A review of the Turkish press
Equilibrium by Burak BekdilThe paranoia is both unjustified and justified: It is unjustified because of demographic reasons. Few Turks who consider themselves as 'majority Turks' -- pure, Sunni Muslim Turks -- are probably what they believe they are. Intercultural marriages both during the Ottoman and Republican times, plus the fact that Anatolia has always been a mosaic of scores of ethnicities suggest that it is silly to talk of 'pure Turks' and 'pure non-Turks.'
IRAQSeveral key Sunni politicians have called for postponing the ballot for up to six months to buy time to resolve the security crisis and convince Sunni clerics to drop their boycott call
Barzani says the Kurds will boycott municipal elections in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk if Kurds that were displaced by toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have not returned there
IRAQAs well as daily attacks on Iraqi security forces and civilians, November has been one of the deadliest months for US troops, with 134 killed. The US military expects violence to escalate before elections scheduled for Jan. 30
It is almost impossible to write an optimistic scenario about the Middle East, anyway, but I have still to openly call my scenario a pessimistic one.
Opinion by Mehmet Ali BirandSome of the U.S. actions in Iraq may be criticized as human rights violations. Their policies may be condemned. However, no one can defend the people who decapitated civilians in Fallujah. In particular, no one can open the Pandora’s box of genocide, like Mehmet Elkatmış did. People making strange statements just for cheap populism should also think about the opposite side of the argument
A suicide car bomber ploughed into policemen waiting to collect their salary at a police station west of Ramadi
'But if other political powers asked the Iraqi parties to postpone voting because of the deterioration in the situation in some Iraqi areas, we won't oppose their decision,’ says a Kurdish statement
While multiculturalism may be the norm in much of Europe, it's an explosive concept in Turkey. Here children open the school day by saying "Happy is the one who says 'I am a Turk,"' and the word "minority' is seen by nationalists as code for national fragmentation
The rejection of a pleading of an Alawite citizen to have his child excluded from the obligatory religioun classes, resulted in a petition given to the European Court of Human Rights.
A laboratory for the manufacture of chemical weapons has been found in Fallujah, an Iraqi minister said on Thursday, but Marines in the city said they were not aware of any such discovery
IRAQBritish troops raid the country villas of some of Saddam Hussein's old guard as they join a US and Iraqi offensive against Sunni Muslim insurgents south of Baghdad
The United States is anxious that the election go ahead as planned, hoping that an elected government widely accepted by the Iraqi people will take the steam out of the insurgency still raging in Sunni areas of central, western and northern Iraq as well as the capital
With dead bodies scattered over a devastated city nearly devoid of its 250,000 civilians, US forces are turning to reconstruction efforts ahead of elections scheduled January 30
14-IRAQThe new offensive, dubbed Operation Plymouth Rock in an apparent reference to the US Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, involves 5,000 American, British and Iraqi forces
‘Success in elections will mean the success of the whole process in Iraq,’ Foreign Minister Gül says at a closed-door session of the Sharm el Sheikh conference in Egypt
US forces deploy peshmerga forces in Mosul to keep peace in the city amid ongoing tension in Kirkuk and after US operation in Turkmen town of Tal Afar
Iraqi foreign minister says his country will ask Turkey and Iran for help to control borders, while interim premier complains neighboring countries should have done more to secure them