Turkey’s prison system serves as a murder machine that devours countless lives. Ayse Ozdogan faces the fatal risk of joining the ever-growing list of victims.


A generation of Turkey’s military students, who were sentenced to life in prison over plotting a controversial coup, may finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after years of a desperate quest for justice.

An archive picture shows a group of Air Force trainees in police custody after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.


When diplomacy is reduced to tit-for-tat barbs in a press meeting, the mutual will to resolve intractable issues between two neighbors becomes increasingly elusive.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (L) speaks during a press conference along with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Thursday (Photo: Ahval)

Pandemic and Politics

After months of incompetent handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey’s government faces a brutal reckoning: 62,797 cases in a single day.

Passengers try to keep social distancing at a subway in Turkey. (Photo Credit: EPA)


The worshipping of Scrum, a prevalent management framework in major companies around the world, obscures an emerging risk: turning Scrum into another Waterfall.

A picture from a modern workplace.

Turkish Military and Politics

Former admirals’ public criticism of the government over a new canal project in Istanbul would be a new gift to the Turkish leader whose popularity suffers during the pandemic.

President Erdogan and the Turkish military leadership during a ceremony at Ataturk’s Mausoleum.

Turkey’s season of mysterious disappearances is back after a purged public worker went missing in Ankara.

An archive photo shows former legal advisor Huseyin Galip Kucukozyigit shakes hands with former President Abdullah Gul in the early 2010s.


Human Rights And Politics

A Turkish court’s approval of a prison sentence against a lawmaker reveals the depth of anxiety in the government regarding human rights activism.

Turkish police tries to stop lawmaker Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu in Ankara in this archive photo.


‘Boğazımı kesen bıçağı yalamam’ diyen Ahmet Turan Alkan’ın çok değil iki sene sonra bıçağı tutan eli öpüp af dilenmesini nasıl anlamak gerek?

Yazarlar Ahmet Altan (soldaki) ve Ahmet Alkan.


The picking of a loyalist as caretaker to lead Turkey’s most prestigious university reveals Erdogan’s longstanding push to totally subdue the academic landscape.

Anti-riot police use tear gas to disperse protesting students in front of Istanbul Bogazici University on Monday. (Photo Credit: AP)

Abdullah Ayasun

New York-based writer. Politics, culture, literary criticism, art, and technology. American political affairs, Turkey, MidEast, and beyond. Twitter: @abyasun

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