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Palestinian suffering

Apr 24, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: JERUSALEM

Peace in the Middle East is as an intriguing a concept as exists. Bassem Eid, founder and director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, believes two elements are necessary for a sustained peace between Israelis and Palestinians : “Israel should withdraw to 1967 borders and the Palestinians should give up the right to return to land.” He supposes that if those two conditions were met, Israelis would be more willing to work toward peace. But that belief makes Mr. Eid an unusual case.

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Turkish turbulence; Erdogan’s rise spells historic change

Apr 17, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Islamists in Turkey are calling for a debate about secularism, but perhaps Turks themselves should first have a debate about what democracy means. Soon Turkey may have its first Islamist president; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to announce his presidential candidacy within a week. Never before has a presidential candidacy been so controversial.

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Genocide or not; Turks and Armenians look askance

Apr 10, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

One would assume that the question of whether what happened between Turks and Armenians during World War I constitutes “genocide” is not an important issue in American politics or the American consciousness. Yet for Turkish Americans, it remains a constant source of anxiety and fear of discrimination or reprisals if they express a different point of view. Generations later, even in this country that celebrates freedom of speech and debate, they feel that publicly discussing the issue will engender more hate.

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Bad blood in Turkey; An uneven flow of democracy

Apr 3, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“We thank you for your commitment to democracy and freedom,” President Bush said to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a White House meeting nearly five years ago. It represented congratulations to Mr. Erdogan for surviving a 10-month prison term he served over a speech he had given. In two weeks, Mr. Erdogan will likely announce his presidential candidacy. His election would mark a historic change: Mr. Erdogan would become Turkey’s first Islamic president.

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