Calls to open Hagia Sophia to Muslim prayer misguided

Al-Monitor 15 May 2014

I’m writing from Thessaloniki. I’ve been touring the city, curious to see the state of Ottoman-era historical monuments. In the early 1900s, half of the city’s population was


Erdogan rebuffs criticism over press freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected growing criticism that his government was muzzling the press, saying many Western countries had even worse


European Court Says Turkey Must Pay Damages for Northern Cyprus Invasion

The Wall Street Journal 14 May 2014
By Gabriele Steinhauser

Turkey must pay €90 million ($124 million) in damages to victims of its 1974 invasion of Northern Cyprus, the European Court of Human Rights said Monday, in a ruling that could


Erdogan dismisses threat from opposition parties

Al-Monitor 14 May 2014

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 11 that he has not yet made up his mind to run for president in the first public election for the post. He said,


Erdogan Courts Gulf’s Billions After Wrong-Way Bet on Egypt

Bloomberg News 14 May 2014
By Alaa Shahine, Isobel Finkel and Onur Ant

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to limit the economic costs of picking the losing side in the regional power struggle over Egypt. Turkey is courting


Erdogan slams ‘inappropriate’ speech by Bar Association chairman

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized a lengthy speech delivered by the head of the Bar Association Metin Feyzioglu, a former CHP official, for being


Turkish PM Erdog(an lost the ability to rule the country: Main opposition CHP

The main opposition party has sharply criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reaction to the head of bar association. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) in their


The Republic's presidency: between Erdogan and Gul

The Middle East Monitor 14 May 2014
By Mohammad Zahed Gul

The battle over the presidency of the Turkish republic will be settled on its scheduled date in August as 300 deputy ministers from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have


Turkey told to pay Cyprus damages 14 May 2014

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights orders Turkey to pay 30 million euro (£24 million) in damages to relatives of those missing in the operations and 60 million


German Alevi groups protest Erdogan's 'atheist Alevi' remarks

CIHAN 9 May 2014

Leading Alevi groups in Germany have rallied against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Tuesday remarks, accusing what he called "a handful of atheist Alevis" of


Does Erdogan really want Gulen in Turkey?

Al-Monitor 9 May 2014
By Semih Idiz

Turbulence in ties between Ankara and Washington is increasing because of developments in Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the United States to extradite or,


Syrian Kurd leader urges Turkey to join fight against jihadists

Al-Monitor 9 May 2014
By Amberin Zaman

After prolonged tensions, relations between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds are showing signs of a thaw.Border crossings to Turkey controlled by the largest Kurdish militia group


Mass trial over Turkey street protests

Sky News Australia 9 May 2014

More than 250 people, including seven foreigners, have gone on trial in Turkey over mass anti-government protests that rocked the country last year. The 255 suspects face a


Motion to transform Hagia Sophia into a mosque: Conquest of Constantinople a national holiday and the rise of Erdogan

Asia News 8 May 2014
By NaT da Polis

Istanbul - A little-known independent deputy from the Burdur district, Hami Yildirim, has filed a motion in the Turkish parliament to transform the Istanbul Hagia


Turkey's foreign minister refutes Freedom House report 8 May 2014

ANKARA – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu strongly rejected a recent report from U.S. based non-governmental organization Freedom House, which downgraded Turkey's


Why Erdogan can't get along with Gulen

Al-Arabiya 7 May 2014
By Mahir Zeynalov

The reason you hear almost every day that Erdogan is yelling at his critics, particularly Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, is because the prime minister is playing


Turkey to Start Gulen Extradition 7 May 2014

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Ankara is to launch extradition proceedings against Muslim Cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the US. Erdogan


Turkey condemns Crimea for denying K?r?mog(lu’s entry

Turkey has condemned the Ukrainian breakaway region of Crimea over its refusal to allow the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Abdülcemil Kirimoglu to enter the peninsula. A


Erdogan accuses German president of "dishonesty” 6 May 2014

ANKARA – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the visiting German president for "unmeasured” criticism against the Turkish government. "We had a two-hour


Report: Erdogan moves to appease West on Israel, Armenians as he plans presidential run

Jerusalem Post 6 May 2014

Turkish daily 'Zaman' says Erdogan wishes to avoid criticism from the West on human rights, dictatorial nature of his regime. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is