Ever since the attempted coup in Turkey on 15th July where at least 208 people were killed and more than 1400 injured, I
What is the political potential in Turkish football? What will happen to a sport on the brink of collapse? Where is Turkey heading under the ruling AKP? And what does it mean to be Turkish in the 21st century?
Ankara fell victim to the very worst of humanity that day. In the people who queued to give blood, however, and those who gave everything to help the injured, I also saw the best. No matter what happens over the coming weeks, the Turkish people refuse to give into fear. Nor should they.
For the past three weeks, the park, along with the square, has become a hub of activity, with thousands of encamped protesters confronting water cannon and tear gas-wielding riot police. But despite the harsh rhetoric and the violence, the reality is that Prime Minister Erdogan has little to fear.
Could this lead to a Turkish Spring? Unlikely. Turkey is a politically polarised country. Public discontent and frustration with AKP policies is growing but yet unlikely to become the majority. Erdogan and his party still believes they have the conservative majority behind them...
Recent economic indicators suggest that at least some of the risks to the Turkish economy that built up in 2010-11 have started to ease. Although this improvement may be partly due to external developments outside of the control of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, much of the rebalancing process has been policy-induced.
"Merhaba!", This how we say hello in Turkish. But, "Günah Keçisi" is what we were found saying after the Van earthquake, just as we did after the 1999 İzmit earthquake. What does this mean? Brilliant guess! We've found a scapegoat!