15 years of Turkey's AKP: Is it a success story? Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses a meeting of provincial chairmen of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the AKP headquarters, Ankara, June 2, 2016.
(photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images) Author: Kursat Akyol Posted August 31, 2016 The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which accustomed Turkey to tumultuous celebrations of any occasion it could think of, including to show respect for those killed in last month’s coup attempt, opted for a low-key observance to mark the 15th anniversary of its founding Aug. 14. The AKP came to power only 15 months after its establishment and has been the sole ruling party for 14 years. Has the party been successful? Summary⎙ Print Turkey's Justice and Development Party has had economic and political successes, but the current state of affairs could threaten that legacy.
Author Kursat Akyol Posted August 31, 2016 TranslatorTimur Göksel Tensions with the United States have peaked. Turchia, giornalisti arrestati per le armi spedite in Siria. Germany dismisses concerns over Davutoglu resignation. Turkish prime minister to stand down. How Erdogan Moved to Solidify Power by Ousting a Pivotal Ally. Mr.
Erdogan has tried to silence his critics, sometimes with comical effects, and is seeking to change the Constitution to establish a more powerful presidency and solidify his status as the pre-eminent political figure in Turkey. Taking a Page From Putin’s Playbook The ouster of Mr. Turkey’s ruling AKP will make extraordinary congress decision: Sources.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu pose for a photograph at the start of a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
AP photo Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will hold a crucial press meeting on May 5, following an extraordinary the Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting earlier the same day, according to reports that came after the PM met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan amid rumors of a resignation. Reports and sources say the party will hold a congress soon, with the PM not running for the seat. The meeting which was held in the Presidential Palace lasted for an hour and 40 minutes. Presidential sources said that no further statement would be made saying that the regular meeting ended. La Turchia tra il vortice siriano, le sfide interne e il rapporto difficile con la UE. In Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word. ISTANBUL — In September 2011, Turkey’s then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was greeted at Cairo airport by members of the Muslim Brotherhood who cheered him as his cortège moved along a road covered by billboards with his image.
While there, Erdoğan gave a speech at the Cairo Opera House in which he talked about his vision of the Middle East. “Now, in this transitional phase in Egypt, as well as in what comes after it, I believe that the Egyptians will establish democracy very well, and they will see that a ‘secular state’ does not mean ‘an irreligious state,’” he said during an interview with Mona El-Shazly on Dream TV. “Rather it means respect for all the religions and giving all individuals the freedom to practice religion as they please.” At the time Erdoğan’s words sent shockwaves among Muslim Brotherhood figures who were opposed to the separation of state and religion. We need a debate on secularism in Turkey - NURAY MERT. Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman sparked controversy last week after suggesting that secularism should not be included in Turkey’s new constitution, as this is a Muslim country.
Both the president and the prime minister quickly denounced his remarks as his “personal views,” ensuring that no debate on secularism takes place. But in fact there is a debate on secularism going on in Turkey, and I wish the ruling party would not shy away from an open and honest debate on this controversial issue. From the very beginning of the republican regime, there has always been controversy on the principle of secularism, even after religious conservatives were suppressed and excluded from politics in the early stages of republican rule. Tight security marks Turkish May Day rallies. Israel, Turkey, Russia and Egypt.
Turkish sources assert that Turkish-Israeli governmental relations are about to come out of the deep freeze.
But this is a reflection of Turkey's regional unpopularity and glides over Turkish demands for Israel to end the blockade of Gaza. To meet Turkey's condition, Israel would have to abandon the security arrangement it shares with Egypt -- which has increased Israel's security and has begun to pay regional dividends. To restore full relations between Israel and Turkey would irritate Russia, with which Israel has good trade and political relations, and a respectful series of understandings regarding Syria.
Turkey Media Roundup (April 5) [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions.
It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.] English Erdogan's US Visit. The Erdogan Visit to Washington: Tough Love. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan spent three days in Washington from March 30-April 1, attending the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by President Barack Obama.
The visit offered the Turkish leader an opportunity to meet, on the sidelines, with senior Obama Administration officials, at a moment when US-Turkish relations are not exactly in fine shape. The biggest issue in dispute between Ankara and Washington is the status of Syrian Kurds from the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Pentagon has allied with the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL) in northern Syria, providing weapons, air support and even embedding US Special Forces in the YPG fighting units.
