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Erdoğan admits ‘difficulty’ in 2019 elections

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Addressing his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) branch members in his Black Sea hometown of Rize on Aug. 7, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said the 2019 elections will be “difficult” and stressed that the party organization should work even harder

Comment(s) 8/8/2017

Erdoğan ahead of some crucial decisions

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In an unexpected move, President Tayyip Erdoğan slammed Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) on Aug. 5. He said it had been late in detecting black holes and loops in the system, thus letting “others” sneak in “especially in the east and southeast of the country.”

Comment(s) 8/7/2017

The decline of international law and the fear of war

MURAT YETKİN writes:

NATO’s relationship with Russia is more difficult than it has been at any point since the end of the Cold War, according to Western defense alliance NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Comment(s) 8/5/2017

Something unusual is going on in Ankara

MURAT YETKİN writes:

News items reported from the Turkish capital Ankara over the last few weeks are not quite consistent with the political predictability that one may have expected from a single-party government led by a president who recently won a referendum gathering all executive power

Comment(s) 8/4/2017

Can the US provide autonomy for Kurds in Syria?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The rift between Turkey and its biggest military ally the U.S. is continuing over two major issues. One is the ongoing activities of Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-resident Islamist preacher accused of being behind the military coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

Comment(s) 8/3/2017

The best way to face up to Turkey’s coup attempt

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the key court cases regarding the July 15, 2016 military coup attempt kicked off in Ankara on Aug. 1.

Comment(s) 8/2/2017

Two NATO allies accusing each other of helping terrorists

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey and the U.S., Ankara’s biggest ally in the Western defense organization NATO, are embroiled in a new row over the Syrian civil war and are publically accusing each other of helping terrorists

Comment(s) 8/1/2017

The delicate dynamics of Turkish-Israeli tension

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The executive committee of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is scheduled to have an emergency meeting in Istanbul on Aug. 1 at the foreign ministers level.

Comment(s) 7/31/2017

Arrests of journalists in Turkey must stop

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Cumhuriyet case once again showed that the trial of journalists and writers in Turkey must come to an end in order to avoid more injustice at home and disgrace in the world.

Comment(s) 7/29/2017

Does Erdoğan have something big in mind?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

July 24 used to be celebrated by Turkish journalists as the anniversary of the abolishment of official press censorship in Turkey

Comment(s) 7/28/2017

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