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Kılıçdaroğlu might break Gandhi’s ‘Salt March’ record

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Mohandas “Mahatma-Venerable” Gandhi embarked on his “Salt March” in order to protest an unfair British salt tax system on March 12, 1930. On the 24th day of his march, which he had started with 78 companions, and despite British attempts to stop it, Gandhi reached the town of Dandi by the ocean and pinched a handful of un-taxed salt of his own country.

Comment(s) 6/30/2017

Will the Middle East map change again?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The map of the Middle East was radically changed almost 100 years ago at the end of the First World War.

Comment(s) 6/29/2017

What about post-ISIL Syria?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH, has started to seem certain, after the impending fall of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

Comment(s) 6/28/2017

Opposition leader’s march challenges Turkish politics

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“I am walking every centimeter,” said main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on June 25, responding to speculation that he is traveling some of the distance of his “justice march” in his party bus.

Comment(s) 6/26/2017

The background story of Erdoğan’s meeting with the EU

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The May 25 meeting in Brussels between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk was regarded as a chance for a new start in Turkey-EU relations.

Comment(s) 6/22/2017

Turkey sets an example for democracy but gov’t doesn’t see it

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The “justice march” from Ankara to Istanbul, started on June 15 by the social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, left its sixth day behind on June 20.

Comment(s) 6/21/2017

Something is going terribly wrong on the Syrian front

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The downing of a Syrian Su-22 jet on June 18 by a U.S. F-18 near the Syrian city of Raqqa triggered an unexpected escalation of tension between the U.S. and Russia

Comment(s) 6/20/2017

Erdoğan’s problems mounting every day

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In a speech over the weekend, President Tayyip Erdoğan complained that the ongoing Qatar crisis came out of the blue, at a time when Turkey was trying to deal with other serious regional issues like Syria and Iraq.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Opposition’s ‘justice’ march upsets Turkish government

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first overt criticism against the “justice march” of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu from Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government came from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ on June 16.

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

The first ever street act by Turkey’s main opposition

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The march that was started by social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in a call for “Justice” on June 15 may mark a turning point in Turkey’s political history.

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

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