Monthly Archives: October 2017

Anti-US rhetoric helps Erdogan build smokescreens

On Oct. 17, a motorcycle parked on the side of the road exploded just as a shuttle bus for police officers was passing by the city of Mersin on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The remotely activated bomb injured 18 people. The … Continue reading

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Of Marriage & Divorce: Ankara Accused Of Violating Women’s Rights

ISTANBUL—Government critics and activists in Turkey argue that new laws related to marriage threaten secularism and women’s rights. A controversial bill passed on October 18 officially recognizes marriage ceremonies conducted by a mufti, an Islamic legal expert and state official, … Continue reading

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Artists in Istanbul grapple with migration, loss

The refugee crisis sparked by war and economic upheaval in the Middle East leaves its mark on the Istanbul Biennial and satellite events. Youtube/İstanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfı A scene from "Home Sweet Home" by Turkish artist Volkan Aslan. Posted Aug. … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Echo Chamber Trap

Turkey’s quandary will only be resolved by the country’s politicians and citizens. How much courage, consistency, and resilience they show will be of the essence. Read more: http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/73514

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No End in Sight for U.S.-Turkey Visa Battle

With no end in sight for the diplomatic standoff between the U.S. and Turkey, various publications are reporting that the cessation of new travel visas to Turkey is beginning to impact American travelers. Read more: http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/No-End-in-Sight-for-US-Turkey-Visa-Battle

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U.S. denies visas to Turkish Justice Ministry delegation

U.S. authorities have denied visas to a delegation from Turkey’s Justice Ministry, CNN Turk reported on Tuesday. Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-visa/amid-visa-row-turkeys-justice-ministry-cancels-u-s-visit-idUSKBN1CT2HN?il=0

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The EU is damaging its credibility over Turkey

Authoritarian leaders do not simply come and go. And when they do go, they rarely go quietly. The test of an autocrat like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan isn’t how he came to power, but how he treats critics, journalists, … Continue reading

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CHP Takes Law Authorizing Muftis to Perform Marriage to Constitutional Court

The CHP Group Deputy Chair, Mr Özgür Özel, has declared that the CHP will take the legislation that grants muftis the authority to perform marriage to the Constitutional Court, as soon as possible. They believe that this legislation openly contravenes … Continue reading

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CHP leader accuses government of ‘feeding’ injustice

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accused the President Erdoğan of turning Turkey into a “tribal state” through foreign policy missteps and his influence on all executive and legislative process in the country. Read more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-accuses-government-of-feeding-injustice-121050

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Ankara Mayor Becomes Unlikely Rebel in Showdown With Erdogan

Longtime Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek is resisting pressure to resign, fashioning himself into an unlikely rebel as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turns a sweeping purge of Turkish society against his own party. Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-22/ankara-mayor-becomes-unlikely-rebel-in-showdown-with-erdogan

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