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Berberoğlu arrest is forcing limits in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Enis Berberoğlu, a member of parliament for the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP), was sentenced to 25 years in jail by an Istanbul court on June 14 and immediately put in prison.

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Turkey’s future is in Europe – nowhere else

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Amid the new crisis in the Middle East, in which Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has put his weight on Qatar’s side, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on June 13 that Turkey and the European Union could cooperate successfully by leaving behind certain recent problems.

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Opposition accusations against gov’t on coup attempt

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Two opposition parties in Turkey’s parliament revealed their objections on June 12 to a parliamentary inquiry report on the July 15, 2016, coup attempt after the document was made public by its ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) chairman, Reşat Petek, on May 26.

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

The son-in-law dilemma for Turkish justice

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Amid the Qatar crisis which is straining the entire neighborhood, Turkish politics has become occupied with a son-in-law crisis where the courts are accused of positive discrimination in the case of the relatives of key political figures of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).

Comment(s) 6/12/2017

The Brotherhood that splits the Muslim world

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A 59-name blacklist that the countries led by Saudi Arabia announced on June 9 further escalated tension between themselves and Qatar.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

The Qatar Turkey knows is no longer there

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Despite warnings from all three opposition parties in the Turkish parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has given priority to the ratification of two military agreements with Qatar, allowing to send Turkish troops to the Gulf country, mainly for training purposes, late on June 7.

Comment(s) 6/9/2017

Iran, Qatar and the Middle East powder keg

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The deadly raids on the Iranian Parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on June 7, which claimed 12 lives, are grave contributions to the escalation of tension in the Middle East amid the Qatar crisis.

Comment(s) 6/8/2017

The Qatar crisis and the myth of Arab unity

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet on June 6, in which he took credit for the Saudi-Egyptian move on Qatar for himself, it can be said that the options before Emir of Qatar Thamim al-Thani are more limited than the day before.

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

Turkey cautious over Saudi-Egyptian move on Qatar

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Diplomatic action against Qatar by Saudi Arabia did not come as a total surprise, following a number of indications over the last few months. But the June 5 move was beyond expectations: Firstly it was not only from Saudi Arabia, but it also looks to be aiming for the economic as well as diplomatic isolation of the Gulf country.

Comment(s) 6/6/2017

From a literature award to journalists in prison

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Orhan Kemal Novel Award has been one of the most – perhaps the most – prestigious literary awards in Turkey since it was established by the family of the social-realist novelist after his passing in 1970.

Comment(s) 6/3/2017

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