Monthly Archives: June 2010

US must show commitment to values

It is not surprising that even Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, who knows Turkey better than most in the Obama administration, was forced to call up Desmond Butler of The Associated Press on the … Continue reading

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Grilling Israel at the Council of Europe

Turkey’s intense lobbying at the Council of Europe has paid off, and Israel was harshly condemned at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a 47-nation intergovernmental organization and Europe’s largest. Resolution 1748, adopted by a vote of … Continue reading

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PKK terror hurts US, EU and Israel too

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror campaign is once again on the rise in Turkey but this time is an act of desperation stemming from the fear of losing support among Kurdish people as well as from the fear of … Continue reading

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The price of an Israeli apology

How much is it worth for Israel to extend an official apology to the Turkish nation for the killing of eight of its citizens and one US citizen of Turkish origin in international waters. One would think that would be … Continue reading

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Realignment in trade

Turkey is definitely changing its axis in trade, or at least trying to recalibrate its orientation to extract the maximum windfall from expanded business opportunities in non-EU member countries, be it in the East or the North or the South. … Continue reading

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Assets and liabilities in Israeli and Iranian relations

Changes to fundamental dynamics in the Middle East region are forcing Turkey to adopt a more active foreign policy, in line with renewed national enthusiasm for solving decades-long problems, ranging from an outdated Cold War-era military coup network to expanding … Continue reading

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Getting out of a tight jam

This is a moot point. We are already way past the point of no return in damage control for Israel over its violent raid on a civilian aid flotilla bound for Gaza. The much-criticized Gaza blockade, the lack of remorse … Continue reading

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