March 18, 2002 |
Being a mayor in southeastern Turkey, where most people are Kurdish, can be tricky. You've got to satisfy the voters' desire to express their ethnic identity more openly, without raising suspicion among Turkish officials that you are encouraging separatism. Last summer, after two years in office here, Emrullah Cin hit upon what he thought was a safe formula: He organized a festival to celebrate the shelengo, a strain of cucumber that, he claims, grows only in Viransehir and requires no water.
June 7, 2001 |
The nation's top anti-corruption crusader quit the Cabinet and his party Wednesday in protest after he was demoted because of anger over his aggressive campaign against graft. The resignation of Saadettin Tantan, who was interior minister before his demotion, is likely to cast a shadow over the Turkish government's professed determination to fight political corruption.
February 20, 2001 |
Turkish stocks dived after a row between the prime minister and president sparked concern over economic reforms that are vital for the country to secure more financial backing from the International Monetary Fund. The National Index of Turkey's 100 largest companies tumbled 1,486 points, or 14.6%, to 8,683 points, the lowest since Dec. 4. Turkey sold one-sixth of its foreign cash reserves to defend the lira as investors offloaded Turkish assets. The country's central bank sold at least $4.
February 16, 2001 |
Winding up his service in the Turkish army, Serdar Tanis, a 22-year-old Kurdish conscript, made what appears to have been a fatal error. He decided to set up a branch of the country's main Kurdish political party in his native Silopi in southeastern Turkey. From his faraway barracks near the Bulgarian border, the idea seemed perfectly legitimate.
November 6, 2000 |
Revelations that a top army general authorized a smear campaign against politicians, journalists and human rights activists have intensified debate in Turkey over the role of the military and have further undermined this nation's already shaky democracy.
August 19, 2000 |
For years, Turkey's political establishment faced--and managed to fend off--assertions that it colluded with drug traffickers, hit men and gunrunners in its 15-year war against Kurdish separatists. Since the separatists' defeat last year, however, the allegations have resurfaced from an unlikely and embarrassing source--a former chief of counterintelligence for Turkey's spy agency.