Monthly Archives: Ekim 2015

World’s leading media editors ask Erdoğan to tolerate critical media

At least 50 editors from the world’s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais, La Repubblica and Agence France-Presse, signaled alarm this week over the fate of Turkey‘s press freedom, urging the Turkish president to tolerate his … Okumaya devam et

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Nothing in Turkey bodes well anymore

The collective despair we are currently feeling in Turkey, among those observers and pundits who are still trying to keep their sanity intact as one irrational act and discourse follow another, is that the outside world does not seem to … Okumaya devam et

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Merkel’s visit to Turkey: Smokescreen and illusions

The picture revealed a true story, which was sort of foretold. It was showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was all smiles. The two leaders were seated on gold-gilded thrones at Yıldız Palace (that … Okumaya devam et

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FT: EU sidelines critical Turkey report as it seeks migration deal

What a shame… Such an act of shame. By Alex Barker in FT. ©AP Brussels has privately signalled that it will shunt publication of a highly critical report on Turkey’s free speech record until after its election in November, as … Okumaya devam et

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‘Frau Merkel, why’s the rush to visit Ankara? Carte blanche?’

So, it seems Angela Merkel, The German Chancellor, will pay a rapid visit to Turkey. Report say that ‘the chancellor will meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and that the visit will focus on the countries’ “common fight … Okumaya devam et

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‘The AKP wants to drive all the Kurds of Turkey to madness”

This one is my column dated October 7, in TZ: It is one of those “interesting” times, as the Chinese saying goes — indeed, so intense and worrisome that wherever one looks these days, one only sees trouble on the … Okumaya devam et

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Will the EU wink to fascism in Turkey just because the AKP ‘contain’ refugees in its border?

It would be totally unimaginable some years ago that inside the borders of the EU defenseless refugees, many carrying babies, would be assaulted by thugs while police stood and watched, and leaders who were supposed to be committed to the … Okumaya devam et

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‘Turkey might be torn apart if current Kurdish policy continues’

Yonca Poyraz Doğan’s guest for Monday Talk in Today’s Zaman has warned that if the interim AKP government continues to fight with the Kurds of Turkey using even harsher rhetoric than the discourse used in the 1990s, it would present Kurds … Okumaya devam et

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Syria: ‘Suspended step of the American stork’

“We have gone from the victory-at-any-cost mindset of World War II to the exit-at-any-cost mindset of the [Barack] Obama years,” wrote David Rothkopf, editor of Foreign Policy, in his latest commentary on the persistent American immobility vis-à-vis Russian prop-activity about … Okumaya devam et

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Muslim: ‘Turkey can’t intervene in Syria without the blessing of the big powers’

Amberin Zaman, with Al Monitor, interviewed Saleh Muslim, Co-Chair of the Democratic Ujnion Party (PYD),  in Northern Syria. Here are some excerpts of the interview: Al-Monitor:  What do Russia’s moves spell for Turkey? Muslim:  Turkey’s Syrian policy is totally bankrupt. Two … Okumaya devam et

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