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 →

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 →

Greater

Today is election day here in Turkey. Strike that. It’s actually re-election day since a few months back should have been election day. Problem is, the powers that be didn’t much like the outcome of that first election. They proved too intransigent to allow for a smooth transition of power and a new coalition government... 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 →

My (failed) Quest To Find The Perfect Sunrise

Those of you who follow me on facebook know that I've recently taken to posting a sunrise picture or two from my balcony every morning. (If you aren't following me on facebook, feel free: www.facebook.com/beejai.richardson) This daily habit has had me thinking as I go about my day about other places that might make for good... Continue Reading →

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