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Fifty years later, we still don’t accept what we did in 1963

Fifty years later, we still don’t accept what we did in 1963

By Loucas Charalambous YESTERDAY was the 50th anniversary of the blackest day in the modern history of Cyprus. If we Greek Cypriots realised the role the events of December 21, 1963, played in our history, every year on this day ...

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Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

There are two reasons Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not survive the current government corruption scandals in Turkey. And if he does, the cost to the “Turkish model” will be enormous. The first is, well, the corruption charges. ...

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Turkey: lecturing not listening

Turkey: lecturing not listening

Through all the disappointments that have followed the Arab spring, liberals inside and outside the Middle East have been able to say that Turkey was standing proof that Islam and democracy were compatible. But what has been happening recently suggests ...

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Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being ...

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Haaretz: Turkey’s True Colors being Revealed

Haaretz: Turkey’s True Colors being Revealed

Citing a report from Youm7, Haaretz is reporting that the reason Huseyin Avni Botsali – Turkey’s Ambassador to Egypt – was expelled on November 23rd had to do with an active relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. The source of Botsali’s ...

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The Threat to Turkish Freedom

The Threat to Turkish Freedom

Kilicdaroglu: The government in Ankara is democratic in name only. The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP). Despite all the bumps along the road since its inception in 1946, ...

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Turkey: How Conscription Reform Will Change the Military

Turkey: How Conscription Reform Will Change the Military

A report published in STRATFOR on Nov 18, 2013 Summary A large, conscripted military may no longer be the most appropriate way for Turkey to protect its interests and defend against external threats. Ankara appears to have acknowledged as much ...

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Huda-Par’s emergence

Huda-Par’s emergence

An article printed in “The Economist” about the emergence of a Kurdish Islamic Party, Huda-Par: In a shiny office in the heart of Batman (see map), a group of men refuses to shake hands with female visitors, offering rosewater instead. ...

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Rubin: The US Should Reconsider PKK Terror Designation

Rubin: The US Should Reconsider PKK Terror Designation

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) began an insurgency and terrorist campaign against Turkey in 1984, and the United States designated the group to be a terrorist entity 13 years later largely out of deference to Turkey. Turks may insist that ...

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Rubin: U.S. can no longer trust that Turkey partnership bolsters national security

Rubin: U.S. can no longer trust that Turkey partnership bolsters national security

Aug 12, 2013 Michael Rubin, resident scholar for the American Enterprise Institute, opens the Week Eight lecture series Monday in the Amphitheater. In 2011, police arrested a journalist in Turkey, confiscating his drafts of a manuscript detailing potential Islamist infiltration ...

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