First comments from Russia

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Turkey has replaced Ukraine since Russia declared the suspension of the long-planned South Stream project in early December 2014. In other words: Russia is going to build a new pipeline via Turkey, called the “Turkish Stream,” which will transport Russian gas to Europe via Turkey instead of Ukraine

Comment(s) 2/21/2015

US’ first comment on Turkish Stream

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Russian President Vladimir Putin caused a shockwave around the world, specifically in Europe, when he declared the suspension of the long-planned South Stream project during his visit to Istanbul in early December 2014. He pulled another rabbit out of his hat with his next statement: “We will build a new pipeline via Turkey instead.”

Comment(s) 2/14/2015

Why did the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) burn to death Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

First of all, this was a “cover-up operation” for ISIL, trying to whitewash its defeat in Kobane two weeks ago. By increasing the level of its barbarism and creating a much larger wave of shock, it was able to jog people’s memories again about its supposed “invincibility.”

Comment(s) 2/7/2015

Turkey’s test with the Holocaust

VERDA ÖZER writes:

This week, Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz exterminatiom camp by Soviet soldiers.

Comment(s) 1/31/2015

Turkish people are afraid and want the West

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Turkish public does not feel safe and secure. This is what the results of the “Survey of Social-Political Tendencies in Turkey” tell us indirectly.

Comment(s) 1/24/2015

Freedom of expression: With or without insult?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Do the cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo fall within the scope of freedom of expression?

Comment(s) 1/17/2015

Backstage at the coalition negotiations between Turkey and the US

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Negotiations between Turkey and the U.S. with regard to the anti-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition have reached a deadlock due to the wide gap between the two countries.

Comment(s) 1/10/2015

New regional balance enters new year

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Middle East entered the new year with a new balance of power. Two weeks ago, Qatar and Egypt started normalizing their relations. This reconciliation, however, affects not only these two countries, but also the wider region to a great extent and implies a newly emerging equilibrium.

Comment(s) 1/3/2015

Time for Turkey to make the move

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Hatred toward the “other” has never been so causal, abundant and widespread.

Comment(s) 12/27/2014

Cuba deal: End or revival of the Cold War?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We can’t keep doing the same thing for five decades and expect a different result. It’s time for a new approach. We will end an outdated approach that failed to advance our interests and instead begin to normalize relations between our countries.”

Comment(s) 12/20/2014

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