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Elections and complexities; Israelis and Arab Muslims need to stand up

Mar 28, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Israelis go to the polls today, and most likely a victory by Ariel Sharon’s Kadima Party will make Ehud Olmert the prime minister. Mr. Olmert is expected to continue Mr. Sharon’s unilateral disengagement policy from Gaza and the West Bank. But the victory in the Palestinian Authority election by Hamas – which still refuses to recognize Israel, renounce violence or accept peace agreements – makes everyone less hopeful for a peace settlement soon.

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Misreading the prime minister; Real war should be within Islam

Mar 21, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Three years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, it’s worth looking back at how the “strategic partnership” between Turkey and the United States has evolved.
One meeting is crucial: On Dec. 10, 2002, President Bush welcomed Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House for the first time. “We’re impressed by the leadership – your leadership and your party’s strong victory,”

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Turkey’s image problem; Hollywood has its say – and its way

Mar 14, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on Capitol Hill last week to rally support for the 2007 budget, Rep. Dave Weldon asked her about the controversial Turkish film “The Valley of the Wolves.” “[I]t depicts American GIs murdering people at a wedding. And it’s very anti-Semitic also; it has some gruesome visuals of Jews mistreating Muslims,” he said. “It would seem to me that we may be winning on the fronts of Afghanistan and in all these other places where we’re fighting, in Iraq.

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Turkey’s vested geopolitical interests; Civil war in Iraq would spell border trouble

Mar 7, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari paid a one-day visit to Turkey, prompting an angry Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to call the trip “illegal.” The Iraqi president said he was troubled that the prime minister did not tell other officials who are still negotiating over the new government about it. Yet, when Mr. Talabani, “the” Kurd of Iraq, is disgusted with Mr. Jaafari’s visit to Ankara, one could not stop thinking whether his reaction to the Iraqi prime minister was only a disguise to cover up his irritation of the Turks.

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