus, there would be no need to build new hospitals to accommodate new COVID-19 patients.