Mustafa Akyol

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Insulting Ataturk still serious crime in Turkey

Tuesday, May. 16, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Here is the key question that very few Turks ask: Should disrespectful speech about an important person constitute a crime?

Will Turkish opposition rally around Erdogan challenger in 2019?

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

If the opposition unifies around a candidate who can attract varied segments of votes, Erdoganism may not become the only game in town by the 2019 presidential election.

Turkish candy giant gets not-so-sweet reaction to April Fools' Day ad

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters detected hidden message for a new military coup in a TV ad by Ulker, Turkey’s biggest chocolate company.

Turkey’s main Islamic human rights organization faces internal upheaval

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Mazlumder, Turkey’s main pro-Islamic human rights organization, has witnessed an internal revolution as those who criticized the government too much were kicked out.

How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

How did the West so firmly become the main enemy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters?

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Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse, a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, and a monthly contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for LibertyAkyol is currently a Visting Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project at the Wellesley CollegeOn Twitter: @AkyolinEnglish

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