‘Al-Assad and al-Maliki are responsible’

“Why are they constantly attacking us in the world, why are we always the target?” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu asked this question to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who paid him a visit for a briefing. Davutoğlu responded he would get back to this question, but was never able to.

Turkey faces new threats which must be confronted

Prime Minister Erdoğan is so embroiled in domestic squabbling that he appears not to be aware of what is going on around Turkey, let alone the rest of the world. All of his expectations in Syria are in tatters. He also failed to comprehend the situation in Egypt in the lead-up to last year’s military coup.

Prominent Egypt activist Abdel Fattah jailed 15 years

An Egyptian court jailed prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak, for 15 years for assaulting a policeman during an illegal protest.

Abdel Fattah, on bail since March, was arrested along with two co-defendants immediately after the ruling as they waited to be allowed to enter the makeshift court at a Cairo police academy.

President Gül sends congratulatory message to Egypt’s Sisi

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his election as president, in a first step of official communication between the two countries since the former general Sisi ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, last year.

Former army chief Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president on June 8 following a landslide election almost a year after he deposed Egypt's first freely elected leader and crushed his Islamist supporters.

The retired field marshal took the oath of office at the heavily guarded Constitutional Court and then left to attend a reception with foreign dignitaries.

Right on target in Okmeydanı, the field of archery

Istanbul’s Okmeydanı neighborhood has recently become synonymous for battles between police and leftists in contemporary Turkey, but it was once the favorite place for the Ottomans to practice their target skills Once upon a time many centuries ago, the hills and slopes of the area known today as Okmeydanı were covered in trees, bushes and meadows.

What went wrong in the Middle East?

The question is not whether the elections in Egypt and Syria are democratic or not. They are clearly not. But when did democracy visit these countries anyway? The closest Arab countries in the Middle East have come to democracy is in Iraq and that is only because the old mold was broken by the U.S. invasion.