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Istanbul Mayoral Election: Does Erdogan’s Loss Mean Democracy Will Be Restored?

On June 23, 2019, Istanbul had a re-run mayoral election that made room for potential positive change in the near future. In March, the opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, won the Istanbul elections by a margin of 13,000 votes. The High Electoral Council denied Imamoglu victory on ambiguous legal grounds. On […]


Being a Woman In Turkey

Domestic violence has been an ongoing issue in Turkey. Turkey, a democratic nation by name, claims adherence to equality and to the rule of law. However, Turkey’s social, economic and political culture remains devastatingly masculine. Despite its claims to being a progressive nation, Turkey is a male-led country which directly […]


The World’s Biggest Vote: Modi Versus Farmers

For decades, India’s agriculture has been devastated due to climate change, declining in productivity as monoculture is replacing biodiverse crops, corporate control pushing farms and farmers to extinction and farmers are transforming from producers into consumers of corporate patented agricultural products. In the last year, India has experienced multiple large […]


Turkey Heads To Polls, Erdogan Suffers As His Party Loses Ankara

After months of heated campaigns dominated by Turkey’s economy, national security, and equal representation, millions of Turkish citizens cast their ballots in local elections on Sunday 31 March, 2019. The local election was a test for President Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), as it was not […]


The Crippling Of Turkish Media And Failure Of Freedom Of Press

Since a recent AKP ruling, Turkish media has been under tough restrictions, and the political and legal restraints on news-reporting have become visible. The state has influenced, altered facts, and scripted journalistic practices in Turkey, as well as the directive of media owners. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the […]


Is The U.S. Shifting Sides? Current Turkey-U.S. Relations

The U.S. and Turkey partnership has come under serious strains due to continuous differing policies and conflict of interest of the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. Both nations’ partnership is built on distrust, suspicion, and absence of effort to fix the recurring differences. The current strains are due to […]


Strained Relations Between Two Balkan Neighbours

The relations between Serbia and Macedonia, which has been tense for years, was further damaged this past April 2017 when Serbian intelligence officer, Goran Zivaljevic, was in the Macedonian Parliament. Protesters attacked and injured members of the Parliament, including Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Shortly after the European Union and Balkans […]