The Ballot Queen and The People’s Cake

The situation in Turkey is so fluid and unpredictable, that all possibilities are on the table right now. PM Erdogan has been campaigning for months to become president, without actually announcing his candidacy. The opposition has floated a few candidates without any campaigning.

That Day (December 17)

Clear minute-by-minute timeline of December 17, 2013, the day the corruption scandal broke, from the early morning arrests of dozens of people in PM Erdogan’s circle to frantic attempts by Erdogan and others to hide vast quantities of money and beat the rap. Incorporates video footage and wiretap recordings gathered as evidence in the corruption […]

April 15: Blood Moon over Istanbul

Take a Deep Breath. It’s Spring.

The view outside my office window in Stockholm yesterday:

How to Get Past the Twitter Ban

Here’s some useful information about how to get back on Twitter, which has just been banned in Turkey.

Option Three: To Hell In A Handbasket

PM Erdogan is ripping apart the fabric of society and fanning the blood-lust that has so many times dragged Turkey down the path of sectarian violence.

Right or Left?

Pedestrians today still pass on the left.

Speaking in London

I’ll be giving a talk in London at the House of Commons on February 4, 7:30 pm, in case you’re in town. Here’s the link.

Back in Stockholm

Rats in the Corn Silo

Erdogan has made accusations that a cabal within the state (a new ‘deep state’) is trying to bring down his government in a coup attempt. Foreign powers are behind this. AKP’s criticism of prosecutors and police in the corruption case and PM Erdogan’s accusations that a foreign-led coup-cabal has nested itself inside state institutions has given the Turkish military an opening to ask that the convictions against hundreds of its officers be examined.. The a la Turka twist is that this path appears to have been paved by the AKP which now finds itself in need of a powerful protector.