Category: BURAK BEKDİL
The prime minister and his chief EU negotiator finally spoke the truth!
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Turkey is beset these days with the earthquake in Van, an eastern city that borders Iran. The death toll is in the hundreds, while some suspect that it might ultimately reach into the thousands. The tragic stories and scenes of victims are all over the media, which brings anguish to the whole nation.
Bored by the repeated mention by my taxi driver of the name Gilad Shalit about whom he knew everything, including his private life, I asked him if the names Abdullah Söpçeler or Zihni Koç rang a bell or meant anything to him.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
President Obama’s decision to pull out all U.S. troops from Iraq by Dec. 31 never meant Washington would lose interest in that country. To the contrary, with the Iranian shadow over the region, the American interest in this predominantly Shiite country will continue by necessity.
Why do you think the PKK, the armed and outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, killed two dozen Turkish soldiers on the very day that the Turkish Parliament would begin to discuss a new liberal constitution?
Category: NİHAT ALİ ÖZCAN
After the Cold War, Turkish-Israeli relations took a new shape. Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait was a source of trouble for both parties. Saddam, who was then in search of support and legitimacy against the coalition forces, targeted Israel with Scud missiles. Vigorous efforts of Turgut Özal to join the forces to be deployed in an operation to Iraq and close relations with the U.S. brought Turkey and Israel closer.
Israelis will be surprised to hear that Turkish admiration for their country is increasing. But it is happening for the wrong reasons. Turks are at the limit after the latest attacks against their military by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in which 24 soldiers were killed, as well as the recent attacks by the terrorist group against civilians.
Some who talk about Turkey and Iran’s relationship launch forth by giving a reference from history and emphasize that the two nations have not clashed in large-scale close combat since 1639. My aim is to not go too far back in history, but instead to relate some experiences regarding similarities of the Turkey-Iran relationship that changed swiftly after the 1979 Iranian Islamic Revolution with today’s events.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a number of documents that were part of a directive issued by the National Security Board (MGK) in January 2006, Chief Judge Hasan Hüseyin Özese revealed during the ongoing Internet propaganda case.
Category: SONER ÇAĞAPTAY
In the years to come, the over-arching rivalry in the Middle East will be neither the Arab-Israeli conflict nor Saudi-Iranian tensions. It will be a revived Turkish-Iranian competition.
Category: İLHAN TANIR
Senior U.S. politicians and a Saudi Arabian prince already called on Oct. 12 for Iran to be held accountable for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Despite heavy accusations, the majority of regional experts appeared to be confused about what to believe, while the U.S. senior officials have been calling for increased pressure on Iran.
Former PM Tony Blair speaks to Hürryet reporter Cansu Çamlıbel (L) in Istanbul where he attended a conference in Istanbul Bilgi University. HÜRRİYET photo, Levent ASLAN
Category: ANKARA WHISPERS
Iraqi officials have presented Ankara with new proposals to curtail the activities of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s north in a bid to head off Turkish cross-border operations against the militant group
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç yesterday denied claims that Murat Karayılan, one of the top leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was captured and later released by Iran following negotiations between the organization and Tehran.
The presence of Kurdish rebels in the north is "unacceptable", Iraq's foreign minister said on Thursday, but he stopped short of offering a solution, as Turkey warned its patience had run out
The leader of the main opposition yesterday accused a deputy prime minister of providing insider information to suspects in a high-profile charity fraud investigation in a long-awaited revelation. The minister was quick to rebuff the allegations.
The sixth annual Legend of Mount Ararat Festival kicked off Tuesday night with an opera at the eastern province of Ağrı’s iconic İshakpaşa Palace.
Representatives of Syrian opposition groups, which are carrying on their activities in Istanbul, keep sharing their views on various issues with the media.
Category: NURAY MERT
U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Turkey for its support in Afghanistan and Libya when he met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his last visit to the United States. Then, it seems that Obama focused on the “Syrian problem” in his meeting with the Turkish prime minister.
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