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Miray Aslan

Location: Turkey

Activity: Researcher, Writer, Journalist

Articles: 11

Notes: 1

Opinion: 3

Miray Aslan

specialization:

Media, Politics

About:

Despite being a successful producer of TV programs and documentaries, Miray manages to write daily about world cultures for Posta, a newspaper with the second highest circulation in Turkey. She also has a certificate on diplomacy and politics from SETA (Foundation for Political and Social Research) and continues a thorough research on the subject of media role in politics.  

EXPERT OPINION

Miray Aslan

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

I do not think that neither the reaction of Iran nor Saudi Arabia is surprising. First of all,  Saudi Arabia and Iran rarely solve any problem via diplomacy and  indeed the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia has not descended but sped its pace. Considering the last few decades, we saw conflicts in Lebanon and Iraq and today they support opposing sides in Syria and Yemen.

Bahrain and United Arab Emirates which are part of Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)  formed in May 1981 against the backdrop of the Islamic revolution in Iran, and Sudan cut relations with Iran. Turkey's President Erdogan who is not impartial either, said the executions are domestic issue of Saudi Arabia .  Turkey and the Saudis  are setting up  a strategic cooperation council. Bahrain, Turkey, UAE and Sudan are  also  members of the 34 nation-members Islamic military alliance, which was announced by Saudi Arabia earlier in December. Some are asking the question of "is the region entering a version of the Thirty Years War"?  My answer is no since they are already in it but the teams play their football matches on neighbouring fields.

Finally, I think U.S tried to react in a noncommittal way as usual, called both sides to calm down the tension, announcing Saudi as a friend but criticized from the point of human rights at the same time. U.S does not want to disturb its relations with Saudi Arabia which is a part of the coalition.

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Miray Aslan

WHO IS BEHIND THE ANKARA EXPLOSION?

Two days after the Ankara attack, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK)  claimed responsibility by issuing a statement.  "On February 17 in the evening a suicide attack was carried out by a sacrificed warrior on a military convoy of the fascist Turkish Republic in Ankara... The attack was realized by the Immortal Battalion of the TAK," the statement read.

TAK  carried out its first attacks in mid-2004. There is a substantial debate on the composition and affiliations of the group. Turkey  argues that TAK is a front for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK ) and led by Bahoz Erdal, the Kurdish commander of PKK. However, there are important differences between the PKK and the TAK. While the PKK mainly attacked military and political target, the TAK has deliberately attacked Turkish and foreign civilians. Besides, in an interview made in 2011,  the spokesperson of PKK Roj Welat, has strongly refused to associate with TAK, saying: "it is true that some of the members of TAK separated from PKK. However, we are totally independent groups, neither we nor they have any effect on each other." PKK has condemned some attacks TAK carried out against civilians. Moreover, TAK says that they are totally independent from PKK and criticizes PKK for being too humanist against the Turkish fascist regime.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) said the bombing was in response to the policies of President Tayyip Erdogan . TAK said the bomber was a 26-year old Turkish national born in the eastern city of Van. Turkey denies TAK's claim and says the attack was carried out by a member of the YPG, which is supported by the US in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Syria. 

Fighting Kurdish rebels, Islamic extremists, launching state terror on Kurdish cities and  the Deep State's dark activities – make Turkey unsafe each passing day. It is a hard time for Turkey from the point of a failed foreign policy, failed interior policy, decreased trade and tourism, plummeting economy, lack of freedom, pressures on democracy, increased corruption and so on and so on… Instead of getting involved in Syria's internal affairs, Turkish policy makers should spend their energy on their own internal problems. Instead of denouncing Syrian President Bashar al Assad as a "cruel dictator," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should realize that his own dictatorship is harming his own peoples and country…. 

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Miray Aslan

Former beauty queen gets suspended sentence for affronting Erdogan

Here is the poem posted  by former Miss Turkey on Instagram named "The Master's Poem" which is an adaptation of the Turkish national anthem:

 

THE BIG MASTER

“I’ve stolen and played for eleven years.

I’m not crazy, don’t be surprised

At the slush fund flood and its careers -

For tender is as tender bribed.

 

I’ve stacked a few billions at home

And my son Bilal will launder them

Meanwhile, Gülen is the monster in Pennsylvania

Who can hypnotize voters with amnesia”.

