There have been a series of mistakes by the government and by the courts that have cast a shadow on the investigations into the bloody military coup attempt of July 15 in Turkey.
Would it be right to predict the outcome of the Nov. 8 presidential elections in the United States? If the outcome would have a serious impact on our everyday lives as well as on the domestic Turkish political scene and the international conjecture, why not? Probably to Turkey’s dismay, Democrat Party candidate Hillary Clinton will climb the ladder to the U.S. presidential seat with a margin of 6 to 7 percentage points. Could there be a Republican Donald Trump surprise? Very unlikely.
It is not a secret that Turkey’s own narrative of “Turkish affairs” is probably Turkey’s worst enemy. Its inconsistency, unrealism and inflammatory rhetoric-based policy actions are the other suicidal features of Turkish policy calculus. Turkish leadership and diplomacy, inevitably, suffers from a serious problem about being convincing.
With every new statement he makes on the presidential system, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli causes a stir. In one statement he strengthens hopes for one of the sides; in another one he diminishes it.
Abdullah Çakıroğlu, who kicked Ayşegül Terzi on a public bus because she was wearing shorts, was released in the first hearing of the trial on Oct. 26. It is not possible not to protest against this decision. In fact, anybody with a conscience reacted and voiced their protests.
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had a short and mildly toned discussion on the “state of emergency,” known as OHAL in Turkey.
As the Turkish, U.S. and French defense ministers were meeting in Brussels on Oct. 26 for an assessment on the situation in Mosul and Iraq in general, Ankara was focused on helping the Free Syria Army (FSA) take control in towns that are key for its border security.
The Build, Operate, Own (BOO) model for nuclear power plants transfers all the different types of risks associated with the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant to the project company that owns and operates the plant. In the case of Akkuyu, the management of nuclear waste and the fuel spent are also the responsibilities of Rosatom, a Russian state-owned company.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a huge victory in Turkey’s general elections on Nov. 1, garnering almost half of the votes and increasing its vote over the June 7 elections by almost 9 percentage points
From the very first day that nations were founded, surveillance has always been an integral part of governance.
The chief source of new problems is solutions to old problems.
I have been writing in this column since 2007. I did not parachute into this column; it was not the mighty hand of the current political power that made it possible for me to have this column. When I started writing, I had the experience, accumulation of information and perspective of views gained over 21 years spent in the local and international media as a reporter, editor and administrator.
Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated in a TV interview last week that “they want to raise a new generations who will go out onto the streets with flags, as in the case of the July 15 coup attempt.” It means that we will live under the permanent threat of a coup for many years, meaning that in 20 years’ time, we will need people to stop expected atrocities by rushing onto the street with flags. It means that we will live for decades with vigilance against “internal enemies.”
“The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind,” writes John Maynard Keynes in the opening sentence of The Economic Consequences of the Peace. “Very few of us realize with conviction the intensely unusual, unstable, complicated, unreliable, temporary nature of the … organization by which Western Europe has lived for the last half century.”
“They have not been jailed for journalistic work.” This phrase has been the defense of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling AKP whenever Turkey is criticized for the high number of journalists who have been detained, arrested or convicted in the country
In the Social Good Summit organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Istanbul on Sept. 29, we spoke to Head of Public Policy, Facebook in Turkey, Nilay Erdem, on the topic, “Facebook for Good: Is it only a toy?”
The Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will have four cabinet ministries, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will have four ministries, in the case that a coalition is not formed and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes the decision of an early election.
The 16-year-old pop singer Aleyna Tilki has been banned from taking the stage in bars in Turkey.
Each day Turkey becomes a witness to incredible incidents. But the biggest threat to the country is to see these incidents as normal and internalize them
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wants a unitary presidential system. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has emphasized this numerous times. Parliamentary Constitution Committee head Mustafa Şentop said it one more time the other day. The proposal will be for the unitary, not a federal, presidential system.
We knew that the number of children serving jail sentences with their mothers was around 400; we learned the exact figure of 476 from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ.
In the same way as an advertisement serves to commerce, propaganda is serving politics. It is not strange that in the midst of intra-European crisis scapegoats are in high demand.
Turkey is going through a historically important process. Turkish troops are in both Iraq and Syria, actively fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside and outside Turkey, and its offshoot the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria
On Oct. 22, an interesting symposium was held by Kuramer, or the “Qur’an Research Center,” at May 29 University, a government-owned Islamic institution for higher education in Istanbul. The topic was “The Faith in the Awaited Savior.” More specifically, what was addressed was the Islamic belief in the “Mahdi,” or the Islamic version of the Jewish Messiah, who is expected to emerge at the end of times and save Muslims, and ultimately humanity, from evil.
Millions of people all over the world woke up on Oct. 21 to a direct threat to their lifestyles and work. When they tried to go through their social media accounts first thing in the morning, as most of us do nowadays, they could not manage to connect, as the U.S.-based company Dyn, which provides Domain Name System (DNS) services for major websites, was under a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack.
The city of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and the tourism hub of the country, Antalya, the destination for sun- and sea-loving tourists on the same coastline, are 500 kilometers apart. Antalya is in the ancient Pamphylia and Mersin is in the ancient Cilicia region.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Turkey on Jan. 23 at a crucial time in the country’s history
The responsibility to change the course of Egypt again falls on all Egyptians
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Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, a former Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry who is Turkey’s new “point man” at the U.N., believes the Middle East has to move toward a secular and democratic future.
A milder course has been followed since the beginning of the week, but expectations on foreign exchange rates are worsening. We see that the estimates of foreign analysts, especially on the Turkish Lira value of the U.S. dollar exchange rate, are increasing.
“No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come,” said Victor Hugo famously. True, nothing is as powerful as something whose time has come. The same applies to Turkey’s “Mosul question.”
One of my readers commented: “A headscarf-wearing policewoman would be biased, because by wearing a headscarf she is declaring her side in advance”
It was drizzling as he walked the streets of the beautiful Mediterranean town of Toroslar in Mersin province. His mind was on the new olive tree seedlings he had very recently planted in his garden. He was going home...
According to a law that came into force in 1983, abortion was legalized in Turkey. Research conducted in 2013 by Ankara-based Hacettepe University revealed that 14 percent of the women in this country have had at least one abortion in their lives.
The Islamic madrasa and the Christian university were both religious educational establishments. However, over time the madrasa stayed a madrasa while the university transformed into the university we know today.