Monthly Archives: November 2014

İki yazar ve bir savaşın iki cephesi

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Erdoğan says shopkeepers can act as police when necessary

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stated that shopkeepers are the soldiers who defend their land and the police force who maintain the order and safety of the community, in a speech he gave on the same day that a group … Continue reading

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Forget the buffer zone in Syria – for the time being

This one is a valuable analysis by Frederic Hof, with Atlantic Council: Ankara’s view of the importance of the survival of the Assad regime to the well-being of ISIL in Syria is correct. Its prescribed buffer zone is, in principle, … Continue reading

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Closer to tipping point: Gag order on corruption sparks major outcry, Turkish media defies ban

A court-imposed blanket media ban on Tuesday on reporting about the work of a parliamentary commission established to investigate a major corruption scandal has sparked major outcry in Turkey, prompting the opposition and several media outlets to declare that they … Continue reading

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For U.S. and (eventually) Turkey, Iraq is the priority, not Assad

In seeking to ease their tense differences over Syria, Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurds, Turkey and the US seem to be intensifying their efforts to find some common ground. Prime Minister Ahmet … Continue reading

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What Turkey’s current political quagmire is all about, in essence

Here is an extremely lucid, compelling analysis of the ordeal, leading into autocracy. Prof Ersin Kalaycioglu’s article is posted by Global Turkey in Europe / Istituto Affari Internazionali. Political life in Turkey seems to have reached another dead-end. The Turkish … Continue reading

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Two Turkish journalists face prison up to 17 years, as media is discriminated by Foreign Ministry

Pressure on the critical and independent segments of Turkish media amounts on daily basis, by new prosecutions and accreditation bans. Here are the latest developments in a compilation: Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul filed a criminal lawsuit against Harun … Continue reading

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‘Ak Saray’ın elektrik faturası ayda 700 bin TL

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan için yapılan ‘Kaç-Ak Saray’ hakkında kaçak olması, büyüklüğü ve maliyetine yönelik tartışmalar sürerken, ‘Kaç-Ak Saray’ın aylık elektrik giderinin ortalama 700 bin lira olarak hesaplanıyor. BirGün gazetesinden Uğur Koç’un haberine göre, Elektrik Mühendisleri Odası İstanbul Şube Yönetim Kurulu eski … Continue reading

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Turkish media now in Erdoğan’s ’backyard’

If the new “freakish” palace in Ankara did not prove it, I wonder what will. Soon after the launch, a lot of big shots at Turkey’s media conglomerates did know that the gigantic structure, found in a vast green area … Continue reading

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Barring journalists from covering events has become a common practice in Turkey

A journalist from the Cihan news agency was asked just on Monday to leave the hall where Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s wife, Sare Davutoğlu, was delivering a speech about women victimized by war. A group of private security guards … Continue reading

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