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Printing the explicit photo of a woman stabbed by her husband was the right thing to do. Sadly, it didn’t work.

The woman is topless, lying face down on a hospital bed. Out of her back, a little above her waist, protrudes the wooden handle of a large knife. Only a small part of the blade is...

Thoughts on yesterday

Reading back on my entry yesterday, I feel I should make clear how appalling I have found the events of the last 48 hours. Israel’s attack was largely unprovoked and wholly...

Bombing mosques and war with Greece?

Taraf yesterday began serialising what it calls the detailed plans for a coup in 2003 under the leadership of Çetin Doğan, commander of the first army.Operation Mallet would...

Hiatus

James on Turkey has been taking a break for the last couple of weeks, owing to other commitments. I should return shortly with a full look at the coming elections, hopefully...

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...