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About Ergin
Ergin Hava is a freelance journalist based in İstanbul,  Turkey. He received his BA at British Literature in Hacettepe University in Ankara in 2008. The same year he began working for English-language media. He recently ended his contract as business editor at a local media group. He has been involved in joint projects with some leading NGOs and outlets including European University Institute, Deutsche Welle and Thomson Reuters. He currently works as a correspondent in Istanbul, covering Turkey and the region.
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Turkey: Turkish Opposition Gains Momentum After Election Success

01 Apr 2024  |  www.frankenpost.de
Political observers, including analyst Berk Esen, attribute the AKP's loss in local elections to the poor economic situation, with high inflation affecting low-income earners and pensioners. The Islamist Yeni Refah party capitalized on this, winning two provinces. The future of Erdogan's political strength is uncertain, as governing large cities offers the opposition a chance to sharpen their profile, despite media control by the state. Erdogan's adaptability and the possibility of constitutional changes to secure another term are noted. Esen suggests that despite the opposition's success, Turkey remains a competitive authoritarian regime with elections that are neither free nor fair. Istanbul's re-elected mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, strengthens his position as a potential presidential candidate, despite facing a politically motivated ban. His victory, with support from Kurdish voters, suggests he doesn't need the opposition's Six-Party Alliance, as the national-conservative Iyi Party becomes insignificant.

Turkey: Turkish Opposition on the Rise After Election Success

01 Apr 2024  |  www.cannstatter-zeitung.de
The local elections in Turkey have resulted in a significant defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party, marking the first time since its founding in 2002 that it became the second-strongest force in an election. The main opposition party, CHP, won 35 of 81 mayoral positions nationwide, including in major cities like Istanbul and Ankara, signaling a potential political shift. High inflation and economic dissatisfaction may have influenced AKP supporters to abstain or vote for smaller conservative parties like Yeni Refah. The victory for the opposition, particularly in Istanbul where Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu was reelected, could shape future national politics, although the country's media is largely state-controlled. Analysts suggest that while the opposition's success does not necessarily mean Turkey is more democratic, it could lead to a significant political break if the CHP capitalizes on the opportunity.

Earthquake in Turkey: Rubble, Mourning, Trauma - One Year After the Earthquakes

04 Feb 2024  |  schwarzwaelder-bote.de
One year after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey, life hesitantly returns amidst the rubble in cities like Antakya, with stark contrasts in reconstruction progress across different regions. The Turkish government faces criticism for the slow rebuilding efforts and the discrepancy in reported death tolls, with official figures at 53,000 and the country's medical association estimating 120,000 to 150,000 fatalities. Human Rights Watch has condemned the lack of legal accountability for officials involved in approving substandard construction projects. President Erdogan's visit to Hatay highlighted political tensions, as he blamed the slow recovery on lack of cooperation with the central government, ahead of local elections. Meanwhile, survivors like Hatice Yalcimin and her daughter Fatma Nur continue to cope with the trauma, and displaced citizens like Hüseyin Girgen and Gülseren Bügür express discontent with the government's promises versus the harsh reality they face.

Earthquake in Turkey: Rubble, Mourning, Trauma

04 Feb 2024  |  www.np-coburg.de
A year after the devastating earthquake in Turkey, survivors like Yalcimin's family continue to struggle with trauma, living in container villages with limited psychological support. President Erdogan attributes reconstruction disparities to lack of cooperation with the central government, particularly criticizing opposition-governed Hatay ahead of local elections. The government's death toll estimate is significantly lower than figures from the country's medical association. Human Rights Watch has criticized the lack of legal accountability for officials involved in substandard construction. The government's reconstruction promises have been scaled back, with many still living in containers, contrary to official claims of no one living in tents. Personal stories of loss and the refusal to leave the region highlight the ongoing emotional and physical toll on the affected communities.

