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Turkey, once a sturdy US ally, transformed into an authoritarian country with epic dimensions. Since 2013, Turkey spearheaded human rights violations, clamped down on free media, and imprisoned hundreds of journalists, judiciary personnel, academicians, business people, and people from all walks of life.

Almost every day, Turkey occupies headlines with new stories of persecution and victimization orchestrated by its incumbent regime on the citizens. This may sound strange to Western readers, but the Erdogan regime’s newest authoritarian measures include the expansion of Internet censorship to the extent of shuttering alternative media outlets especially on YouTube.

Things hit rock bottom in Turkey especially in the wake of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt which transformed into a civil coup with the current regime’s implementation of the State of Emergency on July 20, 2016, to be extended consecutively. The New York Times had shared that dreadful night as “As Turkey Coup Unfolded, ‘the Whole Night Felt Like Doomsday” with its readers. Around 250 civilians were killed in a single night during the failed coup attempt, and the Erdogan regime used this coup attempt as an excuse to silence opponents and dissent people since then. …


Babacan Salad, If You Buy!

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Has anyone been surprised with the comments of Ali Babacan, ex-minister of Erdogan’s party and founder of opposition Deva Party? I am not. He said, “Gulen Movement is a terror organization, and the state should always be vigilant against this Movement”.

Yet, I want to thank him for his openness and unmasking his draconian face. …


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Playing with words to refer to a 1963 song by Brenda Lee, this headline may seem to the readers a tad strange, but – trust me – there is nothing wrong with it. I am writing this article as a witness to the extraordinary incidents which have been proven watershed. It is also sad they pass as ordinary events as they happen more and more daily.

Once I was proud of my Turkish identity and always felt I represented my country wherever I was and with whatever good I did. This enthusiasm drove my heart and soul and shaped my objectives in life. My entire career has passed in the overseas, and I had many chances to showcase my culture, language, and the country at the best level, without a single penny from any governmental budget. I met many great people who did the same and tried to represent their values and culture as I did. Was it wrong? No, not at all. …


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Combined view of two streets from Paris and Istanbul

Regardless of faith, background, and nationality, radical and extreme ideologies are a growing trend globally. We all fear that if radical and extreme ideologies are not addressed and mitigated in every society, they will cause unwelcome chaos worldwide.

We live in a global village and whatever happens in any part, we hear it within seconds. Everyone gets afraid whenever an incident happens in their own neighborhood. No one wants innocent people to be attacked or murdered brutally in the streets, markets, and open places. …


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Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

As a Turkish-descent man with a home country rife with socio-economic and political troubles, I was hooked on screens as I watched the US Presidential Election 2020. I always wondered about who might be the winner of the election and tried to guesstimate the outcome of the US election and its possible effects on Turkey and Erdogan.

I was surprised by Biden’s victory the same as millions worldwide. While most of the world leaders cheerfully celebrated his win, a well-wisher for the US quipped, “America is back”. I will not thoroughly focus on the discussions that go around US politics but how the election may affect the global rise of the right-wing and ultra-nationalist policies, especially in the context of its possible effects on an anti-democratic regimes like that of Turkey. …


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Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

Having infected millions of people worldwide and causing the deaths of over a million people, the COVID-19 pandemic relentlessly continues to affect everything in our lives. We are helpless as we witness heartrending incidents as people lose their loved ones. Not only does it crucially impact every segment of society, but COVID-19 has also wreaked havoc in the education sector worldwide, disrupting classes and even changing the brick-and-mortar schooling paradigm to remote learning sessions.

In many countries, students are out of school, and they have no idea when they may return to their classrooms. According to UNICEF, 22 million children may never return back to school, and the outcome of this would have devastating results worldwide in general, but children would be the most suffering ones from this COVID-19 crisis. …


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The coronavirus suddenly entered our lives and turned everything upside and down. At first, no one expected it to inflict such a severe effect on daily life. All institutions, markets, and social places were asked to shut down, and people were asked to stay home.

Contrary to what many had thought when the coronavirus first showed up, it did not end soon as expected. People expected it to last for a week or two. However, things went from worse to worst each day.

1.5 billion children were sent home when the pandemic began affecting life profoundly, and schools were closed. Children and parents were the most affected group of people after this critical change. Working families, especially the front-line fighters against the pandemic, are still having great difficulties in handling their kids. …


The reason why all goes wrong in Turkey is Social Media!

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Turkey was once a country of a role model in the Middle East. When Obama became the president, he visited Turkey first as his foreign country visit and talked to the nation at Turkey Grand Assembly. Obama said that “modern Turkey like the United States was founded with a similar set of principles.” Arab states aired the speech that Obama did at the Turkish Assembly live, and every country began seeing Turkey of that time astonishingly with a different perspective.

Turkey has developed and modernized in many ways afterward. The leaders of the Europian Union warmly welcomed all the structural reforms of Turkey until things began suddenly changing in 2013. While Turkey was pointed at as a role model in the Muslim World, the Middle East was more liveable, secure, and in good economic condition. …


We all wonder how scientific developments would affect our lives. While there is not a single day without an announcement of a scientific breakthrough, rumors are rife about some researches “being clandestinely conducted worldwide to affect everyone significantly”.

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Left to Right: Photo by Franck V., Markus Winkler, and Octavian Rosca on Unsplash

Many futurists follow up on the world of science and technology closely. After their findings and observations based on factual information, they share their insights on how the future will look like. Books on future studies become bestsellers and tap the vein common to humanity: What does the future have in store for us?

This brings to mind several highly popular and international bestseller sci-fi titles like Ready Player One, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and many more. Lucrative as they are, such books are also made into blockbuster movies. Hence, the trend of futurism impacts both the publishing and the movie sectors. We are all somewhat influenced by both or either of them. …


Netflix launched its services to the Middle East in 2016. Since then, Netflix has exponentially increased the number of subscriptions every year. Now, Netflix has almost 50 million subscriptions in the Middle East, Europe, and the northern Africa region (EMEA). It is a great success story for Netflix to achieve this much subscriptions in just four years.

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Left to Right: A photo by Tamas Pap, and Al-Aksa Mosque, Jerusalem by Cole Keister on Unsplash

Netflix has been in our lives for over a decade and has turned into a global platform for the movie industry within the last years. Many were doubtful of its growing and global acceptance, and many people expected a cold war among the Netflix and film producer companies or companies that run physical cinemas. Nevertheless, this did not happen, at least not in front of the scene. …

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Engin Yigit

Educator, Author and Activist

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