What a pity. “Only a fourth of planned malls completed in Turkey this year. Dispatches from Turkey…

Only a fourth of planned malls completed in Turkey this year Only 16 of the planned 64 malls in Turkey have been able to be completed this year due to cancellations or postponements in investments, a sector report has shown.   New US Ambassador to Turkey presents credentials The new U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, presented … Read more

Government turns back to #OccupyGezi activists, targets Çarşı #çArşıYalnızDeğildir

Turkish football fans face life in prison for ‘coup attempt’ during Gezi protests Prosecutors accused members of çArşı of ‘attempting to overthrow the gov’t’ in Arab Spring-like fashion Workers at Istanbul construction site block road denouncing ‘poor labor conditions’ The protest comes as 10 construction workers were killed in a labor accident Torun Center Workers: We Are Not … Read more

In a couple of hours, AKP leadership attempts to rule our Abdullah Gül from the PM scenarios…

AKP spokesperson just Hüseyin Çelik declared that the AKP convention to choose the new PM will be on Aug 27,  a day before Gül’s retirement from the Presidency… This decision is apparently to prevent Gül’s return to party… Outgoing President Gül signals return as AKP seeks road map for post-Erdoğan era Outgoing President Gül has signalled that he … Read more

A day before the Presidential Election. #TurkeyVotes

#BBCtrending in Istanbul BBC News #BBC Trending is in Istanbul to talk trends and online battles in a country where social media has in the past been blocked. Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the Şero the Cat called to duty for elections Turkey’s … Read more

Erdoğan targeted another journalist while… Turkey’s top election body calls OSCE report ‘groundless’

PM Targets Female Journalist Again  Bianet :: English Journalist Amberin Zaman reacted PM Erdoğan calling her a “nasty woman”, saying that she was targeted. “Well, if not others, have I insulted Islam?” she asked in today’s article. New outcry as PM Erdoğan tells female journalist to ‘know your place’ PM Erdoğan faced new questions over his attitude … Read more

Not surprising Pew Reserch Findings: Polarization increases in Turkey… Erdoğan’s favorability in the region falls…

Turkish deputy PM slams women ‘having vacation without husbands’ Bülent Arınç defends his criticism against ‘laughing women’ with a puzzling complaint about ‘pole climbers’ Spam messages reign in Turkish presidential hopefuls’ campaigns Turkey’s presidential hopefuls have continued campaigning by sending text messages to mobile phone users Turks Divided on Erdogan and the Country’s Direction pewglobal.org – Jul 30, 2:55 … Read more

41 killed 266 wounded in 3 days in Turkey in traffic accidents. Dispatches from Turkey

For the Ramadan Bayram, Turks are in a state of mobilization which leads to many traffic accidents… News in Turkish VIDEO: Four killed after public bus catches fire in Istanbul There people were killed when a public bus caught fire in Istanbul on July 27. Turkish PM Erdoğan labels opponents as ‘racists’ Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan has labelled … Read more

Dispatches from Turkey. Davutoğlu threatens: “Normalization not possible after Gaza offensive…

Calls grow for boycott of Israeli goods in Turkey A number of professional associations have urged consumers to refrain from buying goods from a list of companies Normalization not possible after Gaza offensive, senior Turkish diplomat tells Israeli counterpart The Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu is also set to hold talks in Washington where he will … Read more

Politics updates: “Gülen movement to be added to top-secret national security ‘Red Book’

Gülen movement to be added to top-secret national security ‘Red Book’ The movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen will be added to Turkey’s top-secret national security document President Gül: I have never considered founding a new party Hurriyet Daily News Turkey’s illiberal turn Policy Brief (The European Council on Foreign Relations) ECFR/108, July 2014, 8 … Read more

Not that surprising: “AKP postpones parliamentary panel for corruption claims until after presidential elections

AKP postpones parliamentary panel for corruption claims until after presidential elections Hurriyet Daily News The ruling party has once again postponed the parliamentary investigation panel to investigate corruption claims on four former ministers Turkey’s religious head warns against Sunni bias 2 Hurriyet Daily News The head of Turkey’s top religious body said Turkey should ‘stay out of sectarian … Read more

For the moment, all but one election polls show Erdoğan wins in the first round… “İhsanoğlu makes gentile gesture…

İhsanoğlu makes gentile gesture with symbolic donations to competitors Hurriyet Daily News Presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu has made a gesture rarely seen in Turkish politics, donating a symbolic amount of money to the campaign bank accounts of his two rivals Hundreds march against Syrian refugees Hurriyet Daily News A crowd in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş marched … Read more

A failing start for Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu’s media campaign #ekmekicinekmeleddin

This logo above is, officially announced today, for Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, major rival of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Turkey’s presidential race that will take place in August. “Ekmeleddin for Bread” In my summer school course today, which focuses on storytelling, the best explanation we found is that this might target Central Anatolian villagers community. The poster looks … Read more

For the record, Turkey’s Finance Minister is busy with attributing holy-ness to Erdoğan’s Presidential logo…

The official presidential election campaign logo of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan includes the name of the Prophet Muhammed in Arabic, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on July 6. “Did you know that ‘Muhammed’ in Arabic is used in the logo of our presidential candidate, Mr. Erdoğan?” Şimşek wrote via his Twitter account. via  In other news: Rıdvan … Read more

Stating the obvious. Erdoğan is officially a candidate for Turkish Presidency…

VIDEO: Live broadcast from hall as ruling AKP announces Turkish PM as presidential candidate Hurriyet Daily News Live Doğan News Agency footage showing the Ankara Trade Chambers’ (ATO) Congresium. LIVE: Turkey’s ruling AKP presents presidential runner Hurriyet Daily News It is widely expected that PM Erdoğan will run for his party as he has consistently registered his … Read more

“The best” the opposition could come up with: main opposition’s presidential candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)…

  Turkish opposition?s presidential candidate tops Twitter Hurriyet Daily News The ex-head of the OIC quickly trended on Twitter after being announced as opposition’s candidate İhsanoğlu: I Observe with Acknowledgement After being selected as the president candidate of Turkey?s main opposition parties, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu said that ?standing in the middle of this consensus is an outcome of … Read more