Monthly Archives: January 2013

Spy scandal at Foreign Ministry

The espionage gang indictment a high criminal court in the western city of İzmir accepted last week exposed a Turkish version of the WikiLeaks scandal with its own twists by disclosing how some diplomats in the Turkish Foreign Ministry provided … Continue reading

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Spy ring compromised security of Turkey, US and NATO allies

It almost felt like I was reading quite a sensational Hollywood movie script while scanning through the thousands of pages from the espionage gang indictment a high criminal court in İzmir accepted earlier this week. To me, the question of … Continue reading

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Steps to align Turkey with ECtHR

Just in the nick of time, the Turkish official journal Official Gazette published Law No. 6234 on Jan. 19, 2013, ordering the establishment of a commission to review ongoing cases against Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) … Continue reading

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Whistleblower reveals foreign policy blunders in Turkey

A highly classified letter sent by an anonymous officer to the boss of Turkey’s spy agency in 2007 was leaked to the press from the Turkish Parliament this week. The letter, apparently written by a whistleblower in the Special Forces … Continue reading

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Turkey and hydrocarbons in Iraq

Turkey’s energy policy on hydrocarbons, crucial for the fueling of a growing Turkish economy, was given a facelift a few years back with the expectation of Iraq coming back to the oil and possibly gas market. Therefore, Turkey hedged its … Continue reading

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The PKK bookkeeper and cover-up

The execution-style assassination of Sakine Cansız, a top financier for the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Europe, in a building on busy Rue Lafayette behind the Gare du Nord, one of the main train stations in Paris, has the … Continue reading

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Turkey’s security deals with partner nations

In the last couple of years, Turkey has considerably intensified its efforts to weave a network of security agreements that include military, police and intelligence exchange programs with a number of countries, especially those located in the Middle East and … Continue reading

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