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Turks losing faith in Ankara

Mar 25, 2008 | Comments Off

Turks losing faith in Ankara

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The people’s faith in the rule of law has been jeopardized. Two recent developments have been dangerously tied.

On one side, Turkey’s chief prosecutor has filed a case against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Constitutional Court, alleging that it is fomenting anti-secular activities and asserting that it should be banned from politics. On the other side, a large-scale police investigation has been going on for nearly 10 months in an attempt to expose Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist gang accused of inciting anti-democratic activities and seeking to engineer a coup against the country’s Islamist-rooted government.

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Time for dialogue

Mar 25, 2008 | Comments Off

International Herald Tribune

By Tulin Daloglu and David Pollock

The Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has touched off a fierce debate with his plans to post a short film on the Internet that is said to be highly critical of the Koran and Islam. A date has not been set, and there is no certainty that the film will be posted. But the anticipation has already touched off a heated discussion, and raised fears that the film could set off violence of the sort that followed publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark. Following are four comments on the film and the furor around it.

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Poor communication

Mar 11, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

What can be more natural than people demanding security when they come under attack as happened on September 11? But there is no guarantee that a government will choose the best course. The debate in the United States, in which the Democratic presidential hopefuls argue that the Bush administration’s Iraq policy has made Americans more vulnerable, is natural in a democracy. And that same kind of open criticism leveled against the government has prompted great confusion in Turkey over the recent military incursion into Northern Iraq. The trouble in the Turkish case is, however, that it’s getting needlessly drowned in its own identity crisis.

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