Earthquake in Turkey: Rubble, Grief, Trauma

04 Feb 2024  |  www.insuedthueringen.de
A year after the earthquake in Turkey, survivors like Yalcimin and her daughter Fatma Nur continue to struggle with trauma, living in a container village with psychological support. Turkish President Erdogan blames slow reconstruction on lack of cooperation with the central government, particularly criticizing opposition-governed Hatay ahead of local elections. The government's death toll is disputed, with estimates ranging from 53,000 to 150,000. Human Rights Watch has criticized the lack of legal accountability for officials. The government reports 110,450 workers rebuilding on 930 sites, with 690,000 people living in containers. Discrepancies between government claims and reality are evident, with reports of people like Hüseyin Girgen and Gülseren Bügür still waiting for housing or being displaced, and Gönül Poyraz mourning her lost relatives without leaving her hometown.

Earthquake in Turkey: Rubble, Grief, Trauma

04 Feb 2024  |  frankenpost.de
A year after the earthquake in Turkey, survivors like Yalcimin and her daughter Fatma Nur continue to struggle with trauma, with many still living in container villages. President Erdogan blames slow reconstruction on lack of cooperation with the central government, particularly criticizing opposition-governed Hatay ahead of local elections. Human Rights Watch has criticized the lack of legal accountability for officials involved in approving substandard building projects. The government's initial promise to rebuild 319,000 buildings has been revised, and many, like Hüseyin Girgen and Gülseren Bügür, still await proper housing or have been displaced. Gönül Poyraz, who lost family members, refuses to leave the region, underscoring the emotional attachment to the place despite the devastation.

Turkey vows further strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq, Syria

13 Jan 2024  |  Spokesman.com
Turkey has pledged to continue its military operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq and northern Syria following an attack on a Turkish base in Iraq that killed nine soldiers. President Erdogan's office announced that 45 Kurdish militants were neutralized in the ongoing offensive, and a security meeting was held in Istanbul. The Defense Ministry reported retaliatory airstrikes against PKK positions, and 113 individuals with suspected PKK links were detained across Turkey. The conflict with the PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by the EU and the US, has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths over the years.

Turkish Opposition on the Rise After Election Success

01 Oct 2023  |  Neue Westfälische
The defeat of the ruling AKP in the municipal elections has shaken Turkey's political landscape, with the opposition CHP gaining significant ground, including major cities like Istanbul and Ankara. President Erdogan faces challenges due to high inflation and economic dissatisfaction. The election results suggest a potential political shift, with CHP's Ekrem Imamoglu emerging as a key figure. Despite the opposition's success, analysts caution that Turkey remains an authoritarian regime under Erdogan.

Gloomy Mood: Ramadan in the Earthquake Region

06 Apr 2023  |  KZW-Online
In the earthquake-ravaged city of Adiyaman, the first breaking of the fast during Ramadan is marked by a somber mood. Families like the Kaplans gather in makeshift shelters, mourning the loss of loved ones and the destruction caused by the February 6 earthquake. The city, still grieving, sees aid organizations distributing food and providing entertainment for children. Personal stories of loss and hope, such as those of Ekrem Kaplan and Taha Erdem, underscore the emotional impact of the disaster on the community.

Gloomy mood: Ramadan in the earthquake region

24 Mar 2023  |  stimme.de
In Adiyaman, a city devastated by the recent earthquake, the Kaplan family observes the first iftar of Ramadan in a tent, amidst a somber atmosphere. The earthquake claimed many lives and left many homeless, with at least 56,000 of 120,496 buildings in the province collapsed or severely damaged. The Ramadan fast-breaking, usually a joyous occasion, is marked by sadness this year, with over 50,000 people killed in Turkey by the magnitude 7.6 and 7.7 quakes. Ekrem Kaplan mourns the loss of his sister and nephews, while 17-year-old Taha Erdem, who became known for a video he recorded while trapped under rubble, shares a message of hope.

Dark Mood: Ramadan in the Earthquake Region

23 Mar 2023  |  www.volksstimme.de
In the earthquake-ravaged city of Adiyaman, the first breaking of the fast during Ramadan is marked by a somber mood. Families like the Kaplans gather in makeshift shelters, mourning the loss of loved ones and the destruction caused by the February 6 earthquake. The city, still grieving, sees aid organizations distributing food and providing some semblance of normalcy. Personal stories, such as that of Taha Erdem, who survived the quake and aspires to help others as a psychologist, highlight the resilience and hope amidst the devastation.

