After Congressional standing ovations, US keeps equal distances on Turkish provocations

By George Gilson

Fewer than ten days after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received repeated standing ovations from a Joint Session of the US Congress, the State Department is keeping an equal distance between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, even as Ankara is ratcheting up tensions in the Aegean and allowing migrant boats to reach the shores of the Aegean islands of Samos.

Turkish Autocrat’s ‘Downfall Far from Imminent’: Dimitar Bechev

"A sweeping attempt to capture the last 20 years of Turkey, Bechev skilfully traces the radical transformation of Turkey's domestic and foreign policies under Erdogan. An outstanding book from one of the best," wrote Gonul Tol, Director of Turkey Programme at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Turkey, Saudi Arabia show common will to enhance ties: Erdoğan

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have demonstrated common will to develop bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and trust, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 30. 

Speaking to journalists on the presidential plane returning from Saudi Arabia, Erdoğan said two countries are determined to continue this effort for the common interests and stability of the region.

Turkish Court Urged to Annul Erdogan’s Withdrawal From Istanbul Convention

A protester holds a feminist flag during a demonstration on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 6 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Turkey's top administrative court monitors the legality of decisions made by administrative courts. Its decisions must be respected by the government.

Turkey Detains Dozens in Gezi Park Trial Protest

Defying police intervention, thousands of protesters on Tuesday took to the streets of Istanbul to condemn a Turkish court's decision to jail for life philanthropist and human rights advocate Osman Kavala and others for their roles in the Gezi Park Protests in 2013, which the court insisted was a coup attempt.

Istanbul Mayor: Erdogan Won’t Win Next Presidential Race

According to opinion polls, Imamoglu would beat Erdogan, whose popularity has suffered as a result of a series of political and international crises, and mostly due to the grave economic crisis.

He is cautious about his own prospects. "The opposition parties will work very selectively to decide the best presidential candidate," Imamoglu said.

Erdoğan warns against threats to Al-Aqsa, in call with Israeli leader

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on Israelis and Palestinians to take the utmost care to protect the sacred sites in Jerusalem, as he expressed his sadness over the scores of Palestinians injured in incidents caused by radical Israeli groups and security forces.

Turkish president condemns Israel’s ‘intervention’ at Al-Aqsa Mosque

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a conversation with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over the phone on April 17 and said he condemned the actions of Israel against worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.