Mustafa Akyol

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?

How Germany accidentally gave Erdogan a boost ahead of key vote

Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Are German authorities doing the right thing by not allowing Turkish politicians to hold rallies in Germany? Here is why they are not.

How Moses cartoon killed Turkish satirical magazine

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

A cartoon ridiculing Moses brought about the swift demise of a satirical magazine without a political or legal decision having been made.

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Mustafa Akyol

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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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