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.
Today, Ankara is not Wuhan. Wuhan is a good example compared to our capital city. Today, Ankara is a construction site. Ankara residents have to remind the city again that they do not want a municipal administration that works for contractors — alongside a presidential system that works for contractors.
A law that was enacted in 2006 in Turkey prevented the commercial sale of ancestral seeds and instead promoted the use of hybrid seeds. According to farmers, this seed law constitutes a threat to the sovereignty of food and agricultural production in the country. However, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry believes that hybrid seed production has resulted in more efficiency for the producer and more quality for the consumer.
Hagia Sophia appears to be a significant step in President Erdoğan's neoliberal Islamic quest. It sends a message to both Muslim and Christian communities. But Erdoğan’s quest is not purely religious; it has a fiercely neoliberal dimension.
Turks and Kurds are not exotic fruits that grow in faraway lands. As citizens of this country, namely the Republic of Turkey, they yearn for equality, justice for all, state of law, plurality, agency, effective administration through decentralization, secularism, better education and economy for their children, security.
Since its opening in 2017, the ruling Justice and Developent Party (AKP) government has spent 46 million TL on infrastructure in a national park commemorating the iconic Battle of Manzikert of 1071. The battle, in which the Turkic Selçuk Empire defeated the Byzantines, was key to the Turkish domination of Anatolia.
Luke Frostick writes: Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu is one of Turkey’s great early novelists. He witnessed the end of the Ottoman Empire, the formation of the Republic of Turkey and played an active role in those turbulent times as a journalist and politician in addition to his literary career. Now available in English, his book Stepmother Earth is a masterful depiction of those eras.