The Turkish people had not even digested the war plane crisis with Russia which broke on Nov. 24 and then the arrest of two journalists reporting on an intelligence-involved probe in relation to Syria on Nov. 26 when the bad news hit the wires from the predominantly Kurdish populated southeastern Diyarbakır province on Nov. 28
In less than a week’s time, Turkey has witnessed three major, worrying events, one after another
As writing news has become sufficient reason to be placed behind bars or kicked out of the country, perhaps Turkish authorities may ban the distribution of Wall Street Journal in Turkey for having news on its pages
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
Tensions between Turkey and Russia over Turkey’s downing of a SU-24 Russian jet last week are likely persist for a while, despite Ankara’s efforts at damage control
Turkey presents a unique case in Germany’s bilateral dialogue with third countries
Besides demand and supply dynamics, the policy stance of United States Federal Reserve (Fed) also has a significant impact on prices in commodity markets
Can Dündar, the editor-in-chief of center-left daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, were arrested on the evening of Nov. 26 by an Istanbul court on heavy charges including military espionage, helping a terrorist organization and revealing state secrets
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
While discussing the Turkish startup scene with Galata Business Angels’ General Manager Ayşe İnal, I realized that there were not many successful “exits” out of Turkey
When, in the late 1950s, Kemal Nejat Kavur was serving as the Turkish ambassador to Moscow, Andrei Gromyko, the then Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs asked him
There are good generals in Burma – that is, generals who are not too corrupt, not too brutal, and not absolutely determined to maintain military control of the country forever
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.
Ever since Turkey downed the Russian Su-24 on its border with Syria, I have been thinking about the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident between Israel and Turkey
Thousands of people living in a southeastern town in Turkey have been stuck their homes for over a week now due to a curfew imposed and clashes between security forces and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
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.
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.
A 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury, one of the most prolific science fiction writers of American literature, titled “Fahrenheit 451” was filmed by François Truffaut in 1966
Comparing the incoming and outgoing cabinet ministers, Minister Lütfi Elvan is the new cabinet’s deputy prime minister
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
Last week, this column tried to emphasize the need for a genuinely reform-oriented government to infuse the democratization process with a vision focused on broadening fundamental freedoms and rights in Turkey
Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane right on the Turkish-Syrian border, not too surprisingly, proved to be a major incident
Europe has been struggling for some time to cope with its disgruntled Muslim minorities, increasing refugee flows, and homegrown terrorists who radicalize through global jihadist cells and gain experience on the ground around the world before returning to create trouble
Turkey’s most important tourism destination, Antalya, will host the fifth International Resort Tourism Congress next weekend on the heels of last week’s G-20 Summit
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
It took just a week for the EU to express second thoughts over one of its most precious principles: the acquis communautaire, the body of EU legislation, rules and decisions that every member -and prospective member, like Turkey- has to follow in order to be accepted in the family.
Legally speaking, Turkey was not in the wrong when it downed the Russian SU-24 that violated its airspace
The long-waited rate hike decision by the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) will most probably be made by the next month
The crisis between Turkey and Russia has been brought under control, as expected. Yet the unexpected also happened: Their relations seem to be rising from their ashes, leading to even more intense coordination
“Go straight on the road and turn right when you see the tank,” my sister told me five years ago, giving me directions to her house in Beirut. Only in Beirut could you use a tank for a reference point, I had thought at the time
Do not ever call for moderation. Keep up the discourse of heroism. Otherwise, they would call you “pro-Russian”
United States declared war after 9/11
It has to be asked of Professor Celal Şengör, who ruined an exceptionally sunny Sunday for many of us with his poisonous ideas in an interview with Radikal’s Armağan Çağlayan, while he praised late military leader Kenan Evren and the Sept. 12 military coup, together with his hate for democracy and his ambition for oligarchy, what he was trying to prove by gorillas at a zoo that making people eat feces in prison was not torture…
Daily Cumhuriyet Editor-in-chief Can Dündar and the paper’s Ankara representative, Erdem Gül, have been arrested because of stories they wrote
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