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Separating religion and government; How to preserve secularism in Turkey

Jun 27, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul recently visited Tehran to gauge whether it would be possible for officials from the United States and Iran to meet face to face in Istanbul. If it happens, it will help to de-escalate the nuclear stalemate, leaving behind the question of regime change in Iran to be the most difficult one to solve.

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Sentiment and skepticism; Do Turks really trust the United States?

Jun 20, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

According to the latest survey in the Pew Global Attitudes Project, the number of people in Turkey who have a favorable view of the United States has dropped 40 points from 52 percent to 12 percent in the past six years. Clearly, the war in Iraq is the major factor in turning world opinion against the United States. However, out of more than 90,000 interviews in 50 countries, Turkey a NATO ally with a majority Muslim population had the least positive view.

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A question of motives; Why fight the war in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Jun 14, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Bush called the death of Abu Musab Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s chief operative in Iraq, “a victory in the global war on terror.” He took care, however, to remind Americans of the “tough days ahead.” It’s important to remember that plenty of tough days have yet to come in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan under siege; The Taliban try to return

Jun 6, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The pictures of the anti-U.S. riots last week in Kabul show the immense contradictions of Afghanistan. Monday’s riot, triggered by a traffic accident involving an American military truck, was the worst since the fall of the Taliban. The next day, however, was absolutely calm, illustrating how impossible it is to predict anything that will happen in Afghanistan. Hikmet Cetin, NATO’s senior civilian representative, says the riots did not accurately express either the level of anti-American sentiment or the people’s attitude toward foreign influences.

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