Press Roundup

Press Roundup


June 08, 2012, Friday/ 18:12:00

President Abdullah Gül, accompanied by his wife Hayrünnisa Gül, visited Ishak Pasha Palace, one of the most famous Ottoman-period palaces, which was built in the 1700s, in the eastern province of Ağrı on Friday.

Milliyet: “Assad must go,” said the daily in the headline of a front-page story, reporting on the strong reactions of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the embattled Assad regime continuing a crackdown that has killed civilians. Both parties condemned the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its violence in a press conference in İstanbul on Thursday. The violence comes on the heels of a horrific massacre in late May in Houla, which left over 100 dead, including many children. Clinton said it is time to remove Assad from power.

Sabah: “A magical queen,” said the headline of a page-one story, referring to mega-star Madonna, who gave a concert on Thursday at İstanbul’s 52,000-capacity Türk Telekom Arena. The concert began at 10:20 p.m. with her song “Girl Gone Wild” and continued to mix hit songs from her 30-plus-year career with new songs from her most recent album, “MDNA.” She also danced on the stage with her son, Rocca. Her Turkish dancer, Yaman Okur, unfurled a Turkish flag at the end of the concert, the story said. The 53-year-old singer arrived in İstanbul on Tuesday, accompanied by her three children.

Taraf: “Don’t laugh at your neighbors, otherwise…” headlined one of the daily’s stories, reporting on Dimitri Tsiodras, a Greek government speaker who reacted to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statement, “Do you want Turkey to be like Greece,” referring to the severe economic crisis Greece is in today. Tsiodras said Erdoğan should respect other countries’ problems and not make others’ problems an issue of comparison. The headline is a reference to a common Turkish saying, “If you laugh at your neighbors, the same [thing your neighbor suffered] will happen to you.”