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MEHMET Y. YILMAZ

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Nothing is a surprise in Turkey anymore

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

“I would not be astonished again at anything after having seen that.”

Comment(s) 7/15/2017

Justice Minister should worry about Turkey, not the US

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ recently claimed that members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) living in the United States are taking Christian names and trying to infiltrate into religious groups there

Comment(s) 7/5/2017

Syrians back to Syria for holidays

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

There was a photograph on the front page of daily Posta the other day. The paper enlarged the photograph spreading it to nine columns as it deserved; it was taken at Turkey’s Syrian border post Öncüpınar in Kilis.

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

Who is the ‘common enemy?’

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

Two agreements on the establishment of a military base in Qatar and the training of the Qatari gendarmerie by Turkey have been moved forward on the agenda of the general assembly in parliament.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

Joke of the year from the foreign minister

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said Die Welt reporter Deniz Yücel, who is currently in prison in Turkey, was charged with terror not because of journalism. “Just like in Germany, there is an independent judiciary in Turkey. This independent judiciary is conducting the investigation,” he said

Comment(s) 6/8/2017

Between a rock and a hard place

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

Some countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar. Their reason is that Qatar provides financial support to terrorist groups in the region.

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

How equal will the party chair and president be in Turkey’s new system?

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the group meeting of Justice and Development Party (AKP) on May 30. It was his first address to the meeting as both president and chair of the AK Party.

Comment(s) 6/1/2017

‘Major O.K.’

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

The person who played one of the most important roles in the defeat of the July 15 coup attempt was a Turkish Air Forces major, who went to the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters to warn that MİT undersecretary Hakan Fidan was to be kidnapped by a group of soldiers at midnight

Comment(s) 5/20/2017

Semicolon instead of a full stop

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was answering reporters’ questions before his visit to the U.S., he said, “Now we will hold this meeting with President Donald Trump at a very top level. Our talks will not be at a comma level; they will be at a full stop level.”

Comment(s) 5/19/2017

The price of the mistake: $25 billion

MEHMET Y. YILMAZ writes:

“We have no more tolerance for further delay on the Syrian issue and the fight against Daesh [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL]. Why don’t we have any tolerance? Look, 3 million people are in Turkey.

Comment(s) 5/17/2017

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