In the battle for Kobani last year, US combat advisers, US air support and weapons all played a valuable role in the hard-fought battle that was an early turning point in the fight to contain ISIL’s expansion. The issue is not academic. Contro le analisi faziose della protesta di Gezi Park in Turchia. Les Etats-Unis font état de « menaces crédibles » d’attentats contre les touristes en Turquie.
Les Etats-Unis ont mis en garde samedi leurs ressortissants en raison de « menaces crédibles » d’attentats « contre les zones touristiques, notamment les places publiques et les quais à Istanbul et Antalya ». « Nous vous prions de faire preuve d’une extrême prudence si vous vous trouvez à proximité de telles zones », précise ce message.
Turkey pivotal in anti-Daesh effort says NATO chief. No: 87, 5 April 2016, Press Release Regarding Tripoli Visit of Mr. Emrullah İşler, Turkey’s Special Representative for Libya. A delegation, headed by Mr.
Emrullah İşler, Member of Parliament and Special Representative of Mr. President and Turkish Government for Libya, that included Turkish Ambassador to Libya, visited Tripoli on 4-5 April 2016 to hold a number of talks. During the talks held by our delegation with Mr. Fayez Mustafa Al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, the members of the Presidency Council and Mr. Why the West must embrace Turkey, not push it away. Recently, a group of members of the Russian Duma called for the renunciation of the so-called 1921 Treaty of Brotherhood between Russia and Turkey. This move follows a series of recent confrontations between Turkey and Russia along the old fault lines of the Ottoman and Russian Empires. While the Duma is likely to reject the request to renounce the treaty, this episode offers an insight into the prevalent thinking about Turkey among many of Russia's political elite.
The Kobane connection: IS 'tea house cell' blamed for Turkish bombing spree. A bomb-disposal expert at the site of twin explosions near Ankara's train station last October (AFP) ISTANBUL, Turkey - When 23-year-old Mehmet Ozturk turned the corner of Balo Sokak on 19 March and walked onto Istiklal Caddesi, the busiest street here in the capital, he was unknown to all, save the few specialists who study militant groups in Turkey. After he detonated the explosive vest that was concealed under his clothing, killing both himself and four foreign tourists, his name was splashed on every newspaper.
In scale, it may have been smaller than other recent attacks in Ankara, but here was an attack on Istiklal Street itself, one of the most prominent symbols of modern Turkish life. The Kobane connection: IS 'tea house cell' blamed for Turkish bombing spree. “In Turchia 2,5 milioni di rifugiati. Nell’Unione solo poche gocce” Nei giorni in cui alcune centinaia di rifugiati alle stazioni ferroviarie di Roma e Milano sembrano mandare in tilt l’Italia, l’ambasciatore turco Aydin Adnan Sezgin, se non avesse lo standing di un Boris Biancheri, potrebbe tranquillamente dichiararsi allibito.
«In Turchia noi abbiamo, dallo scoppio della guerra civile in Siria, qualcosa come 2 milioni e mezzo di profughi» dice soltanto sfogliando le carte del dossier «e, si badi bene, questi dati riguardano solo la Turchia». Qual è la situazione, e quali problemi dovete affrontare? Turkish officials: Europe wanted to export extremists to Syria. Turkish officials have accused European governments of attempting to export their Islamic extremist problem to Syria, saying the EU has failed to secure its own borders or abide by pledges to share intelligence and cooperate in fighting the jihadist threat. The failures were outlined by Turkish officials to the Guardian through several documented instances of foreign fighters leaving Europe while travelling on passports registered on Interpol watchlists, arriving from European airports with luggage containing weapons and ammunition, and being freed after being deported from Turkey despite warnings that they have links to foreign fighter networks.
“We were suspicious that the reason they want these people to come is because they don’t want them in their own countries,” a senior Turkish security official told the Guardian. “I think they were so lazy and so unprepared and they kept postponing looking into this until it became chronic.” Assad regime facilitated PKK recruitment for Kurds in Syria: security documents SYRIA NEWS. Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl- Special)- An old documents issued by of Syrian political intelligence before 2011 showed nominal lists of Syrian Kurds who joined the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in its armed conflict with Turkey.
