Blinken in town, meeting with Hakan Fidan

, In a photo of the meeting between US Secretary of State Blinken and Turkish Foreign Minister Fidan, one detail deserves attention: the Al-Aqsa Mosque inside a star and crescent of the Turkish flag. Türkiye is sending a clear signal: it sees itself as  a guardian of Al-Aqsa. A detail from the photo of Blinken-Fidan … Read more

Even the denial should have some decency?

Flashing the notorious nationalist sign was so upsetting but the Turkish demonstrators below are even worse. Turkey’s Çavuşoğlu flashes nationalist sign at Armenian protesters  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu flashed the Grey Wolves hand sign as his vehicle drove…   Dış İşleri Bakanı Çavuşoğlu, Uruguay'da Ermeni protestoculara Bozkurt işareti yaptı — Yusuf Alabarda (@yusufalabarda) April … Read more

It has been 15 years. We miss you #HrantDink

Hrant Dink was assassinated 15 years ago. One of the turning points in my personal time. It signifies the evil we live with… There is a massive commemoration in İstanbul today. I will try to update this post with news… Hrant Dink Foundation broadcasts the event here: — Hrant Dink Vakfı (@HrantDinkVakfi) January 19, … Read more

EU’s 2020 enlargement report: Turkey’s retreat from democracy continues

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Key findings of the 2020 Report on Turkey … The constitutional architecture continued centralising powers at the level of the Presidency without ensuring a sound and effective separation of powers between the executive, legislative and the judiciary. … Turkey criticizes EU’s 2020 enlargement report Hurriyet Daily News Turkey on Oct. 6 criticized the European Commission’s 2020 … Read more

Turkey denies downing of an Armenian jet or ‘foreign fighter’ claims

Erdoğan calls on Armenia to ‘end occupation in Upper Karabakh’ The Turkish president on Sept. 28 called on Armenia to immediately end the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, so the Nagorno-Karabakh battles rage for second day: Live news KAL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Live coverage of the continuing fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in the … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: “I can’t keep my optimism, Osman Kavala says…

I can’t keep my optimism, Osman Kavala says in letter marking 2.5 years in prison Duvar English I’m ashamed on their behalf, Kavala says after successive arrest rulings The influential Mustafa Koçak Dies on 297th Day of Death Fast Bianet :: English Koçak (28) was on a death fast for a fair trial after having been … Read more

Meet “Jamanak” “‘Oldest-running’ Armenian daily, based in #Istanbul, marks 110th anniversary….

‘Oldest-running’ Armenian daily, based in Istanbul, marks 110th anniversary Hurriyet Daily News       This year marks the 110th anniversary of the world’s longest-running minority newspaper, Jamanak, which has chronicled history since its first publication in Istanbul.     Is it safe to travel to Istanbul? One year after a terrorist killed 39 people in the … Read more

As Turkish Parliament to finalize charter talks this week, “HDP MP Garo Paylan temporarily suspended from parliament over ‘genocide’ comment…

HDP MP Garo Paylan temporarily suspended from parliament over ‘genocide’ comment   A Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker was temporarily suspended from the Turkish parliament on Jan. 13 for using the word “genocide” in reference to the World War I mass killings of Ottoman Armenians in 1915, during heated discussions on changes to the constitution Turkish Parliament … Read more

The first Istanbul trial over coup plot begins today…

 Turkish police in court for first Istanbul trial over coup plot BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Twenty-nine police officers appear in court accused of trying to overthrow the Turkish president. Tight security marks start of 29 Gülen suspect policemen’s trail in Istanbul  Hurriyet Daily News   The first trial into Turkey’s July 15 coup … Read more

It comes to that: “Travel warning for German MPs of Turkish origin…

Travel warning for German MPs of Turkish origin AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) MPs reportedly given more protection and asked not to travel to Turkey after Germany recognises Armenian “genocide”. These are the 18 most corrupt countries in the developed world – Jun 5, 7:59 AM Every year, Transparency International, the global anticorruption coalition, releases … Read more

the Genocide Bill probably crushed Erdoğan-Merkel refugee deals…

Turkey recalls envoy in ‘genocide’ row  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Turkey recalls its ambassador in anger, after German MPs recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as ‘genocide’. Ties with Turkey can weather differences: Germany German-Turkish relations are strong enough to withstand any differences in views, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said June … Read more

New Turkish PM defines Armenian Genocide issues as ‘Ordinary Incidents’, as Turkey and Germany relations get tense with the Genocide Bill…

PM Says ‘Ordinary Incidents’ for Armenian Genocide Bianet :: English Prime Minister Yıldırım as to the Armenian Genocide bill to be seen tomorrow in Germany has said, “[Allegations] out of the whole cloth, ordinary incidents lived in World War First conditions and could happen in any society”. German Vote on Armenian Genocide Riles Tempers, and Turkey  NYT … Read more

Strong allegations of Turkish military attacking YPG positions near Azaz in northern Syria…

As ISIS other Jihadis loses ground, Turkey is getting more anxious with YPG moves… Russia: Turkey Prepared for Military Intervention  Bianet :: English Russian Ministry of Defense has announced that they have basis to think Turkey is getting prepared for a military intervention against Syria. The boys are dead: Turkey’s Kurdish question FOLDED CORNER – ‘The Boys are Dead: … Read more

Downfall started with the #HrantDink Assassination. It is the 9th anniversary…

  9 years have passed since the death of Turkey’s White Dove – Hrant …–3 hours ago Hrant Dink, son of the family that was saved from the genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire, was born on September 15, 1954. OSCE representative urges to identify masterminds behind Hrant … International––1 hour ago Kurdish party … Read more

Former ECHR judge says “Long-term military curfews a human rights violation”

Syrian children employed to produce fake life jackets in İzmir factory Turkish police have seized over 1,200 unsafe life jackets destined for use by migrants trying to reach Greece by sea, in a raid on an underground workshop that used Syrian underage labor Turkey: Defective Life Jackets Seized at Workshop NYT > Turkey by By THE ASSOCIATED … Read more