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“Why do some forms of violence—the beheading of journalists by the Islamic State, a bombing in Ankara, or the attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando—make us feel so threatened, while other forms—the 372 separate mass shootings in America in 2015 or the 4,219 Syrians killed that same September—do little to challenge our sense of safety?”

From his base in Istanbul, Elliot Acke
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Kindle Edition, 26 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Random House LLC
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Ackerman, who first saw the Middle East as a Marine infantryman, now lives in Istanbul as a journalist covering the Syrian Civil War and the sharp turn towards authoritarianism in Erdogan's Turkey. This is a collection of his observations around the 2015 elections, particularly the connection between Turkey's foreign policy decisions about Syria and US access via Turkey and the constitutional rules about the seating of parties in the Ankara parliament (when Kurdish parties get above 10%, they mu ...more
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'Istanbul Letters' by Elliot Ackerman is a series of essays, or letters, written from where he lives in Turkey about various topics.

He talks about taking his children to the market, and a life in a country that many of us might fear to live in. He meets a former US soldier who now lives there as well. He discusses foreign policy and the kind of horrific violence that happens in Turkey and Orlando and San Bernardino. Through the course of the book elections are mentioned from the one in Syria to
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Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. He currently lives in Istanbul and writes on the Syrian Civil War
“Politics,” he says, “can be defined as the acquisition or maintenance of power. You can do this in two ways: by either dividing people or uniting them. Uniting people is very difficult,” he explains, “but dividing them is far easier.” 0 likes
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