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Turkish press as pawns; Is Kurds’ fate in play?

Feb 28, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Hamas’ visit to Ankara has been controversial from the start, and has created an unexpected backlash.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has accused his country’s media of hampering whatever strategic gain Turkey has with this meeting. The press has harmed Turkey’s national interests by doing what he calls the irresponsible thing and comparing Hamas to the Partiya Karkerana Kurdistan or Worker’s Party of Kurdistan – better known as the PKK.

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Democracy in the Middle East; Hamas and others played by the rules and won

Feb 21, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

From Baghdad to Gaza, democratic elections are changing the Middle East. One by one, dictatorships and regimes rife with corruption are being thrown out of power. However, those coming to power with the shake-up of the status quo are far from what the United States and other democratic nations of the West expected.

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Silencing the debate; Turkey prosecutes free speech and journalists

Feb 14, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Turkey’s journey with the European Union started more than four decades ago. In December, the country finally gained the right to open accession talks. However, there still remain questions about where Turkey “belongs.”

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No laughing matter; Provocative Muslim caricatures

Feb 7, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

As if the clash between Western and Muslim civilizations weren’t already severe enough, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last week raised the ante by publishing 12 cartoons caricaturing the prophet Mohammed, including one depicting him wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse – prompting enraged Muslim protesters to torch the Danish embassy in Beirut and the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria. The caricatures originally appeared in Denmark in September, and have been picked up by publications throughout Europe.

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