More fails from the opposition

A few days ago, citizens critical of the government had a new hero: Turkish journalist Afsin Yurdakul leaves Haberturk, a mainstream outlet, with these words: “Without democracy, without the rule of law, without upholding the freedom of expression, journalism cannot breathe. It is our duty to let people breathe.” — Piotr Zalewski (@p_zalewski) September … Read more

I think people are more intelligent than us, experts etc. (about the Turkish politics)

Since the electoral defeat, I have been following the CHP administration. Kılıçdaroğlu’s leadership would be chaos for Turkey. CHP is in a total shitshow. Every day another shitshow. Look what they are dealing with now. A Zoom meeting that is leaked. YouTube leak sheds light on internal power struggle in CHP following election defeat After … Read more

The highest bidder gets Mr. Oğan

The third candidate in the presidential election, Sinan Oğan was open to negotiations for a position, and it seems that Erdoğan has promised him more. Of course, Mr. Ogan will attribute Turkish nationalism idealistically, but like many other nationalist leaders, his allegiance can be bought. Devlet Bahçeli is way more experienced in that. If one … Read more

The next Turkish president will be determined in the runoff elections. A few notes

We had quite an exhausting night. At around 3 am, I decided to quit and return home. Thanks to the municipality’s offer, we were organizing our traditional election watch program, this time in Kadıköy. Here are some sincere notes. We, the opposition elements, have a data problem. As of 23:43, a friend affiliated with AKP … Read more

Kılıçdaroğlu videos making waves and a British-Iraqi Jihadist gets mad

Settled in Britain, he has all the confidence to imply a call for the massacre of Alevis. If not ISIS, he is a Jihadist close to the Syrian jihadist mentality (ihvan?) He is also confident because he contributed to many Western media and established himself as an “expert.” I have seen some fellows like him … Read more

A historical betrayal from Meral Akşener

For what it is worth, the CHP-led National Alliance was an exemplary political experiment. Today, Meral Akşener broke ranks with five other opposition parties that formed “Table of Six” on March 3 and said her party would not support main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as the joint candidate. She stated that her party wanted CHP Istanbul Mayor (İBB) Ekrem İmamoğlu or … Read more

Re-enacted: “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. Assassination of Sinan Ateş

Ex-Grey Wolves leader, Sinan Ateş, was assassinated in Ankara a few days ago. Sinan Ateş, the ex-president of Grey Wolves, a far-right paramilitary organization and political movement affiliated with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was killed in Ankara on Friday (December 30). I learned about him only 5-6 days ago while checking out my Tiktok timeline. … Read more

Imamoğlu vs. Erdoğan

A former professor of mine asked me my opinion about an opinion piece at Washington Post. This helped to think about the Imamoğlu case. The trial is a political one and in the long run, those who are responsible will be ashamed of this sentencing. However, I do not share the logic that this will … Read more

A few remarks on the disinformation bill

Many friends, colleagues, and journalists have already criticized the new law. Without much repetition, I have four points to make: 1- The ruling party’s plans to colonize social media/ to build hegemony over social media failed. Political trolls and various types of intimidation did not work in general. Despite owning nearly 90 percent of legacy … Read more

Unable to punish Turkey’s autocrats, Western countries are punishing Turkish citizens through the Visa processes

Visa issues are a mess. The rejection rates increased. There are, of course, abusers, but many who have legitimate reasons are also victims of Western consulates’  new visa policies. Before rejecting, we need to collect many personal documents, and we need to get an appointment, which may take months. Then comes the rejection. It is … Read more

Over-ambitious İmamoğlu prefers to invite establishment columnists to his presidential campaigning

This image from his campaign bus triggered understandable reactions in the opposition. Some of the columnists in this photo helped build up an autocratic regime and had never really apologized for that. Although İmamoğlu triggered hopes for the future and his win in İstanbul is a plus, he is too ambitious and reminds me of … Read more

Some moves in the Turkish opposition

Worker’s Party of Labor organized a meeting in which delegates from all over Turkey attended. It has the potential to mobilize some younger citizens. I believe their energy is good for the Turkish opposition. I have many reservations and I do not believe they can not get more than 1% but they are providing legitimacy … Read more

About a heated debate on nepotism and corruption in Turkish (exiled) academic community

David Selim Sayers has recently penned a very long and detailed piece entitled as The Real Academy in Exile He is one of the Peace Academics but he did not join the more organizational dimensions of the movement such as joining the core mailing lists etc. The whole issue started after his application for a … Read more

Biden’s big failure in Afghanistan

The US has failed its allies once again. The ways it chooses its allies are problematic, the way it makes decisions are problematic. I do not categorically think the US was wrong to retreat from Afghanistan. But only the fools in the decision-making process of this hasty retreat could not see what would happen. I … Read more

My quote in the al-Monitor piece and more on this (let’s not ignore Google’s complicity): “Twitter, Pinterest face ad ban in Turkey under new social media law

Twitter, Pinterest face ad ban in Turkey under new social media law Al-Monitor Twitter, Pinterest face ad ban in Turkey under new social media law  Al-Monitor Erkan Saka, an associate professor of journalism and media studies at Istanbul Bilgi University, said Facebook’s decision was likely made to protect its “relatively good” advertisement revenue in Turkey. “This all … Read more

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