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27 June, 2004
|A light-hearted description of some of the arrangements made by the Ottoman authorities to welcome the visiting British battleship, HMS Victory.
|The village where smoking is banned
19 August, 2004
|A small Turkish village has imposed a total ban on smoking.
7 September, 2004
|In an overhaul of the Turkish Penal Code it is proposed to criminalise adultery. In the first of two extracts, one member of the sub-commission preparing the draft is reported to have his doubts on this particular matter. In the second extract, the columnist, Güneri Cıvaoğlu, assesses the impact that criminalising adultery will have on Turkey's EU membership negotiations.
|Al-Qaeda in Turkey
13 September, 2004
14 September, 2004
|The trial of those accused of causing the November Istanbul bombing has started. In the first extract, interesting details are reported from the testimony of the accused in the trial. In the second extract, columnist Fatih Altaylı claims that the Istanbul Police may have been able to prevent the bombings if an application to tap phones had not been refused.
|Property sales to foreigners in Turkey and Northern Cyprus
15 September, 2004
15 September, 2004
|In the first extract, the Northern Cyprus mainstream daily Kıbrıs, 15 September 2004, assesses the impact on the construction sector of proposed legislation on property sales to foreigners. The second extract from the far-right Yeni Çağ, 15 September 2004, interviews the organiser of a petition opposing the sale of land to foreigners.
|Arcelor CEO on Turkish Steel
10 October, 2004
|In this interview with best-selling Hürriyet, Arcelor COE Guy Dolle is upbeat about the prospects for the Turkish iron and steel sector.
|Will the Cyprus question wither away?
21 October, 2004
|An independent assessment of developments in Cyprus from a columnist in the highbrow Islamist daily Zaman
|Should Turkey recognise the Republic of Cyprus?
27 November, 2004
27 November, 2004
26 November, 2004
|The first two extracts, from the Turkish best-selling daily Hürriyet and the pro-unification Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika, discuss from different perspectives Turkey's difficulties as she faces a veto from South Cyprus if she fails to recognise the Republic of Cyprus. In the third extract from the Turkish Cypriot mainstream daily Kıbrıs, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Presidential Undersecretary Ergun Olgun presents a detailed historical analysis arguing that for Turkey to recognise the Republic of Cyprus would be in breach of international agreements to which Turkey is a signatory, and would hinder attempts to find a lasting solution in Cyprus.
|Is the AKP tiring?
18 February, 2005
|Columnist Taha Akyol in the mainstraim daily Milliyet assesses the consequences for the ruling AKP and Turkey of the resignation of culture minister Erkan Mumcu.
|The TRNC after the elections
22 February, 2005
|Writing in the mainstream, highbrow daily Radikal, Gündüz Aktan assesses the situation in the TRNC following parliamentary elections and fears that the Turkish Cypriot side will be left in a weak position in bicommunal negotiations.
|The AKP will drag its feet on the EU
|Ali Bulaç interviewed by Neşe Düzel
18 March, 2005
|Islamic journalist Ali Bulaç offers some very perceptive insights into the current political climate in Turkey in this interview with the secular journalist, Neşe Düzel.
|The Constitutional Court has placed restrictions on land sales to foreigners
15 August, 2005
|This article from the Turkish Union of Road, Construction and Building Workers magazine provides a convenient summary of the current legal position for by foreigners wishing to buy property in Turkey.
|Privatisation and the Rize Connection
25 September, 2005
|Against a background of increasing public disquiet about the way privatisation is being conducted in Turkey, Miyase İlknur investigates the role of financier Mehmet Kutman whose name is linked with all the recent large privatisation tenders.
|Will next year be worse?
