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What’s on Turkey’s mind?; An election of uncertain consequence, certain importance

Jul 31, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey.

It’s an exceptional time in Turkey for political analysts and ordinary citizens alike. Everyone is trying to figure out the real meaning and motive in the re-election of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) by a strong majority. Frankly, it’s too early to make conclusive judgments on how this election will affect Turkey’s secular democracy or its relationship with the West and the region around it.

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Talking Turkey; Post-election, major questions loom

Jul 24, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) handily won Turkey’s national election this week, retaining its majority rule in parliament and striking a blow for Islamists and against the secular establishment to maintain a single-party government for another term. Yet, the Turks made sure that the AKP won’t be able to appoint the new president in a month without the consent of the secularist and nationalist representatives of society.

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Economic and political realities; Issues in Turkey’s upcoming elections

Jul 17, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ISTANBUL, Turkey.

With five days remaining before Turkey’s national elections, the ruling Islamist party is clearly pushing one idea: It’s the economy, stupid.
For the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic, the economy has seen growth for the past 21 quarters. Inflation is significantly declining, foreign currency is stable and there is record-breaking foreign investment – all achieved after the country’s economic crisis of 2001.

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Religion and public life; Each has a role in Turkey, right?

Jul 10, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ISTANBUL, Turkey.

“Modernization in Turkey in terms of women has been limited strictly to dress code – and that is nothing but body politics,” said Edibe Sozen, vice chairman of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP – the ruling Islamist party in Turkey. “I argue that that modernization is narrow-minded, limited only to the issue of clothing. And I support deconstruction of such modernization,” she said.

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U.S. through Islamic lens; Will the views enhance ties with Russia?

Jul 3, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last week, President Bush announced he will appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, acted earlier: Russia was granted observer status in the OIC almost two years ago. When Messrs. Bush and Putin met Sunday, what was missing from the discussion was the adversarial relationship between the United States and Russia in the Muslim world.

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