“Neo-Ottoman” kitsch in Turkish pavillion at Paris trade… Dispatches from Turkey

Turkish pavillion at Paris trade show raises eyebrows

Fez hats, raunchy outfits for “Ottoman” models and a lot of moustache… The Turkish pavillion at the Parisian trade show, Who’s Next, has raised some eyebrows with its orientalism and “neo-Ottoman tones.” The show started in Paris’ Expo Porte de Versailles on July 4 in partnership with Turkey’s ITKIB (the Association of Textile Exporters and Clothing, Istanbul) for the Spring/Summer 2015 season to celebrate Turkish design.

Social news

Mental patients receive inhuman treatment in Turkey’s hospitals, report reveals

Mental patients are tied to their beds for hours, isolated in rooms for days, and have no privacy, an NGO report revealed

Syrian refugees in Turkey start to work in service sector
An increasing number of Syrian refugees has started work in the service sector, thanks to their language abilities. Small shops in Ortaköy are employing Syrians to give a boost to trade

Presidential Election

Turkey’s presidential contenders: An Islamist, a conservative and a Kurd

With the announcement of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s candidacy, we now have three contenders for the country’s most prestigious post

Presidential race highlights Erdogan’s reshaping of Turkish politics

Reuters World General News (UK) Monday, June 30, 2014 By Humeyra Pamuk and Jonny Hogg, Istanbul/Ankara A quick glance at the emerging candidates for Turkey’s first direct presidential poll illustrates the dramatic change wrought in the country by Tayyip Erdogan’s 11-year premiership; an old secularist elite has yielded the stage to two men of Islamist

Turkey plans to ban smoking in outdoor locations
Health Ministry plans action to expand the smoking ban to open areas close to indoor places where many people gatherPolls say Turkish PM will win in first round of presidential elections, says AKP’s Çelik

Hurriyet Daily News

PM Erdoğan will receive more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round of the presidential elections, AKP Deputy Chair claims
Erdogan en route pour la présidence turque
Le Figaro (France) no. 21742, mercredi 2 juillet 2014, p. 6 Laure Marchand, Istanbul Le premier ministre islamo-conservateur, donné grand vainqueur de l’élection prévue en août, entend mettre un terme à l’époque des « présidents neutres » . Aucun suspense n’entourait le nom du candidat du Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP) à

The rise of a modern leader

Oman Daily Observer

Erdogan’s overwhelming election successes have led to his increasingly authoritarian style, according to Ilter Turan, professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University. “Since he took office, the prime minister has gradually shifted from pragmatist tendencies
Turkey’s Erdogan positions himself for more powerful presidential role
* Presidency seen crowning Erdogan’s transformation of Turkey * Erdogan says entered politics “for Allah” * Prime minister seen winning August election (Adds Erdogan quotes, analyst comment, colour, background) By Jonny Hogg and Orhan Coskun ANKARA, July 1 (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan declared his candidacy on Tuesday for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule


The softly spoken, bespectacled intellectual hoping to defeat Turkey’s powerful premier in the country’s first direct presidential election faces a steep uphill struggle. Egypt-born Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is a former head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the global grouping of Muslim nations, and a scholar who makes no secret of his devotion to Islam. The selection of an overtly pious

Ankara and ISIL

Ankara ignores ISIL’s declaration of ‘Islamic caliphate’

Hurriyet Daily News

Ankara does not pay attention to how ‘a terrorist organization describes itself,’ a Foreign Ministry official has said, following ISIL’s announcement that it has established an ‘Islamic caliphate’

ISIL militants release Turkish drivers abducted in Iraq
Militants of the Islamic State (IS) have released Turkish truck drivers abducted last month in Iraq, Doğan News Agency has reported

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