Vural Özdemir writes: A smirk is invariably political and never innocent. Smirk undermines democratic practices and human rights. Let’s bear in mind that oppression is sometimes enacted upon us in the form of a smirk.
Şaban Kardaş writes: Until a political settlement is achieved, Turkey remains bent on military engagement in Idlib and other areas of northern Syria. Should a renewed regime offensive materialize, Turkey is highly likely to militarily retaliate to sustain the current status quo. To the extent that this deterrence works, Idlib may evolve into a frozen conflict.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: Interior Minister Soylu said that the head of the Constitutional Court would be unable to commute to work without his protection team. What he meant was that he was the Minister who assigned the security team to the judge, implying he might just remove them. By doing so, Süleyman Soylu openly violates the article 138 of the Turkish Constitution; basic principle for the independence of the judiciary.
Ahmet Murat Aytaç writes: The recent inhumane attack against migrant workers that took place in the Mazıdağı district of Sakarya should be analyzed within the framework of economic oppression. No matter what triggered the assaults, the general tendency in Turkey right now is to deny the ethnic dimension of the conflict.
Qu Dongyu writes: The food systems that must give daily sustenance to all humans on this planet are under threat by the COVID-19 pandemic. If we want to avoid what could be the worst food crisis in modern history, we need robust and strategic international cooperation at an extraordinary scale.
Namık Tan writes: The country is now more polarized than ever and an environment of constant turmoil and bigotry defines Turkish politics. And in this environment, foreign policy is no longer guided by career professionals but by the whims of angry crowds.
İslam Özkan writes: Rather than calling for their total abolishment, one should ponder upon the sociological reasons behind the state’s inevitable ties with religious sects in Turkey. Were the gaps to be filled in another manner, the need for such sects would not arise.
Ayşegül Karakülhancı writes from Cologne: Germany is doing its best to protect Turkey. However, as the pressure grows within the EU its strength is fading. If Turkey plays its last card as it did in March and halts its cooperation with the EU with regards to the refugees, Merkel will irrevocably lose her bargaining power.
Ali Demir writes: So the property of the local non-Muslims collapsed, and what happened? Nothing! The whole country is now composed of non-local foreigners. The greedy tailor apprentice that murdered his master could not sew a jacket, and will never be able to.
Murat Yetkin writes: Discussions of the death penalty are coming up just as an Islamist cult leader got arrested on charges of sexually harassing the daughter of one of his disciples and reporting news about the incident got banned supposedly to avoid a bad name about religious sects. The game plan is clearly laid out. It is to make those who oppose the death penalty look like they are defending rapists.
Ali Rıza Güngen writes: In Turkey, a portion of the risk stemming from foreign currency loans has been transferred to the public. In other words, not the individual debts but the risk has been spread to society.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: It is not difficult to understand that Erdoğan and the ruling AKP do not like the possibility that Ekrem İmamoğlu might become the presidential candidate for the Nation Alliance. The government would prefer Muharrem İnce to be the opposition bloc's presidential candidate. The recent generous coverage of İnce by the pro-government media also mirrors this.
Ahmet Haşim Köse writes: Turkey became a weapon-exporting country after 1995, though to a limited extent. The real leap took place during the rule of Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP). The change that took place in the defense industry during the AKP era has to do with the transformation in the structure of the state/company partnership that operates this sector.
The natural gas discovery, which was announced by President Erdoğan, could be considered as a strong sign of his government's preparations for a snap election according to journalist Murat Yetkin. In his recent piece, Yetkin wrote that the recent history is full of announcements of oil and gas discoveries by the AKP which eventually led nowhere.
Dinçer Demirkent writes: President Erdoğan just appointed rectors to 16 universities across the country. This decision has raised “academic” concerns within universities. Questions have surfaced as to which criteria have been used and to what extent nepotism played a role in these appointments.