Yasemin Çongar


Turkey's European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis, Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Environment and City Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan listen as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters, Ankara, Dec. 24, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

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Turkey’s AKP: Who jumped ship and why

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 | Yasemin Çongar, Columnist

The recent resignations from Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the explanations given to them by the departing members point to an increasingly isolated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan’s ex-confidant Bayraktar: Will he speak?

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 | Yasemin Çongar, Columnist

Erdogan Bayraktar, Turkey’s proverbial “contractor-in-chief” for a decade, who resigned from his post in the government after his son was briefly detained on corruption charges, and called on PM Erdogan to follow suit, is seen as the “black box” of government’s mostly unaudited business.

Ex-soccer player's resignation a turning point for the AKP

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 | Yasemin Çongar, Columnist

The resignation of Istanbul Deputy Hakan Sukur, one of Turkey’s all-time best strikers and a Gulenist, from the AKP seems to have come right in time for the all-out war between the government and Gulen movement.

Syrian refugees in Istanbul sent from pillar to post

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 | Yasemin Çongar, Columnist

Over 200,000 Syrian refugees, most of them without legal papers, struggle to find shelter and work in Istanbul as winter sets in.

Halfhearted welcome for the 'Voice of Kurdistan'

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 | Yasemin Çongar, Columnist

Iconic Kurdish singer Sivan Perwer returns to Turkey after 37 years in exile, but is not warmly embraced by the people who grew up with his music.

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Yasemin Çongar has been a journalist since 1984 and is the author of four books in Turkish, among them Artık Sır Değil (No More a Secret), a detailed analysis of the US diplomatic cables on Turkey first made public by WikiLeaks. A former Washington bureau chief for Milliyet (1995–2007) and a founding deputy editor-in-chief of Taraf (2007–2012), Çongar is currently based in Istanbul and is a columnist for the Internet newspaper T24.

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