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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
I know quite a number of Turkish elites who, frustrated with developments in Turkey, decided to settle in Turkish Cyprus over the course of the last decade.
“I like democracy when democracy likes me,” a veteran Turkish journalist used to say mockingly, criticizing Turkish political figures for twisting democratic concepts as it suits them.
Turkey’s geopolitical standing is like an oxymoron; it is both a liability and an asset.
'The Europe of companies wants Turkey in,' a high level Turkish official told me, adding that although 'Turkey means business' Europe still cannot invest as much as it wants in the country.
In case of a re–election, it is fair to say that the votes of the Kurds will not go back to the AKP. So the ruling party will try to lure the AKP voters who abstained from voting, as well as the conservative votes that went to the MHP
Saudi Arabia has two main threat perceptions: democracy on the one hand, Iran on the other. The Saudi regime swings between the two, according to a high level Turkish official.
“What do you expect? Do you want us to sit idle when a terrorist organization like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] takes control of the most vital region in our border?” roared a high level Turkish official last week
Every time there is a development that feeds the perception that Turkey favors radical Islamic groups over Kurdish groups in the Syrian civil war, the hashtag “kick terrorist Turkey out of NATO” in different forms becomes viral.
The first Gulf War in 1991 introduced the concept of Northern Iraq to Turkish political jargon.
Turkey’s newly-elected 98 female parliamentarians who have taken their oaths as of June 23,
Don’t forget you are women.
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