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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
It is ironic that it is only at times like this that the EU starts waving the big stick, warning Ankara that if it does not fulfill its obligations in terms of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law it will endanger its membership prospects.
Now is not the time to try and settle old scores in the media, although Zaman may have been an avid supporter of the Ergenekon and “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) cases against alleged coup plotters in the military, and their supposed co-conspirators in the civilian domain.
Turkey’s post-modern civil war continues to produce confusion on the conceptual level.
The Constitutional Court’s decision to accept an “admissible” application by three small political parties, which stand on the fringes of the political spectrum, to have the 10 percent electoral threshold reduced has seriously agitated members of the government.
A stigma relating to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has attached itself to Turkey and refuses to go away
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bent on raising his profile in the Islamic world, or at least the fundamentalist part of that world, at the expense of Turkey’s reputation, and standing in the West
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s penchant for controversy has no bounds. He is now on record arguing that it is unnatural to consider men and women as equals.
Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin created a stir with remarks that have not only angered Turkey’s citizens of Jewish origin, but also Turks with a conscience.
Turks love to mount their high horses and wax moral about xenophobia toward the Turks and Islamophobia toward Muslims in general in the West.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu made some important remarks to senior Turkish reporters and editors accompanying him at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.
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