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The Brotherhood that splits the Muslim world

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A 59-name blacklist that the countries led by Saudi Arabia announced on June 9 further escalated tension between themselves and Qatar.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

The Qatar Turkey knows is no longer there

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Despite warnings from all three opposition parties in the Turkish parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has given priority to the ratification of two military agreements with Qatar, allowing to send Turkish troops to the Gulf country, mainly for training purposes, late on June 7.

Comment(s) 6/9/2017

Iran, Qatar and the Middle East powder keg

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The deadly raids on the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on June 7, which claimed 12 lives, are grave contributions to the escalation of tension in the Middle East amid the Qatar crisis.

Comment(s) 6/8/2017

The Qatar crisis and the myth of Arab unity

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet on June 6, in which he took credit for the Saudi-Egyptian move on Qatar for himself, it can be said that the options before Emir of Qatar Thamim al-Thani are more limited than the day before.

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

Turkey cautious over Saudi-Egyptian move on Qatar

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Diplomatic action against Qatar by Saudi Arabia did not come as a total surprise, following a number of indications over the last few months. But the June 5 move was beyond expectations: Firstly it was not only from Saudi Arabia, but it also looks to be aiming for the economic as well as diplomatic isolation of the Gulf country.

Comment(s) 6/6/2017

From a literature award to journalists in prison

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Orhan Kemal Novel Award has been one of the most – perhaps the most – prestigious literary awards in Turkey since it was established by the family of the social-realist novelist after his passing in 1970.

Comment(s) 6/3/2017

AKP and MHP may cooperate in elections too

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) may cooperate in the next parliamentary elections, a key political figure who asked not to be named has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Comment(s) 6/2/2017

Turkish warning to US may be in vain but right

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In a last-minute effort on May 31, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged the U.S. administration to “row back” from its mistake in Syria and stop arming the militia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the operation to take the town of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), since the YPG is the Syria extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting Turkey and is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. as well.

Comment(s) 6/1/2017

The state of Turkey’s army as revealed by its top general

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Gen. Hulusi Akar, the chief of the Turkish General Staff, finally sent written answers on May 29 to the parliamentary inquiry commission regarding their questions about the foiled military coup on July 15, 2016.

Comment(s) 5/31/2017

Ministers play ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ in Ankara

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In his first move for the new administrative structure in Turkey following the April 16 referendum to consolidate all executive power in presidential hands and allowing the president to lead a political party, President Tayyip Erdoğan made his move and changed some top positions in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 29.

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

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