The opening speech of the legislative year at the Turkish Parliament is traditionally delivered by the president on Oct. 1.
You must have heard of the famous “Pottery Barn Rule.”
I have come across this famous quote “Where law ends, tyranny begins,” carved on a wall at Capitol Hill in Des Moines, Iowa a few weeks ago.
On Sept. 29, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech – a furious one, as usual.
I was 13 years old on May 27, the first coup d’état of Turkey in 1960.
We have just one month until the coming snap election and we see that the possibility of getting a significantly different result from the June 7 election is getting lower.
Turkey is no Indonesia, Standard & Poor’s declared this week.
In recent years, Azerbaijan has experienced unprecedented exposure in the global media.
While assessing the presidential elections that took place Aug. 10, the most surprising results came from the front of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate Selahattin Demirtaş.
The Turkish Lira hit new lows this week, whereas government bond interest rates were at their highest levels since the global crisis.
Sometimes truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
Growing inequality between the rich and poor in Western societies has again become a key issue.
The news story looked even more bizarre than the one in 2010 which announced that (then-prime minister) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had won the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights.
In Ukraine, it was the rebels who had to move first. They moved because Moscow has decided to freeze the conflict, which has now served its main purpose of saving Putin’s face.
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.
So the world’s a mess. The view from Istanbul across Asia to Mumbai is one of chaos and despair. Hundreds of thousands of refugees ...
It is irony at its best, or utter hypocrisy in fact, to be critical of Russian meddling in Syria
One of the priorities over the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been raising “pious generations,” meaning the country’s education system has been a special target for the party, and its de facto leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Political parties in Turkey have announced their MP candidates for the crucial Nov. 1 election, providing a number of hints for observers who are wondering whether the outcome will be dramatically different than the June 7 polls.
“Once this border was wide open, as Turkey allowed rebel groups of any stripe easy access to the battlefields in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
It has been almost a year since the Syrian people began their uprising, following the arrest of over a dozen children for painting ...
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.
We are watching with astonishment how those people who sat down to negotiate with a 31-year-old terror organization left the table without taking the necessary precautions and, instead of taking responsibility for what followed afterward, are trying to get away by declaring anybody randomly as a “supporter” of the outlawed PKK.
In accounts of the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) Sept. 12 congress, most comments have suggested that “the chief has seized the party,” or “the chief held the reigns and reinforced his dominance,”
At conferences with young journalists, veterans of the profession often underline that journalists are very much like inn keepers while politicians, governments and mayors are just passersby who come and go.
After years of thorny negotiations, Iran and the P5+1 countries, consisting of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, finally reached an agreement on July 14 to control Iranian nuclear enrichment program
One of the negative aspects of the long nine-day bayram vacation has been traffic accidents resulting in 134 deaths, but another one could be that important stories were overlooked during the vacation
Turkey has said farewell to former President Süleyman Demirel, who as a figure in Turkish politics since the 1960s, served seven times as the country’s prime minister, crowning his political tenure as president between 1993 and 2000.
The responsibility to change the course of Egypt again falls on all Egyptians
With a fresh mandate from his people after last week’s Sunday snap elections, Alexis Tsipras left for the United States on Saturday for a trip that may prove to be very useful for his second time in office
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has turned out to be the main catalyzer of developments in Syria, putting powers which are otherwise rivals in a more cooperative mode over this crisis. But what does this mean in terms of Turkey’s expectations?
The third quarter of 2015 is ending off and it can be regarded as certain now that we have lived a lost year. Even worse, there is a strong possibility that next year will also be another lost year
When a Turkish reconnaissance jet was shot down by the Syrian air defense system
The term “useful idiots” became popular in Turkey thanks to the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
In the past, if a politician who was already regularly performing his daily prayers was seen going to the mosque with the slightest hint of public visibility, he would be scolded immediately: “Hey, do not make religion a political tool.”
The hajj is for all Muslims. Therefore, isn’t it a big mistake to leave it to Saudi Arabia, which is inefficiently managing such a huge organization and is not even being accountable?
We would have been extremely surprised if you ever understood journalism and the job we do. We do not issue a political party’s newsletter disguised as a newspaper or a news channel
What does a state do? For instance, in the Philippines, before they were to host the executive committee meeting of the Asian Development Bank, to keep the visiting foreigners from seeing the country’s poverty, erected a temporary wall to hide the slums on the road from the airport to the city
It is like this during every holiday (“Bayram” in Turkish) season.
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