News archive of January 2017

The Tel Aviv-Moscow route for Turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to limit the provision of visas to the citizens of seven Muslim countries is a strategic step.

The Kurdish dilemma

It seems that Kurdish-origin voters are going to play an important role in Turkey's upcoming referendum for a shift to an executive presidential system, while the Kurdish problem is also gaining importance in efforts to find a lasting peace in Syria. The latter concerns not only Turkey's internal balances but also the overall political equation in the Middle East.

Our ability to tackle problems

Turkey is facing many problems regarding terrorism, its economy and its foreign policy. Under all these main chapters, there are a series of several issues. 

When Fitch downgraded Turkey's rating, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek quoted Greek philosopher Epictetus in a tweet and said via Twitter: "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters - Epictetus."

The consequences of tolerating jihadist terrorists

It has recently been revealed that the terrorist who featured in a propaganda video for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Hasan Aydın, who was seen with two kidnapped Turkish citizens, of which one was a soldier, was caught on April 2, 2012 and was released after eight months in prison.  

Treason through stuffed anchovies

Shall we all wash our faces and have some coffee all together? Shall we all get some fresh air and come to our senses? Maybe then, we will give up calling our own people "traitors" just because they will be voting "yes" or "no" in the referendum. Maybe if we come to our senses, the politicians will follow. 

Back to a crisis with Greece?

It appears that there are efforts to reactivate the Kardak (Imia) issue between Turkey and Greece… Will, like the 1996 case, the islets bring the two countries to the verge of war in 2017, 21 years later? 

EU awaits Venice Commission report on Turkey's charter changes

Turkey is in a process of undergoing one of its historically most important changes, as the government bids to shift from the current parliamentary system to an executive presidency through an 18-article constitutional amendment.

The Tel Aviv-Moscow route

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to limit the provision of visas to the citizens of seven Muslim countries is a strategic step.

Istanbul Modern exhibition opens to the sea

Istanbul Modern's new exhibition, "Harbor," focuses on ports and harbors. Emphasizing Istanbul's relationship with the sea, "Harbor" takes a close look at how art in Turkey has presented the cultural and social life that developed on the coasts and around the ports of the city from the late 19th century to the present. 

Fund that beat 90% of its peers is now betting on Greek banks

But for East Capital, which in 2016 delivered a 36 percent return and beat 90 percent of its peers, increasing exposure to the euro zone’s most beaten up economy is precisely the right thing to do.