An Armenian foundation plans to demolish and rebuild Kamp Armen, an Armenian orphanage in the Tuzla district of Istanbul, after a controversial demolition plan was shelved, as the land owner said he would donate it to the Armenian community
The mayor of a southern Turkish province has denied claims that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan canceled American journalist Steven Kinzer’s honorary citizenship over a recent critical article, while admitting that she herself made the decision for the same reason
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkey’s former President Abdullah Gül said through an aide on May 26 that he has turned down an invitation from the ruling AKP, of which he was a key founder, to join a rally in Istanbul on May 30, just a week before the critical June 7 general election.
Former NYT journalist Stephen Kinzer has said his honorary citizenship was cancelled after Turkish President Erdoğan’s office sent a fax that described him as “an enemy of our government and our country”
Category: FATİH ÇEKİRGE
Two hot developments happened simultaneously concerning the eastern Mediterranean. One is from Cyprus, the other from Iraq.
The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying on Iran opened behind closed doors in Tehran on May 26, state media reported.
A Turkish journalist and anchorwoman has been acquitted of charges of “resisting an officer” and “defamation” after an investigation into her tweets criticizing one of the country’s corruption probe judges
Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral May 24, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term
Delighted Armenians have celebrated victory after a controversial demolition plan for Kamp Armen was shelved
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Turkey is full of political controversies, and not all of them are really significant. The recent controversy over a luxury Mercedes car bought for the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (“Diyanet” in Turkish) was arguably significant, though.
Category: VERDA ÖZER
Sarajevo is a typical Ottoman town where you instantly come across mosques, bazaars and fountains remaining from the Ottoman era, while there are many Turkish-speaking people to be found walking through its streets.
The Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Culinary Arts Center YESAM in Istanbul has organized a cultural journey to the heart of the rose.
Category: ERTUĞRUL ÖZKÖK
It is a rule in Turkish politics. If a politician has nothing new to say, they start shooting the media with the ammunition left; they use their last bullet
Major sponsors Visa and Coca-Cola May 20 pressed FIFA to help improve labour conditions in Qatar as Amnesty International accused the 2022 World Cup host of failing to deliver on promised reforms for migrant workers.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Should the Turkish president have any fear that his future might be similar to that of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi?
Daily Hürriyet (in Turkish) recently had a phenomenal letter on its first page titled, “We call on the esteemed president.”
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian will appear in court on May 26 accused of spying and other crimes against Iran, his lawyer told AFP on May 19
A BBC journalist invited to Qatar to examine the living conditions of workers building infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup was detained for more than 24 hours, the broadcaster reported May 18
Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine and forcing Kiev to follow suit, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of wavering and NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive.
Category: BLIND SPOT
If I am a bitter person now, it is because of Kenan Evren and what he symbolizes. It is because of the fear they planted in us. I belong to that traumatized generation
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