Category: KADRİ GÜRSEL
If Turkey had properly presented to the world the strong elements that were in its favor in the United Nations Investigation Panel report on the Mavi Marmara incident, it could have put Israel at a quite inconvenient position. In the report, strong evidence was set out that Israeli soldiers intentionally killed and injured the Turkish activists on the ship and that Israel had not submitted a satisfactory explanation.
Category: OPEN BUFFET
Accomplished Spanish pianist Javier Perianes is taking the stage at Akbank Sanat tonight.
Bruce Springsteen is making plans for a world tour in the new year, with European dates to be revealed in a matter of days, as well as a new album of new material, his official website brucespringsteen.net said Sunday.
An Israeli ship delivered dozens of housing containers sufficient to house up to 1,000 people left homeless after recent earthquakes in the eastern province of Van.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
A former U.S. ambassador to Turkey described to me the recent state of the relations between President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan as “the best since the one between George [father] Bush and Turgut Özal” of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
A new bill requiring all Israeli citizens exempt from mandatory military service to conduct national or civilian service, which is currently voluntary, was expected to be brought to a vote by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation yesterday.
Israel's communications ministry has shut down an Israeli-Palestinian radio station, accusing it of operating a pirate broadcast because it is licensed in the Palestinian territories.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he would raise American concerns about the unintended consequences of any military action against Iran during talks with his Israeli counterpart Nov. 18, including its potential impact on the world economy.
In a concession to Russia and China, a new resolution from the IAEA on Iran avoids directing harsh criticism toward the Islamic.
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
I must wholeheartedly thank Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu for realizing in a span of a few days a not-so-difficult prophesy which appeared in this column last Friday after the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s report accused Iran of conducting secretive efforts to build nuclear weapons.
As the tourism revenues of Middle East nations such as Lebanon and Egypt fall sharply, Turkey is enjoying a strong wave of Arab tourists, according to figures. The country, however, is no longer a popular destination for Israeli travelers
Turkey’s budget for global tourism promotion will radically drop next year. However, Israeli and Syrian holidaymakers are the campaign’s targets despite disputes
Turkey is set to revisit the problematic issue of oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean following a deal to search for reserves off Antalya with Shell
Turkey will never support any action that could harm Iran, the head of Parliament’s foreign affairs commission, Volkan Bozkır, said yesterday after talks with Iranian counterpart Aladdin Boroujardi.
For decades the residents of east Jerusalem lived in streets that have no names. Currently, this trend is about to change, the residents are planning to put ‘non-provocative’ names on the streets.
Category: TAHA ÖZHAN
Turkey is so involved in developments in the Middle East that it cannot be a mere spectator to what is currently taking place. The Turkish attitude toward the Arab Spring is also under some criticism, on the assumption that Turkey’s importance will diminish through emergence of the new democratic actors in the region, such as new Egypt. Those who consider the Turkish experience as a “fall” while the Arab world experiences a “spring,” either have no clue about the “winter” in Turkey or think that
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has attempted to reassure Israelis about the government’s resolve to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons after he appeared to empathize with Tehran’s controversial nuclear quest during an American television interview.
The entire Middle East must be cleared of nuclear weapons, the director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London has said.
Hundreds of Iranian students yesterday formed a human chain around one of the Islamic republic's nuclear sites, vowing to strongly respond to any strike by arch-foe Israel, Fars news agency reported.
Category: NİHAT ALİ ÖZCAN
As the ongoing bloodshed in Syria shatters hopes of a “soft” regime change, the country is proceeding rapidly toward the point of no return.
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