The digital life is oppressive sometimes. Because we are now able to record every single second of our life, some of us are in constant fear leaving any moment left unrecorded. So much so that we have become slaves to our digital memory, and failed to enjoy the moment itself without any assistance lfrom our […]

In times when China is growing ever influential with other governments become increasingly reluctant to criticize the Dragon, it is good to know that someone has the courage to stand up and go against the wave. In response to the situation in Xinjiang where a racial riot between Uighur minority and Han majority that caused […]

Three cheers for liberty: Two major parties in Turkey say they will submit a joint plan to parliament to ease a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities. The Islamist-rooted governing AK Party and the nationalist MHP say it is an issue of human rights and freedoms. [Turkish MPs plan headscarf reform. BBC News. January […]

Abdullah Gul is almost certain to be the next President of Turkey. Gul’s Islamist past however is causing great consternation among Turkish secularists. They had rallied impressive public dissent that ultimately failed in the face of democracy. The defeat has further caused the secularists distress. I however believe Turkish secularists are worrying too much and […]

The recent Turkish election, which saw the conservative AKP gaining control of the Turkish legislature with a strong majority, taught the world the importance of a healthy economy. The recent Japanese upper house election unmistakably rings the same bell: The vote was a rejection of Mr Abe’s priorities, which emphasise ideological issues of nationhood, such […]

One of many lessons that could be learned from Turkey: take care of the economy and the economy will take care of you, perhaps, regardless of your leaning. The breadth of Mr Erdogan’s success is best illustrated by the new political map: nearly all of Turkey’s 81 provinces, including seven mainly Kurdish ones, are painted […]

There are those that point Turkey as an example of secularism. While secular, Turkey is not my ideal secular state. Turkey, as well as France, has taken secularism beyond what is required, turning the state hostile to religion whereas it is sufficient to be neutral instead. Religion is matter of personal choice and individuals must […]