Turkish president’s daughter Sümeyye Erdoğan may run for office

While word is going around that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter, Sümeyye Erdoğan, will run for office in the upcoming general elections in June, the names of several bureaucrats may also be pronounced.
A new security package proposed by the ruling AKP will leave citizens at the whim of police officers in terms of personal freedoms, according to the head of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV). Ultimately, torture has merely changed form under the AKP, Şebnem Korur Fincancı says.
From 2010 to July 2014, there were 149 publication and broadcast bans in Turkey. As of January 2015, this number exceeded 155. In four years, there have been 155 bans.
The president determined the basic topic of the coming general election as “constitutional change and the presidential system,” and he has personally begun to “campaign for the presidential system.”
Is Turkey’s ruling AKP “charitable” to an unusual extent? Or, is it that the propaganda and publicity of it is more than what is actually happening? For example, when compared to the social expenditures of EU and OECD member countries, where does Turkey stand?
Please accept my apologies because of the over-simplification in the title; I should have written the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) instead of “Kurds,” but it would be too long
Eurasia Review, Saturday, January 31, 2015 By Nathalie Tocci * Since the turn of the century, Turkey has been accepted as a candidate for European Union membership. But after the opening of accession negotiations in 2005, the momentum in Turkey’s EU accession process was lost. Turkey’s accession negotiations proceeded at a snail’s pace in their […]
Gulf Analysis (European Council on Foreign Relations) December 2014, pp. 16-19 Post-Nuclear: The future for Iran in its neighbourhood (Fatima Ayub) Ziya Meral * Turkey and Iran have once again found themselves facing parallel challenges in the form of the group that calls itself Islamic State (here ISIS) and its implications for both countries’ security
The Daily Star (Lebanon) Friday, January 30, 2015, p. 7 Gareth Smyth * A Turkish diplomat in Tehran once told me the ambassador’s residence had several centuries earlier been a dowry gift of a princess in a dynastic marriage linking the Ottomans and Safavids. The villa was one benefit of a long relationship between two […]
Turkish President Erdogan announced that the EU must accept Turkey as a member to prove that they are not an Islamophobic “Christian club.”

In Liberated Kobani, Pride Despite the Devastation

Among the Kurds of the Syrian border town, pride in victory outweighs grief over losses, even amid the destruction wrought by an Islamic State siege.

Reflections of ‘new Turkey’ in historical drama ‘Kara Murat’

The latest reflection of the AKP’s flirtation with neo-Ottomanism is a new release playing in theaters. ‘Fatih’in Fedaisi Kara Murat ‘(Fatih’s Guard Kara Murat) is a half-baked attempt at reviving the original comic books and subsequent adaptations, with the film’s hero tailored to a more conservative Turkey

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