Monthly Archives: Ağustos 2014

Military kept unformed about settlement process, says Turkey’s top commander

The Turkish government does not share information with the military in its secretive efforts to resolve the Kurdish issue, the chief of the General Staff has said, insisting that the military still maintains “red lines” when it comes to fighting … Okumaya devam et

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Freedom of press suffers heavily at hand of Turkish gov’t, report reveals

The government was harshly criticized in a new report on the freedom of the press for intimidating critical media outlets and journalists through tax fines and court cases, thereby dealting a huge blow to the freedom of the press. “The … Okumaya devam et

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Snowden files: How NSA and UK’s GCHQ spied on Turkey

Snowden files on Turkey have a lot of content, which will have consequences on its relations with the USA, UK and BRD. Here goes some of the Der Spiegel story: On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened … Okumaya devam et

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Erdoğan has significant powers as president

When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially assumed the presidency on Thursday, many started to worry that he may push to the limit the full powers of the presidential office, which have been abundant following the military era-drafted Constitution. Erdoğan himself … Okumaya devam et

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Turkish media a punch bag, Internet next battleground

Bugün, Evrensel, Yurt, Birgün, Zaman, Yeni Çağ, the Cihan news agency, Samanyolu Haber TV, Aydınlık, Ulusal TV, Kanaltürk and Today’s Zaman.   Those are the names of the 12 news outlets that were banned from covering a key event in … Okumaya devam et

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New Turkish gov’t to boycott Supreme Court of Appeals for defying Erdoğan

New Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ have reportedly decided to boycott the Supreme Court of Appeals after the court defied President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by inviting Turkish Bar Association (TBB) Chairman Metin Feyzioğlu to deliver a … Okumaya devam et

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Davutoğlu’s political gamble

“I do not expect [Ahmet] Davutoğlu to be subservient and approve of everything Erdoğan says.” This is what Murat Belge, an esteemed liberal-leftist commentator and a prominent intellectual, told Today’s Zaman on Monday. I am not that sure. Before the … Okumaya devam et

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11 media outlets denied permission to cover AK Party congress

A total of 11 media outlets, including the Zaman daily and Cihan news agency, were not given accreditation to attend the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) extraordinary congress being held on Wednesday. Among those media outlets not given … Okumaya devam et

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House sales in Turkey dip 20 pct, worse feared ahead

A significant drop in house sales last month could foreshadow an even worse period for Turkey’s housing markets, where prices remain still high despite falling demand, market experts argued on Monday. Sales of new houses fell for the sixth straight … Okumaya devam et

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Assad manages to turn ISIL into a huge threat to Turkey

It should have been known that when the Arab uprisings spilled over into Syria, dealing with such an oppressive regime and cunning structure would require a common understanding and an intelligence comparable to the mindset Damascus is known for. The result … Okumaya devam et

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