7 December 2005
|Economics correspondent Ertuğrul Özkök sees no reason to be pessimistic about the Turkish economy in 2006.
|An interview with Mehmet Ali Talat
11 January 2006
|President of the self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mehmet Ali Talat, discusses developments concerning the Cyprus problem and new property laws.
|Volatility in Turkish markets
15 and 16 June 2006
|Tevfik Güngör, writing in his column in the serious business daily Dünya, examines some of the causes behind recent volatility on the stock exchange and currency markets in Turkey.
|There will be no peace in Cyprus before 2008
19 June 2006
|Neşe Düzel, in one of her periodic interviews for the high-brow daily Radikal, discusses with academic Ayhan Aktar the Greek Cypriot view of the Cyprus problem.
|Urfa women writer's novel on customary practice
22 June 2006
|This article in the Kurdish-separatist Turkish-language daily Özgür Gündem features the work of a women writer living in a conservative region of Turkey whose novels tell of the restrictions that local customary practice places on the lives of women.
|Will the economy force the AKP into early elections?
23 June 2006
|İsmet Berkan assesses the possibility that current economic difficulties in Turkey mey precipitate early elections.
|If both sides claim to be free
22 April 2007
|Şener Levent, writing in this pro-reunification Turkish-Cypriot daily newspaper, looks from a fresh perspective at the attitudes of people on both sides of the divide in Cyprus to the Turkish presence on the island.
|The AKP is the party of the Republic's alternative elite
23 April 2007
|Neşe Düzel interviews sociologist Naci Bostancı about opposition to an Erdogan presidency and changes to the balance of power in Turkey.
|The president who is incapable of being president to all Cypriots
2 October 2007
|Şener Levent's comments on the occasion of celebrations held in the south of the island to mark the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Cyprus.
|The expectation in the economy is for a robust exit plan
6 October 2007
|Erdal Sağlam, writing in the mainstream daily Hürriyet, reports that sentiment is worsening among Turkish businessmen and bankers, who now expect the AKP government to produce a robust plan to address their concerns.
|We cannot understand Papadopoulos
23 October 2007
|An interview with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in which he discusses his meeting with UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 16 October, and his thoughts on the way forward for the Turkish Cypriot community.
|We are back where we started
|Arif Hasan Tahsin
1 November 2007
|Arif Hasan Tahsin takes a wide view of the factors that have brought Cyprus to where it is today in this stark assessment of the island's perennial problem.
|A new hegemony is being created
19 February 2008
|Cem Erciyes in this interview with Haluk Şahin, author of the book Liberals, Nationalists, Islamists and the Others, examines the support given by liberals to the Islamist AKP.
|Mümtaz Soysal on the new Republic of Cyprus President
26 February 2008
27 February 2008
|In the first article, published in the mainland Turkish daily Cumhuriyet on 26 February 2008, Professor Mümtaz Soysal, who is well known for his hardline stance on Cyprus, questions the validity of welcoming the election of Dimitris Christofias as President of the Republic of Cyprus. In the second article, published in the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Düzen, the house journal of the Republican Turkish Party, on 27 February 2008, columnist Sami Özuslu challenges Professor Soysal's position.
|All Eyes Are on the First Meeting
|Ödül Aşık Ülker
3 March 2008
|In this interview, Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mehmet Ali Talat, assesses the propsects for a settlement to the Cyprus Problem in the wake of Dimitris Christofias' election as President of the Republic of Cyprus.
|Why the AKP should not be closed
20 June 2008
|Haluk Şahin argues that, with reference to the pending closure lawsuit against the AKP, this party's closure would be a grave political error.
|Ergenekon's Recent History
4-11 April 2008
|In this series of articles, political commentator İsmet Berkan charts the development of the organisation named "Ergenekon", which is alleged to have been planning a coup in Turkey.
|Arabs, Turks and social change
26 July 2008
|Columnist Haluk Şahin, noting that Arabs are reputedly horrified by the evidence of social change that they witness in television serials from Turkey, argues that Turkish society is characterised by the way it brings two mutually contradictory value systems into close proximity.
|Sönmez Filament suspends production
4 September 2008
|Major Turkish producer of synthetic yarn and fibre, Sonmez Filament, has suspended production.
|Let's Rejoice: They are Making Up
30 November 2008
|An anlysis of the pact that Turkey's establishment appears to have concluded with the ruling Justice and Development Party.
|Neither One People, nor Two Peoples
8 December 2008
|Niyazi Kızılyürek addresses an issue that lies at the heart of ongoing negotiations to settle the Cyprus problem.
