Monthly Archives: February 2013

Why is Jordan special for Turkey?

Turkey and Jordan are two countries in the Middle East that were unlucky in terms of vast oil and gas reserves. That may be a blessing in disguise, however, as both economies have had to rely on developing human potential … Continue reading

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Iran plays al-Qaeda figure to pit Turkey against US

Well, Iran has done it again. The mullah regime in Tehran dropped a ticking bomb on Ankara when Iranian intelligence operatives smuggled Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith into Turkey using human trafficking/illegal migration routes. Iranian agents put Abu … Continue reading

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Violence and freedom of expression in Turkey

The most important change in the fourth judicial reform package that will soon be submitted to Parliament is the introduction of the criteria of “violence” with regard to propaganda activities on behalf of terrorist organizations in Turkey. Solid evidence will … Continue reading

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France courts better ties with Turkey

It is interesting to see that France, under the leadership of socialist François Hollande, has started courting better ties with one of fastest growing economies in the world, Turkey, by offering incentives to smooth out the existing problems between the … Continue reading

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US Ambassador Ricciardone’s blunder

The US ambassador’s remarks last week during a one-and-a-half-hour-long question-and-answer session with the bureau chiefs of major media organizations can be examined best as a case study on how to squander a perfect opportunity to tap into an unprecedented measure … Continue reading

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Why is Turkey sending its navy to Somalia?

Parliament approved a government-backed motion this week to extend the mandate of an anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia for another year, maintaining Turkey’s status as one of only four NATO member countries that have committed naval assets to … Continue reading

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US response to embassy attack

In the initial hours following the bloody attack on the US Embassy in Ankara on Friday last week, I was getting calls from international media outlets that were asking me to comment on possible perpetrators and their motives. I was … Continue reading

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