My heart is breaking. The cease-fire between the Turkish government and the PKK has been cancelled. My heart is breaking because the country doesn't have a government, because ISIS operates from within the country, and that the tourism industry and thus, Turkey, can be affected financially.
Politics is never divorced from sports, not even when it comes to the construction of stadia. Budgets however have recently thwarted plans in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to build a host of sporting facilities in a bid to either win votes or curry favour with youth and other segments of the population.
Turkey is a radically different exemplar from Egypt. It says political differences can be mediated. Political ambitions can be tempered by the popular vote, while seeing through major structural changes to society and the economy, the curtailing of the deep state, and the advancement of minority rights. In a region convulsed, and fractured, by conflict, that is a powerful message.
The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.
Thousands of men across Turkey and Azerbaijan are posting pictures of themselves on social media wearing miniskirts. They are not only taking photos, they are also taking to the streets to express solidarity with those who have been protesting violence against women in Turkey for over a week now.
The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.
The 20-year-old psychology student at Çağ University allegedly resisted a rape attempt only to be stabbed, hit with an iron pipe and have her fingers cut off before being burned and having her body discarded. Three men are in the custody of Turkish police in connection with this brutal killing.
The Turkish government has isolated itself from the outside world, making the country lonelier in the international arena. Due to the government's misguided policies, there is virtually no country that is friendly with Turkey.
Fifteen years ago, the mainstream media in Turkey had worked under the shadow of the ruthless military and hostile judiciary. Little has improved since 1990s, and this time the tyrannical elected government is unchecked to a degree that there is no formidable power that could hold the authorities accountable.
A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.
Even though I share the pain of the protesters about what happened in 2003, I still cannot sympathize with the inappropriate TGB action, because the context matters; and the way the TGB held the demonstration was very primitive and ugly.
Newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined this week a host of Middle Eastern and North African leaders seeking to portray protest as terrorism or a threat to national security with the indictment of 35 militant soccer fans on charges of trying to topple his Islamist government.
Erdoğan has been an incredibly popular leader, holding power for more than a decade, and his party has won six consecutive local and national elections since 2003. But a growing camp of opposition groups accuse him of authoritarianism and polarizing Turkish society while pursuing a reckless foreign policy.
Implied in his words, and those of other government leaders, is that the Jewish community would be better off -- and safer in their own country -- if they condemned Israel's actions outright. This is where things get dicey.
Despite the headlines over the recent Mavi Marmara protests and a Turkish court's arrest orders for the Israeli commanders "responsible" for the incident, Ankara and Jerusalem are tantalizingly close to a comprehensive settlement that would open the door to greater strategic cooperation.