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The PKK threat to Turkey; U.S. policy sidesteps real issue

Apr 25, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“We have a very strong and long-time strategic relationship with Turkey,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last week in advance of her one-day visit to Ankara today. While the reassuring words are nice, the relationship doesn’t look or feel strong and strategic – particularly since the Turkish parliament denied the United States a northern front to invade Iraq more than three years ago.

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End sectarian violence; Iraqis should rethink governance

Apr 18, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Four months after holding its historic national elections, Iraq still has failed to form a government. The parliamentary session that was supposed to be held yesterday has been postponed to a later date.
The problem appears to be Prime Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari, but in fact it runs deeper.

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Building bridges; Women tell what it’s like inside Turkey

Apr 11, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Sometimes one wonders exactly what it means when people refer to Turkey as a bridge between the West and the East. Westerners who do not support Turkey joining the European Union say it is not compatible with Western culture. Arabs say Turks are not true Muslims because Kemal Ataturk, the country’s founding father, abolished caliphate, changed the alphabet and, most importantly, introduced a secular democracy.

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Freeing Jill Carroll; Iraqi sheik negotiated behind the scenes

Apr 5, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Reunited with her family after 82 days in captivity, Jill Carroll is surely reflecting on how she was so lucky to be released from her kidnappers. In time the Carroll family will tell the story of her rescue. But in the meantime, she’s facing some questions over the statements she made right before her release about how well she was treated, and when she said, “It’s important that people hear from me. The Mujahideen are only trying to defend their country.”

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Quelling Kurdish unrest; The first move is to stabilize Iraq

Apr 4, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last Tuesday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, gave the keynote speech at the 25th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations. He recently attended a symposium in Turkey on global terrorism and international cooperation, and took a day off walking around the Blue Mosque and Ayasofia in Istanbul. “That gave me the deeper understanding of the civilization,” he said.

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