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Turkey elected to governing body of ILO

Turkey’s Labor and Social Security Ministry has proudly announced that the government has been elected to the governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for the period between 2014 and 2017. 

Two opposition parties continue consultations on presidential elections

With less than a month for the announcement of presidential candidates, the two largest oppositional parties continued June 4 their consultative meetings with trade unions and civil society to find out “what kind of president the people prefer?”

Turkey’s Deputy PM meets US Secretary of State

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Warsaw during Poland’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the end of Communism on May 4.
      

Total, E.ON to exit pipeline to bring Azeri gas to Italy

France’s Total and Germany’s E.ON plan to withdraw from a pipeline scheme to bring Azerbaijan’s gas to Italy, an Azeri official said, as falling Italian demand puts energy projects there into doubt.

Women caught on camera while stealing aid money for families of Soma victims

A security camera has caught two women in Istanbul stealing a donation box that was placed to raise aid money for the families of mine workers who died in the Soma disaster last month.

The women stole the box from an invoice payment center in Istanbul’s district of Ataşehir, after distracting the person on duty.

Top US diplomat’s special assistant to take Turkey post

The Obama administration has nominated John Bass, the former ambassador to Georgia and a special assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry, to replace the outgoing envoy Francis Ricciardone as the United States’ envoy to Ankara.

Bass needs the Senate’s approval to be appointed to the Turkey post. Ricciardone’s tenure will end in July.

PM Erdoğan’s agent accusation on CNN reporter ‘ridiculous,’ Washington says

Washington June 3 dismissed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s accusations targeting CNN International correspondent Ivan Watson over his coverage on the Gezi protests. Erdoğan questioned CNN’s impartiality, labeling Watson “an agent” and blasting him for “wanting to stir up trouble in Turkey.”

Erdoğan’s 'agent' accusation on CNN reporter ‘ridiculous,’ Washington says

Washington June 3 dismissed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s accusations targeting CNN International correspondent Ivan Watson over his coverage on the Gezi protests. Erdoğan questioned CNN’s impartiality, labeling Watson “an agent” and blasting him for “wanting to stir up trouble in Turkey.”

A pleasent surprise in Kayaköy

Deep off the beaten terrain lies the monastery of Afkule; it’s an adventure getting there, so grab your boots and prepare to mosey down some gravel About a 10 minute drive from Kayaköy (between Dalaman and Fethiye) in the direction of Gemiler Island, you can see a sign reading “Afkule Monastery.” I do not know if you ever go off the beaten track, but I can recommend you to do so e

Erdoğan has to see this movie

What if Russia gets upset by energy pipelines through Turkey to Europe and decides to hit the US in an attack staged in Pennsylvania? Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has not sent any of his ministers to this year’s American-Turkish Council (ATC) conference; no such thing has happened in many years.

When the ballot box is good (and when it’s bad)

Orson Wells was at least partly right when he said: “Popularity should be no scale for the election of politicians. If it would depend on popularity, Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in the Senate.” Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a better instrument for democracy than the ballot box.

Laws of nature as ‘laws of God’

The Turkey of today, honestly speaking, is a depressing country. The political scene is madly polarized, and the language of hate and vengeance dominates the public scene. Certain civil liberties are shrinking and there is a visible political tendency to diminish them even more.

A pleasant surprise in Kayaköy

Deep off the beaten terrain lies the monastery of Afkule; it’s an adventure getting there, so grab your boots and prepare to mosey down some gravel About a 10 minute drive from Kayaköy (between Dalaman and Fethiye) in the direction of Gemiler Island, you can see a sign reading “Afkule Monastery.” I do not know if you ever go off the beaten track, but I can recommend you to do so e

Greek, Turkish defense ministers pledge to work on improving ties

Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos (photo) and his Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz on Tuesday pledged to work together to boost improving bilateral ties and solve longstanding disagreements in a meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.

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