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What will Ankara do?; Turks want campaign against Kurd terrorists in Iraq

May 29, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey

Last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if Turkey’s generals wish, he will secure parliamentary support for them to carry out a cross-border operation into northern Iraq to go after the Kurdish separatist PKK. In April, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military believes such an operation is necessary, and that he thinks that it would be successful. He noted, however, that such a plan requires government approval.

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Election anxiety; Turks’ wariness is showing

May 22, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ISTANBUL, Turkey.

Modern Turkey’s democratization has been driven by the European Union accession process. On July 22, Turks will vote in the first general national election since the talks officially opened – and they are wary of the future of their secular democracy.

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Ankara and secularism; Better to understand U.S. approach

May 15, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey.

In the midst of rising political tension in Turkey, journalists, officials and ordinary people in Ankara have repeatedly asked me if the United States will continue to support the Justice and Development Party? Initially, it is difficult to comprehend the logic. Why should the United States favor one party – even if it is the ruling party – over others as it tries to conduct state business?

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Islam and democracy; Coexisting in Erdogan’s Turkey

May 8, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a complicated man – a seasoned Islamist politician who understands what it means to challenge the secular principles of Ataturk’s Turkey. Yet during his five-year tenure, Mr. Erdogan made secularism the subject of constant public debate, portraying it as violating the rights of veiled Muslim women.

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The pains of democracy; What are Turkey’s alternatives?

May 1, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The anticipated crisis hugged Turkey tight. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised the country with his decision not to run for president. Many in his Justice and Development Party (AKP) believe he should have been the country’s new leader. He decided that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul should be the one, but frankly, there is no difference between the two. The AKP is determined to appoint an Islamist as Turkey’s next president.

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