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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
One the most troubling pieces of news to come out of Turkey this past week was an attack on Ahmet Hakan Coşkun, one of the country’s top journalists.
On Sept. 29, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech – a furious one, as usual.
You must have heard about the latest disaster in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, on Sept. 24. More than 700 pilgrims died in a stampede on the way to the ritual of “stoning the devil.” And this was only a repetition of similar disasters that happened again in Mecca, and again during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that millions of Muslims come from all around the world to do
Saudi authorities still have a long way to go in terms of re-planning the hajj scene and re-educating their personnel in a way that will eliminate such colossal disasters.
Although I categorically do not agree with the statement below, I am forced to publish it in full due to a court decision. I apologize to my readers for the inconvenience.
Weekly magazine Nokta (“Point” in Turkish) is one of Turkey’s oldest political magazines. It had published earth-shattering stories about the military’s torture chambers in the 1980s and about the corruption of politicians in the 1990s.
These days, most Turkey observers agree that Turkey is in deep trouble. They are deeply divided though, when it comes to explaining why.
I have been off from my Hürriyet Daily News column for two weeks. It is not just that I needed some vacation time - I also naively hoped that Turkey could be slightly better when I returned to writing on it.
On Aug. 21, President Tayyip Erdoğan announced the news: On Nov. 1, Turkey will go to ballots again, for yet another general election that will form yet other set of deputies in the Turkish Parliament.
The so-called “Islamic State” of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is known not only for its wanton violence but also its slick videos.
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