Algemeiner 25 February 2013
By Noah Beck
Recent Turkish pressure on France and Germany regarding accession to the European Union heighten the need to question Turkey’s strategic intentions and political identity. Is Turkey a moderate, pro-Western democracy? Or is it run by Islamists embracing policies and regimes hostile to the West?
Turkey wants to be treated as a member of the West, calls itself "European,” and expects EU membership alongside its NATO credentials. But Turkey has dissented on key policy issues like Iran sanctions, antagonized the only Middle East country with Western values (Israel), and – until the Arab Spring ruined relations with Syria – courted many regimes dangerously opposed to the West.
Radical Islam 15 February 2013
By Karen Lugo
Islamists certainly do not want the American public to consider the current international campaign to make inspection of Islamism a crime
In January, journalists and journalism students were invited to a conference in Istanbul where Turkish deputy undersecretary Ibrahim Kalin announced that the Turkish government "has been working on projects to have Islamophobia recognized as a crime against humanity.”
Prime Minister Erdogan committed the Turkish government to "immediately start working on legislation against blasphemous and offensive remarks” and bragged that "Turkey could be a leading example for the rest of the world on this.”
Gatestone Institute 11 February 2013
By Samuel Westrop
Now that we know that Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, uttered anti-Semitic comments similar to those made by Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, will the media do its best to avoid reporting those, too?
In November 1998, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research released its annual report on current trends in anti-Semitism across the world. In the section for Turkey, the journal quoted the then-mayor of Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in June 1997, at a meeting organized by the municipality to celebrate the city's conquest by the Ottoman