Archive | June, 2014

Erdoğan demands news black-out; Islamist media has a field day

The escalating crisis and the growing threat of ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) in Iraq have many ramifications for the region, some unforeseen but many long predicted. For those of us that had been regularly writing and warning about possible consequences of short-sighted, opportunistic, sectarian and often ignorant policies of some […]




Political interference in science getting worse in Turkey

Turkey has grand ambitions for the centenary of the Turkish Republic in 2023, aiming to become the 10th largest global economy. Political uncertainty and increasingly corrupt environment cloud such an optimistic outlook. Recently, another, equally significant obstacle to growth and development has been emerging. Instead of putting science and innovation at the heart of government […]