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Metal fatigue or spring fatigue?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“Esteemed President,” said Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım toward the end to his speech at the Aug. 14 ceremony celebrating the 16th anniversary of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) in Ankara, “in recent speeches you have mentioned ‘metal fatigue’ in our [party] organization.

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Turkey’s domestic security system showing signs of failure

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A number of examples from the past week have given worrying signals about the failure of the public security authorities, as well as the handling of cases by the police and gendarmerie forces, both of which are under the authority of the Interior Ministry.

Comment(s) 8/15/2017

Erdoğan’s dilemma on the AKP’s anniversary

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) celebrates its 16th anniversary in Ankara today, Aug. 14.

Comment(s) 8/14/2017

What will Kılıçdaroğlu do against Erdoğan?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan effectively started his campaign for re-election in November 2019 with a series of speeches on Aug. 7-9 in the Black Sea cities of Rize, Trabzon and Giresun

Comment(s) 8/12/2017

‘People shouldn’t ask AKP where you found that thief’

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“When the new lists are going to be announced,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told local executives of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Aug. 7 in the Black sea province of Trabzon

Comment(s) 8/11/2017

After the US, Russia also pressing Turkey on the YPG

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey has been at odds with its biggest military ally the U.S. for some time over Washington’s selection for a partner in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH in Arabic initials.

Comment(s) 8/9/2017

Erdoğan admits ‘difficulty’ in 2019 elections

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Addressing his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) branch members in his Black Sea hometown of Rize on Aug. 7, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said the 2019 elections will be “difficult” and stressed that the party organization should work even harder

Comment(s) 8/8/2017

Erdoğan ahead of some crucial decisions

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In an unexpected move, President Tayyip Erdoğan slammed Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) on Aug. 5. He said it had been late in detecting black holes and loops in the system, thus letting “others” sneak in “especially in the east and southeast of the country.”

Comment(s) 8/7/2017

The decline of international law and the fear of war

MURAT YETKİN writes:

NATO’s relationship with Russia is more difficult than it has been at any point since the end of the Cold War, according to Western defense alliance NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Comment(s) 8/5/2017

Something unusual is going on in Ankara

MURAT YETKİN writes:

News items reported from the Turkish capital Ankara over the last few weeks are not quite consistent with the political predictability that one may have expected from a single-party government led by a president who recently won a referendum gathering all executive power

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