“It seems the Russians are in it not to fight Islamic State, but to fundamentally alter the equation in such a way that Assad gets a new lease of life,” Ilter Turan, professor of political science at Istanbul Bilgi University, says. “This introduces a
Professor Yaman Akdeniz from Bilgi University’s law school and Associate Professor Kemal Altıparmak from Ankara University challenged the decision on Thursday, seeking its annulment. Speaking to Today’s Zaman, Akdeniz said the court has ruled that ..
Turkey has given a lukewarm response to a European Union plan to assist Ankara in coping with over two million Syrian refugees, indicating that funding needs to be drastically increased.
Commission plans to put Turkey on a list of “safe countries”, to which migrants can be quickly returned as they would not risk oppression, have run into opposition from several European nations, sources said on Thursday (8 October).
Is Turkey poised on the brink of the violent conflict of the 90s? Or does the entry of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) into Parliament offer shoots of hope for an alternative path?
It is morning in Istanbul and there is a slight haze over the city. In the square at Kadiköy’s crowded harbour some young people sell handmade jewelry from a table. They have put up a large banner that says ‘Suruç’. It is about two months since ISIS detonated a bomb at a meeting with young activists who gathered in the town of Suruç on 20th July. The youths planned to hand over relief supplies to the people in the Syrian city of Kobane. Thirty-three people were murdered. They were young activists who, before they went to Suruç, had stood on the same square here at the harbour to raise money for the people of Kobane.