Since the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Protective Edge, a significant number of people have lost their lives. We have seen the images of a young girl mourning over the dead body of her fiancé, fathers carrying the bodies of their baby daughters and mothers tending the funerals of their only...
My memory fails me when I try to remember all the negative reports and headlines regarding Turkey’s leading AK Party, Prime Minister Erdogan or the center- right in Turkey in the last years. Some said Turkey will never normalize relations with Israel again, while some claimed Erdogan would surely be toppled by the military...
As a free Turkish woman, I acknowledge the movements for political equality, which transformed Western society in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, the modern Turkish women of the democratic Republic of Turkey owe their equality, not to feminist sentiments imported from the West, but to reforms introduced under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.…
On May 13, hearts stopped in Turkey as a fire broke out in the nation’s biggest coalmine, Soma. As the nation mourns Turkey’s deadliest mine accident ever, three days of mourning was announced, flags have been lowered throughout Turkey, and festivals, concerts and games have been cancelled.… Read the rest
As the crisis in the Balkans deepens, more ethnic minorities feel themselves threatened. The recent clashes between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces have taken a toll on not only the Tatar Turks in Crimea but also some 18,000 Meskhetian/Ahiska Turks living in the region.… Read the rest
There is a direct link between freedom of press and a vibrant democracy. Rather than having the government or a select elite establish and dictate the truth, we can all choose from a marketplace of ideas. However, our sensitivity in protecting the freedom of press should not overshadow the crimes of those hiding behind...
Director of Cultural Diplomacy Institute
Of course the issue of unity and faith and intercultural dialogue is not necessarily new. There is a lot of interfaith initiatives. For us this is very exciting because we look at the field of cultural diplomacy and how it can actually interconnect with interfaith dialogue because for
SOFIA (AA) – Bulgaria aims to start a natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Bulgaria by 2016, Ivan Ayolov, Bulgaria’s deputy energy minister said Wednesday.
Negotiations between delegates from Bulgaria and Turkey are continuing with the hope that the 114 kilometers pipeline project will be completed in a short space of time with the countries jointly undertaking the construction.…
ANKARA — The Southern Gas Corridor project, which will supply Europe with gas from Azerbaijan when it opens in five years time, will also have the capacity to carry extra gas from northern Iraq, Turkmenistan and possibly Iran, which would reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, according to an energy expert.… Read the...
Reuters WARSAW — European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said yesterday that the EU wants a uniform price for Russian gas for all its member states, adding Europe’s common gas infrastructure should include Ukraine, Georgia and the western Balkans.
Oettinger was speaking after a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who promotes an idea of...
MIDDLE EAST NEWS
A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan’s new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.
The SCF Altai tanker arrived at Israel’s Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said.… Read...
ANKARA — Kurdish oil – 1.4 million barrels of it – stored in the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan was loaded onto ships Thursday night, said Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız on Friday.
The oil has been stored in Ceyhan for the last six months in line with an agreement signed between Turkey and the Kurdish...
According to a May report released by the Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers and Proprietors Association, the number of the visitors coming to Antalya in the first quarter of the year was 1.32 million, an increase of 5.1 percent compared with the same period of the previous year.… Read the rest
World famous Muslim scholar, my beloved Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani al-Qibrisi has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
World famous Muslim scholar Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.… Read the rest
By Abdul Hamid Chohan
ANKARA (AA) – As the United States readies for a military withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year, prospects for security and peace are likely to depend largely on how Afghanistan’s neighbors behave.
Their support will be crucial to the new government’s efforts to rebuild the country and its economy.…...
UNITED NATIONS — Some 20.000 law enforcement officials from 54 countries, were provided with vocational training by the Turkish National Police between 1997 and 2013, a Turkish diplomat told the UN Security Council on Monday.
The Police Vocational training center in Sivas in the central part of Turkey has trained hundreds of police officer candidates mainly...
BANGKOK (AA) – After seven months of political strife, the Thai army declared martial law across Thailand on Tuesday, but was quick to stress that the move was “not a coup”.
Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said the measure had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides.”
The move “is not a coup,” he added. …...
NEW DELHI (AA) – India has emerged as the world’s third largest economy, in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), just behind the U.S. and China, according to a report from the World Bank.
The report surveyed 199 economies in the most comprehensive attempt to date to measure the Purchasing Power parities, the price comparisons that show the ratio...