Mehmet Altan

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Mehmet Altan
Born January 1953 (age 61)
Ankara, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation academic economist, journalist, and author
Relatives Çetin Altan (father), Ahmet Altan (brother)

Mehmet Altan (born 11 January 1953[1]) is a Turkish academic economist, journalist, and author of over 25 books. Describing himself as a "Marxist-liberal", he is the originator of the term "Second Republic", arguing that Turkey needs to reconstitute its republic as a true democracy.[2] He is a strong supporter of the Accession of Turkey to the European Union.

Background[edit]

He was born 1953 in Ankara, Turkey to the journalist and writer Çetin Altan as the second of two sons. His brother Ahmet Altan is also a journalist and writer.

Altan studied at the Sorbonne University from 1979 to 1984, completing masters and doctoral degrees in economics.[2]

Career[edit]

Altan has worked at the Istanbul University Faculty of Economics since 1986, first as assistant professor, then associate professor (1987) and full professor (1993).[3]

From 1987 to November 2006 he contributed to Sabah, before moving to Star, becoming editor-in-chief. He left Star in January 2012.[3] He has been dismissed from his paper because of government's pressures on media.[4]

Books[edit]

  • Kanatlı Karınca, Nisan Yayınları 1985
  • Süperler ve Türkiye, AFA Yayınları 1986
  • Marks'tan Sevgilerle, Güneş Yayınları 1989
  • Darbelerin Ekonomisi (1990)
  • Kapitalizm bu köye uğramadı
  • Kurtler: Seytan Soyundan Mi?
  • İkinci Cumhuriyet'in Yol Hikayesi
  • Puslu Demokrasi : Ergenekon Güncesi
  • Marksist Liberal
  • Kent Dindarlığı
  • Metropolis İslam, Timas Publishing Group. ISBN 978-605-114-108-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Çetin Altan, 12 January 2011, Büyük bir rüzgâr gülü
  2. ^ a b Hurriyet Daily News, 18 April 2009, Provocative politics as the family business
  3. ^ a b pgchallenges.org, Prof. Dr. Mehmet ALTAN
  4. ^ "There’s never been this much pressure on Turkish media, Mehmet Altan Says". salihsarikaya.com. 

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