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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
This is not an ordinary election, the fate of Turkey will be sealed in less than two weeks’ time
Religion has always played a role in Turkish politics, although secularism is guaranteed by the constitution
The Cyprus issue has long been a taboo in Turkey, and Cyprus is still a matter of national interest that is not to be discussed freely
I happened to be in Beirut last week. It was a good chance to catch up with Lebanese and regional politics and see friends. Besides, I could follow the Armenian Genocide commemoration.
The pope’s use of the G-word and then the European Parliament’s vote to urge Turkey to recognize the “Armenian Genocide” angered not only the president and the government, but also the nationalist opposition and a majority of Turks
After Public Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was killed by two members of an illegal and dubious leftist organization called the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), the whole thing turned against the media and the opposition in Turkey.
Well done! For me, the deal is something to celebrate, since I have always been for diplomatic solutions. Moreover, I am a fan of Iran as a beautiful country and great culture. Finally, I want to hope that it will help restore peace in the region after so much suffering at tragic human cost.
The recent Newroz declaration of the jailed PKK leader Öcalan contained many ambiguities, but it could still be considered a positive step on the path of the so-called 'peace negotiations.'
The commemoration of the centenary of the Dardanelles’ victory started as a show of nationalism in the wake of a coming election.
I happened to be in Islamabad on Women’s Day in Pakistan last week. The occasion was the sixth Think Thanks Forum of Islamic Countries; I used the opportunity to visit this beloved country for the third time and Pakistan’s Women’s Day was a good surprise
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