Monday, August 9, 2010

Turkey is crucial to a stable Middle East

First ran on Jim Lobe's blog.

Up until the last few years, Turkey has been a democracy only in name. In reality, it has been a military-ruled regime since at least last five decades (there has been a military coup in Turkey almost every decade). Erdogan's government has been making strides in making Turkey more democratic and prosperous...

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Howard Fineman's recent Newsweek article on Turkey

Howard Fineman wrote an article on Turkey in Newsweek on August 5, 2010.

Overall, it is a nice and insightful article. And as someone who is originally from Turkey, I also found it to be flattering...

Nevertheless, he did what many right-wing/neo-conservative pundits are doing these days: while acknowledging the humongous progress the party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AK Party), the current Turkish premier, made in the last seven or so years, they keep qualifying/blemishing their compliments by implying that Erdogan's party is (feared) to slowly change Turkey to an Islamic state.

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An Open Letter to Hamas to Pursue Nonviolent Struggle

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A humble attempt of the peace activists of the Gaza flotilla to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza succeeded what Hamas modus operandi could not have succeeded in a thousand years!

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