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Looks like all spied on Turkey but Turkish leadership can only be aggressive towards domestic opposition…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2014 at 19:26

How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels

On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident.

Turkey is one of the US’ leading targets for spying, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has reported
Turkey’s top government officials will be absent at the opening of the judicial year, in protest at the speech of the Union of Bar Associations head
SPIEGEL ONLINE – Aug 31 – On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident. Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy – Behlul Ozkan – Aug 28– Istanbul — In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems. Back

Erdogan’s Turkey
Where does Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey rank in terms of global competitiveness?

Turkish elections could shift president’s role
Washington Times
If there is a war or something,” said Ilter Turan, a professor at Istanbul’sBilgi University. “It is not one in which the president calls a session and says: Let’s build a bridge. That’s not the idea.” Presidents take an oath to remain neutral when 
Divisive Erdogan favorite in Turkey president vote
EU urges Erdogan to adopt inclusive approach
Recep Tayyip Erdogan the favourite to win Turkey’s first presidential election
Number of Yazidi refugees in Turkey swells to 16,000: official
The number of refugees from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority who have fled to Turkey from the advance of jihadists has risen to 16,000 and may rise further, a top provincial official was quoted as saying Saturday. The number marks a sharp rise from the figures of several thousand previously given and shows Turkey is dealing with another major influx of refugees as it gives sanctuary to some 1.2

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New photo from Facebook August 31, 2014 at 07:22PM

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2014 at 18:30

Linkedin’de networking. via via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 31, 2014 at 05:13PM

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2014 at 16:22

Birlikte yaşam. via Facebook Pages

Politics roundup: New cabinet with 4 names, continuity in policies…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2014 at 14:36

The move is likely to alarm investors already concerned over the economic management
August was a very meaningful month for Turkish politics this year. It brought about a new president, new prime minister and new Cabinet
No time has been wasted in the formation of Turkey’s new government with PM Ahmet Davutoğlu at the helm. The newly-minted Cabinet, announced less than 24 hours after the handover ceremony at the presidency, contains only four new names. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has replaced Davutoğlu in the FM seat
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved the new cabinet, the Presidential Press Office said in a statement.
By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s new Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, will announce his cabinet on Friday, a day after Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president, with the new government not expected to signal any major changes in policy direction. The current economic team, including Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, is expected to remain largely
New Turkish cabinet spells little policy shift, Erdogan stays dominant
ANKARA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kept key members of Turkey’s economic management team in place and named Ankara’s point man on Europe as foreign minister in a new cabinet on Friday, moves signalling President Tayyip Erdogan’s …
Turkey’s AKP power struggle comes to a boil
Violent protests against their presence have already taken place in Istanbul and in the southeast but there is little chance of the refugees leaving Turkey in the near future
Erdoğan has proven he could deliver most of his promises after having entered politics
Turkey’s Official Gazette published the assets of President Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan. According to this, Erdoğan is expecting a 500.000 lira payment from his son Burak Erdoğan
Will Turkey’s centre-left dare to reform itself?

The problem is that the Republican People’s Party (Turkey’s centre-left main political party) remains torn between the supporters of a European-style social democracy and those of a die-hard Kemalism. 

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New photo from Facebook August 31, 2014 at 12:17AM

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 at 23:33

Londra’nın edebi haritası. İstanbul’a da yapmalı. via @emmsibo via Facebook Pages

“Two Istanbul reservoirs close to drying out… Istanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 at 22:36

New pictures have shown how two of the reservoirs supplying Istanbul’s water needs have nearly dried
Residents of Istanbul’s Eyüp district are keeping guard against rising theft in their neighborhood, hoping to stop the criminals before being robbed.
The actual print was given to a man named Branden Gunn, who works in 3D printing and runs the blog Engunneer.

