Mardin welcomes President in 4 languages…

And there were Turkish, Arabic and Syrian in addition to Kurdish banners.. Kurdish language program at university sign of Turkish prosperity, says Gül from Hurriyet Dailynews Different cultures contribute to Turkey?s prosperity, President Abdullah Gül said at a ground-breaking ceremony in the southeastern Anatolian province of Mardin on Monday. FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Chief prosecutor … Read more

Süddeutsche Zeitung int. with Abdullah Gül:n integration, Islamophobia, Turkish EU accession, and “Islamic Calvinists”

16 October 2010: Interview with Turkish president Abdullah Gul on integration, Islamophobia, Turkish EU accession, and “Islamic Calvinists” from European Stability Initiative – News Abdullah Gul in Süddeutsche Zeitung Turkish president Abdullah Gul gave a long … ******************************** German President to Speak Before Turkish Parliament from NYT > Turkey by By JUDY DEMPSEY On Monday, … Read more

President Gül’s unfortunate statement on web censorship

from Turkey’s Gul says pleased with increasing consencus on new .. President Gul attended the World Leaders Forum at the Columbia University in New York and delivered a speech “What Next? Turkey’s Global Vision for a Prosperous Future”. Referring to the blocked access to some global sites, President Gul said, “I want to reiterate once … Read more

UN Inquiry Report finds Israel guilty, Turkey demands apology

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul during a luncheon with heads of state at the United Nations general assembly meetings in New York, September 23, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Jason Reed Turkey Welcomes UN Inquiry Report On Aid-flotilla Raid from Yahoo news (RTTNews) – Turkey has welcomed a U.N. inquiry report … Read more

Turks at Twitter: #Recep Bey, @notredamedesion @ahmethc @cbabdullahgul- Introducing Turkish Cybersphere (9)

New CHP leader’s addressing of PM Erdoğan as “Recep Bey” became a Twitter phenomena a few days ago (The Istanbulian: What Is Recep Bey?) AKP members responded by setting up a website called Recep Bey ( and began striking back. In the mean time, Kılıçdaroğu gained quite a number of fans at Facebook (Turkish opposition … Read more

While President Gül gets Chatham Prize, Genocide Resolutions on the agenda…

Roundup continues on genocide bills and Turkey’s other foreign policy related issues…

President Gül Named Chatham House Prize 2010 Winner

Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, has been voted the winner of the Chatham House Prize 2010. This annual award is presented to the statesperson deemed by members of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

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HSYK coup today.

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey (HSYK) had just ripped of a key special Prosecutor’s judicial authority who decreed the arrest of a Prosecutor related to Ergenekon case. HSYK had been effective in obstructing judicial investigations against the military tutelage.

Venice Commission secretary slams HSYK, urges judicial reform

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Finally an official EU center in Istanbul, Fitch increases Turkey's ratings, Dutch MPs cancel trip

The new EU Center in Beşiktaş. DHA photo
The new EU Center in Beşiktaş. DHA photo.
The EU Center will be jointly facilitated by the Turkish Ministry of State?s EU General Secretariat and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality?s EU Affairs Department. VIA


Istanbul Metro Station, Taksim: Turkish Conquest of Constantinople. Photo by Jenny White

(click here for the full NY Times article). FOUND IN: Ottomania: The Empire Strikes Back
Dutch MPs cancel trip to Turkey | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Disappointment in Turkey over cancelled trip

Turkish MPs are disappointed the Dutch parliament has cancelled a fact-finding mission about the country’s wishes to join the European Union, the NRC reports on Thursday.

Wilders and Turkey?s anti-democratization camp


Foresight analysis measures the potential impacts of foreign and domestic policy actions. For the purpose of writing this column I have chosen a number of Dutch and Turkish actors as part of a simulation exercise, and without meaning it to be derogatory in any way, have put them into a grid system of four adjacent boxes.

BB+ for Turkey

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

* Thanks to economic growth and tight fiscal policy, since the 2001 financial crisis, public sector debt has come down to manageable levels..
* Reforms and restructuring have strengthened the banking sector.
* Economic growth rests on more solid foundations, driven by a dynamic private sector, productivity gains, and higher value-added production.
* The prospect of economic convergence with the European Union, demographic dynamism, and the country’s pivotal regional position tend to enhance the Turkish market’s attractiveness.
* With its extensive external financing needs, the highest of all emerging countries, Turkey remains very dependent on capital markets.
* The sharp rise of foreign currency debt in the private sector has increased its exposure to exchange rate risk.
* The antagonism between the government and militant Kemalists remains a recurring source of instability.

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The first President to be in Tunceli in 19 years

In another positively historical political moment in Turkey, President Abdullah Gül pays a visit to Tunceli. This city, predominantly Alevite, has been the symbol of radical opposition to Establishment. [I had just heard that fatally ill political prisoner Güler Zere may be released, news coming soon]

Cumhurbaşkanı Gül, Zere'yi affetti
Güler Zere

oh yes, she is released (though it might be too late)…

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