Turkey detains 184, including mayor, over collapsed buildings

25 Feb 2023  |  www.spokesman.com
At least 184 people, including contractors and the mayor of Nurdagi district, have been detained in Turkey over alleged negligence related to collapsed buildings following devastating earthquakes. The government, led by President Erdogan, faces criticism for poor construction standards contributing to over 44,000 deaths. The earthquakes damaged over 173,000 buildings and left nearly 2 million people homeless. Authorities are considering urgent urbanization programs in Istanbul to prevent future tragedies. The region continues to experience tremors, with recent quakes reported in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

Huge Pain - Sports in Turkey after the Earthquake

18 Feb 2023  |  Neue Westfälische
The devastating earthquake in southeastern Turkey on February 6 has deeply affected the sports community, with significant loss of life and destruction of facilities. Hatayspor, a football club, lost several members, including player Christian Atsu and sports director Taner Savut. The earthquake has also led to financial difficulties for the club and political repercussions, with fans of major Istanbul clubs protesting against the government. Criticism has been directed at President Erdogan's administration for poor crisis management and building oversight.

Earthquake in Turkey: Rubble, Mourning, Trauma

06 Feb 2023  |  www.cannstatter-zeitung.de
One year after the earthquakes that destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings in southeastern Turkey, life hesitantly returns to Antakya, with the city center still in ruins. In Kahramanmaras, amidst new construction, the catastrophe remains present. The Turkish government, criticized for its handling of the disaster and reconstruction, promises to rebuild but faces criticism for the slow progress and lack of accountability. Human Rights Watch criticizes the lack of legal action against officials, while the government's death toll is disputed. Many survivors still live in containers, and some were displaced ahead of a visit by President Erdogan. The government claims no one lives in tents, but reality shows otherwise, with some residents refusing to leave the memories of their lost loved ones.

Growth in Turkish Islamic banking will gain momentum with the addition of capital by new Islamic lenders and a recent government initiative to involve state-run banks in the interest-free lending system plays a key role in this, according to a report by the S&P.

Moderating a Q&A session on the challenges ahead that face Turkey's fragile economy under current domestic and geopolitical issues.

Growth in Turkish Islamic banking will gain momentum with the addition of capital by new Islamic lenders and a recent government initiative to involve state-run banks in the interest-free lending system plays a key role in this, according to a report by the S&P says.

Child Labor in Turkey: A Grim Reality with Over 1 Million Working Children

20 Jun 2016  |  Balkanist
The article reports on the alarming situation of child labor in Turkey, highlighting that 194 children, including 19 Syrian refugees, have died in workplace accidents between 2013 and 2016. Child labor in Turkey has increased, with over 1 million children working, often in hazardous conditions. The Turkish Statistics Institute notes an increase in child workers aged above 15, while UNICEF and the İstanbul Council for Workers’ Health and Safety provide grim statistics on child labor deaths and the dangerous environments these children work in. The article also discusses the long working hours and low wages of child workers, as well as the lack of access to education for both Turkish and Syrian child workers. UNICEF calls for action from the Turkish government and NGOs to protect children from economic exploitation.

Child Labor in Turkey: A Grim Reality with Over 1 Million Working Children

20 Jun 2016  |  Balkanist
The article reports on the alarming situation of child labor in Turkey, highlighting that 194 children, including 19 Syrian refugees, have died in workplace accidents between 2013 and 2016. Child labor in Turkey has increased, with over 1 million children working, often in hazardous conditions. The Turkish Statistics Institute notes an increase in child workers aged above 15, while UNICEF and the İstanbul Council for Workers’ Health and Safety provide grim statistics on child labor deaths and the dangerous environments these children work in. The article also discusses the long working hours and low wages of child workers, as well as the lack of access to education for both Turkish and Syrian child workers. UNICEF calls for action from the Turkish government and NGOs to protect children from economic exploitation.
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