Erdoğan sets 2015 goals as Kurdish bid, Gülenists

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s New Year’s address has mirrored his priorities for 2015, as he highlighted the utmost importance in fighting the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, referred to by government officials as the “parallel state,” along with pursuing the peace process with the country’s Kurds.

Ombudsman blames civil servants for Turkey’s largest mining disaster

Civil servants acted insufficiently in regard to Turkey’s worst-ever mining disaster in Soma on May 13 and should have been probed more thoroughly, Turkey’s official ombudsman said Dec. 30.

The high-ranking civil servants should have resigned before a warning from the government, the report noted.

Why ‘thief’ is not just a five-letter word

On Dec. 9, the front page of the maverick daily BirGün featured a big headline in bold letters in Arabic script. For the readers who cannot read Ottoman, BirGün explained that the headline just meant “thief.” On top of the headline the newspaper’s editors explained: If you forcefully teach us Ottoman this is what you get.

Former Chief-of-Staff Başbuğ says a play was performed in coup plot cases

Former Chief-of-Staff İlker Başbuğ, who was convicted of “attempting to overthrow the government” in the Ergenekon coup plot case and sentenced to life imprisonment, said there was an organized system that had “performed a play” with the Ergenekon, Balyoz (Sledgehammer) and Oda TV coup plot cases, as well as the match-fixing case against Fenerbahçe football club, and that he had war