Global Politician 5 November 2009
By Prof. Barry Rubin
The Turkey-Israel alliance is over.
After two decades plus of close cooperation, the Turkish government is no longer interested in maintaining close cooperation with Israel nor is it—for all practical purposes—willing to do anything much to maintain its good relations with Israel.
Cyprus is an island boxed in on three sides by Turkey and the countries of the Levant. On the streets of its divided capital Nicosia, silence prevails, except for the tick-tack sounds coming from the tables of the
To what extent is the state respectful to human rights in Turkey? What are the main human rights issues? You may find answers in the European Court of Human Rights, or ECHR, decisions and the Progress Report released by the European Commission.
One of Turkey's biggest financial institutions, the Asya Bank, has indicated an interest in forging cooperation with Islamic banks in Malaysia, namely Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) (KLSE:1155) and CIMB Bank.
Several weeks ago I posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower dressed up in the Turkish flag, similar to the photo at left. Some readers wanted to know if this was a an official preview photo or a photoshop production. Its purpose was to announce to the people of France that their country was welcoming La Saison de la Turquie - a 10-month celebration of Turkish culture - by lighting up the Tower in red and white, with the Turkish flag superimposed.
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From Journeymans Youtube Channel: Journeyman apologises for any offensive or vulgar comments left by viewers of this film - obviously they have nothing better to do!
The eviction and slaughter of over a million Armenians in Anatolia began in 1915. There's little doubt Turkey was behind this massive ethnic cleansing. Yet the Turkish government denies the historical facts.
Almost a century later, any mention of the genocide is still taboo. A law designed to protect 'Turkishness' is used to sue those who challenge the official version. Nobel Prize winning author Orhan Pamuk was sent to prison for speaking out about his country's guilt.
The president of Cyprus today urged Europe to get tough with Turkey, likening the EU's concessions to Ankara to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, and playing down expectations of any breakthrough in
I am often asked these days why Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is so upset with Israel. “It’s so dramatic” people say, adding: “Why did the AKP uninvite Israel to Anatolian Eagle” (a NATO air force exercise held in Turkey)? “Is this the beginning of the end of Turkish-Israeli ties that go back to 1949 just as Israel is most worried about Iran?”
European Union lawmakers renewed efforts Thursday to tackle the politically charged issue of whether governments can bar people from using the Internet, the same day that a new study was released claiming that Internet blocking by national governments is increasingly commonplace in Europe.
Turkey fell back 20 places in this year's RSF Worldwide Press Freedom Index. The country shares rank 122 together with the Philippines. The front-runners for press freedom are Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea bring up the rear of the index.
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PoliGazette 17 Oct 2009
By Robert Ellis
Like Ireland, Cyprus has been a victim of geography and both are today still divided. As the Arab geographer Muqaddasi wrote in 985: “The island of Qubrus is in the power of whichever nation is overlord in these seas”. And with its position 40 miles off the southern coast of Turkey and 70 miles from Syria it has been a strategic prize for centuries.