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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
When the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011, Turkey was still in its blissful mood of having “zero problems with neighbors.”
This week, the Turkish Parliament passed a series of laws, including changes about internet privacy.
Yet another “work accident” took place in Turkey last week, when an elevator at the construction of a luxury skyscraper in the middle of Istanbul collapsed.
I wrote a piece in this very column some three years ago with the exact same headline above: “The tragedy of Turkish justice.” I argued that Turkey’s justice system was a warzone between political camps, rather than being a fair arbiter of disputes. I concluded:
In my writings in Turkish, I often argue against this culture of traitor-hunting. I suggest that we Turks should learn to see different political views as only that: different political views
Erdoğan drew a clear line between Atatürk and himself, defining the time in between (from 1938 to 2014) as some form of a deviation from the ideal presidency
At the end of this week, the political design of “New Turkey” will be settled. Tayyip Erdoğan will sit in the presidential chair on Thursday, apparently with an impressive ceremony
It was no surprise when President-elect Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Thursday that Turkey’s new prime minister would be Ahmet Davutoğlu, who has been foreign minister since 2009
If you are an observer of Turkish foreign policy, do yourself a favor and read the long interview in yesterday’s Hürriyet Daily News with Ambassador Murat Özçelik.
One of Turkey’s answers to American “televangelists,” Islamic theologian Nihat Hatipoğlu, initiated a debate last week with his reckless remarks about atheists.
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