Turkey not only alienates Kurds in Turkey but also in Syria by trying to prevent PYD attending Geneva Talks…

Recently, there have been ongoing debates which may cause serious fractures in Turkey’s foreign policy
It is impossible to reach a peace agreement in Syria without inviting Kurds to take part in the negotiating process, as it would be “unfair” and “counter-productive,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 26
Turkish PM Davutoğlu has strongly reiterated his government’s categorical objection to the participation of the PYD taking part in U.N.-backed talks planned for later this week seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis
Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, said on Jan. 25 that the conference on Syria’s future, which had been planned for Jan. 25 but failed to go ahead, could meet on Jan. 29
Was travelling “a few hours” to the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, performing Friday prayers there and emerging out as a sort of a neo-caliph of a neo-Ottoman state an often cited dream of Turkey’s ultimate policy?
Two family health centers in the Bağlar district of southeastern Diyarbakır province will be converted into police posts, the Turkish Doctors’ Union (TTB) has said in a report
President Erdoğan has signaled that vehicles and equipment HDP-headed municipalities may be seized in his speech addressing to sub-governors.
Undoing Years of Progress in Turkey

The country’s war on the Kurds is destroying culture and heritage, and sabotaging a newly revived pluralism.

theguardian.com – Kareem Shaheen – Jan 19, 1:29 AM

Can Dündar – held for his story alleging Turkey armed Islamist rebels in Syria – says EU is betraying its democratic values over deal with authoritarian leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent attack against academics – who signed a petition condemning military operations in Kurdish cities and calling for peace and negotiations – is yet another banal expression of the authoritarian politics that have long prevailed in Turkey under Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule
The upcoming convention of the main opposition party will set a new chapter for the social democrats as they change both their internal structuring and campaign methods, its leader has said, adding that they will immediately launch preparations for the upcoming parliamentary elections after this weekend’s party convention
Prosecutors have swiftly launched a probe into Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for his remarks describing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “so-called dictator.”
Former deputy Uras: Erdoğan struck deal with Ergenekonagainst Gülen movement
Today’s Zaman
A former member of Parliament, academic Ufuk Uras claimed during an interview with a daily on Monday that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had made a deal with the leaders of theErgenekon clandestine organization during his fight against the …

‘Health and Education Relationship in Turkey’ by Dr. Deniz Karaoğlan

Dr. Deniz Karaoglan got her B.A and M.A degrees from Bilkent University Economics Department in 2007 and 2009 respectively. She got her Ph.d degree from Middle East Technical University in September 2015. She worked as teaching and research assistant in Bilkent University,karaoglan Yasar University, Hacettepe University and Middle East Technical University between 2007 and 2015. Now, she is working as part-time instructor in Middle East Technical University, Economics Department. She is expected to work as post-doctoral research associate in the University of York, UK, beginning from March 2016. Her main interests are health economics, education economics, microeconometrics, labor economics, applied microeconomic theory, time series and international economics. Dr. Karaoglan has publications on female labor force participation and international economics in SSCI journals.

Amid dark clouds over the tourism sector, Turkey needs to improve its image abroad in order to overcome difficulties it will face over the next two years, Turkish Hoteliers Federation head Osman Ayık tells the Hürriyet Daily News
The share of the unregistered economy in Turkey is bigger than any other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member state, according to a new study
The results of the November 2015 balance of payments released last week have confirmed an ongoing trend: The foreign resource inflow that has been financing Turkey’s growth for 12-13 years dropped radically in 2015, and this could be considered a sign of a new era rather than a temporary trend

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