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Hamas and Turkey; Ankara tips Mideast scales

Jan 7, 2009 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Israel’s operation into Gaza has brought disunity in both Europe and the Arab world. Even in this electrified environment, however, each country has its reasons and differences as to how it relates and plays its role in this conflict. And every decision has consequences. For that matter, here is a look into how Turkey plays its role.

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The Armenian tragedy; Congress ponders genocide bill: But was it genocide?

Dec 24, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In a recent action alert, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) wrote that “[t]he Turkish government, which has outlawed discussion of the Armenian genocide within its borders, is exporting its undemocratic free-speech restrictions to the United States by imposing a ‘gag-rule’ on congressional consideration and adoption of the Armenian Genocide Resolution.” This kind of talk will soon – once again – dominate the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

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Turkey’s crisis; Financial woes threaten economy

Dec 9, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Many people are directly feeling the effects of the recession – and the ramifications reach far beyond the United States. According to the International Labor Organization, the current global financial crisis could cause as many as 20 million people worldwide to lose their jobs and cause extreme poverty to afflict as many as 40 million people. This crisis will test the ability of elected officials to make difficult decisions that their people may not agree with. That is, however, the weakest point in today’s democracies.

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Islamic terror?; Mr. Obama’s Mideast reminder

Nov 25, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President-elect Barack Obama denied rumors that circulated during the campaign that he is a Muslim, and emphatically noted that he is a Christian. In endorsing Mr. Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell forcefully challenged his party on this issue. “I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ‘He’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists,’” Mr. Powell said. “This is not the way we should be doing it in America.”

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Foreign policy; New global expectations

Nov 5, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

With two wars, tumultuous global financial markets, and numerous potential domestic and foreign challenges, the new administration must quickly make thousands of plum appointments. And even though President Bush created the Presidential Transition Coordinating Council last month to help aid the transition, navigating Washington bureaucracy is no piece of cake. The mood of the nation after the election could make things either easy or difficult, and whichever way it goes, the new president will face huge challenges.

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Democracy, capitalism; Disentangle the ideals

Oct 21, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Dow Jones industrial average’s recent extreme rollercoaster ride is a prime example of how “instability” in the world negatively impacts our lives. In one week, the market went from a historic 936-point gain to a chilling sweep downhill just a couple of days later, impervious to the assurances of the government bailout package and bank support that was designed to mitigate the “ups and downs.” But the will – of government, of banks, of companies, and of investors – is the most important part of the equation.

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The Turkish alliance; Anti-terrorism efforts and dividends

Oct 7, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: Ankara, TURKEY
Last week, the House stumbled before passing the bailout bill. But in the end, its way was eased by the overwhelming bipartisan approval of the Senate, which gave Treasury Secretary Hanry Paulson what he wanted, more or less. Whether it’s the best solution to the financial crisis is open to debate. Clearly, there is a kind of connection between the war in Iraq and the tumultuous markets. In this election season, the $600 billion already spent in Iraq and the ongoing $10 billion a month being spent there is under increased scrutiny.

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Bailout fallout?; No. Paulson rightly weighs global markets

Sep 23, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The startling developments of the United States economy over the past two weeks – the tumbling market and the unparalleled intervention by the federal government to bail out major financial institutions – led President Bush to comment on Friday that “America’s economy is facing unprecedented challenges, and we are responding with unprecedented action.” Indeed, the markets worldwide grew apprehensive in reaction to the developments on Wall Street. I am no expert on financial matters, but hearing the words “confidence,” “overspending ” and ” spillover” repeated over and over in nearly every related discussion led me to think about America’s presence on the global stage.

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Russian cooperation; West may have no choice

Sep 9, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” featured a piece on the villagers of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. CBS correspondent Scott Pelley found the location where a U.S. air strike killed four generations of one family on March 4. None of those killed was Taliban, and the villagers were furious. “During the Russian invasion we haven’t heard of 10 members of one family being killed by Russians in one incident,” one villager remarked. “But the Americans did that. We used to hate the Russians much more than Americans ? I am telling you Russians behave much better than the Americans.”

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Russia’s withdrawal; Will it garner favor with the Western alliance?

Aug 26, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Georgia’s aspirations to NATO membership could affect the sustainability and success of the alliance in Afghanistan. During April’s NATO summit in Bucharest, Russia committed to support NATO’s supply lines to Afghanistan across Russian Federation territory. While American troops’ supply lines run mainly through Pakistan, Russian cooperation is no little thing. After the NATO foreign ministers held an emergency meeting last week in Brussels amidst the fighting between Georgia and Russia, they issued a strongly worded statement saying that there will be no “business as usual” until all Russian troops withdraw from all parts of Georgia. Then Moscow announced its suspension of all military cooperation with NATO.

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