What Makes A Democracy A Democracy?

The fastest goal ever scored in a World Cup Match was eleven seconds. Hasan Şükür was the man who pulled that off in a match against South Korea. While that name might not mean that much to those in the West, anybody here in Turkey would immediately know who I was talking about. Şükür was one of... Continue Reading →

War Tourism

It is not quite 4PM. It is also not quite 40 degrees. For you Americans reading this, the temperature is sitting at a little over 100 degrees. I have just got on a bus (a van, really) that will take me back to Gaziantep. I have spent less than two days here and now I... Continue Reading →

What happened to Turkey?

First of all I want to say thank you. As the world's attention last night was riveted on my back yard, an overwhelming number of you contacted me through the River Walk, facebook, messenger, whatsap, hangouts, and the like to let me know your thoughts and prayers are with me and with my beloved home,... Continue Reading →

Death by Fanaticism.

Nine days ago, wait, has it really only been nine days? Nine days ago I was scrolling through facebook when I noticed a friend posting that he was OK. He had been in the Belgium airport on his way back to the states when the bombs went off. He is one of those casual acquaintances... Continue Reading →

Insanity

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result." Have you ever heard that quote? Most commonly it is attributed to Albert Einstein. Personally, I doubt it. Einstein was a scientist and they tend to do the same thing over and over again all the time to... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Going Anywhere

In 2014 thirty-two thousand six hundred seventy-five people were killed in America in fatal car accidents. That same year, thirty-eight people were killed in terrorist attacks in Turkey. I am safer walking the streets in Istanbul than I am driving a car in America. Not only that, I feel safer. I have lived in the Bronx and... Continue Reading →

A Firsthand Look

The only way to describe my experience here so far is to quote two great individuals, Morpheus and Slavoj Zizek: "Welcome to the desert of the real"

Academics For Peace Initiative

It began as a little spat between Noam Chomsky and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Correction, it began as a organized series of acts of criminal injustice by Erdoğan on which Chomsky refused to be silent. Many other foreign academics joined with Chomsky in signing an open letter to the Turkish government calling for peace in Southeast... Continue Reading →

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