Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Turkey and Iran are trying not to show it for practical reasons, but cracks have emerged in their ties due to regional developments.
With some Arab rulers already toppled by mass uprisings, neighboring countries that have not yet been hit by protests that have been big enough to effect change are making reforms to avoid the same fate.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Last week, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s all-secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), gave a furious speech at Parliament.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s apology over the “Dersim killings” of 1936-39 is the first ever apology of a Turkish official on the gray areas of Turkish history; something of historical importance. Speaking to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) organization, Erdoğan revealed that a total of 13,806 people were killed as a result of military operations that were part of a systematic state policy while tens of thousands of them were forced to leave their homes.
Iranian police dispersed hundreds of youths Tuesday at an Asian Champions League match between Iranian and Saudi sides protesting Saudi military aid to Bahrain in crushing a pro-democracy movement, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Benetton clothing company quickly withdrew an ad featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation.
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.
French President Sarkozy gambled on Libya by turning on Col. Gadhafi at the start of the uprising, even if it was not clear at the time that this uprising would succeed. In the end his gambled paid off and France secured a good place in post-Gadhafi Libya.
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.
Category: MEHMET ALİ BİRAND
I am writing this from Dubai where I stopped on my way back from vacation. When I opened the newspapers in front of me, the situation became clear. When you are far away, you cannot get the same impression. The moment you open “Gulf papers,” you recognize the graveness of the situation.
Turkey called on the international community for a united response to stop the bloodshed in Syria today.
Bahrain says a terrorist cell plotting attacks against the Gulf kingdom has been uncovered by security officials in neighboring Qatar and that the four suspects have links to Iran.
There are forces trying to ratchet up the tension in the Middle East with scant consideration for the conflagrations that will ensue. Iran, Israel and Syria are the principal sources of this negative dynamic. All three countries act as if they have a stake in some kind of regional war.
A pair of near-simultaneous bombings killed six security guards in Iraq yesterday as U.S. troops are preparing to leave by the end of this year.
From the beginning, I could not perceive Turkey’s Syria policy.
Tens of thousands of Syrians thronged a main square of the Syrian capital and nearby streets yesterday in a huge show of support for embattled President Bashar al-Assad, as he struggles to quell a seven-month-old uprising.
Category: KADRİ GÜRSEL
We, in fact, are discussing neither about Israel nor about Gaza but about Turkey. Israel and Gaza constitute not the subject but the object of the discussion.
Category: MELİHA BENLİ ALTUNIŞIK
When the Iranian influence all over the Middle East increased after the Iraqi invasion of 2003, the countries that were disturbed by this new reality resorted to various strategies. One of them was to put stress on the Shiite character of Iran to limit its influence and appeal in the region.
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