Category Archives: Turkey

Political Islam and Erdogan’s Wonderland

(Photo via Reuters) “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus.” The recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have left many surprised and baffled, but the Turkish president’s controversial comments are not new. Just a month … Continue reading

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Kobani: A Victim Of Our Sins

(Photo via Mother Jones) The city of Kobani is falling in front of our eyes. The black flags of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been slowly spreading above the buildings of this unfortunate Kurdish town in … Continue reading

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Turkey versus Egypt: A boxing rivalry

(President Erdogan addressing the U.N. General assembly.  Photo via Reuters) This year, the UN General Assembly became the new boxing arena for two Middle-Eastern rivals, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Both threw punches. The … Continue reading

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Turkey and the US led anti-IS coalition: Ankara is doing more than People Think

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
My apologies. I am traveling this week and don’t have time to write a proper post. However, I wanted to get a few thoughts on paper about…

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ISIS recruitment in Turkey

Originally posted on turkeyetc:
Şahin Aktan keeps a file to help him in his hunt for his ex-wife Svetlana, who took their three-year-old son Destan to live under ISIS rule in Syria’s Raqqa province in July. (Photograph by Fatih Pinar).…

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There is nothing funny about the declaration of the ‘Caliphate’

Photo via Reuters Initially published in Turkish Hurriyet Daily It may be amusing to some, but there is nothing funny about the declaration of the “Caliphate”  by the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The rise of … Continue reading

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Before converting Hagia Sophia, look at the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba

( Inside Hagia Sophia during my last visit to Istanbul) Initially published in Hurriyet News Daily The mosque-cathedral of Cordoba and the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul – both magnificent buildings – were victims of the geopolitical standoff of medieval times … Continue reading

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Turkey’s economic resilience tested as post-Gezi tensions linger

Originally posted on TEMPORAL:
One year after the Gezi Park protests began, Turkey has yet to calm investors’ fears of political risks at home, while external risks such as US Federal Reserve (Fed) monetary stimulus tapering, add to the threat…

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Neither Erdoğan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

Published in Hurriyet Daily News Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has won in Turkey’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their … Continue reading

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Timeline of the Current Turmoil in Turkey

(Turkish PM Erdogan addresses supporters on March 23, photo via Radio Free Europe) December 17 52, including sons of Turkish ministers, detained in fraud and bribery probe December 18 Turkish police capture 4.5 million dollars in the house of Halkbank … Continue reading

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