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An unbecoming appearance; Washington uncomfortably close to Kurds

Dec 25, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The outcome of Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish separatist terrorist strongholds in Northern Iraq has yet to be realized. Military solutions are surely not the only way to eradicate a terrorist organization. On the other hand, no terrorist organization should have the right to represent the Kurdish people.

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Turkey strikes rebels; Moderate Kurds lacking a voice

Dec 18, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

On Sunday, Turkey carried out its first cross-border operation since 2003, using fighter jets to attack the strongholds of separatist Kurdish terrorists. When Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Bush over a month ago at the White House, the United States committed itself to share “actionable intelligence” with Turkey. So this week’s action was not unilateral.

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Fantasies and realities; Opening direct talks with Iran

Dec 11, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Now that the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear capabilities has been made public, the answers to the basic questions should be obvious – yet they are anything but. The report’s conclusion – that Iran halted its secret nuclear weapons program four years ago – has put Mohamed El Baradei’s International Atomic Energy Agency into a position that defies its director-general’s traditional position toward the Bush administration.

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Debating Turkey and the EU; France continues cold shoulder

Dec 4, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey.

In the past two years, the suburbs of Paris have twice witnessed violent clashes between non-native French citizens and the police. Whether religious and cultural differences or poverty, unemployment and racial discrimination are the root causes of these incidents is open to debate. But what’s interesting is that in September 2006, before he was elected president, Nicolas Sarkozy visited Washington and argued that then the first French riot stood as one of the reasons he opposes Turkey’s European Union membership.

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