Let's get something straight: Unless you're Parisian, French, or live(d) there, no, you are not Paris. To be Parisian -- to be from anywhere, really -- is to understand the cultural complexities of that identity that cannot be subsumed or learned with a pithy solidarity meme on social media.
Living in Turkey today means going out into the street and not fearing death more than you would on any given day. Living in Turkey means trying not to live with the realization that you are living in a war zone under the pretense that it's a civilized place.
The group described the car bombing as "vengeful action" for security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
"These people are no different. They just happen to be Turkish."
Some people say the embassy's pre-emptive warning proves the Turkish government's incompetence. Others suspect the U.S. government is in cahoots with Kurdish militants.
If Erdogan doesn't act now, he will soon not be able to control the violence currently sweeping Turkey. If he continues to push towards an executive presidency with himself in the seat, he will be a man with considerable power -- except the power to force a violent genie back into its bottle.
The car bomb attack killed 28 soldiers and civilians on Wednesday.
Wednesday's bombing is the latest in a string of attacks that have shocked the nation.
A vehicle laden with explosives detonated near military buses.
The narrative in the mainstream media is that ISIS are against us because they are Muslims, they hate us, they hate our way of life and so on, all against the West. Very rarely does the media talk about the suffering of the people in the Middle East at the hand of these terrorists.
While this picture reinforces the sense that Turkey is returning to the dark days of the 1990s, there are two reasons why the country's current predicament is also different, and much more dangerous, than it was two decades ago.
His new novel explores the personal experience of migration from the tradition-bound countryside to an ever-changing modern Istanbul.
In these dark days, for many analysts what happened on Oct. 10 in Ankara was the end of the Turkish Republic. Not in the sense of the territorial integrity of the country, but the rage and polarization among different groups.