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PKK youth branches’ ditches being filled in calmer Cizre town

The municipality of Cizre, the southeastern town in the province of Şırnak that recently witnessed deadly unrest, has begun closing ditches dug by the youth branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The ditches had been dug in a bid to prevent the security forces enter particular neighborhoods.

Motherhood not a career for men: Turkish health minister

Turkey?s health minister has revisited his New Year?s Day comments about motherhood, informing men that they need not apply for the task of being mothers. Turkey?s health minister has revisited his New Year?s Day comments about motherhood being the only acceptable career for women, while informing men that they need not apply for the task of being mothers.

VIDEO: Surveillance camera turns away as police beat civilian during Gezi protest

New video footage recorded during the Gezi protests of 2013 has surfaced, revealing how a surveillance camera operated by the municipality (MOBESE) turned away as two police officers started beating an individual in the middle of an empty street during security crackdowns.

Italy takes control of drifting migrant ship

Italian sailors on Jan. 2 managed to take control of a crewless merchant ship as it drifted toward the country's southern shores in rough seas with 450 migrants on board, in the second such incident in two days.

#ResistDavutoğlu, Kılıçdaroğlu says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to chair the cabinet meeting that will take place on Jan. 19 is a straightforward intervention against the Turkish state’s tradition, the leader of the main opposition has said, calling Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to resist for stopping such interventions into his authority.

ONE association to lobby UNESCO for Turkish historical assets

Established for the protection and international promotion of Turkey?s cultural and historical assets, ONE Association?s first target is to get the famous Göbeklitepe archeological site onto UNESCO?s world heritage list ?When I became a member of Venetian Heritage, a nonprofit organization to protect the heritage of the city, I was able to witness their work.

New Year’s resolutions for Turkey

We will eat healthy and exercise more. We will read more and watch TV less. So should be our resolutions for 2015, right? But that would be too mundane and easy after all. We as a proud nation of great heritage should do more.

2015: Neither a doomsday scenario nor a rosy picture on energy

The 2023 vision is of course very important in terms of serving as an “anchor” for government, business, civil society, international players and more importantly to us as individuals, as it provides a sense of the future direction and perspective. And as an overarching strategic framework, it should always shed light on our policy choices and business decisions.

Summary of 2014: !Redrum

I use the first two columns of the year to summarize the past year’s economic agenda and share my predictions for the new year. The first one is much easier, as I have more than 100 of my columns to guide me.

Turkish exports reach all-time high in 2014

The 2014 exports of Turkey increased some 4 percent last year, reaching $157.6 billion, a record in the history of the modern republic, according to figures released by Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) on the first day of the new year.


According to latest estimates, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is coming in at around 44 percent popularity, while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is, as always, around the 25 percent level and the junior opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is at around 16 percent or so.

Understanding phases of Kurdish problem in Turkey

This year and the next few months are going to be critical regarding the future of Turkey’s critical Kurdish problem.

Both the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are heading toward a make-it or break-it stage after the two-year-old exhausting dialogue in between the two.

Turkey digs trenches at border against ISIL

Turkish security authorities have begun to dig trenches at the country's border with Syria as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants fleeing airstrikes took shelter in an energy facility on the Syrian side of the border.

Turkey ‘uses second cheapest gas in EU’

Figures show that Turkish consumers used second cheapest gas in European Union in the first half as the energy minister said the prices will not be hiked.

Turkey used the second-cheapest natural gas in Europe during the first half of 2014, as shown by European data released Jan. 1.