|Talat is worried
21 April 2009
|Erdal Güven assesses Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat's position as negotiator in ongoing talks to find a settlement to the Cyprus problem following the nationalist UBP's sweeping victory in recent parliamentary elections.
|İlter Türkmen on Cyprus
|An interview with Hasan Hastürer and Aral Moral
7 July 2009
|Octogenarian retired Turkish diplomat İlter Türkmen, who served as Turkey's Foreign Minister from 1980 to 1983, expresses some very frank views on the Cyprus problem.
|Yaşar Kemal on the Kurdish problem
|An interview with Cem Erciyes
25-27 July 2009
|A seminal interview with the renowned author, Yaşar Kemal, on one of the most pressing issues facing the modern Turkish state.
|The 'Kurdish Initiative's external dimension
16 August 2009
|Respected poltical commentator Fikret Bila discusses the connections between Turkey's 'Kurdish Initiative' and President Obama's Ankara visit.
|Why is the left capable of winning in Greece and not here?
6 October 2009
|Following PASOK's sweeping victory in the Greek general elections, Oral Çalışlar discusses the reasons why the left in Turkey does not appear to be a candidate for power.
|The era of common currency trade with Iran
28 October 2009
|Speaking in Tehran, Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged that work be speeded up on introducing a common currency for Turkey, Iran and the Russian Federation.
|Eroğlu lost the election on the day he announced his candidacy
|Aysu Basri Akter
16 March 2010
|Turkish Cypriot journalist Aysu Basri Akter assesses the significance of Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu's decision to stand for TRNC President against his own party chairman, Derviş Eroğlu.
|Freedom is an indispensible part of democracy
21 April 2010
|Hasan Hastürer shares his thoughts on Derviş Eroğlu's defeat of Mehmet Ali Talat in the elections for TRNC President.
|The amount of hot money rose by 9 billion dollars in March
23 April 2010
|The amount of foreign hot money in Turkey has risen to close to pre-crisis levels.
|The CHP annulment application is ready
28 April 2010
|Political analyst Fikret Bila argues that the constitutional amendment package appears certain to be challenged in the Constitutional Court.
|Fiyapı has bought Garip Island
28 April 2010
|Turkish construction company Fiyapı buys Garip Island for 35 million dollars.
|Is there life after Baykal?
11 May 2010
|İsmet Berkan describes the political scenario as he sees it following the resignation of CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal.
|Is Turkey to blame for Irans atom bomb?
12 June 2010
|In his regular column in Milliyet, Fikret Bila cautions aginst placing too much blame on Turkey alone if Iran succeeds in developing nuclear weapons.
|If you don't want to sweat, stay out of the Middle East
20 June 2010
|NTV news director Mete Çubukçu calls for a paradigm shift in the way that Turkey engages with the Middle East.
|Paying the price for the CHP's error
16 September 2010
|Political commentator Murat Yetkin suggests that a grave past error by the Republican People's Party has come back to haunt its new leader.
|Defence Industry Leaps Forward
9 November 2010
|Turkish Minister of National Defence Vecdi Gönül and Defence Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar comment on the current standing of the domestic defence industry.
|Zero Tolerance for Journalists
6 March 2011
|As ever more journalists are arrested as part of the Ergenekon investigation, Ertuğrul Mavioğlu deplores the arrest of Ahmet Şık, a journalist who has devoted his career to fighting clandestine state-sanctioned activities.
|The Survival Rallies and the Parade of Cynics
13 March 2011
|Niyazi Kızılyürek assesses various attitudes that he denounces as being cynical in response to the two large protest rallies held by Turkish Cypriots on 28 January and 2 March.
|The Cyprus and Kurdish Problems
27 August 2011
|Sinan Dirlik draws attention to parallels between the Cyprus and Kurdish problems, particularly with regard to Greek Cypriot attitudes towards the former and Turkish Turks' attitudes towards the latter, and argues that both problems must be solved in tandem.