The documents that issued by the political branch in Raqqa and obtained by Zaman Al Wasl have revealed the names of tens of men and women who joined PKK and moved to fight in turkey. The political security had never asked Damascus officials to arrest or take an actionin biding to Adana agreement between the Syrian regime and Turkey in 1998 which demands Syrian side to no provide any support for PKK fighters. Names of fighter from both genders from Raqqa who joined training in Kurdestan’s mountains and remained there were included in documents, and they counted almost 50 persons, as well as names of Kurds of Raqqa who were killed were included in lists. Turchia, kamikaze dell'Is si fa saltare a Istanbul: cinque vittime nella via dello shopping. Migranti, i punti chiave dell'accordo tra Ue e Turchia. Bruxelles, 18 mar. La Scheda - Migranti, ecco che cosa prevede l’accordo Ue - Turchia. Kurdish group claims responsibility for Ankara bombing.
A Kurdish militant group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Thursday claimed the deadly suicide car bomb attack that killed 35 people in Ankara last weekend. "On the evening of March 13, a suicide attack was carried out... in the streets of the capital of the fascist Turkish republic. We claim this attack," the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said in a statement on its website. The group said it was a response to security operations carried out by Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the country since the collapse of a ceasefire last year. Sunday's attack came three weeks after a similar car bombing in Ankara killed 29 people, also claimed by TAK. In the immediate aftermath of the latest bombing, the Turkish authorities pointed the finger at the PKK, against which Ankara has waged a relentless assault since late last year.
The dark side of the Ankara attack - MURAT YETKİN. Turchia, autobomba esplode nel centro di Ankara: 34 morti e 125 feriti. - Almeno 34 persone, tra cui due kamikaze, sono morte e 125 sono rimaste ferite in una violenta esplosione nel centro di Ankara. Erdogan's conquest of Africa. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in Abuja, Nigeria, March 2, 2016 (photo by REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde) Author: Metin Gurcan Posted March 4, 2016 Amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent West African tour, from Feb. 28 to March 4 and including visits to Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea, news reports surfaced of Turkey establishing a military presence on the strategic Horn of Africa, in Somalia.
This development will make Turkey the fifth foreign country to have a military presence in Africa, joining Britain, France, Japan and the United States. Turkish police raid Zaman HQs, fire tear gas on readers after gov’t takeover. Mitigating US-Turkish Disagreement over the PYD. February 24, 2016 President Barack Obama meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the US ambassador's residence in Paris, France December 1, 2015.
Until US emissary McGurk’s January 30 visit with the PYD leadership and the February 17 bombing, the Turkish government had implicitly accepted the US distinction between the PYD and the PKK, with one key exception: the PYD’s presence in northern Aleppo. In Iraq, Turkish warplanes have been bombing PKK targets since late July. In Syria, however, Ankara had indicated that it would only strike PYD targets if fired upon or if the PYD threatened Turkish border towns. Turkey had been shelling the PYD in northwestern Syria in response to PYD threats and has stepped up its offensive since the February 17 bombing. – mcc43
(Reuters) Kurdish militant group claims responsibility for car bomb attack in Turkish capital. Turchia: 3 militari uccisi in scontri con Pkk. Military Analysis: Turkish Armed Forces. Colpito convoglio militare a Diyarbakir - Europa. Turkey's PM blames Kurdish militants for Ankara blast; six soldiers killed in separate bombing. Turchia, autobomba ad Ankara contro militari: 28 morti, anche civili e 61 feriti. Elisa Campioni - Fare il giornalista oggi significa... Turchia e Israele: è vero riavvicinamento? - Pagina 2 di 2. European Parliament Audiovisual. Situation in the South East of Turkey – Remarks by Johannes Hahn on behalf of the HR/VP at the EP Plenary.
Kurdish leader warns of civil war in Turkey. Allarme in Turchia: «l’Isis vuole avvelenare l’acqua» La Turchia "secolarista" Terrorism tops Turkish citizens’ list of concerns in 2015. High Commissioner welcomes Turkish work permits for Syrian refugees. Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê. Academics: We will not be a Party to This Crime - Beyza Kural - english. Istanbul, il giorno dopo la bomba. PKK kills civilians, blames Turkish army, minister says.
