Yemen’s contradictions

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Yemen crisis has brought along various contradictions which are more than difficult to grasp and muddle through.

Comment(s) 3/28/2015

Turkey in Japan

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week, Turkey had a strong presence in Japan. A wide delegation under the leadership of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) attended the U.N. world conference on “Disaster Risk Reduction.”

Comment(s) 3/21/2015

Turkey-Israel ties to normalize?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We want to leave this episode behind us. Turkey is a very important country. We want friendly relations. But the ball is now in Turkey’s court.”

Comment(s) 3/14/2015

Latest from Russia: The murder and the Ukraine Crisis

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The current scene in Russia is quite chaotic and hectic. On the one hand, Moscow is dealing with the Ukraine crisis. On the other hand, it is shaken with the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of Russia’s prominent opposition leaders.

Comment(s) 3/7/2015

Is Turkey withdrawing from NATO?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week, the news fell like a bombshell. Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz declared at the Turkish parliament that Turkey’s new defense missile system, to be purchased most probably from China, would not be integrated with NATO’s system. This kicked off a hot discussion on whether Turkey is changing its strategic affiliation and might ultimately withdraw from NATO

Comment(s) 2/28/2015

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

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