As you can see, the poem does not mention Erdogan by name. However, it made a reference as  Erdogan is called "the Big Master," among his supporters.  Moreover, it refers to the corruption scandal that allegedly involved his family (Bilal in Bologna).

Ms. Buyuksarac’s actions have gone beyond “the limits of criticism”  and amounted to " attack" on the Turkish leader's personal rights, said Erdogan’s lawyer. However, it is known that Buyuksarac did not write the poem, she just shared it and later, since she was afraid; she deleted it. I wonder. If as a journalist I let readers know that I was the one who wrote “The Master’s Poem,” am I going “beyond the limits of journalism ” now?

Moreover, as mentioned above, there are “2,000 defamation suits that have been brought against critics of Mr. Erdogan since he became president in 2014”.  Most of the accused are journalists and social media users, so I would like to know about the “limits of the Mr. President”:  How much more effort is he going to make to prevent journalism and freedom of speech? Is there anyone left behind outside the prisons to remind the President that "even" presidents have some limits, and they should not go beyond them?

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OPINION

Vladimir Golstein

Vladimir Golstein

The Danderous Acceptance of Donald Trump

James N. Green

James N. Green

Politics in Brazil: Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Barbara H. Peterson

Barbara H. Peterson

Health officials confirm spread of Zika virus through sexual contact in Texas, first in US

Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

Miray Aslan

Miray Aslan

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Navid Nasr

Navid Nasr

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Writers

chief editor

Joshua Tartakovsky

Analysis should serve as a method to better understand our world, not to obscure it.

Materials: 42

Specialization: Israel and the Middle East, US politics

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Specialization: Balkans, NATO and EU policies, Strategic communications

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Specialization: Foreign politics, Immigration, Human rights.

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Specialization: Political Science, Social Anthropology

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Specialization: Eastern Europe

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Specialization: Industrial Safety, Corporations

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Specialization: Eastern Europe, Labor movement

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Specialization: American history, way of life, and principles

Danielle Ryan

Ireland

Materials: 10

Specialization: US foreign policy, US-Russia relations and media bias

Materials: 20

Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

Materials: 8

Specialization: Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Military History, History of Counterinsurgency, History of Disobedience, Dynamics of Atrocities in Wartime

Dovid Katz

Lithuania

Materials: 3

Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture

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Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

Materials: 5

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Specialization: migration, international relations

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Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy and strategies, BRICS/SCO

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Specialization: Balkans, Yugoslavia

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Specialization: Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism, Global Security

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Specialization: Geopolitics

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Specialization: Media and government relations

Materials: 2

Specialization: Latin America, Brazil

Jay Watts

Canada

Materials: 2

Specialization: History, Marxism-Leninism, Imperialism, Anti-imperialism.

Materials: 2

Specialization: International Relations, Sociology, Geostrategy

Materials: 1

Specialization: civil rights

Lionel Baland

Belgium

Materials: 22

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

Maram Susli

Australia

Materials: 3

Specialization: Geopolitics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights, Racism, US politics

Materials: 1

Specialization: geopolitics, economics

Max J. Schindler

Palestine-Israel

Materials: 9

Specialization: Politics

Miray Aslan

Turkey

Materials: 12

Specialization: Media, Politics

Materials: 5

Specialization: Politics, International relations

Navid Nasr

Croatia

Materials: 13

Specialization: Global security, Politics

Materials: 9

Specialization: Development of European Union, Non-governmental organizations, Politics and economics in Baltic States

Materials: 9

Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

Materials: 4

Specialization: geopolitics, Russia, USSR

Pedro Marin

Brazil

Materials: 17

Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

Materials: 13

Specialization: Sustainable development, International relations, Comparative European politics, European integration, Eastern European politics and EU-Russia relations

Materials: 8

Specialization: Politics

Materials: 16

Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

Seyit Aldogan

Greece

Materials: 3

Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

Materials: 1

Specialization: Head of "Srebrenica Historical Project"

Materials: 3

Specialization: Economy, Social politics

Stevan Gajic

Serbia

Materials: 1

Specialization: Full time researcher at the Institute for European Studies

Materials: 5

Specialization: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights

Tobias Nase

Germany

Materials: 8

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Valerijus Simulik

Lithuania

Materials: 2

Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Van Gelis

Greece

Materials: 17

Specialization: Middle East

Materials: 1

Specialization: Kosovo, Serbia, Belgrad bombing

Materials: 5

Specialization: international relations, Russia

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