Author: İpek Özerim

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Turkish-Bulgarian politician seeks minority status for Turks

  Bulgarian Turks continue to press for minority rights in spite of deep opposition from the government. The campaign is being led by Lyutvi Mestan, a former MP and current head of the Democrats for Responsibility, Solidarity and Tolerance Party (DOST), a pro-NATO, pro-EU, pro-Turkish rights party formed in 2016. In an interview on popular […]

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Family of fatal car accident victim Cavit Kannur “furious” after months of waiting for justice

  Originally from Yeşilırmak, in Lefke, northwest Cyprus, Cavit Mustafa Kannur was a model citizen and family man. Two years ago, this long-term resident of Güzelyurt was killed in a car accident by the Cengiz Topel Monument on the Güzelyurt-Lefke main road. A 19-year-old driver, Deniz Avcu, was travelling in the opposite direction, from Gemikonağı towards […]

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All change as long-serving Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş steps down suddenly

  Kadir Topbaş caused waves when he suddenly announced his resignation last Friday, 22 Sep. At a hastily arranged press conference, the Mayor, who had held the post since first being elected back in March 2004, told journalists: “A man can forgive everything but being betrayed.” The mild-mannered veteran politician did not openly criticise the Justice […]

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Suspected neo-Nazi continues to deny role in murder of eight Turks in Germany

  At the close of a four-year case, the prime suspect in a neo-Nazi ring accused of murdering ten people, including eight Turkish immigrants, continues to deny her role in the killings. Beate Zschaepe is charged with being a “co-founder, member and accomplice” of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a terrorist organisation which targeted immigrants […]

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After Crans Montana failure, Turkish Cypriots call on UK, UN and EU to restore their “equal rights”

  Turkish Cypriots from around the world have been galvanised into action following the collapse of the Cyprus Talks in Geneva earlier this month. On Thursday, a delegation of British Turkish Cypriots delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street urging Theresa May’s government to “unconditionally end the continued isolation of the Turkish Cypriot People”. The […]

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Love Island: Kem’s mum Figen Cetinay on her “sensitive boy”

  Reality TV shows are like marmite: you either love them or hate them. Those featuring semi-naked participants that jump into bed at every available opportunity generate even stronger opinions, with opponents claiming such programmes objectify contestants, while others label them as “sneak porn” due to their overtly sexual nature. So when Figen Cetinay found out […]

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Fundraising for Grenfell Tower victims Hanife and Şener Macit, as police consider criminal charges

  The police have released important new details about their investigation into last week’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire that claimed the lives of at least 79 people. It comes as heartbreaking stories about the victims and survivors continue to surface, along with sustained efforts to raise money to assist all those affected, including a couple originally […]