Since the 1990s, many international organisations reported that Lake Chad was shrinking at an alarming rate. Together with NASA’s satellite images, scientific studies concluded that the lake has shrunk by 90% since the mid-1960s due to increasing temperatures and over-extraction of water resources. Several news outlets portrayed the lake as “destined to dry”, relating the phenomenon to the effects of global warming. The perceived environmental crisis prompted many international organisations to intervene in the region.
Lake Chad is situated in the Sahel Region of Africa and bordered by four countries: Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. The lake is virtually a…
“Our memories are lost. Our lives are lost. They [Al Assad’s forces] not only ruined our houses but our idea of home. Turkey is my home already. I can feel that.” These were the words of a 37-year-old Syrian who sought refuge in Turkey, and now has a home in Istanbul.
The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced more than 5 million refugees all across the Middle East. Turkey currently hosts more than 3.2 million refugees, which is considered the largest refugee population in the world. As the conflict in Syria is far away from peace and the EU-Turkey…
This article has been written in collaboration with Ugurcan Turkkan, and got published in the King’s Business Review on 23 December 2020.
A 2018 report convened by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that the Earth’s temperature rose by 1°C compared to pre-industrial levels and is likely to increase by a whopping 2°C by the end of this century. This projection is in contrast with what 180 countries agreed in the Paris Climate Accord five years ago — namely keeping the temperature rise at 1.5°C. …
Bu makale 26 Ağustos 2020 tarihinde Şalom Gazetesinde yayınlanmıştır.
“Hatıralarımız silindi. Yaşantılarımız yok oldu. Esad´ın güçleri sadece evlerimizi değil, yuva kavramımızı da altüst etti. Türkiye şimdiden benim için bir yuva oldu. Hissedebiliyorum.” Bu sözler, Türkiye´ye sığınan ve şimdi İstanbul´da yaşayan 37 yaşındaki bir Suriyeliye ait.
Suriye’de devam eden iç savaş, tüm Ortadoğu’da beş milyondan fazla mülteciyi komşu ülkelere sığınmaya zorladı. Türkiye ise dünyadaki en büyük mülteci nüfusu olarak kabul edilen 3,2 milyondan fazla mülteciye ev sahipliği yapmakta. Bu denli büyük bir nüfusun ülkelerine yakın zamanda dönmesi mümkün gözükmüyor. Suriyelileri ülkede tutmaya yönelik AB-Türkiye göçmen anlaşmasının hâlâ geçerli olması ve Suriye’de…
…ing socialism with social democracy. Cryptocurrencies may similarly adapt themselves to capitalism. Creators of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies are already looking for new technologies that would enable more energy efficient transactions, others are looking for ways to create less volatile cryptocurrencies and new research may offer way…
Exactly. Ethereum second generation will be fundamentally different from Ethereum first generation. It will be a lot more energy efficient (and will make the whole system a lot more efficient) by significantly reducing the need for mining and transitioning to a Proof of Stake protocol. Staking is already pretty common in cyrpto markets and it will be used more commonly once Ethereum 2.0 is up and running.
… shown that social factors play a much larger role in investment decisions than previously thought. If Bitcoin investing is just a trend, then it may not be wise to invest in it. Trends come and go. If trend setters continue to criticize Bitcoin, it may very well crash. After al…
It is important to understand that the blockchain ecosystem is not yet fully established. That is why it will be a bullish market, until it is fully formed and ready to be applicable to the real world. So the whole point of crypto markets is that they should be in an upwards trend, otherwise it wouldn't make them advantageous compared to the current transaction systems, as I explained previous comment.
Also, one can argue that the crypto market relatively passed that 'hype' stage. It is still quite volatile yes, but I genuinely think it is here to stay. The market has over 6k alt-coins now and the ecosystem is continuing to create more and more coins that solve various kinds of problems. The ecosystem is also rapidly expanding into various sectors apart from finance (such as sports and art).
…potentially beneficial merger, encourages more people to buy the share, so the asset price goes up. The problem appears if many people invest not because they see an actual potential increase in value, but just because they know that others will also invest.
Well yes, most of the small investors trade cryptocurrencies because more and more firms utilize cryptos. But this is different from a bubble because the viability of the whole blockchain system is dependent upon the number of transactions. When the number the usage of blockchain tokens (coins) go up, the system becomes more robust; transactions will be faster and more secure. My view is that the average crypto investor behaves according to this notion. So linking people’s market behavior to a bubble might not be so true.
Studying Political Economy at King’s College London. Interested in current affairs of Turkey, MENA and the UK.