If you glance at the English newspapers on any given day, you will hardly come across the word martyr. If you do the same with the Turkish ones, the word will leap out at you and sometimes in bold letters. Turkish soldiers are dying in Syria, Libya and Kurdistan. Turkish media is hailing them as… Continue reading

This is the heartwarming story of how some football players classily poked their fingers into the eye of Turkish authoritarianism. Their daring act of solidarity—worthy of the political pages of our daily newspapers—took place in a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany on October 16, 2016. Members of a local team, St. Pauli, donned their brown… Continue reading

“Democracy is like a bus ride. Once I get to my stop; I get off.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan Kani Xulam May 18, 2016 The Kurds and the Turks were not supposed to fight one another this year. High-level peace talks last year were so promising that a Mandela- style house-arrest was being considered for imprisoned… Continue reading