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When Nature’s Force Turns Into Political Intrigue

When Nature’s Force Turns Into Political Intrigue

We passed 10 firetrucks and other groups in helmets, some in bikinis and without masks. Half of us stayed put, and the other half rushed to help tug at a hose that slithered up a dirt slope and to deliver water bottles to those up there working.

Erdogan and Austria’s Far Right: Enemies Who Help Each Other

Erdogan and Austria’s Far Right: Enemies Who Help Each Other

For Erdoğan, Turkish citizens in Austria as well as Germany constitute a “pool of voters for the AKP,” which he may need to draw upon in the 2023 presidential election given his declining popularity at home. But Erdogan is only able to draw on them because he is playing the kind of music Turks in Austria want to hear.

‘Jesus Was Turkish’: the Bizarre Resurgence of Pseudo-Turkology

‘Jesus Was Turkish’: the Bizarre Resurgence of Pseudo-Turkology

On the margins of capitalism or in the furnace of communism, Turkic peoples have borne the brunt of modernity’s failures and experienced few of its successes. Ancient history, invented or otherwise, offers a refuge.

Luka Ivan Jukić
As Turkish As I Want To Be

As Turkish As I Want To Be

“My baba left,” I would say to friends, who were still a little mystified I had moved by choice, “and now I’ve come back.” I could never stop myself from saying “back.” In a way, it makes no sense. I had never lived in Turkey before. But it acknowledges something that feels true: that the arcs of our stories stretch beyond our own lifetimes.

Sami Kent
Germany’s ‘Gray Wolves’ and Turkish Radicalization

Germany’s ‘Gray Wolves’ and Turkish Radicalization

Calls within the EU to designate the Ülkü Ocaklari, also known by the moniker “Gray Wolves,” as a terrorist group are portrayed as a crackdown on Turkish far-right extremism. But it raises questions on broader issues about assimilation and inclusion of Turkish immigrants in Europe.

Burcu Ozcelik
The Sultan and King Bibi

The Sultan and King Bibi

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Benjamin Netanyahu have become their countries’ longest-serving leaders by claiming to speak for silent majorities. In doing so, they have taken their respective countries in new directions.

William Eichler
Ottoman Feminists and their Struggle in Modern Day Turkey

Ottoman Feminists and their Struggle in Modern Day Turkey

Still today, a majority of the public believes that women were handed their rights on a silver platter. However, according to the rectified version of history, it was in the late 19th century that Muslim women of the Ottoman Empire first started to demand their rights.

Selin Uğurtaş