August, 2006 Archive

Talat on Formula 1

Turkey uses a motorsport event to stage an utterly pointless Cyprus stunt...

Troops to Lebanon: a presidential wade-in

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer placed himself firmly in the “no” camp yesterday over the matter of sending Turkish troops to southern Lebanon. “It is not our job...

Sending Turkish troops to Lebanon

The possibility of a Turkish contribution to the UN’s peacekeeping force Interesting article in today’s Sabah: Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül met the families of...

Trying Orhan Pamuk – yes, I daresay?

I spent a hurried few minutes this afternoon in Istanbul’s İstiklal street, buying a few CDs ahead of my trip to London in a few days time. I wasn’t surprised to see...

Hope is in the air

Bülent Arınç, the speaker of Turkey’s parliament, has waded into the discussion over the election threshold. He slated the idea of introducing a threshold for independent...

Will the electoral threshold ever fall?

As it stands, any political party hoping to send MPs to Ankara must win at least 10% of the national vote first. It is generally understood, although never blatantly said, that...

Shrinking Armies

Day one, post two, and something interesting has happened already. The newly-appointed chief of the General Staff, General Yaşar Büyükanıt, has announced that the Turkish army...