November, 2013 Archive

This campaign is for real

Turkish elections always produce some delightfully earnest campaign material. This video is a great early candidate. Those hoping to become mayor of Istanbul will be pouring...

Gökçek rides again

Ankara’s erratic mayor is nominated for a fifth term – and will probably win When the Gezi Park protests began in the summer of 2013, Istanbul’s mayor was the centre...

Let the man rest in peace

Atatürk was a great leader, but so many followers are getting his legacy wrong...

Arınç and Erdoğan: the Thatcherite rift

Bülent Arınç's comments expose more Thatcherite parallels in the Turkish prime minister's leadership...