Monthly Archives: June 2014

My column: End of a pipe dream

Here is my TZ column…  on Turkey, ISIL and Iraq: A foreign policy expert anonymously offered this “insider view” in Sunday’s Zaman on June 14: “Turkey has always denied the reports that it has allowed terrorists to use the Turkey-Syria border … Continue reading

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CHP, MHP agree on former OIC head, İhsanoğlu, as presidential candidate

After weeks of haggling over a name for presidential candidate in the period leading up to the August election, the two main Turkish opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), agreed on a joint … Continue reading

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AKP co-founder Fırat: ‘Corruption allegations cannot be buried’

Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, who was once very close to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says on the allegations raised during the Dec. 17 process, “A trial is not something to be condemned; but remaining under suspicion is bad.”  He … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s witch hunt turns Turkey’s key state institutions upside down

Since a sweeping graft scandal broke on Dec. 17, ongoing purges in state and semi-autonomous institutions have reached a level where these bodies face a serious risk of being unable to function properly, as indicated by a recent controversial report … Continue reading

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Turkish Central Bank managers sacked as doubts over independence grow

Several mid-tier managers at Turkey’s central bank have been removed, including two general managers and a private secretary to Governor Erdem Başçı, sources said late on Wednesday. The sources gave no reason for the dismissals, nor did they say who … Continue reading

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‘Erdoğan’s call to Obama for help in Mosul diverted to Biden’

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called US President Barack Obama to discuss the situation in Mosul, Iraq, where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the Turkish Consulate General, but the White House forwarded his call to … Continue reading

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No consensus reached on Iranian gas prices, says Turkish energy minister

Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yıldız, said on Tuesday that although negotiations with the Iranian delegation accompanying Iranian President Hassan Rohani on his Turkey visit went well, concrete consensus on the price of Iranian natural gas had … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

…Bashar al-Assad, who was not only re-elected in a self-declared landslide, by almost 90 percent, but was also content seeing the Turkish government having to shift very sharply from its line and declare the al-Nusra Front a terrorist organization affiliated … Continue reading

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FT: Iran – swamped by corruption

Here is the analysis by FT: The young Iranian businessman was tempted when government officials put the deal in front of him. An importer, he had seen his business dwindle as US banking sanctions choked off access to credit – … Continue reading

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Erdoğan calls the opposition ‘puppets of foreign plotters’

The “illegal organizations that attempted to topple the government” will be unmasked and brought to justice, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told members of Turkey’s business and political elite at the groundbreaking ceremony for a $30 billion new airport on … Continue reading

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