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Turbulent Middle East and Reckless West

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Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

Erdogan's  Regime as Competitive Authoritarianism

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Turkey, which connects Europe and Asia, has a mentality more similar to that of Asia. Instead of adopting the democracy of the West, which is full of liberties, it has retained the “deficiency” of the Third World. As a result, it is a country where several Human Rights are violated.

When we look at the history of Turkey – after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire – we can see a few mil.. Read more


Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

Equal attacks, unequal repercussion

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We have been hearing several terrorist attacks recently. Unfortunately, not all the attacks receive the same attention from the world in spite of their serious consequences. The difference in paying attention to the attacks can be grasped through a comparison between some of them. Let's take for example, Paris attacks and Istanbul attack. 

As you might remember, Paris was exposed to .. Read more


Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

Why does Turkey not belong only to Turks?

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The territory which is called Turkey today is a land that has comprised diverse people since ancient ages. As Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, it is better to mention the territory as Anatolia that is used specifically to refer to the Asian part of today's Turkey.

Anatolia has been a region full of diverse nations - ethnically and religiously. In spite of the several invasions tha.. Read more


Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

Governance in Afghanistan - a victim of West's wrong strategy

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When United Nations announced its plan for Syria, many of us might have remembered the countries for which United Nations or Western powers had had plans. Afghanistan is one of those countries for which West, mainly United States, had a plan of a 'good governance' that would entail a stable country. Was the plan successful? It is doubtful. Firstly, it is better to comprehend why there was a nee.. Read more


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A Suspicious 'Peace' Plan on Syria by United Nations

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United Nations' Peace plan on Syria - a title that was covered in every media channels last week. UN Security Council approved a ceasefire plan for Syria which has been struggling with civil war since 2011. Doesn't UN's plan lead some questions in our mind? For instance, to what extend can someone believe that a plan by UN would end up 'peace'? And, why did it take so long to approve such a pl.. Read more


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Generalizing - Donald Trump's Solution to the Attacks

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Generalizing - one of the most common mistakes we do in our everyday life. We do it mostly because we do not want to dig the problem and we 'generalize' instead of trying to find a solution. That was what Donald Trump did last weeks when he called the banning of Muslims from entering US. He chose the easiest option with regard to the fight against the terrorist attacks. He generalized all Musli.. Read more


Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

Is Cold War Really Over?

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We live in a world where we witness no single day without any conflict. So, we should be used to every disagreement or clash. The truth is we are not. We get shocked by every instance and keep asking ourselves 'what else can be?'. I believe, some of us have specially thought about this when our 'active' world has been having one of the biggest problem - ISIS. Unfortunately, we have already .. Read more


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Paris and 'others'...

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It was November 13th when all Western world was in shock. Both the newspapers and channels were publishing the terrorist attacks occured in Paris. The horrifying attacks which caused 130 civilian's death. ‘The attacks were the deadliest on France since WWII’ was one of the most repeated sentences on media. All western world was affected terribly by the ‘unexpected’ attacks.

When I learnt .. Read more


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Europe in an Emergency State: Is the 'Union' shaking?

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I would not prefer saying that EU is shaking but it is obvious that it is in the middle of a serious crisis. As it is known, some EU countries opened the borders for refugees mostly from Syria and Iraq who have been escaping from ISIS and are seeking for asylum. That was the moment when the disagreements between the members of EU appeared.

Different.. Read more


Ani Calis (@calisi) 3 min read

How does the east and west of Turkey differ?

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The difference between the East and the West of Turkey is similar to a difference between to distict countries. They are totally distinct from each other that one can hardly find similarity. The two most significant differences between them are the language and the culture (ethnicity). While the language of the West is Turkish, it is Kurdish in the East. Of course the official is Turkish i.. Read more


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Nov, 2015: How does the shooting of the Russian jet affect the Russia-Turkey relations?

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We may not know which side tells the truth as while Turkey defends itself by claiming 'Russia violated our airspace', Russia keeps denying. However, we can assume that Turkey will be affected much more negatively than Russia. In fact, the consequences for Turkey have already started to emerge. Here are the most significant two. 

On the one hand, the tourism will be affected.. Read more


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Should the Kurdish people have their own country?

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It depends on the person to say if the Kurds should have an independent state or not. It is definitely a subjective issue.

In my opinion this largest stateless people deserve to have their own country. Basically, they are totally a different nation - with their language, ethnicity, history and culture - though it is denied by the countries they live in such as Turkey. So, why do not they .. Read more