Monday, March 31, 2014

From ‘Midnight Express’ to a Rising Economic and Democratic Hub

In the latest local elections that took place this Sunday, March 30, 2014, the Turkish people awarded a landslide victory (around 46%, with the main opposition trailing far behind at around 29%), and this for the third time, to the recently embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (JDP) sending a strong signal to the detractors of the man. The voter turnout was at a near-record rate of about 90%.

How does he do it? How does Erdogan pull off landslide victory after landslide victory?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Muslims and Their Chronic Intellectual Stagnation

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According to a quotation usually attributed to Einstein, insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and yet expecting different results. In my view, this describes the state of the understanding and interpretation of Muslims of their way of life, i.e., Islam, for about the last few hundred years.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gezi Park Protests in Perspective

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One has to distinguish between two kinds of protests that emerged from the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey: an innocent and legitimate one that took place in the early days of the protests, and a transmogrified version of the latter into a social engineering project to bring down the democratically elected and widely popular government of the AKP, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party. The latter had been attempted numerous times within the decade-long rule of the AKP. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Islamic Extremism: A Clarion Call for Islamic Renaissance

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Islamic extremism/terrorism is not a purely religiously motivated phenomenon at its roots. Like most human affairs, it is ultimately rooted in socio-political dynamics. In the case of the Islamic extremism: it is the culmination of two socio-political factors that made it to be the powder keg that it is now: A sclerotic (Islamic) civilization and the Western post colonial involvement in the Middle East, i.e., exploitation of the Middle Eastern oil, the plight of Palestinians etc.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Con Coughlin at It Again!

Reporter Con Coughlin wrote a piece on September 14, 2010, in the British Daily Telegraph alleging that the party of the Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan received $25 million from Iran.

Coughlin provides absolutely no proof to support his claim. He just keeps invoking the ambiguous phrase “Western diplomats” as the “source” of his allegations.

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Note: A version of this piece ran on Jim Lobe's blog and Islamicity's Iviews website.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Quantum mechanics: a bizarre theory

Since its inception in 1920s, quantum mechanics has puzzled the philosophically minded by its bizarre philosophical implications. That the debate as to the meaning of quantum mechanics is still going on is an indication of the fact that the dust raised over the world of science by this revolutionary theory of microscopic world at the beginning of the twentieth century is not yet settled.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sabotaging the upcoming direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians

Why would any Palestinian group do such a thing right before the planned direct negotiations between Israel and the PA? Such stupid acts are intended to derail the peace efforts. So the perpetrators (The Qassam Brigades, in this case) and their bosses must have huge vested interest in the status quo of continued violence and suffering. They must be condemned by all, and stopped by the Palestinians themselves…

BTW, regarding the mentioned direct talks, it should be said that if both sides keep insisting on getting every thing they deem to be their right, then we are in for violence and suffering for a very very long time. Compromise is necessary for both sides to achieve true peace...

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