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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Justice and Development Party (AKP) executives often refer to a domestic and international “perception operation” aimed at sullying the good name of Turkey in order to undermine President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP.
Turkey is moving backwards again with regards to its Kurdish problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is twanging nationalist chords and saying it is not possible to go on with the Kurdish peace process.
If the AKP's calculation, for the sake of domestic political gains, is to end the Kurdish peace process and declare wholesale war on the PKK under the cover of joining the U.S.-led war against ISIL, this could leave Turkey in a worse situation than it is in today.
The attack in Suruç is a dreadful wakeup call for Turkey. It’s a shame that this call comes at the expense of so many lives, most of them young people - 24 of which were university students
The second round of coalition talks will be held this week. All the signs are that it will either be a partnership between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) or early elections
Why the deal worked out for Iran’s nuclear program in May 2010 by Turkey and Brazil was rejected by the U.S., and why the current deal worked out between the P5+1 group of nations and Iran is being celebrated as a major breakthrough for the world will remain a matter of academic discussion.
As matters stand there is very little evidence to show that Erdoğan has done his level best, since coming to power, to ensure that national unity is maintained, despite strong feelings across the religious/secular divide.
Opposition parties are justifiably wondering why President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not yet called Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (at least when this piece was being written) to ask him to try to form a coalition government.
By standing up to the powers that rule the EU, little Greece has provided us with a David and Goliath story.
The suggestion by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü that Turkey should underwrite 1.6 billion euros of Greece’s debt in order to prevent it from defaulting to the IMF, was not the flight of fancy that some may think.
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