A weekend in Iraqi Kurdistan….

I happened to pay a visit to Kurdistan region, Iraq last weekend. It was one of the most satisfactory visits I had recently. I visited Sulaymaniyah and Erbil. I flew from İstanbul to Sulaymaniyah and travelled to Erbil by car to fly back to İstanbul. Between these two biggest cities of Kurdistan (it takes 3 hours to go) … Read more

Probably scared of Russian revenge, Turkey is back to old alliances: “After five years, Israel and Turkey agree on reconciliation pact

After five years, Israel and Turkey agree on reconciliation pact – Israel News Haaretz – Barak Ravid – Dec 17, 8:24 AM Israel and Turkey have arrived at an understanding on a reconciliation agreement to put an end to the long crisis in relations between the two countries and to bring about normalization of ties … Read more

HDP’s Demirtaş uses Facebook Live streaming, reaches more than 455 K views….

Posted by Selahattin Demirtaş on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 CHP to campaign on good governance, Kurdish issue and economy CHP has presented a detailed framework for its program ahead of the Nov. 1 elections, listing concrete and down-to-earth promises it says will solve problems in the divisive issues of democracy and the rule of law, the … Read more

As Erdoğan’s doesn’t care about EU criticism, Andrew Duff: Negotiations should now be suspended! #GazetecilerDerhalBırakılsın

  Erdoğan has no right to deprive Turkish people of EU membership The year-long fight between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Fethullah Gülen community entered a new phase after the detentions of daily Zaman editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanlı Erdoğan shoots himself in foot on anniversary of graft probe Turkish President Erdoğan has been blasting … Read more

Clashes in Amed (Diyarbakır) now after #Gever killings protest

Not exactly clashes but more like police intervention… @bdpgenclik2013 via @mergesor   BDP Gençlik Meclisi @bdpgenclik2013 4 taraftan saldıran kolluk kuvvetleri ve #Amed halkı…. #direnAmed pic.twitter.com/EmCun0dqJX      

EFD Seçim Günlüğü- AKP’nin İstanbul adayları…

seçim günlüğü Adaylar Başbakan partisinin belediye başkan adaylarını açıkladı   Başbakan Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, AK Parti’nin grup toplantısında konuşuyor İşte AK Parti’nin İstanbul adayları Internet Haber Haber 7 Yayın Koordinatörü Osman Ateşli’nin köşesinden paylaştığı bilgilere göre, İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanlığı için Kadir Topbaş resmi açıklama dışında kesinleşmiş durumda… Topbaş ve Ak Parti’nin oyu bazı anketlerde yüzde 50’nin üzerinde … AKP’nin İstanbul adayları belirleniyor … Read more

Oh boy, Turkish police chief says “Social media prompts police suicides.. A social fabric roundup…

Social media prompts police suicides, says Turkish chief Turkey?s general police director has blamed social media for the rise in police officer suicides in the country ********************* Turkish Red Crescent ?blames science? for AIDS infection via blood transplant The Turkish Red Crescent has blamed ‘flaws of science’ for the death of a patient who was … Read more

EFD Seçim Günlüğü-

seçim günlüğü Adaylar Hatipoğlu?na Diyarbakır önerisi AK Parti?nin, Diyarbakır Belediye Başkanlığı için ilahiyatı Prof.Dr. Nihat Hatipoğlu?na adaylık önerisinde bulunduğu öğrenildi.   Demirtaş: “Gültan Kışanak Diyarbakır’a çok iyi başkan olur” CNN Türk BDP Eş Başkanı Selahattin Demirtaş, Gültan Kışanak’ın Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanlığına adaylığı iddialarına ilişkin, “Diyarbakır’da çok iyi bir belediye başkanı olacağını düşünüyorum” dedi. BDP … Read more

Barzani added to Peace Process probably to weaken Turkey based Kurdish movement… a politics roundup…

Erdoğan adds Barzani to Turkey?s Kurdish bid   Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan was aiming at hitting a few birds with one stone Turkish PM hints at general amnesty, calls for support to Kurdish peace process PM Erdoğan rounds off a busy weekend of rallies in southeastern Turkey, calling on all Kurds to embrace the ?new … Read more

Now open war: Gülen movement vs. AKP

Pro-Gülen Zaman daily declared today some measures have not been seen even during coup d’etat days. AKP plans to close down private education institutions that are the primary recruitment centers for the momevent… ****************** In the mean time Erdoğan believes planting new trees is enough after damaging ecological systems…   Nobody can compete with us … Read more

Bülent Arınç says he is to retire from politics… A TR politics roundup…

One of Erdoğan’s long lasting men Bülent Arınç is to retire.. News in Turkish here   Diyarbakır meet key to Kurdish peace: PM Erdoğan A meeting with KRG leader Barzani in Diyarbakır will represent a historic day, PM Erdoğan says, but the BDP has said it shows traces of electioneering   Gülen movement rules out … Read more

Socialist International in Istanbul… Turkey refocuses on Northern Iraq… A FP roundup

  World socialists discuss Gezi protests in Istanbul The Socialist International has gathered in Istanbul to show its solidarity with the recent Gezi Park protests Socialist International meets in today?s Turkey Socialist International Council meets in Istanbul on November 11-13 hosted by Turkey?s main opposition Republican People?s Party Socialist International kicks off in Istanbul The two-day … Read more

Assembly in Turkey may open earlier for Kurdish bid… Let’s see what happens…

Assembly may open earlier for Kurdish bid: Turkish PM Erdoğan Vowing to work and finalize his government?s self-proclaimed ?democracy package,? Prime Minister Erdoğan says New faces, old ways: the dynamics of Turkish political leadership Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan belongs to a strong leadership tradition. Contextual and personal factors, from a lack of intra-party … Read more

US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan in letter to President Gül.. A FP roundup..

US representatives criticize PM Erdoğan?s ?anti-semitic? statements in letter to President Gül Forty-six U.S. representatives have written a letter to Turkish President Gül criticizing some of PM Erdoğan?s statements which they described as ‘anti-semitic’   Erdogan Threatens to Settle Score With The Times Al-Monitor As I wrote that same month in the Weekly Standard, “At … Read more

PM Erdoğan’s lesson to nation today: Don?t have credit cards – A Politics roundup

Don?t have credit cards: Turkish PM Erdoğan Turkish Prime Minister has suggested not owing the credit cards Analysts warn of consequences to Turkish PM?s ?Stop using credit cards? remark Turkish PM Erdoğan told citizens to stop using credit cards amid analysts? warnings against the consequences of picking on banks at a time of foreign capital … Read more