In the year 1996, in the eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey, “unresolved murders” were commonplace. The “East Report” by the head of Sabancı Holding, Sakıp Sabancı, had just been issued at the time. An enormous cycle of violence was about to end in the southeast.
The European Union is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. It declared May 9 as “Europe Day” in a summit held in Milan in 1985, celebrated in member countries and member candidate countries.
I was recently in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) for one of the “Explore” tours that daily Hürriyet carried out with the Association of Turkish Travel Agents (TÜRSAB). It was my first visit to the island as a “tourist,” though I have visited it many times over the years for work.
We are at the Changa restaurant in the Sabancı Museum. These days, the museum is hosting an exhibition of Miro, one of the world’s most renowned painters.
According to World Bank data, Turkey’s Internet usage rate is 46 percent, which is above the global average
Turkey has been shaken by a new coal disaster in the wake of Soma, where 301 people lost their lives in May. After Soma, this time it was in Ermenek where 18 workers were trapped under water.
“We have accomplished it. The General Directorate of Turkish Coal Enterprises was able to produce a ton of coal for $130-140 in Soma.