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Why is Marxism Still Popular in Academic and Intellectual Circles?

I think there is an important question that needs to be answered in the world of thought. It is about Marxism, and persistently neglected and ignored; in fact, even efforts to raise it are sometimes prevented by either direct and harsh attacks or subtle, cunning, implicit, and indirect pressures.[1] The question is this: why is it that Marxism is still ...

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Tribute to the Glorious Resistance of Turkish Democracy

Turkey has had a well established unique bureaucratic tutelage system. Her inheritance of a bureaucratic establishment had ties with the Ottoman Empire period. However the Ottoman period had also covered a tradition of decentralization and a plural society. This social and political structure urged constitutionalization movements as well as attempts to guarantee individual and civil rights of the citizens in ...

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Why did the West Fail to Condemn the July 15 Coup Attempt of Turkey?

Introduction The attitude of the West in general against July 15, 2016, coup attempt in Turkey was really upsetting. Governments of the EU countries and USA kept away from giving a clear and strong support to Turkey’s democratically elected government during and aftermath of the failed coup attempt. On the coup night representatives of Western  governments waited to speak out ...

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Why Turkey should matter to Europeans

In fact, the answer is so simple: There a disaster approaches to Europe and European leaders are doing nothing about it. And Turkey is the only country in the region to cooperate for preventing this incoming disaster. Turkey has been a stabilized and unitary country that has not gone to any war since WWI. And Europe has not experienced a ...

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Why is the EU disappointing that much?

Turks have been blamed for a while, with turning into anti-western. Does this really make sense? How could a nation that has already been a part of the Western world, as the history says, and always taken its place there, turn into anti of it? What makes this possible? No need to go that much back, let’s take the history ...

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Why Tank Man is worth everything but Turks nothing

It was June 4, 1989 when an “Unknown Protester” opposed the tanks that were patrolling around Tiananmen Square after crackdown on protests against the Chinese government. Known as the Tank Man, the unknown protestor had become the symbol of braveness and heroism; though he surely deserved such recognition. Nobody certainly knows what has happened to him later, but that one ...

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Turkey’s July 15 Revolution

Turkey’s July 15 resistance against the coup attempt is no less than the British, American or French revolutions. It has the main characteristics of the classical revolutions. Now Turkey is among the countries that have a saga to support the democratic system. Revolutions are defined as periods in which fast and comprehensive changes in political systems take place. Thus, a ...

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What if the attempted coup in Turkey had succeeded? – Halil Berktay

his inner/outer dialectic has fooled many (including well-known Turkey specialists like Erik Jan Zurcher, of whom more later). Hence I came up with a different view. I repeated it at a 4th August SETA panel in Ankara, and again on a 7th August late-night 24TV program. I am grateful to Scott Sherman for publishing my response in full, as well ...

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July 15: Gülenist Coup Attempt – Report

On July 15, Turkey descended into a night of chaos and violence as a failed bloody coup attempt gripped the country, killing 246 civilians and police officers. The group responsible for the coup belonged to a small faction within the Turkish military. Within this faction was a group of renegade soldiers who orchestrated a number of coordinated attacks in both ...

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State crisis after failed July 15 coup attempt – Ömer Baykal

In the literature, one of the key concepts used to explain Turkish politics is the “wisdom of government” or the “state mind.” The wisdom of government refers to state authority and skills that have historically managed the country. However, on the night of July 15, Turkey, which boasts about its historical background and wise management skills, faced a major crisis. ...

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