News archive of February 2017

Tensions Rise as Macedonia Protests Continue

Supporters of Macedonia's former ruling party, VMRO DPMNE, took to the streets for a second day on Tuesday to protest against a possible new coalition government following the December 11 general election.

Demonstrators claim the potential coalition between the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, SDSM, and ethnic Albanian parties will endanger ethnic Macedonian interests.

Three potential areas of conflict between Turkey and Russia

Ankara and Moscow will hold a high-level cooperation council meeting on March 9 and 10 in St. Petersburg. The meeting will be headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the participation of a handful of ministers from both sides.

Turkey's Euphrates Shield changed the Syria game

Turkey started its military operation into Syria on Aug. 24, 2016, following a suicide attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH with its Arabic initials, that killed 59 civilians in the border city of Gaziantep on Aug. 20.

Istanbul's historic walls against the bride's veil

Wedding parties can be held in most venues built by district municipalities across Turkey. 

There are many options available to the public. Menus are reasonably priced, ranging from 46 Turkish Liras per person to 58 liras per person for a "white meat wedding" at municipality venues. The price of the posher "red meat wedding" is 58 liras to 68 liras per person. 

Story of refugee workers in Turkey's textile sector

Many world famous clothing companies have their goods produced by textile houses in Turkey. Brands tell suppliers: "Produce this amount of that product." Suppliers distribute the order to the contracting firms they work with. 

Barzani has one wise and safe option

The discussions the president of the Regional Kurdish Administration (KRG) in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, had in Turkey were noteworthy. Barzani met Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım a short while ago in Munich. On his return, he met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul and then met Yıldırım again in Ankara. 

Power culture

Turkey is no longer polarized. Polarization has reached to such dimensions that as if several "nations of extremes" are living side by side in this country, not only ignoring the sensitivities of the "other" nations but trying to prove their superiority in every way possible. Can this be called "the culture of the powerful"?

A warm walk on ice

A snow white empire in the Lake Çıldır in the eastern province of Kars, where the temperature can hit -20 or -40 centigrade, welcomes us. The lake is completely frozen and stands on a dreamlike geography. Even though the lake freezes in the "empire of ice," life goes on under and above the water surface with all its colors. 

Cevdet Erek to represent Turkey in Venice

"ÇIN," a new work by Cevdet Erek, will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia to be held from May 13 to Nov. 26. 

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Turkish pavilion is located at Sale d'Armi, Arsenale, in the main venue of the biennale. 

Syria war: Russia and China veto sanctions

Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons.

It is the seventh time Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government.

China has also vetoed six security council resolutions on Syria since the civil war began in 2011.