Monthly Archives: June 2012

Iran, Syria to target Turkish troops in Lebanon

With the embattled Syrian minority regime officially designated as a “hostile state” by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Rayyip Erdoğan — who was unequivocally clear this Tuesday during a speech in Parliament that Bashar al-Assad’s government represents a “clear and present … Continue reading

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Is Turkey itching for war with Syria?

There is no doubt that Turkey, the second largest military force in the NATO military alliance after the US, has the capability and the capacity to destroy the Syrian army, or what is left of it anyway after so many … Continue reading

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Sledgehammer case and ECtHR

Faced with overwhelming and compelling evidence that implicates suspects in the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) trial, in which the defendants are accused of attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government in 2003 by attempting to wreak havoc in Turkey with a series … Continue reading

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EU presidency of Greek Cyprus: Coming of age or falling from grace

I hear that Greek Cypriots have been secretly trying to strike a deal with Turkey on how to best manage the EU’s rotating presidency for six months starting July 1. The efforts are well under way so that the Greek … Continue reading

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Neutered Ombudsman Law

There is yet another piece of evidence indicating that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been suffering from reform fatigue and a lack of vigor: The neutered Ombudsman Law that was passed in Parliament late Thursday night. … Continue reading

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Profiling Erdoğan through the eyes of a confidant

Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cast doubt on the credibility of the whistle-blowing Internet site WikiLeaks when it started publishing a massive release of confidential US diplomatic cables in 2010, many about Turkey, I think one cable that profiled … Continue reading

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Whistleblowers and secret recordings in Turkey

While Turkey was chairing the Council of Europe’s (CoE) executive arm, the Committee of Ministers, for six months from Nov. 2010 to May 2011, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu pledged that Turkey would implement long-delayed reforms, which had been a source … Continue reading

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