We do not yet know whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s Sept. 21 message - in which he said he had “become close friends” with President Tayyip Erdoğan and relations between the two countries were “at their best level ever” - really is good news for those hoping for an improvement in Turkish-American relations.
I first noticed just how widespread the use of drugs in schools has become in Turkey when I did a news story on the subject two years ago.
Immediately after his return from the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a key security meeting and then chaired the cabinet in order to announce Turkey’s counter-measures against the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to vote for independence on Sept. 25.
Let’s start with what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has recently said. “Those who were sent to the West to study came back only having taken in Western culture and having left their identities there.”
American writers in Turkey infamously get their ideas from our taxi drivers, so I make a point of returning the favor when I am in the U.S. Usually, you say the name of your country and the taxi driver tells you what that name currently resonates with in the capitol.
Trying to woo nationalists, fascists, religious fanatics and such segments of the Greek Cypriot society that delivered oaths on hand grenades to “drink Turkish Cypriot society,” repeating at every opportunity that the “majority cannot succumb to the minority,” and at the same time trying to fool Turks with some empty “we want federation” rhetoric must be a very tiring occupation.
In the 15th Istanbul Biennial, the theme grabs you almost as much as the works of art.
“Ever since Lausanne, we have dreamed of establishing a state,” Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani said in 2016 during a visit to the U.S.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a huge victory in Turkey’s general elections on Nov. 1, garnering almost half of the votes and increasing its vote over the June 7 elections by almost 9 percentage points
Technological advancement is good for any country. But there are some technologies that set the countries that have them apart from those that don’t.
Who killed Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara?
Public-spirited businessman Moutaz al-Hayat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar from the United States and Australia to boost milk supply in his country, which is being blockaded by most of its Arab neighbors in the Gulf. It will take 60 flights, and is definitely not cost-effective.
In the indictment I am charged with “helping an armed terrorist organization while not being a member.”
What has been happening in Turkey recently is no longer a matter of political criticism and disagreement, it is now simply a matter of despair and sorrow.
The head of Turkey’s top official religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has recently been changed by the government, but it seems that the change has not had any effect on the institution’s anti-secularism stance.
Whether you call it good luck or a great strategy, it’s clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying his heyday in international politics these days: Thanks to the peculiarities of Western democracies and their political systems, Putin has managed to grow his influence quickly in a number of countries including the United States, reasserting Moscow’s power on its periphery and sowing discord among his adversaries.
The Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will have four cabinet ministries, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will have four ministries, in the case that a coalition is not formed and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan makes the decision of an early election.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently justified the reason for tying of the the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) to the presidency as follows: “If the head of the intelligence agency isn’t directly under the head of the state then the state loses its ability to act. We can only take the right steps if intelligence comes to me when and how I want it to come to me.”
Each day Turkey becomes a witness to incredible incidents. But the biggest threat to the country is to see these incidents as normal and internalize them
Foreign Affairs Minister Çavuşoğlu spoke in Brussels and said, “We deported two journalists. They were from different countries. Both of them were apprehended for spying. Upon the request from their countries, we extradited them. There has not been a verdict yet.”
An Istanbulite must work and save up for 12.5 years without spending anything in order to be able to own a 100-square-meter house.
Unlike the nerve-jangling elections earlier this year in the Netherlands, France and Britain, Germany’s has been notably dull.
Before writing this piece, I looked back at my archives and checked what I had written in the final days of 2014 and 2015.
North Korea’s second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on July 28, three weeks after its first test on July 4, raised tensions in the Asia-Pacific and strained relations between China and the United States.
China is getting closer to Europe with its “One Belt One Road” project, according to Ahmet Musul, the chairman of Ekol, one of Turkey’s leading logistics firms.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Turkey on Jan. 23 at a crucial time in the country’s history
The responsibility to change the course of Egypt again falls on all Egyptians
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Since April Greece has been going through the eighth year of an economic crisis that forced most of its citizens to learn to “live with less” and brought havoc into the traditional political spectrum. It pushed mainstream parties to near extinction and gave the mandate to a previously little-known leftist group who now governs with a small rightist, nationalist party, having a slim majority in the parliament.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sept. 21, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Under normal circumstances the expectation would be that something concrete comes out of this meeting, given that we have the leaders of two supposedly strategic partners with common regional and global interests.
Is there anyone following the news in Turkey who is not worried about the country’s future and its economy in terms of income distribution?
Denmark has recently appointed the world’s first ambassador to Silicon Valley. The first “tech-ambassador” on this earth, Casper Klynge, will most likely be joined soon by his foreign counterparts
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is the government that has come closest to solving Turkey’s Kurdish problem. It is also the government that has helped bring the prospect of an “independent Kurdish state” closest to reality, though obviously this is an unintended consequence of its mistaken policies.
After attending the “Victory Day” reception at the presidency on Aug. 30, I drew the following conclusions:
The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is in command of the fight against the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization” (FETÖ). But it must be stressed that the MİT is not a judicial institution; its duty is to gather intelligence.