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On constitution, CHP positive on process, uncertain of outcome

May 15, 2012 | Comments Off

Turkey’s main opposition party worries the country could adopt a new constitution through a referendum, regardless of whether or not the four political parties represented in parliament can reach a consensus.

After a six-month preparatory process, the 12 members of the Constitutional Reconciliation Committee (CRC) started to draft a new civilian constitution on May 1st. This historic parliamentary committee is composed of three deputies from each elected party — AKP, CHP, MHP and BDP.

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Despite regional threats, Turkey blocks Israel at NATO

May 2, 2012 | Comments Off

While Turkey will block Israel’s attendance at the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, some commentators argue the two countries should mend fences as they face a number of common security challenges in the Middle East.

Israel has not been invited to the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, a decision attributed to Turkey’s move to block Israel’s attendance.

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Report: Syrian rebels use Turkish refugee camps to attack Assad regime

Apr 30, 2012 | Comments Off

The seriousness of allegations about Syrian rebels using Turkish refugee camps is causing concern that Turkey is taking sides in a civil war.

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EP report sparks debate over demilitarisation

Apr 4, 2012 | Comments Off

The European Parliament called for greater civilian oversight of the military but expressed concern over the judicial process in coup plot investigations.

The European Parliament’s (EP) progress report on Turkey — and what it left out — has reenergised debate over civil-military relations as the country struggles to balance demilitarisation with democratisation.

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In complex environment, Ankara finds it easy to blame Israel

Mar 22, 2012 | Comments Off

While Ankara often finds it easy to point its finger at Israel for obstructing Palestinian unity, analysts point out regional and domestic Palestinian factors make the situation much more complex.

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Amid crackdown in Syria, refugees flee to Turkey

Mar 16, 2012 | Comments Off

As the Syrian uprising marks it first year, Turkey is on the verge of yet another refugee crisis.
The Syrian army’s attacks on the northern Syrian city of Idlib are triggering a new wave of refugees to Turkey. Fleeing the embattled city and surrounding villages close to the Turkish border, civilians and members of the armed opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) are entering Turkey in increasing numbers.

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Iran talk could be for show, Turkish analysts say

Mar 13, 2012 | Comments Off

There are too many factors against launching a military action against Iran, experts say.
The meeting between US President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week has relit debate over a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. In Turkey, however, many consider these talks of war as going nowhere.

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ECHR worried over freedom of expression

Feb 27, 2012 | Comments Off

ECHR Judge Isil Karakas told SES Türkiye that freedom of expression is the basis of democracy.

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Turkey, Syrian opposition weighing options

Feb 13, 2012 | Comments Off

Amid a series of failed diplomatic initiatives to end the violence in Syria, a united Syrian opposition would give the international community and Turkey something around which to rally.

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Arab League extends mission, issues road map

Jan 23, 2012 | Comments Off

The Arab League is extending its observer mission to Syria for an additional month in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the ten month-long uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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