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BARÇIN YİNANÇ

barcin.yinanc@hurriyet.com.tr

The race in June elections will be between the AKP and the HDP

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The last time George Papandreu became prime minister, he had to tackle Greece’s deep economic crisis.

Comment(s) 3/3/2015

When a Kurd becomes nostalgic about past governments

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

If the “old Turkey” is identified with the period that precedes the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), when the country was governed by mainstream parties on the center-right and center-left of the political spectrum under military-judicial tutelage, then veteran Kurdish politician Hasip Kaplan would be neither a fan of that period nor of those parties.

Comment(s) 2/26/2015

Turkish firms’ investment abroad on the rise; is this good or bad?

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

In the 1990’s, a foreign country or institution showing interest in Turkey’s southeast was received with suspicion by the state. These were seen as modern “Lawrence of Arabia” initiatives to provoke Kurds in the south of the country.

Comment(s) 2/24/2015

Erdoğan targets feminists to prevent unity of conservative and liberal women

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

'Women are entrusted to men.' 'It’s not over until I say it is over.' The first sentence belongs to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He said it while talking about the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan. The second belongs to an ordinary male citizen in Turkey, uttered when his female partner asks to part ways.

Comment(s) 2/19/2015

The one sentence that could save women’s lives in Turkey

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A lawyer who has been threatened in the past by angry partners for providing legal support to women suffering from domestic violence, İdil Elveriş from Bilgi University, started the “sendeanlat” (“Tell Your Story”) hashtag on Twitter

Comment(s) 2/17/2015

Delusion of relying on İncirlik as an asset for US-Turkish ties

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The spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga, Helgurt Hikmet, said in a statement on Monday that the United States was ready to build a military base near the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Arbil

Comment(s) 2/12/2015

Turkey should have invited Switzerland instead of Azerbaijan to G-20

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Turkey and Switzerland have never been best pals in the years preceding the 2000s. During the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rule, the relationship started having an inconsistent course with ups and downs.

Comment(s) 2/10/2015

Turkish–Greek relations under Syriza

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

I guess the big smiles that appeared on the faces of many Turks after the electoral victory of Syriza in Greece were frozen when they heard that Alexis Tsipras had forged a coalition with the right-wing Independent Greeks party.

Comment(s) 2/5/2015

Poll’s finding on Islam and violence should ring alarm bells

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

“We have been following with great concern what is happening at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul,” a Western diplomat told me, in reference to demonstrations of support of the Kouachi brothers who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last month.

Comment(s) 2/3/2015

Moscow can no longer use the ‘Russian tourist’ card on gas deals

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Volkan Vural was Turkey’s last ambassador to the Soviet Union. He went to Moscow in 1988, a year after the first ever gas transfer started between the two countries, and came back in 1993.

Comment(s) 1/29/2015

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