Özgehan Şenyuva & Emir Güney write: The sports world is globally connected and is part of the complex, interdependent system that was created following the Cold War. Nothing illustrates the global scale of sports involvement and related socioeconomic and culture networks than Mega Sporting Events (MSEs), namely the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The COVID-19 pandemic has already threatened the very existence of MSEs, and most likely it will change their nature and structure from now on.
Şafak Göktürk writes: Once the dust settles, the governments -and the perceived role of the states- will inevitably come under greater scrutiny. National governments may be the official standard units for international interaction. But, as this outbreak has highlighted and in fact bolstered, the network of people across the globe is far more intense and substantial.
Namık Tan writes: The world has been watching the clumsiness of President Trump, his administration’s refusal or inability to take cautionary measures and the stories of high-level politicians making financial gains. A process of soul-searching must take place in the West after getting the coronavirus crisis totally under control.
Faruk Loğoğlu writes: Let us remember the diplomatic breakthroughs triggered by disparate unrelated events in the world. The Ping-Pong diplomacy started with an invitation by China of an American ping-pong team in 1971. Turkish-Greek relations took a turn for the better after the two successive earthquakes in 1999. Today, Syria needs help to fight COVID-19. Turkey should be a leading partner in this humanitarian endeavor.
Antuan Ilgıt writes: Turkey should not refrain from demonstrating the same transparency Italy has shown in its fight against COVID-19. The citizen has a right to know how many of their fellow citizens have caught the disease, how many have died and how many have recovered. As a matter of fact, when there is no doubt, there is trust; when there is trust, there is success.
Selin Sayek Böke writes: The “stability shield” of the government includes 19 measures, but none are ones that the people need urgently. What people need is not more debt but rather income protection. The urgent need is to give a tax break to minimum wage earners and to ensure paid-leave for millions of workers.
Vural Özdemir writes: An application was filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by a team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to test the plasma obtained from consenting COVID-19 survivors’ blood. If proven safe and effective, it is of broad interest to Turkey and the world for COVID-19 prevention and treatment until vaccines and drugs become available. Results may be available as early as summer 2020.
The recent economic package that was prepared by the Turkish government with the contribution of employer associations is based on the assumption that the “social distancing” measures won’t last very long. Is that realistic? Possibly, but upon consideration of the extent of the pandemic and the speed at which it is spread, it seems unlikely.
Vural Özdemir writes: Turkey has correctly adopted social distancing to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the assumption that the future COVID-19 cases can only come from outside Turkey or through their immediate contacts is not well founded. We are currently bleeding precious time to start broad testing. Each passing hour and day add to the risk to move from the linear to the exponential phase of virus spread, as seen in some countries like Italy.
Ayşegül Karakülhancı writes: President Erdoğan met with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel in Brussels. If Brussels wants President Erdoğan to close the borders, this time it may have to accept giving more financial aid to persuade him. Moreover, this time it may have to give the money directly to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government instead of through related institutions.
The political party of former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan - which the Turkish public has been eagerly awaiting - was founded at a critical time for Turkey, both domestically and on the international stage. If DEVA, along with Future Party, develops a harmonious relationship with the opposition block, it is likely that in the next presidential election, Turkey will enter a brand-new political curve that could enable it to overcome the present authoritarian structure.
Murat Yetkin writes: I’m sure that, Erdoğan knows, as much as the judge who issued the decision to arrest Kavala, that meeting with Barkey, let alone having simply seen him on the spot like Kavala testifies, is not sufficient proof of being part of the July 15 military coup attempt. But it looks like the Kavala situation is becoming obsessional for Erdogan. Perhaps, in Erdogan’s eyes, Kavala is the embodiment of everything he stands against. Or maybe Erdogan wants to dissuade any non-governmental initiative that doesn’t thrive outside of his authority.
The government, despite all the efforts of the public relations staff, has not been able to convince the streets about the presence of troops there. When one starts talking to a citizen on the street, they start asking, “What business do we have over there?” There’s no rocket science involved, no situation that requires extraordinarily high intelligence that we bird-brained people are somehow unable to understand.
Şafak Göktürk writes: Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in Idlib resulting from the artillery fire of the Syrian government forces on Feb. 3. Why was this allowed to happen? In these days of global alarm over the coronavirus, Turkey seems to be in the throes of a completely different sort of epidemic: disconnect. Under its spell, events are expected to be seen and reacted to in isolation of their backdrop.
Faruk Loğoğlu writes: The issue goes far beyond Istanbul and concerns the whole of Turkey because the Kanal might pose a direct challenge to the survival of the Montreux Convention. The Kanal would create a duality, a two-headed legal system, easily open to disputations for one reason or another. In other words, by creating a duality in the applicable law/regulations, we will be exposing the Convention to questioning and demands for its change.