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Iraqi Kurdish protesters deploy a giant flag of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. The Kurdish leader, Massud Barzani asked its parliament to start organizing a referendum on independence. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED


Opinion: The Ankara–Erbil–PKK Triangle

Opinion: The Ankara–Erbil–PKK Triangle

Until recently, the persistent confrontations between Ankara and Erbil reminded us of the traditional joke involving Turkish folk figures Temel and Dursun, the “best of enemies.” The joke goes that Temel and Dursun are both sentenced to death. When the executioner...
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In this July 12, 2012 file photo, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) speaks in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)


Opinion: İhsanoğlu could rescue Turkey’s opposition

Opinion: İhsanoğlu could rescue Turkey’s opposition

A broad-ranging political, media and public discussion erupted inside and outside Turkey as soon as Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the secular Atatürk-founded Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced that Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu would be the opposition’s candidate...
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Kurdish protestors clash with Turkish riot police after a funeral ceremony of Ramazan Baran in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 09 June 2014. (EPA/Sertac Kayar)


Opinion: A Golden Opportunity for Turkey’s Kurds

Opinion: A Golden Opportunity for Turkey’s Kurds

Clashes and confrontations have returned once more to southeast Turkey, known for its large Kurdish population, after a two-year truce with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). This ceasefire had been preceded by a political truce with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan who...
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A Palestinian boat flies the Turkish flag in Gaza Port on May 29, 2014 during the visit of Turkish ambassador in Palestine Mustafa Sarnic (unseen) to lay flowers at the memorial of martyrs from the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, that was part of a flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade, who were killed when […]


Opinion: The Turkish–Israeli Reconciliation Dossier

Opinion: The Turkish–Israeli Reconciliation Dossier

Just hours after the recent Soma mine disaster, the Israeli embassy in Ankara cancelled an Israeli Independence Day ceremony out of respect for Turkey’s tragedy. Tel Aviv also announced that it was ready to provide any technical or medical support Ankara needed to...
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Turkey’s president Abdullah Gül, right, and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, left, chat as President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sits between them during the opening ceremony of Marmaray, a subway linking Europe with Asia some 60 meters (197 feet) below the Bosporus Strait, in Istanbul, on October 29, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer)


Opinion: Erdoğan’s Succession Crisis

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Succession Crisis

The most recent meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) seemed to confirm the idea that the party is not overly keen on seeing President Abdullah Gül extend his term in office, which is set to end this summer. Gül himself...