Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ergenekon, Gülen and media freedom

The latest brouhaha over the prosecutors’ investigations peeling another layer off Turkey’s Ergenekon terrorist network is a clear indicator that the vicious hate-mongering organization, with plots to kill Christians and Jews in a Muslim-majority country, still has operational capabilities to … Continue reading

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Turkey walks gray line in Libya

Turkey is walking down a thin gray line in pursuing a third way to diffuse the conflict between forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels in Libya from escalating into a major humanitarian crisis. The events unfolding in Libya are far … Continue reading

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Looming danger over Sunni-Shiite schism

A lot of talk has been going around lately that a Sunni-Shiite conflict is looming on the horizon that could engulf the whole Middle East with sectarian wars pitting Muslim nations against each other. Many Arab diplomats in the Turkish … Continue reading

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The post-Erdoğan era

The upcoming national elections on June 12 will set the tone as a run-up campaign in the presidential race for 2012 or 2014, depending on the decision by the election commission. That is why most political actors in Turkey seem … Continue reading

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Revisiting Turkish-Russian ties

I believe the level of political cooperation between Turkey and Russia dwarfs the economic and cultural cooperation and does not really reflect the growing momentum in bilateral ties that was strengthened last year with the decision to establish a High-Level … Continue reading

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Throwing in the towel in EU-Turkey talks

Should Turkey join the European Union now that the 27-member bloc is having a hard time coping with the aftershocks of the global economic crisis in the eurozone? Does it make any sense to be a member of the bloc … Continue reading

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Whose media freedom is the US and EU advocating?

Not every foreigner is naive and confused over what has been happening lately in Turkey, following the recent arrest of two journalists who were allegedly involved in the media leg of the Ergenekon terror machine, a clandestine network of people … Continue reading

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