The prominent Ottoman radical-modernist Abdullah Cevdet once had boldly claimed that what we as Turks urgently needed to do was to expedite the flow of time so as to catch up with European countries. How long had it taken the Western world to reach this level of civilization, he asked his readers, 400 years? 500 years? Did we have the patience to wait that long? No! Thus the invented solution: to speed up the pace of time. And speed it up we did.
'It is a shame to start to debate whether the country that produced the movie can join the EU. This contradicts freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the German Constitution because moviegoers will decide whether a movie is good or bad. The state should not intervene,' says TAM head Faruk Şen, in apparent response to a senior German politician’s remarks
The veteran politician says the next president must be elected by the people and calls for a 5 percent reduction in the election threshold, a shift to a presidential system and changes allowing the president to call for parliamentary elections
Former President Süleyman Demirel slammed the government for governing the country poorly and said it was mere political propaganda to argue that the current government has no alternative.
has achieved a strong recovery, raising real gross domestic product (GDP) by 32 percent and per capita income by 120 percent in the past four years. Unfortunately, a quarter of the Turkish population still remains below the poverty threshold based on food and non-food consumption baskets.The latest figures show that there has been a reasonable improvement at an aggregate level, but lower income quintiles still struggle in making ends meet.The incidence of poverty is partly a consequence of regional income discrepancies, with people better off in the cities and worse off in rural areas. The causes of poverty are complex, and getting a job in the formal economy is the key factor in redu
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the bombing of a mausoleum in Iraq - a holy place for Shiites - as, "a provocative incident, in which they are trying to turn Muslims against each other and get them to fight with one another." Attending a meeting at the State Water Works (DSI) facilities in Kars two nights ago, the PM stated that just as Muslims could not accept the attitude of the recent cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, people of other faiths would find it intolerable too.
Erdoğan to participate in Monaco conference:ANK - Turkish Daily NewsPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will travel to Monaco next week to participate in a conference on European lending practices, the Anatolia news agency reported.Erdoğan
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party on Thursday pushed a bill through Parliament that would allow the country's former pro-Islamic leader to serve a prison term for fraud under house arrest.
A diplomatic row between Turkey and its regional ally Israel over talks with a high-level delegation from the radical Palestinian group Hamas in Ankara has cooled down, while the powerful Jewish
Ankara has been closely watching developments in neighboring Iraq in the aftermath of a deadly attack on a major Shiite shrine that has left 200 dead in the Iraqi capital alone over the past three
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan attended an early development seminar in Istanbul on Friday organized by the Mother Child Education Foundation.
Çelikkol has talks in Iraq amid sectarian clashes
John Freely, who is a real Istanbul aficionado, once told me, 'If you want to purchase a nightingale in Istanbul, you still need to go to the place Evliya Çelebi, a 17th century Turkish traveler, talked about.'
?Our life would be so much easier if Istanbul were to become the cultural capital' In her column, Gila Benmayor of Hürriyet discusses the process and prospects Istanbul faces in its bid to become the ?2010 Cultural Capital of Europe.? It was in 1985
Commenting on last week's Hamas delegation visit to Ankara, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday said that the Turkish government had not made a mistake by hosting the visit. "Ankara receiving the delegation wasn't a mistake," he said. Abbas said that before the visit he had twice spoken on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and that Erdogan had told him that he would urge the delegation to accept the world and Israel's conditions.
US Congressman Tom Lantos, a Jewish-American, has sent a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in protest of a meeting with a high-level delegation from the radical Palestinian organization Hamas in Ankara last week, reported NTV yesterday.
Berlusconi hopes Turkey's EU dream will come trueANK - Turkish Daily News Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi held out hope that Turkey's aspirations to join the European Union would come true. ?It's good that accession negotiations with Turkey
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül will travel to Qatar tomorrow to participate in a meeting of the UN-led Alliance of Civilizations initiative at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who will also
The banking sector, the public opposition criticism and demands from within the ruling party produce a bill on the restructuring of credit card debt, but the final version is still far from agreed
State minister accused of illegally granting credit and causing a loss to the Treasury; says he did nothing wrong
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