The bosphorus watch

  • Turkey Political Poll

    By on June 9, 2008
    A political poll commissioned by the Swiss bank Credit Suisse depicts a discernible level of fallout from the tumult, which has surrounded Turkey's governing AK Party. According to the poll conducted by A&G Research, support for the AKP has fallen to 39.7% from a mid-summer 2007 election result of 47%.
  • Lambda Istanbul to be closed

    By on June 1, 2008
    It has been a tragic week for minority groups in Turkey. On May 29th a local Istanbul court issued a legal order to close Lambdaistanbul LGBT Solidarity Association.
  • Turkey In Between: Syria-Israel & Georgia-Russia

    By on May 27, 2008
    Adding to its much coveted resume as "Europe's bridge to the Middle East", Turkey has now been officially recognized as the facilitator of talks between Israel and Syria. Whether or not the Israeli media agrees with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's motivations for publicizing the existence of talks, Turkey can at least shine in the warm spotlight of international recognition for a few weeks.
  • May 1stanbul

    By on May 27, 2008
    The events of Turkey's 2008 edition of May Day passed in a predictable fashion. Roughly 500 protesters were reportedly arrested, Turkish police exploded tear gas bombs in front of hospital entrances, protesters were pulverized by water cannons and beaten by batons.