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Turkey has never been in this position before

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The tension between Turkey and European countries over allowing propaganda speeches for the April 16 referendum campaign reached a dangerous peak when the Dutch authorities barred a Turkish minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on the evening of March 11.

Comment(s) 3/13/2017

Journalists in jail and other rights issues in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Whenever the question is asked to Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ or EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik during their travels abroad, they give the standard answer that there is no journalist or writer in jail in Turkey for what they have written or said.

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

Is Ankara losing political ground in Syria?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

When the news hit the wires on March 7 about a surprise meeting in Turkey between the Turkish, American and Russian top generals on Syria and Iraq, there were suggestions that there might be room for a joint strategy where Turkish concerns would be met, even if not fully. Gen. Hulusi Akar of the Chief of Turkish General Staff hosted Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, in the Mediterranean re

Comment(s) 3/10/2017

Rising risk of ballot box manipulation

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Wikileaks has just released thousands more documents claiming that the CIA has developed special methods to turn almost every gadget that we use in our daily lives, from TV sets to mobile phones, into a two-way monitoring device to spy on individuals

Comment(s) 3/9/2017

Why do Muslims seek refuge in the non-Muslim West?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The question is a crucial one since it is one of the main political subjects in Europe, which is about to stage a number of national elections.

Comment(s) 3/8/2017

CHP keeps avoiding AKP traps ahead of referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first step of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) that foiled a ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) plan was to not take its amendments draft to the Constitutional Court.

Comment(s) 3/7/2017

Kurdish autonomy in Syria via Russian hands?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Russian military announced on March 3 that Kurdish militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have started to leave their positions around Manbij in northern Syria to forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime

Comment(s) 3/4/2017

CENTCOM pushes Trump to win the battle at the cost of losing the war

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 2 that Ankara was resolved to march on the Syrian town of Manbij if the U.S. forces do not immediately evacuate the Kurdish militants there to east of the Euphrates.

Comment(s) 3/3/2017

Facts, lies and the ballot box

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It is unfair to pin the whole blame on Donald Trump and his election win in the United States on the new political concept of “post-truth.”

Comment(s) 3/2/2017

Turkey’s Euphrates Shield changed the Syria game

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey started its military operation into Syria on Aug. 24, 2016, following a suicide attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH with its Arabic initials, that killed 59 civilians in the border city of Gaziantep on Aug. 20.

Comment(s) 3/1/2017

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