Akın Olgun

The boomerang hurled by Erdoğan

by Akın Olgun Whoever controls judicial power in Turkey secures what they want and, of course, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who monopolizes power, is mostly able to get what he wants. In fact, the moment that Erdoğan speaks out against transgressors, prosecutors immediately take action and trials are opened one after the other.Read More

On the eve of a sharp bend

by Akın Olgun The Turkish state once again tests its power over the Kurdish political movement and its willpower. The killings, the injustice and the violence organized by the hands of the state aim both at the pacification of the will of the Kurds by encircling their achievements and the transformation of all areas of […]Read More

Our humanity is being tested

Akın Olgun Kurds are once again being tested in every sense and in every field in Turkey. A circle of fire is being lit around them. As they overcome traps set up for them to deny their freedom, new ones are laid.Read More

Great Destruction

Akın Olgun – London The Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) coalition in Turkey has long been in a hurry to eliminate all obstacles in its path by normalizing all anti-democratic practices and making them “viable” through the discourse that the coalition is engaged in “rebuilding the state”.Read More

The Codename is “The Boss”

Akın Olgun – London The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, frequently delivers his political messages during the opening ceremonies of newly-built facilities. During these “ground-breaking” opening ceremonies of facilities, many of which are still under construction, such as schools, hospitals, dams, and etc., we often see Erdoğan cutting a ribbon in front of these […]Read More

Turkey’s climate of fear

Fifteen years ago, in his essay ‘The Dark Cloud Over Turkey’, Yaşar Kemal noted: “The people of Turkey have been kept in ignorance; newspapers have been forbidden to write about the drainage. The coup of 12 September 1980 not only forced intellectuals to keep their heads down, not only threw hundreds of people into prison […]Read More

The real election begins now

Akın Olgun – London It is election season once again in Turkey. But we face an irony, stuck between the ruling power’s fear of losing and the main opposition’s fear of winning.Read More

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