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Future of Iraq uncertain; Political solutions are slow coming

Jan 22, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Friedrich Nietzsche said that we can only think the thoughts we have words for. And sometimes we have words, but we do not have satisfactory explanations as to why things happen as they do. We continually see stories about ambitious and incapacitated politicians, failing policies, people’s suffering, war, terrorism, violence, hatred, etc. We try our best to cope with these realities, but Nietzsche was right; real understanding of them eludes us.

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Talking Turkey; A crucial turning point

Jan 15, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Since the Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923, secularism and the Kurdish national identity have been extremely sensitive issues. And since September 11, the restlessness in Turkish society about these issues, which should have been resolved long ago, has been exacerbated by increased threats along the country’s borders that further complicate the trouble. As a result, Turkey finds itself in what is arguably the most crucial turning point in its history.

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Oh, thanks, Mr. Gul; Who knows what’s on Ankara’s mind?

Jan 8, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

An open letter to Turkish President Abdullah Gul:
Today you will meet with President Bush. Since no Turkish president has visited Washington in more than a decade, your trip can only be seen as a sign of improving relations between the United States and Turkey. But the timing and the substance of this meeting are already subject to debate. Many Turks do not understand why you’re here.

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No New Year’s Eve bash; Does Turkey’s move diminish Western clout?

Jan 1, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

As Turkish military jets pounded the strongholds of Kurdish separatist terrorists in Northern Iraq, 2007 ended on a hopeful note for the relationship between the United States and Turkey.
Despite all of the fear mongering about a cross-border Turkish operation against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in Northern Iraq, Washington continues to share with Ankara actionable intelligence to help these operations succeed. This may signal a “return to normal” after four years of complicated and strained relations since the Turkish Parliament refused to allow U.S. troops to cross into northern Iraq via Turkish land. Now, the question is whether this new atmosphere of cooperation can be sustained. It’s hard to know. But Turkish President Abdullah Gul will be one of the first official foreign visitors to Washington in 2008, when President Bush welcomes him to the White House on Jan. 8.

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