Suicide and Politics

Turkish society remains divided over how to react to victims of two suicides. One is idolized as a martyr, the other is treated as a footnote.

Only days apart, the Turkish public was rattled by the news of two suicides involving one college student, Enes Kara (20), a promising medical student, and Bahadir Odabasi (16), son of a purged teacher who has been behind bars for years, last week. …

Racism, Turks, and Syrians

The economic crisis in Turkey is paving way for the emergence of anti-immigrant politicians in the mold of Geert Wilders. Syrians have become victims of hate speech.

Flanked by a phone-holding assistant to capture his every move, a Turkish politician barged into a jewelry store in the western province of Izmir on Wednesday last week, interrogating the owner (a Syrian) on the spot at camera-point. After asking the owner for his identification and store license, Umit Ozdag…

An Afghan mother’s heroic death to protect her children during a blizzard represents the death of humanity and the global failure of handling the issue of refugees in a more humane way.

The residents of the Avzek village in the Ozalp district of Turkey’s eastern Van province on the border with Iran were startled by an unanticipated visit from two young Afghan boys who were seemingly lost in the wilderness in the midst of a bone-chilling blizzard as the hours progressed to…

Turkey’s rulers moved to freeze the assets of 770 citizens (living abroad) on dubious legal grounds. It reflects a practice that never fades into oblivion both in the country and the world.

On Friday, the Turkish government moved to freeze the assets of 770 citizens over alleged terror links. At least 454 of the targeted victims have affiliation with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric’s organization, which was designated by the Turkish authorities in 2016 as an outlaw outfit. The official rationale presented on…

Then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after the outbreak of a graft investigation that incriminated his four ministers and close associates. (Photo Credit: AFP, Getty Images)

The fast-moving corruption investigation that has encircled Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government has left people wondering whether the prime minister can weather the biggest challenge to his decade-old rule. …

Diplomacy and Economy

The rapprochement with UAE and the ongoing rapport with Qatar would be too late, too little for Turkey’s looming economic crisis.

In a desperate drive, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a diplomatic charm offensive in Doha last week to deepen economic ties between Turkey and Qatar amid a teetering economy back at home. The trip came less than two weeks after the U.A.E. prince’s visit to Turkey (in late November)…

The president of Turkey’s Bar Association aligned himself with the oppressive politics of the post-coup era. None of his political patrons were able to save him from his doom.

In 2014, Metin Feyzioglu, then-President of the Union of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB), was catapulted to national fame when he rattled off one incriminating charge after another against then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his corrupt government “at a ceremony marking the Council of State’s 146th anniversary.” His televised tantrums…

A group of Turkish migrants barely escaped tragedy on the Turkish-Greek border after a social media campaign. But others are not that lucky amid increasing Greek pushbacks of refugees.

A video message shot by a group of Turkish migrants, who had recently crossed the Greek border after fleeing political persecution in Turkey, forewarned of an impending disaster: freezing to death in a no man’s land unless authorities reach them as quickly as possible. …

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.

Ayse Ozdogan, a former teacher with an impending arrest warrant over her head, did not spare any effort to make her case: That she is a fourth-stage cancer patient, that she needs proper medical care at a hospital (understandably not in a prison), and that if she goes to jail…

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.

On Monday, Turkey’s Supreme Court overturned life sentences given to 37 soldiers for their role in the invasion of state-run Turkish Radio and Television building during the July 15 coup attempt in 2016.

The decision came as a sigh of relief and a renewed hope for hundreds of other military…

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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