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Turkey Donates Libya Police Cars, Gear

Economy Minister Çağlayan is seen here with Libyan police wearing uniforms provided by Turkey. Ankara has presented Libya with 30 free police vehicles and 6,000 police uniforms as part of a host of Turkish...

Hamas leader visits Turkey

Haniyeh and Erdogan Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is in Turkey on his first official tour outside the blockaded territory. His talks with Turkey’s premier come as his host’s relations with Israel deteriorate...

Charter ‘opportunity for Kurdish solution’

The European Commission’s representative in Turkey, Marc Pierini commented on the new charter process, saying that the next constitution will be a historic opportunity to accommodate major problems. The European Commission’s representative in Turkey,...

Turkey’s MGK to convene next week

Officials said that MGK’s regular meeting for October will take place under the chairmanship of President Abdullah Gul next Thursday. Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) will convene on October 27. Officials said that MGK’s...

New charter committee kicks off in shadow of deadly attacks

Turkey’s new charter commission has come together for the first time yesterday, following the deadly attacks on security forces by the PKK. “We will carry our responsibilities with common sense,” said Cemil Çiçek, who...

‘Internet assassin’ joins swap arrivals in Turkey

Eleven former Palestinian released by Israel arrived in Ankara yesterday. Amina Muna, known as the ‘Internet assassin,’ unexpectedly joined the group at the last minute after she refused to go to Gaza. Palestinians, who...

Top state brass, civil society condemn deadly PKK attacks

Appalled by the killing of 24 security members in simultaneous terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Wednesday, top state officials, party leaders and civil society organizations condemned...

Foreign academics discuss new Turkish charter

Turkey’s new charter must be created in a spirit of reconciliation and democracy, according to foreign legal scholars from countries that have all created new constitutions in extraordinary circumstances in the past. “The new...

BDP: We are faced with political genocide

Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairwoman Gültan Kışanak said on Tuesday that the arrests of members of the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), the urban arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), are...

Turkish coup general has no regrets about Sept. 12

The Hürriyet daily published excerpts from his statement, which was given to Specially Authorized Prosecutor Fikret Seçen at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) hospital, wherein Şahinkaya is receiving treatment. Retired Gen. Tahsin...

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Attacks a French Facility

Boko Haram has launched expanded operations in Gombe state, with numerous killings and burnings. Several media outlets report that among Boko Haram’s targets was a Lafarge cement facility in the town of Ashaka. Lafarge...

What Relationship with the United States Does Sisi Want?

What kind of relationship with the United States does Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi really want? Friendly and cooperative, or characterized by hostile charges, suspicions, and conspiracy theories? We have a much better idea...

Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten favorite English-language...

What a Republican-Controlled Senate Means for India

With the midterm elections in the United States decisively giving the Republican Party control of the Senate, and a stronger showing in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, speculation in Washington now centers on what...

Barbarism Begets Barbarism in Nigeria

Boko Haram is rightly notorious for its barbarism: whole-sale murder of adolescent boys in schools, the kidnapping of hundreds of girls, beheadings, throat-slittings, and stonings all captured on video for propaganda purposes. There is...

Obama, Asia, and Democracy

It’s nice, in a way, to see issues one has worked on appear in major, globally important publications. This past week, just before President Obama’s trip to Asia, the Banyan column in The Economist,...

The International Economic Agenda Facing the New Congress

The initial post-election talk is understandably about whether the shift to a Republican controlled Senate makes it easier or harder to make progress on central economic challenges facing the United States, including energy, immigration,...

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