Monthly Archives: August 2013

Swing votes and Gül’s popularity

An August survey conducted by a reliable polling company, MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center, has exposed the main vulnerability of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party): a big chunk of swing voters or so-called floating voters in … Continue reading

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What is Erdoğan after?

Firebrand politician Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has deliberately created such euphoria in the inner circle of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government that Turkey could very well take on the US, the sole remaining superpower, not to mention … Continue reading

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Turkey’s free trade outlook

The only times I saw Mexico and South Africa mentioned together during parliamentary debates in Turkey — which sometimes morph into heated exchanges among deputies and even physical assaults — was whenever the subject of the free trade talks and … Continue reading

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The chief ombudsman in Turkey

My worries about the effectiveness of the Ombudsman’s Office in Turkey after its jurisdiction in the law was unnecessarily trimmed with an amendment to its enabling legislation that excluded the military from oversight last year were somewhat quelled when I … Continue reading

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Iran sets trap for CHP via Iraq visit

I guess Turkey’s powerful and outspoken prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is not the only one who is suffering from the bad counsel of “new generation yes-men” surrounding him from time to time. We also have the main opposition leader … Continue reading

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Turkey in humanitarian and development aid

Turkey has been a fast-emerging donor country in the last couple of years with grants, loans and donations made to foreign countries on the rise. The three-year average of the official development aid between 2010 and 2012 is calculated as … Continue reading

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Hulusi Akar: Reformist or pragmatic

The main reason that Turkey’s civilian leaders, in the latest meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ), tapped Gen. Hulusi Akar as commander of the Land Forces and the prospective leader of the Turkish military two years from now is … Continue reading

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