See and be seen in Istanbul

Pique Newsmagazine

My wife and I are at Suada Club on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, which is quite literally bisected by the border between the two continents

İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar is losing its historical texture

Today’s Zaman

The historic Grand Bazaar, one of İstanbul’s oldest and most appealing places of interest, has suffered damage to its walls and ceilings caused by

Istanbul’s water reserve alarming: experts


ISTANBUL, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Istanbul has launched a water- saving campaign as water levels of dams have hit a record low, Istanbul Water and

Istanbul: Turkish citizens protest large presence of Syrian refugees

Refugee Resettlement Watch ⋅ Ann Corcoran

Hundreds of people have clashed with Turkish police in Istanbul during a protest against the rising number of refugees from Syria. Businesses were .

Ever more foreign couples wedding inIstanbul

Hurriyet Daily News

Istanbul may not sound like the likeliest place a Scottish woman and an Irishman to tie the knot in. Having previously lived in Turkey’s capital Ankara

80 art galleries from 24 countries meet in Istanbul
From Banksy to Andy Warhol, from Finland to Saudi Arabia


Pando Kaymak, the iconic breakfast shop in Beşiktaş, with the fame of its buttery clotted cream and honey transmitted generation to generation, is closing its doors after 119 years of activity
Hundreds of Istanbul residents angered by the presence of Syrian refugees clashed with police early Aug. 25 in a violent protest in a suburb of Turkey’s biggest city

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New photo from Facebook August 30, 2014 at 08:07PM

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 at 19:14

Gezi’nin mahkeme ajandası. via @ozcanyuksek via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 30, 2014 at 07:13PM

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 at 18:26

Glitch art örneği… via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 28, 2014 at 11:32PM

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 at 22:39

Yeni Türkiye. via @sacmalikresmen via Facebook Pages

“Coronation” finally. Erdoğan, the 12th President

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 at 16:58


Başbakan Erdoğan artık resmen 12. Cumhurbaşkanı

Turkey’s 12th President

Having received his official election results, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sworn in as president this afternoon.
The US denied reports that it sends a low-profile delegation to Erdoğan’s oath to convey a message to Ankara
The results of presidential elections were published in the Official Gazette 13 days after YSK announced the final counting
Fatiha Suresi yer alan cumhurbaşkanlığı forsunu yapan nakkaş konuştu

A gift

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy

The new prime minister’s dreams of a Turkish-led Islamic Union are unrealistic.
Kılıçdaroğlu has indicated a new era of tension between the president-elect and the CHP, vowing not to attend the incoming president’s oath-taking ceremony, saying he did not want to ‘legitimize a false oath’
Erdoğan'ı beklerken ilginç anlar

Erdoğan’s daughters

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is stepping down as Turkey’s prime minister and being installed as president, after a ceremony boycotted by the main opposition. Here are the live updates
As expected, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been elected president of Turkey and will be sworn in today. He won the August 10th  elections, once again, by a wide margin. The outgoing prime minister obtained 51.79% of votes, surpassing the best results ever achieved by his party, the AKP, thus avoiding a second ballot and winning in many constituencies, both less urbanised ones and in the country’s two main cities; Ankara and Istanbul. This confirms that Erdogan’s success transcends the urban-rural divide
Outgoing President Gül will depart for Istanbul, where he plans to reside in the near future, after the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Erdoğan on Aug 28
Freedom House describes Turkey as a ‘battleground state’ in Internet freedom in its latest report

The Day Turkey’s Ruling Party Elected A New Chair

The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Here is the news summary of the extraordinary day in Ankara:


Turkey’s Erdogan to be inaugurated

BBC News | Europe | World Edition

Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to be officially sworn in after winning the country’s first ever popular vote for head of state.

Where did Turkey’s former president go wrong?

Hurriyet Daily News

“The first time I met her; she had no idea about the issue of my expertise. I gave her a briefing. When we met six months after, I found a woman who had done her homework, asking me all the right questions.”

It’s Erdoğan’s party and Davutoğlu has a hard job


‘One flag, one land, and only Erdoğan.’ That slogan had rarely been heard before, but it was often shouted in the Aug. 27 congress of AK Parti by members of its youth organization


Turkey has hit out at criticism of its efforts to prevent foreign fighters joining Isis, calling on its partners to do more to stop the militants


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