|The KCK detentions have turned from bad to rotten
29 October 2011
|Oral Çalışlar, reacting to Professor Dr. Büşra Ersanlı's inclusion among the latest group of detainees in the KCK trial, sharply criticises the thinking behind this whole operation.
|The Upper Echelons of the State in Dersim
|Abdullah Kılıç Ayça Örer
20-24 November 2011
|In this iconoclastic article, the authors attempt to get at the truth behind the Dersim events of the 1930s
|Zeynep, Çağdaş and the others
25 December 2011
|On 23 December, 36 journalists were remanded in custody on the allegation of membership of the KCK terrorist organisation. In this article, columnist Yıldırım Türker describes his reactions as he looks at the pictures of two young journalists included among those detained.
|It will be a very hot June
10 June 2012
|Fikri Sağlar foresees a hot summer ahead in Turkish politics, and predicts that the clash between the AKP government and the Fethullah Gülen Organisation will come to a head, with significant consequences.
|Is there room for Greek in our baggage?
13 October 2012
|Foti Benlisoy, in this review of the Greek language novel Anavoles kai Katiforoi (Postponements and Descents) published in Istanbul by İstos Publishing House, charts the way that the Greek language was removed from public life in Istanbul.
|TAKSIM SOLIDARITY'S STATEMENT
5 June 2013
|The announcement made by Taksim Solidarity following their meeting with acting prime-minister Bülent Arınç on 5 June 2013.
|We are encountering an uprising
|Ruken Adalı interviews Foti Benlisoy
5 June 2013
|Marxist academic Foti Benlisoy on the Gezi Park protests.
|One country-two communities or even 'nations'
13 June 2013
|Tayfun Atay asks whether Turkey is moving in the direction of a split into the two communities of which Serif Mardin spoke twenty odd years ago, one Islamic and one Secular.
|Social Reaction and Violence
22 June 2013
|Hikmet Çetinkaya, writing in his regular column in Cumhuriyet, discusses the consequences of the Gezi Park protests.
|Historians assess the Gezi Park protests
|These interviews with a number of historians on the Gezi Park protests was to appear on pages 42-47 of the July 2013 issue of NTV Tarih magazine, a special issue devoted to the Gezi Park protests, but the magazines publishers, Doğuş Media Group, decided not only to cancel this issue, but to close the magazine entirely.
|Crisis Mongering with Syria
26 March 2014
|Mustafa Balbay, writing in his regular column in Cumhuriyet, argues that the AKP regime is exploiting the recent shooting down of a Syrian plane for electoral purposes.
19 August 2014
|Suat Kınıklıoğlu argues that even if IS is defeated militarily in Iraq, an intelligent anti-terror strategy must also address the problems philosophical basis.
|The AKP and DAESH
5-19 October 2014
|The AKP and DAESH - a view from the left.
|From alliance to enmity: AKP - Gulenists
17-18 December 2014
|Ahmet Şık traces the developments that lead the AKP and the Gulenists to part ways.
|An early election will not go unforgiven
9 June 2015
|An interview with renowned psephologist Bekir Ağırdır, CEO of KONDA Research, into the Turkish general election on 7 June 2015.
|The Confessions of a Jihadist
8 + 9 July 2015
|An interview with a Turkish citizen who fought with ISIL.
|Turkey is under a ruling party system
10 November 2015
|In an interview with Selin Ongun following the 1 November repeat election, Prof. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu expresses the view that, in the absence of a strong middle class in Turkey, the country is likely to drift in the direction of authoritarianism.
|Even if the USA believed that the YPG was behind the explosion, it will not change its PYD policy
22 February 2016
|In this interview with Selin Ongun, Associate Professor Dr. Ahmet Kasım Han makes a very critical analysis of the current Turkish government’s Syria policy.
|May God reform them
7 March 2016
|In this interview with Selin Ongun, Prof. Dr. Ergun Özbudun is critical of President Erdoğan’s avowed refusal to accept the Constitutional Court’s ruling with reference to Can Dündar and Erdem Gül.
