What Crime Has She Committed?

Ayla Albayrak, a journalist with the Wall Street Journal has recently been convicted in absentia by the Erdoğan controlled Turkish court system. The trial leading to this conviction came about after she wrote a very fair and truthful article: Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast. I myself had been there around the same time (As The... Continue Reading →

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Today, I weep for Turkey

Today, I weep for Turkey. Yesterday, November 1, 2015, in a stunning victory in which they "somehow" outperformed virtually everybody's polls, the AKP managed to steal back the ruling majority they had lost in June's far more legitimate elections. What can be seen as a win for the AKP is a loss fof Turkey. It... Continue Reading →

Demanding An Answer

  Twice now, I have started writing up a blog response to the recent bombings in Ankara. Twice now I've deleted it with the thought, "I can't post this. This will get me kicked out." I will just leave it at that and let you guess my mind and opinions. Instead, I have a few questions... Continue Reading →

On the Flip Side…

One hundred forty-six "fugitives". Yes, Hurriyet, the main newspaper here in Turkey calls them fugitives, have been "captured" in their attempt to escape Turkey in their attempt to get to Greece, and from there further into Europe. Of those caught, one hundred twenty-six of them are Syrians, ten are Afghani, five from Burma and five... Continue Reading →

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