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Turkey best route for Cypriot gas to Europe, EU minister

Turkey is the best route for sending offshore natural gas from Cyprus to Europe, EU Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on July 1.

Çavuşoğlu’s comments came amid growing expectations that the reserves from the Aphrodite gas field off the southern coast of Cyprus – estimated to be about 200 billion cubic meters – could prove a catalyst for peace and cooperation in the region.

Headlines of Akbank Jazz Festival announced

The 24th Akbank Jazz Festival will be held this year between Oct. 23 and Nov. 2. Three headlines of the festival were announced on June 30. Among the stars of this year’s festival will be Jamie Cullum, Christian McBride Trio and Kenny Barron & Dave Holland.

Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence in months

Iraq’s Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Masoud Barzani said July1.

Barzani said the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided following the gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Turkey's Erdogan to Run for President in August

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be his party's presidential candidate at the vote this August, ruling AKP officials say.

The widely expected announcement comes briefly after President Abdullah Gul declared he was not intending to stand for a second term in office, amid speculations he might try to do so and could put Erdogan's ambitions in jeopardy.

Time to return to the fundamentals

There is no point in mincing words. Hardly anything has turned out the way Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had planned, predicted or hoped for in the Middle East.

It is hackneyed at this stage to point out that their “zero problems with neighbors” approach has been a dismal failure. But that is the case.

Reasons for to grow so quickly is a “social change” platform that makes its voice heard increasingly throughout the world.

You can start a campaign over the Internet with on any issue you oppose or you want to change and it is possible to reach hundreds of people in a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, as Iraq is disintegrating…

“I have rarely been to a country where everyone is so consummated by politics; that’s wonderful. Turks love to talk politics, but as an economist, I focus on the structural side of the economy and we accept the environment as it is.”

This is the answer I received from Word Bank Turkey director Martin Raiser.

Kurdish politics on rise inside and outside Turkey

The Arab Spring has turned out to be a massive failure.

It did not bring democracy to the Arab peoples.

It brought a new era of coup d’etats like in Egypt, chaos and division like in Libya, and civil war and the decomposition of existing borders in Syria and Iraq.

Turk terror group tied to Athens rights committee

Greek counterterrorism officers believe a rights committee for Kurds based in Exarchia, central Athens, has been a cover for the outlawed leftist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), Kathimerini has learned.

Three Turks believed to be DHKP-C members were arrested in Exarchia on Friday and are to face a court on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos this Friday.

Alevis angry at discriminatory university text book

Alevis in Turkey have reacted angrily toward a university text book, which includes humiliating and discriminative expressions about their customs and beliefs.

Turkish PM to have 402 advisers with proposal approved by parliamentary commission

A bill that will allow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to have 402 advisers has been proposed by Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Bitlis deputy Vedat Demiröz.  

Demiröz submitted a proposal during a meeting of the Parliament’s planning and budget commission, while the commission discussed the recruitment of 35,000 public school teachers.

Turkey’s first political party with ‘Kurdistan’ in title is formed

Turkey’s Kurdistan Democrat Party (T-KDP) has been officially found with the permission of the Supreme Court of Appeals prosecutor’s office. The word “Kurdistan,” which is a taboo in Turkey and has been banned in many areas in the country in the past, is being used by a political party for the first time.