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An uphill climb; Turkey and the European Union

Sep 27, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Next Monday, Turkey will most likely start talks to enter the European Union. Yet the question remains whether Turkey’s Sisyphean past will change going forward. In December, EU leaders agreed that Turkey had met all the criteria to start accession talks. But today, they disagree over whether it was a good idea at all. Those who oppose Turkey’s membership still cite problems ranging from geography to culture, from religion to population. However, the most recent problems have arisen because of Cyprus.

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Much ado about Turkey; Messages from Congress

Sep 20, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last Thursday in the House International Relations Committee, Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, opposed two resolutions dealing with the alleged Armenian genocide. “This thing happened almost 100 years ago, and we’re still beating on it 20 some years after I first got involved in the debate on the floor of the House,” he said. “We ought to get on with problems facing this country and the world today: terrorism, Katrina, and other things, instead of rehashing this thing over and over and over again at every anniversary of it.” Yet both resolutions passed, and once again, Turkey’s present and past “image problem” in the United States resurfaced.

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As independence emerges; Kurds push and pull

Sep 13, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Two days after the fourth anniversary of September 11, President Bush welcomes Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to the White House. To date, nearly as many Americans have died in Iraq as did during that awful terrorist attack. The war already has had unprecedented outcomes, and it has the potential to break apart the most crucial “Arab” state in the region – carving out an independent Kurdistan.

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