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Alparslan Akkuş
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Alparslan Akkuş is an Istanbul based journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in the field. He worked for Hurriyet and Sabah dailies as News Editor and Foreign News Editor respectively. He also wrote columns for Sabah daily and Hurriyet Daily News, focusing especially on foreign policy issues.

Akkuş was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Turkey edition of The New York Times, a weekly English-Turkish newspaper published in cooperation with The New York Times.

Akkuş is also a PhD candidate at Marmara University working on public diplomacy and political communication. His major on Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University helps him to analyze developments in international politics from a broader perspective with solid theoretical knowledge.

Akkuş is an IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) fellow of the U.S. State Department, Bosporus Gesellschaft fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany and Mashav Fellow of Israeli Foreign Ministry. He previously worked for Dogan Burda Rizzoli Magazine Group, a Turkish-German-Italian joint venture media company in Istanbul as a manager and for Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s first English language newspaper owned by Dogan Media Group, as News Editor.

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The Reality Behind Nixon and Khrushchev's Kitchen Debate: Cabbage Soup vs. Red Meat

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Pictures can lie even at times when technology did not allow doctoring a photograph. To see how pictures can change the reality, and make the history, just take a look at before and after of an iconic photo taken by Elliott Erwitt unearthed in Magnum's "Contact Sheets" documentary.

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Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 3:36 PM

In his famous novel The Castle, Kafka takes a satirical look at the inscrutable bureaucratic autocracy where the protagonist K unavailingly struggles to gain access to the Castle. Located at the top of a hill as the symbol of the unapproachable power, the Castle represents the ultimate authority of the...

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Erdogan's Latest Attack on Critical Media

(44) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Turkish police raided media outlets and detained journalists nationwide on Sunday in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him, reports Reuters. The detentions came days after the government-sponsored bill was signed into law that made it possible to arrest suspects based on

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New Turkey, Old Rules

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 3:53 AM

It is not a secret that the Turkish government suppresses the media, but the tools they invent to punish the free press are pushing boundaries. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan first started with creating his own media mouthpiece to manipulate public opinion. Mr. Erdogan has direct control over seven national newspapers...

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Erdogan's Presidential Campaign Bears a Logo

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:10 PM

Turkey's first directly elected presidential race dominates the political climate. There are three nominees but only one has a campaign logo, so only one has a chance as well. The country's prime minister and presidential hopeful Recep Tayyip Erdogan's campaign logo has stirred up public opinion. During the tumultuous announcement...

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Internet Freedom Just for 4 Hours

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 8:06 PM

One of Turkey's respected newspapers, Radikal, has started to remove its online content every four hours from its website. This is due to show what would happen if a controversial governmental bill crimping Internet comes into effect after presidential approval. It also puts a banner counting down how...

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First Ever Direct Flight From Turkey to Cyprus, in My Lifetime

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:13 PM

Two weeks ago I visited Trabzon, a northern coastal city along the Black Sea shore, with Turkey's European Union (EU) Minister Egemen Bağış, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and British Ambassador to Ankara David Reddaway for a joint regional EU project. During the dinner time, the streets were deserted and downtown...

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Knock, Knock, Knocking on the Union's Door, for Half a Century

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 8:08 PM

While Turkey was knocking on the European Union's door for half a century, the world and so the EU has changed dramatically. The Cold War ended, iron curtain collapsed and many newcomers like even Bulgaria and Romania enjoyed the full membership to the EU. Turkey is still waiting on the...

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Why Turkey and Iran Oppose the Military Coup in Egypt

(24) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 8:34 AM

The international community was mostly silent towards the ousting of Egypt's first elected president, Muhammed Morsi, while the Middle East's two non-Arab Muslim countries, Turkey and Iran, were fuming against the military coup. The two countries have been at odds when it comes to the civil war in Syria and...

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Would Naguib Mahfouz Oppose the Military Coup in Egypt?

(7) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Egypt's first elected president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a military coup two weeks ago and leadership cadre of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) was jailed. A week later, the military opened fire on supporters of Morsi during the morning prayers, and within a few hours around dawn killed...

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Contemporary Art at a Not-so-contemporary Hammam (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Amidst the Gezi protests Istanbul is hosting a world renowned Italian artist, Angelo Bucarelli, for his site-specific installation at Istanbul's oldest and biggest hammam. Bucarelli aims to convey the city's rich culture and history in a single water drop.

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These days,...

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Who Is Hijacking Gezi Protests?

(20) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 6:42 PM

At the beginning, the main issue was simple: Municipal authority prepared a grand architectural project for Taksim Square and wanted to turn it into a pedestrian-only place, which is good. As part of this project, a 200-year-old military barrack, which was demolished some 60 years ago just on the place...

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