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Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the country into Syria, US intelligence chief James Clapper said on Feb. 26
Fighting ISIL not a priority for Turkey: US spy chief
The HDP has announced a call by the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to hold a congress in spring to discuss disarmament in Turkey
Turkish gov't, mediator party mark start of Kurdish talks toward political solution, disarmament
Last week, the news fell like a bombshell. Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz declared at the Turkish parliament that Turkey’s new defense missile system, to be purchased most probably from China, would not be integrated with NATO’s system. This kicked off a hot discussion on whether Turkey is changing its strategic affiliation and might ultimately withdraw from NATO
Is Turkey withdrawing from NATO?
Yaşar Kemal, who was hospitalized since Jan 14 following respiratory problems, lung infection and heart arrhythmia, died ın in Istanbul’ broadcaster CNN reported on Feb 28
Turkey loses legendary author Yaşar Kemal
People in a democratic country should be able to express criticism of their leaders, a senior U.S. official has said, voicing Washington’s concern over Turkey’s human rights situation, amid a series of recent cases in which senior elected officials have opened cases against citizens upon alleged 'insults.'
U.S. concerned over ‘deteriorating rights’ in Turkey
On Feb. 25, 1994, an ultra-Orthodox Jew named Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, occupied Palestine, with a machine gun. Seconds later, he opened fire on the Muslim worshippers, killing 29 people and wounding more than 125. He himself was lynched to death by the survivors in the mosque, but only to turn into a martyr in the eyes of his comrades
Is the ‘Islamic State’ Islamic?
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, pederasty-like relationships were common between pre-pubescent boys and bearded older men. Though today it seems homoerotic, the relationship had a deeper meaning according to the mystic Sufis and their search for God
Male sexual quirks among the Ottomans
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to embark on a one-day trip to Saudi Arabia on Feb. 28 to meet new Saudi King Salman, who assumed his post last month.
Turkey seeks to realign policies with Saudi Arabia
With an average intelligence, observation ability, good sense of humor and healthy mind you will be able to figure out Turkey and Turkish people easily. You will be eating olives at breakfast and dipping your bread into the ‘juice of the salad’ in no time
Turkey handbook for Americans
Denmark has had no majority government since 1982. Turkey, on the other hand, has been ruled by a tight single party majority since 2002. That is 33 years of debate and deal-making in Denmark and 13 years of parliamentary hegemony in Turkey
What’s the trouble with Turkey?
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