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Reshuffle in Turkish cabinet

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

I’m curious what will happen if certain cabinet ministers are changed this week. Let us assume that the foreign minister is changed. Will Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s replacement, who will still be from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), make substantial changes to Turkey’s foreign policy?

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

The crime of reporting the president’s vacation

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

It was May 7, 2004, and Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Justice Minister Cemil Çiçek was at the podium in parliament, saying: “These amendments are a milestone in the history of the Republic of Turkey. They will hopefully further institutionalize our democracy, and our rights and freedoms will reach a more advanced point with these amendments.”

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

Brussels 15 years ago and 15 years later

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

It was the beginning of 2003; Abdullah Gül was Turkey’s Prime Minister. Fadıl Akgündüz, also known as Jet Fadıl, was an independent deputy from the southeastern province of Siirt.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

12 hours in Bosnia

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

I was in Sarajevo for 12 hours last week with Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak. While we were walking through a graveyard to visit the grave of the wise Alija Izetbegovic, I noted the death dates carved on gravestones around. They were 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Comment(s) 5/17/2017

What will Trump say to Erdoğan?

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed a decree authorizing the direct providing of heavy arms to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main component of which is the People’s Protection Units (YPG), ahead of the campaign to take Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 5/13/2017

Three crises in one week in Turkey’s main opposition CHP

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

Three crises in one week have been experienced inside the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Comment(s) 5/9/2017

The tomato issue

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

It was the tomato that left its mark on the meeting at Sochi between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Comment(s) 5/6/2017

Did the US inform the YPG of Turkey's air operation?

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

“We know what we will do when the time comes. We may, all of a sudden, go there overnight,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week about the Sinjar and Karaçok operations conducted by the Turkish Air Forces.

Comment(s) 5/2/2017

How was Abdul Rahman al-Uzbeki killed in Syria?

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, Istanbul’s Reina, St. Petersburg’s metro and Stockholm… These are some of the bloody attacks carried out by terrorists of Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Tajik origin.

Comment(s) 4/25/2017

Family living in closet in Turkey’s southeast

DENİZ ZEYREK writes:

What is the oldest memory of your personal history? Whenever I ask this question to myself, I remember the moment when we altogether took shelter in a wooden shed built on an open space in front of our house.

Comment(s) 3/28/2017

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