Monthly Archives: May 2011

Popularity contest in elections

Last week I toured around some provinces in the Black Sea and eastern and central Anatolian regions to take the pulse of the electorate for the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 12. It was clear from the field that the … Continue reading

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Economy warrants AK Party another election victory

We embarked on an election campaign tour this week, starting from Samsun in the north, dropping by Erzurum in the East, and ending up in Bingöl in the cross between the Southeast and Central Anatolia. It was clear that in … Continue reading

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PKK and BDP lose out under terror

On a recent trip to the region, I noticed that there is a growing segment of the Kurdish electorate in the East and Southeast of the country who will be casting their votes against independent candidates endorsed by the pro-Kurdish … Continue reading

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Arab image in Turkey

There was some serious soul searching done in the 10th edition of the Arab Media Forum held in Dubai this week under the auspices of the Dubai Press Club. It covered issues from the battered image of Arab citizens to … Continue reading

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Saving Russian-Turkish ties from being hostage to PKK terrorism

The fundamental transformation of Turkish-Russian relations over the last two decades from being former Cold War foes to being strategic partners is quite a leap forward for students of international politics. The growing partnership between Turkey under the ruling Justice … Continue reading

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Pakistan under ‘crossfire’

When I hear the statements by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta and US President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security adviser John Brennan over the alleged complicity on the part of Pakistan regarding the compound of terror mastermind Osama bin … Continue reading

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UN weather chief must step down

It is surprising to see the incumbent, two-term secretary-general of the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) run for another term to lead the world body’s important scientific institution even after he, among others, was slapped by a UN tribunal … Continue reading

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