Commentary

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...