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With friends like these, who need enemies?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On the same day as the Washington Post published an editorial “unwelcoming” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan to U.S. soil and urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stop arms sales to Turkey, Trump thanked Ankara for hosting refugees fleeing from the civil war in Syria in his Sept. 19 speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

Comment(s) 9/20/2017

Pains of change in the Middle East

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Middle East went through similarly painful times almost a century ago. That was the dawn of the oil age and a time when three dynasties (Ottoman, Romanov and Habsburg) of three land empires (Turkey, Russia and Austria-Hungary) were falling apart.

Comment(s) 9/19/2017

Turkey’s Syria policy changes as Israel enters Kurdish game

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Israeli flags have recently been waved during independence rallies in the cities of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Comment(s) 9/18/2017

Turkish gov’t hitting below the belt to keep opposition on defensive

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Upon an order from the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office, Ankara police on Sept. 15 detained Celal Çelik, a lawyer for the leader of the social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kıçıldaroğlu.

Comment(s) 9/16/2017

A worrying racist attack sparking outrage in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A mob of 20 to 25 people attacked a burial ceremony in a public cemetery in the Gölbaşı district of the Turkish capital Ankara on Sept. 13 when the body of Hatun Tuğluk was being lowered into her grave, according to eyewitness reports.

Comment(s) 9/15/2017

The rise of arts and culture in Turkey in tough times

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Despite heavy political and diplomatic problems in Turkey, there are signs of a boost in cultural life in the country, showing the desire of at least some Turkish people to stick with universal values.

Comment(s) 9/14/2017

US and Europe mull ways to bring Turkey into line

MURAT YETKİN writes:

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sept. 11 that his government has put all major arms exports to Turkey on hold due to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and the escalating tension between the two NATO allies. Chancellor Angela Merkel later said this does not mean a total ban on exports.

Comment(s) 9/13/2017

Erdoğan’s biggest problem in the meeting with Trump

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On his way back from Kazakhstan on Sept. 10, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on board his plane that his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a good opportunity to cover all the issues between them.

Comment(s) 9/12/2017

On justice as journalists, politicians are in jail

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I received a letter two days ago, seemingly sent to many other colleagues by Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who has been in jail in the western province of Edirne for more than 10 months without having appeared before a judge.

Comment(s) 9/11/2017

Something going wrong in Ankara

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Sometimes when you read stories in papers separately, they are just news items.

Comment(s) 9/9/2017

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