|An interview with Sırrı Süreyya Önder
10 October 2016
|In this interview with Kemal Göktaş, the HDP’s Sırrı Süreyya Önder discusses the state of play in Turkish politics following the failed coup attempt and the breakdown of the Kurdish peace process.
|An interview with Assistant Professor Kerem Altıparmak
23 October 2016
|In this interview with Kemal Göktaş, Assistant Professor Kerem Altıparmak discusses the rule of law situation in Turkey in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
|God punishes in mysterious ways
3 November 2016
|Can Dündar assesses leaked details of the case against the management of Cumhuriyet newspaper following their arrest in a raid on Monday 31 October.
|First reaction of CHP parliamentarians to the judgment in the Cumhuriyet trial: This decision was taken elsewhere
29 July 2017
|Members of parliament from the main opposition CHP party express their reactions to the 28.7.2017 interim judgment in the Cumhuriyet newspaper trial.
|Başak Demirtaş: This is a good trek
27 May 2018
|Mine Söğüt describes her experiences while accompanying Başak Demirtaş on the arduous journey she makes every week to visit her husband, former HDP co-chair and the party's presidential candidate, Selahattin, in Edirne Prison 1700 kilometres away.
|Cumhuriyet did not publish Sabuncu’s farewell article
8 September 2018
|An article containing Murat Sabuncu's farewell text on departing from Cumhuriyet newspaper following the regime-sponsored takeover of the staunch opposition title by a rival group.
|The AKP’s victory from within: “Cumhuriyet”
8 September 2018
|A brief account of the process that led to Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper being taken over by a group believed to be sympathetic to the regime.
|The deep alliance’s Cumhuriyet operation
11 September 2018
|Oya Baydar delves into the operation against Cumhuriyet newspaper that led to a new management being installed and suggests that it was not merely staged by the ruling AKP.
|A tedious Kemalism will dominate the “New Cumhuriyet”
11 September 2018
|An interview by Tunca Öğreten with celebrated former columnist at Cumhuriyet newspaper, Aydın Engin, following the latter's abrupt departure from the paper along with many colleagues.
|Stubbornness engenders crisis
22 November 2018
|Hüseyin Şimşek obtains the opinions of jurist Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz and opposition politician Burak Erbay as to the consequences of the non-recognition by Turkey of the European Court of Human Rights ruling ordering Selahattin Demirtaşs release.
|Three peace academics handed down fifteen-month deferred sentences
23 November 2018
|The prosecutions continue of academics who signed the peace declaration.
|Turkey violating international law for one week
28 November 2018
|Jurist Dr. Kerem Altiparmak assesses Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s arguments as to why the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling ordering Selahattin Demirtaş’s release need not be implemented.
|Kobane-based plot against the HDP
19 October 2020
|Jailed former HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş defends his former party against the latest operation being staged against it.
|Suddenly one night!
10 February 2023
|Opposition journalist Yusuf Karataş criticises the government response to the earthquake.
For a period, I translated articles on a voluntary basis for Evrensel, one of Turkey’s last remaining opposition print daily newspapers. Here are some samples of these:
Erdoğan declares, “All are not equal before the law” with his “water, flowers and thornbush” metaphor!
Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kaboğlu: They want to add legitimacy to the illegitimate constitutional order
Why is Europe banning ultra-nationalist associations?
Ayhan Bilgen: The opposition must quite manifestly debate the programme that will give direction to the future
Former European Court of Human Rights judge Rıza Türmen: Judges being pressurized in Turkey
The Van criteria in journalism
Minister Selçuk says, “Were opening the schools but dont send your kids”
“Strategic” censorship drive
Three-way imperialist share-grabbing contest in the Middle East
Prof. Dr. Mesut Yeğen: A solution-focused approach is important for the support of Kurds
Dr Fatih Yaşlı: The people will pay the price for the AKP’s Libya tactic
Şebnem Korur Fincancı assessed Turkey’s human rights’ report card
The crisis of a political narrative
Appeal from 33 bar association chairs: It is a responsibility to keep Ebru and Aytaç alive
Erdoğan declares, “All are not equal before the law” with his “water, flowers and thornbush” metaphor!