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An important role falls on Turkish Cypriot civil society

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

As peace talks between the supposedly most pro-solution leaders of the divided island of Cyprus have collapsed; the answer to “what now” lingers in the air.

Comment(s) 8/22/2017

Turkish Cyprus can welcome Greek Cypriots back to ghost town Varosha

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Before the division of Cyprus in 1974, Varosha - a resort town in Famagusta - was booming. The coastline was reportedly a destination for film stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Comment(s) 8/17/2017

Time to think outside of the box on the Cyprus issue

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

In 2004, the UN negotiated the Annan Plan for Cyprus. The Turkish side had accepted the return of the Güzelyurt (Morphu) region which was almost entirely inhabited by Greek Cypriots before the division of the island.

Comment(s) 8/15/2017

Beware Gülen’s communication strategies

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Turkish democrats have for decades been critical of the military’s role in civilian life. They have also been critical of the ideological indoctrination that soldiers have been subjected to, starting from the early stages.

Comment(s) 8/3/2017

Once against Kurdish initiative, Gülenists turned into sympathizers of Kurds

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

If you want to attract the attention of Western public opinion through media about Turkey, there are some key words one should use

Comment(s) 8/1/2017

Turkey should respect the convention named after Istanbul

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is called the Istanbul Convention. It was signed in Istanbul in 2011. Turkey worked tremendously hard to reach an agreement with member-states and it became the first country to sign it. This was highly significant and symbolic since a majority Muslim country had taken leadership on an issue about women.

Comment(s) 7/27/2017

Crisis with Germany: Is it about Erdoğan or does it go deeper?

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

In an interview with the German Zeit on the first week of July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he had no problem with German Chancellor Angela Merkel but missed the years when Germany was led by Gerhard Schroeder

Comment(s) 7/25/2017

The release of jailed journalists will help the anti-Gülenist struggle

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

On the first anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt; I was invited by international media outlets to share my views

Comment(s) 7/20/2017

Ankara mulls to put an end to Cyprus talks

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

While the Greek Cypriot administration started to discuss the next moves after the collapse of the peace talks to unite the divided island, the Turkish government is also in a similar exercise.

Comment(s) 7/18/2017

July 15: United we stand, divided we fall

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The Kurdish opening initiated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to solve Turkey’s Kurdish problem as well as the famous “zero problems with neighbors” policy was a reflection of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s famous “peace at home, peace in the world” motto

Comment(s) 7/13/2017

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