Category: NURAY MERT
It is irony at its best, or utter hypocrisy in fact, to be critical of Russian meddling in Syria
Category: TAHA AKYOL
It is wrong to assume the Saudi regime does not care about hajj security, that it does not use modern technology and leaves the business to fate; it is also wrong to clear the Saudis of all wrong and say, “Such things happen in every country.”
The Middle East’s insistence on being a major actor in the art scene carries political reasons: The image of a modern state is often built by the international art events that a country hosts
Category: SELİN NASİ
It’s true: There is no military solution (or quick fix) to the Syrian crisis. In order to end the bloodshed, parties have to reach a political settlement.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Shifting Sands: The Unraveling of the Old Order in the Middle East’ edited by Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson (Profile, 208 pages, £10)
Istanbul’s Galerist is presenting “The Arab Spring Notebook” by Ibrahim El Salahi, one of the most important living African artists and a key figure in the development of African modernism.
The number of international tourists rose by 4 percent worldwide during the first half of 2015 although security and health concerns hit hard some African destinations, the UN World Tourism Organization said on Sept. 10
A prosecutor has demanded acquittal for 35 members of Beşiktaş football fan group çArşı for charges of plotting and organizing to topple the government during the 2013 Gezi Park protests, while asking for jail sentences for disobeying a law on meetings and demonstrations
FOLDED CORNER - ‘My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution’ by Diana Darke (Haus, 282 pages, £10)
Category: YUSUF KANLI
It was as if the entire world collapsed on me. Was it possible at all to look at that photograph of a little boy’s body washed up on a Bodrum beach without pain in the heart?
Until the Nov. 1 general elections are conducted and a new government for Turkey is announced, the country will be ruled by a neutral interim government.
Category: AHU ÖZYURT
Turkey’s political decision makers could have read the Arab Spring in a much different way.
Category: EMRE DELİVELİ
Singapore celebrated the semi-centennial of its independence over the weekend. Under the leadership of its founder, Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in March, it rose from being a poor country with no resources to one of the wealthiest and most developed states in the world.
A Libyan court on July 28 sentenced slain dictator Moamar Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam and eight other defendants to death for crimes during the 2011 uprising.
For the better part of the past 100 years, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran have maintained correct relations with one another
“Reset” was the title of the Stephen Kinzer book (2010, Times Book) on the possible prospects of the Middle East.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Only a few days after Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers announced their historic deal on the former’s nuclear program, a top Hamas delegation went to Saudi Arabia to hold talks with new King Salman for the first meeting between the two sides in years.
Most analysts today consider Ahmet Davutoğlu’s “zero problems with neighbors” strategy a failure, and typically cite Turkey’s decision to lend its support to the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring as a primary example.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
Saudi Arabia has two main threat perceptions: democracy on the one hand, Iran on the other. The Saudi regime swings between the two, according to a high level Turkish official.
Fearing for their safety in Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria or even Greece for holidays this year.
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