ISIS Changes Tactics in Turkey. Explosion at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet square. Turkey warns US over ‘Kurdish corridor’ in Syria - MIDEAST. Turkey's Erdogan: Demirtas Kurdish autonomy plea is 'treason' Is Turkey heading to partition? Demirtaş is no Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein - TAHA AKYOL. PKK: arnese per “sirianizzare” la Turchia ? Turcas CEO: Israel gas will flow to Turkey by 2020. Erdogan and Meshal Meet in Istanbul as Israel, Turkey Move Toward Reconciliation - Middle East News - Haaretz - Israeli News Source Haaretz.com.
The Hamas-affiliated Arsala website in Gaza quoted senior Turkish officials, including parliament members from the Freedom and Justice Party and some of Erdogan's advisers, as saying that the agreement shaping up between Israel and Turkey will not come at the expense of Hamas and will not impinge on the organization's ties with the Turkish government. Some noted that the demand to remove the blockade of Gaza would remain a key condition and that no agreement with Israel would be signed if this issue is not resolved. Israel, however, has no intention of lifting the Gaza blockade. A senior official in Jerusalem said earlier this week that Israel was interested in finding ways of easing the blockade which could be credited to Turkish efforts. read more: – mcc43
The rocky road to Turkish, Israeli reconciliation. Document. The State Supervisory Council and Ankara Massacre: What Presidential Order Makes Us Think – Research Turkey. Erdogan and Syria’s Kurds: Who is the Cat and Who is the Mouse? In the new cold war, the stakes for Turkey are heating up. Turkey sends troops to replace unit in northern Iraq. Official text: Statement by NATO Foreign Ministers on Assurance to Turkey, 01-Dec.-2015. Da Putin accuse alla Turchia: «Il nostro jet è stato abbattuto per difendere il petrolio di Isis» Immigrati: Ue apre a Turchia. Tre miliardi per l'emergenza.
Turchia: la sconfitta dell'HDP.
Questo “appoggiare nuovamente” va sottolineato, perché l'AKP dalla sua fondazione ha sempre tratto sostegno da uno zoccolo duro di elettorato curdo ostile ai movimenti indipendentisti, PKK su tutti: per contrarietà alla scelta della lotta armata, per incompatibilità con l'ideologia del PKK (marxista-leninista ieri, anarco-confederalista oggi) e per via di un conservatorismo religioso di fondo. – mcc43
Il problema Iraq di Erdogan.
Winds of war ruffle the Middle East - Le Monde diplomatique - English edition.
The interlude of Islamist government under Necmettin Erbakan and his Refah party (June 1996-June 1997) has only emphasised the power of the military, who orchestrated the downfall of their “fundamentalist” enemy by putting pressure on the deputies. “The first post-modern coup d’état in history”, they call it in Ankara with fine irony, as the trial over the banning of Refah, opened in November, continues. – mcc43
Al Jazeera Turka Interview on Turkish Foreign and National Policy. Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy The priorities of the AK Party and the problem of the opposition - ABDÜLKADIR SELVI. Tusk seeks 'strong signal' from Turkey — EU - European Union business news and information. Turchia, nuovi arresti. Ue tergiversa, pensando ai rifugiati. New dawn, new worries: post-election Turkey 2015-11-03. International observers assess Turkey's general election. Turkey's AKP makes strong comeback, wins enough seats for single-party rule. Turkey elections: Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP declares victory after nearly all votes counted.
Turchia al voto, referendum su Erdogan. Il conflitto tra Recep Tayyip Erdoğan e Fethullan Gülen nelle sue varie dimensioni e motivazioni. Turchia-Isis, Berlino dice no a ingresso della Nato. The ISIS Link to the Ankara Bombing. Turkey is the next failed state in the Middle East. Turchia: kamikaze "fratello autore strage Suruc". Isis dietro l'attentato. Turkish PM calls on parties to unite against terrorism. 86 killed in blasts at Ankara train station. NATO Secretary General expresses solidarity with Turkey following Russian air space violation , 05-Oct.-2015. Who and/or What is Behind the Fetullah Gulen Organization? Syria Regional Refugee Response - Regional Overview. Turkey's Night of the Firebombs. US-Turkey 'Alliance’: An Equation with Multiple Variables. 2013 Tre ipotesi per un attentato amb USA. Elezioni Turchia, risultati: Erdogan perde maggioranza. Partito curdo al 12,9% Erdogan announces snap elections for November.
Behind Turkey’s “synchronized war on terror” TURQUIE EN BREF - PKK, Droits de l'homme, Groupe Dogan, Fashion week et lutte anti-drogue.