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Turkey’s Davutoglu Under Fire For Failed Mideast Policies

Nov 29, 2012 | Comments Off

ANKARA — Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chief opposition-party leader, has called for the resignation of Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister and a member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), over the country’s failed Middle East policies. At the weekly meeting of his own party (the Republican People’s Party) on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Turkish parliament, Kilicdaroglu called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “dismiss him from his duty; bring any [AKP] deputy in his place. You will see that he will do a better job than Davutoglu.”

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Erdogan Inflames Gaza Conflict

Nov 20, 2012 | Comments Off

JERUSALEM — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken his already inflammatory rhetoric to another level. After calling Israel a “terrorist state,” he took direct aim at the US role in the Middle east.

“Leading with the US, all the West talks about a two-state solution,” Erdogan said Tuesday, Nov. 20. “Where is it? They’re working to vacate Palestine in order to surrender it to Israel […] If we’re going to die, we shall do so as men do. This is not justice.”

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Turkey’s Failed PKK Policy

Nov 13, 2012 | Comments Off

The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to face its failure to date in the fight against the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK).

Since Turkey jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in 1999, the state has been using him as a kind of interlocutor to combat Kurdish separatists and terrorists. Despite his imprisonment, Ocalan has oddly remained in the headlines, commenting on how to address the PKK and the broader subject of Kurdish nationalism.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkey-pkk-policy.html#ixzz2CyVwbiwi

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Erdogan’s Bigger Game: Change the Constitution

Nov 5, 2012 | Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Nov. 3, reflected on the AKP’s rise: “Not only a new party came to power, but a revolution in mentality took place.”

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkeyerdoganconstitution.html#ixzz2CyUhv1Ai

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