The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

Spiegel Online

American historian and Middle East expert Michael Rubin likens the Turkish preacher to Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. According to a diplomatic cable obtained byWikiLeaks in 2010, US diplomats consider the Gülen movement to be


Der Spiegel?s recent strange attack on the Hizmet Movement

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by İHSAN YILMAZ
Der Spiegel has published a piece about the Hizmet (Gülen) movement. Unfortunately, the piece does not look like a work of journalism.

 

Proxy war and the PKK

from Hurriyet Daily News
Nowadays, everyone is asking the reasons for the increase in outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK).

What really happened within Turkey?s military

from Hurriyet Daily News

One of Turkey?s key political phenomena in the past decade has been the gradual de-fanging..

Operations end in SE Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Hakkari Governorship has just announced the end of military operations in the Semdinli district of the southeastern province.

 

Semdinli Fighting | The Majalla Magazine


Turkey Shoot
In the most south-easterly corner of Turkey, a slow-burn separatist conflict has rekindled. But mainstream Turkish media have been slow to report the fighting.

Turkey: A Baffling 24 Hours: In Istanbul, it’s easier to get news from Mars than Hakkari :: Gatestone Institute

by Turkish Digest
Turkey: A Baffling 24 Hours
In Istanbul, it’s easier to get news from Mars than Hakkari

by Claire Berlinski
August 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

 

 

 

?New tactic PKK against Turkish army?

from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink
ISTANBUL ? ?A new tactic?, says Murat Karayilan, commander of the Kurdish armed movement the PKK via a Kurdish news agency. No, says the Turkish army, it?s a big anti PKK operation. Fact is that in the South-east of Turkey an unusually long battle is being fought between the army and the PKK. The fighting

What did the PKK try to achieve with its

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by MARKAR ESAYAN
We have long been reiterating that the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) issue and the Kurdish issue have long been divorced from each other. The PKK and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) circles do not like this discourse as it implies that the backing behind the organization is not reliable. Kurdish citizens living in the eastern and southeastern Anatolian provinces rightly started to complain about the state during the early years of the republic.

 

Selling the Semindli battle

from Journalist in Turkey, background articles, news and weblog about by Fréderike Geerdink
I managed to sell a story about Semdinli. The fighting there, in the far South-eastern corner of the country close to the Iraqi-Iranian border, had been going on for eleven days already, which is very unusual for clashes between the army and the PKK. But that in itself wasn?t good enough to trigger my news

 

Are Turkish Alevis Being Pulled Into The Syrian Conflict?

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
A New York Times piece discusses rising tensions in Turkey, where a family of Alevi Kurds living near Antakya were attacked by a mob of their Sunni neighbors and chased out of town after the family asked the pre-dawn Ramazan drummer not to drum in front of their house. The article tries to link this incident to Turkish Alevi support for Assad. It doesn?t give sources for its generalizations about how widespread support is for Assad among Turkish Alevis, or for anti-Alevi feeling (the family was also Kurdish), so I?m not convinced. Still, Syrian sectarian hatred is bound to spill over the borders, along with the refugees and the awful tales of massacres in the media. Here?s the full article. An excerpt:

Turkish troops kill 115 Kurdish rebels as offensive blocks escape routes to Iraq

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
Government sent 2,000 troops into Hakkari two weeks ago as it tries to stop PKK rebels using Syria as a base for attacks
Turkey’s security forces have killed as many as 115 Kurdish rebels during a major security offensive over the past two weeks, the country’s interior minister said on Sunday.

The AK Party and Kemalism

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by KLAUS JURGENS
The only way to better understand what makes Turkish public opinion tick is to talk with as many people as possible, ideally of various political backgrounds. Writing for a national newspaper facilitates this undertaking as almost everyone will have a personal viewpoint regarding one or other publishing house, hence chances are we hear more straightforward comments.

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