EU/Turkey

Ahmadinejad, Karzai star at Islamic summit

France24 9 November 2009

Iranian President MahmoudAhmadinejad took the centre stage at the one-day Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Istanbul, after Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, wanted by a UN

 

Euro Commission tells EU applicants to respect gay rights

Pink Paper  5 November 2009
By Rex Wockner

Gay rights are a prominent topic in the European Commission's 14 October progress reports on the seven countries that are planning to join the European Union: Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of

 

Sudan's Bashir to visit Turkey despite warrant

Reuters 5 November 2009
By Opheera McDoom

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will visit Turkey next week for the first time since an international court asked for his arrest, government sources said, in a test of Ankara's support for

 

Turks protest Israeli ambassador again

eTaiwan News  05 November 2009

Turks have staged a second protest against Israel's ambassador in as many days in a public display of anger against Israel over the Gaza war. Private TV 24 channels showed dozens of Turks

 

The Turkish-Israeli Alliance Over

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 at a Crossroads

Right Side News 03 November 2009
By Mehmet Hasgüler and Murat Tüzünkan

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

 

Where is Turkey at human rights?

Hurriyet Daily News 03 November 2009
By RIZA TÜRMEN

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.

 

Turkey`s Asya Bank seeks Malaysia`S cooperation for Islamic Finance

ANTARA  03 November 2009

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.

 

La Turquie? Non Merci!

The Brussels Journal 02 November 2009
By Tiberge

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.

 

Armenia to impose sanctions on Turkey

Turkey has never been so active in Karabakh issue before, Hrayr Karapetyan, Head of RA Standing Committee on Defense, National Security and Internal Affairs, ARF Dashnaktsutyun (ARFD) party

 

Video: Turkey - Armenian Genocide Today

02 November 2009

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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.

 

Ahmadinejad to visit Turkey for OIC economic summit

Xinhua  02 November 2009
By Xiong Tong 

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will depart to Turkey on Nov. 8 to take part in the economic summit of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in the country, the official IRNA news agency

 

President of Cyprus likens EU-Turkey relations to Nazi appeasement

guardian.co.uk 02 November 2009

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

 

The vessel of Turkey's Muslim Brothers has surfaced in calm waters

The Daily Star 26 Oct 2009

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?”

 

EU Lawmakers Seek Compromise in Internet Access Row

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's Worsened Press Freedom Record

Bianet 22 Oct 2009

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.

 

Lawyer Calls Turkish Christians’ Trial a ‘Scandal’

Compass Direct 19 Oct 2009

After three prosecution witnesses testified yesterday that they didn’t even know two Christians on trial for “insulting Turkishness and Islam,” a defense lawyer called the trial a “scandal.”

 

The Cypriot Stumbling Block

PoliGazette 17 Oct 2009
By Robert Ellis

CyprusLike 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.

 

Turkey's European stalemate

Guardian.co.uk 18 Oct 2009

The EU commission has this year in its annual progress report on Turkey injected a note of urgency with regard to the main obstacle to Turkish membership – Cyprus.

 

EU wannabe Turkey rapped over rights, media freedoms

Expatica 15 October 2009

In an EU report, Ankara was praised for reaching a deal with Armenia over a "genocide" row going back to World War I but criticised for refusal to open its ports to Cyprus.

 
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