Monthly Archives: May 2013

Islamophobes hide behind freedom of expression

Many assume the appalling manifestation of Islamophobic attacks — verbal or physical — can only be witnessed in countries where Muslims are a minority. It is true that from Myanmar in Southeast Asia to the US across the Pacific Rim, … Continue reading

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Belated move to regulate alcohol in Turkey

When Turkey adopted sweeping cigarette smoking bans in May 2008 which went beyond some of the stringent regulations adopted by the EU and the US, many were skeptical of the implementation phase of the newly imposed restrictions. The bill, which … Continue reading

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Turkey and the 2013 Bulgarian elections

The results of the Bulgarian national elections held on May 12 have exposed how a short-sighted and definitely ill-advised policy of sponsoring a newly established ethnic Turkish party in the Bulgarian political landscape by the ruling Justice and Development Party … Continue reading

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Iran exploiting Shiites and destroying Iraq

It may not be by intention, but the US administration has inadvertently placed Iraq in the hands of Iran, supposedly the archenemy of the US. Conspiracy theories, which are certainly not uncommon in the Middle East, could very well state … Continue reading

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EU’s stake in Turkey’s judicial council

After spending a week in Brussels talking to advocacy groups, members of the European Parliament and officials from the European Commission as part of a program organized and funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), it was refreshing to see … Continue reading

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What to expect from Obama-Erdoğan meeting

Among all the possible talking points for US President Barack Obama’s upcoming meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 16 in the White House, obviously some have to be dropped for various considerations and sensitivities, not to … Continue reading

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How Turkey’s deputy PM saved the Israeli-Turkish deal

Bülent Arınç, lawyer by profession, was not chosen to oversee complicated compensation talks with Israel over the 2010 aid flotilla incident, which resulted in the killing of nine Turks including a Turkish-American by Israeli soldiers in international water, because of … Continue reading

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