Monthly Archives: December 2015

Turkey’s ‘year of nullification’

As a chronicler of Turkey’s story for decades, I am finding it hard to sum up the previous years without feeling their inherent gloom. The year 2014 was such. And this year that is about to end offers no silver … Continue reading

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Top 40 Albums of 2015 (20-1)

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This year didn’t quite live up to the high expectations I had back in January. Artists like Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, Jai Paul, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and The Wrens…

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Hersh: ‘Uighur jihadists pass to Syria via Turkey’

A long news analysis by Seymour M Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war, and how the regional power play develops:   Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel … Continue reading

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Gülen on Le Monde: ‘We must critically review our understanding of Islam’

Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness and revolt in the face of the carnage perpetrated by terrorist groups such as the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). I share profound frustration with a billion-and-a-half Muslims around the … Continue reading

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Why in Turkey we don’t trust each other

What the latest report by two Turkish academic experts with their fingers on the social pulse tells us is merely a confirmation of similar findings about why Turks act the way they do — they don’t trust each other and … Continue reading

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Zero justice as trials of unsolved murders glossed over one by one

Although many criminal cases were filed against military and civilian officials in the ’90s when the number of unsolved killings in the Southeast was at its peak, none of these trials upheld justice as almost all of them have been … Continue reading

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Turkey’s ‘Mosul move’ thickens the plot

Turkey’s deployment of troops to the area near Mosul caused a stir in the region, complicating much further the multi-dimensional chess game that has been ongoing for some time. Official reactions — particularly the one from Baghdad — offer a … Continue reading

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Doğan media bows to gov’t pressure? Top exec from pro-gov’t channel hired by CNNTürk

The post of general broadcasting manager of CNN Türk, an affiliate of the Doğan Media Group, has been assumed by Erdoğan Aktaş, who spent five years at the pro-government ATV channel. The reshuffling within the Doğan Media Group, which has been … Continue reading

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No end in sight for imprisonment of Vice News’ Mohammed Rasool

There seems to be no end in sight for the imprisonment of Mohammed Ismael Rasool, a journalist for UK-based VICE News who was detained over 100 days ago while reporting in Turkey and charged with terrorism offenses but is yet … Continue reading

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Corrupt media endorses authoritarianism in Balkans, Turkey

The tone of the meeting in İstanbul was immediately set by the words of Brankica Petkovic, director of the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, who coordinates the large-scale media integrity projects of the South East European Media Observatory (SEEMO) in the … Continue reading

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