No good times to play football for Israeli players in Turkey

My already busy schedule has gotten even busier in the last weeks, and I could not blog some of the news on time. One is the Israeli players in Turkey. Mr. Jehezkel was deported even before he could realize what was happening. As far as I know, one more Israeli player has lost his job.  … Read more

Turkey after Mossad- many suspects detained

According to recent news reports, Turkish authorities have arrested 33 people suspected of carrying out “international espionage” for Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad. The suspects were detained in 57 locations across eight provinces near Istanbul as part of an investigation by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency. The suspects were believed to … Read more

Big mess in Riyadh as some losers decided to have the Turkish Super Cup final there…

This is a hilarious diplomatic crisis, with an unprecedented level of idiocy and incompetence on all involved. ❌ The Turkish government decides to hold the Turkish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia, no doubt in return for continued cash flow. ❌ Saudi authorities don't allow… — Umut Özkırımlı (@UOzkirimli) December 29, 2023 The Turkish … Read more

Erdoğan visit to Athens ends up good and reminds us not to take hostile rhetoric too seriously*

*Well, I should add Erdoğan’s hostile rhetoric here:) Here is the summary of events: During his visit to Athens, President Erdogan visited the Turkish Embassy in Athens accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Treasury and Finance[1]. President Erdogan also signed a friendship accord with Greece, saying that the two countries … Read more

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

Erdoğan first allowed Sweden into Nato then talked about Hamas

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made a statement on October 25, 2023, in which he called Hamas a “liberation group” and “mujahideen” fighting to protect Palestinian lands and people[1][2][3]. He also criticized Western powers that have voiced support for Israel’s retaliation against Hamas, saying “Western tears shed for Israel are a manifestation of fraud”[1]. Erdogan called … Read more

Biden and the quality media- as we call them- may be the biggest losers in the recent conflict

Biden’s unequivocal support for Netanyahu led the Israeli government seems to destroy the remaining bits of American legitimacy in the region. I know things are complicated and tragic, but would that be the best way to proceed? On the other hand, global sympathy for Israeli victims is declining after the Israeli security forces’ reckless attacks … Read more

PACE adopts decision on Osman Kavala and the Turkish government does not like it

PACE adopts decision for immediate release of Osman Kavala – Bianet … GEZİ PARK TRIAL. Turkey’s top appeals court upholds Osman Kavala’s life sentence. 28 September 2023. /haber/turkeys-top-appeals-court-upholds-osman Türkiye: Convictions of Osman Kavala & four others needs urgent international response Amnesty International … Gezi Park protests against a government urban development project. Four co-defendants – Çiğdem Mater, Can Atalay, … Read more

Friends again!

Two similar personalities finally come together again after years of sparring. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have had several meetings and interactions in recent times: Meeting in New York: In September 2023, President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Netanyahu met in New York on the sidelines of the 78th … Read more

Barbie vs. Oppenheimer // Balkans vs. Turkey

via   In other news: Erdoğan meets Qatari emir in Doha Turkish passport ranks 50th in global index What is Turkey’s leader Erdogan up to now? Turkey reports nearly 5 million migrants across the country Erdoğan Comes in from the Cold A post-Erdogan Turkey would only partly change its foreign policy

For the record; Turkey Not Invited to Biden’s Big Democracy Summit, again.

Scoop: Turkey and Hungary Not Invited to Biden’s Big Democracy Summit Biden spurned NATO allies that are dismantling their democracies. ECtHR convicts Turkey for violating Peace Academics’ rights Click to read the article in Turkish The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has convicted Turkey for violating the rights of three of the academics who were … Read more

Erdoğan lifts veto on Finland’s Nato application but not Sweden…

Turkish president lifts veto on Finland’s Nato application Finland’s parliament has already approved joining Nato, but the bill would need to be signed into law by the president within three months, setting a deadline on how long it needs to wait. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has lifted his veto on Finland’s application to join Nato, a … Read more

Turkey vs. Sweden: NATO membership, Erdoğan effigy, A student’s internship

Peaceful Sweden is taking blows from Turkey recently… Turkey summons Swedish ambassador over Erdoğan effigy Swedish government distances itself from hanging of presidential dummy in Stockholm stunt by Kurdish group Turkey pushes back vote on Sweden and Finland’s Nato accession Both Nordic nations lifted restrictions on weapons exports to Ankara, and Sweden amended its constitution … Read more

Sweden frustrated: “Sweden can’t meet some Türkiye demands for NATO bid”

Sweden can’t meet some Türkiye demands for NATO bid: PM Turkish and Syrian defence and security officials meet for first time in a decade Move towards peaceful relations represents cause for alarm for more than 4m refugees in Turkey since 2011 Top Turkish and Syrian defence and security officials have held their first public meeting … Read more

In the meantime, Erdoğan makes peace with Sisi

Erdoğan meets Sisi for the first time at World Cup opening ceremony Bianet :: English Having refused to recognize the Sisi government for years, Erdoğan finally shook hands with him in Qatar. NATO’s Nordic Expansion Stuck at Turkish Roadblock FP Passport by Robbie Gramer Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not quite to the Finnish … Read more