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Roads to democracy; Real life in Afghanistan is still troubling

May 30, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When I arrived in Kabul last week, the coalition military forces were in the midst of their worst fight with the Taliban since the regime was toppled. But the coalition forces didn’t inform the Afghani security forces in advance, and a significant number of civilians were killed during the operation. It’s a nightmare scenario for President Hamid Karzai, who is still trying to form a functioning cabinet. In addition, combat continues daily outside Kabul. Coalition forces spokesman Tom Collins said “The Taliban has regained its influence,” especially in the southern part of the country. It is exactly the area where the government has yet to establish a presence.

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Veiled secularism; Turkey’s identity troubles

May 25, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The first spring after opening the European Union accession talks came with a surfacing identity crisis in Turkey. The standard question of whether Turks are compatible with the European Union no longer dominates the debate over Turkey’s future. Now it’s Turks vs. Turks.
The “nation state” is at stake, and a future Turkish civil war is possible. The unrest could incite religious fighting among Muslim Turks, and could impact European countries with Muslim populations.

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U.S.-Iran dialogue; Ordinary Turks feel part of a tug of war

May 16, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Much speculation surrounds the letter Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent to President Bush. Could he be trying to prevent a pre-emptive strike against his country with pro-active diplomacy?
“It really was a kind of philosophical and indeed religious attack on U.S. policies,” said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, brushing aside any suggestion that it could start a direct U.S.-Iran dialogue. But Iran’s desire to engage speaks more loudly than the letter itself.

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Kurds and terrorism; Will they support Turkey to build a coalition?

May 2, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Turkey last week made one thing clear: Turks should stop expecting any U.S. military action against separatist Kurdish terrorists.

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