Hopes fade for a new Turkish constitution

Hopes fade for a new Turkish constitution

(Reuters) – Turkey’s hopes for a new constitution, meant to enshrine democratic freedoms and further distance it from the era of military coups, suffered a setback on Monday when a cross-party commission admitted defeat in drafting a new charter. A ...

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The Economist’s dilemma

The Economist’s dilemma

In an article titled “Erdogan’s Dilemma” published on Nov 18th 2013, The Economist claims that if he wants to keep power, he will have to change the AK party’s rules to let him stand for a fourth term as prime ...

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New study claims that Irishmen descended from Turkish farmers

New study claims that Irishmen descended from Turkish farmers

A new study has revealed that many Irish men may be able to trace their roots back to Turkey. Focusing on the role of the Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, the research indicates Turkish farmers arrived ...

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Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad

Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad

Late one night last summer, at the height of antigovernment demonstrations sweeping Turkey, a group of protest leaders rushed to the home of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the capital, to negotiate a solution to the growing crisis. ...

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The Turks are coming…to a charter school near you

The Turks are coming…to a charter school near you

A demonstration of Turkish Americans against Gulen schools in Pennsylvania, where Fethullah Gulen, the alleged founder of Magnolia Public Schools, lives in self-imposed exile. Beware the “Gulenization” of public charter school. Who is Fethullah Gulen, and why does he want ...

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Socialist International passes declaration on Gezi Park

Socialist International passes declaration on Gezi Park

Socialist International (SI) members who were gathered in Istanbul for their annual Council Meeting issued a declaration in support of the Gezi Park protesters’ demands on Nov. 12. The umbrella organization representing socialist parties from across the world described the ...

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The Turkey, Russia, Iran Nexus

The Turkey, Russia, Iran Nexus

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Turkey’s Current Account Under Pressure from the Syrian Effect

Turkey’s Current Account Under Pressure from the Syrian Effect

Turkey’s current account deficit–-long an Achilles heel for the emerging economy– is coming under pressure from a new and controversial source: Syrian refugees. Monthly data from Turkey’s central bank has for more than two years classified the estimated 600,000 Syrian ...

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Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

Turkey’s Cleavage Crackdown Goes to College

I hate to admit it, but the paranoid secularists who for a decade have been saying Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harbored a secret agenda are being proved right. For years I’ve been gently pointing out to those paranoid ...

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Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal

Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal

France’s sabotage of a compromise agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is a textbook case of how the new Saudi-Israel alliance can disrupt President Barack Obama’s strategy for resolving Middle East disputes through diplomacy, not war. Over the summer, Saudi officials ...

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