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Turkish Alawites Face Prejudice, Pressure by State

Dec 27, 2012 | Comments Off

Just holding elections is not enough unless wide respect of civil rights and pluralism principles is upheld. Unfortunately, Turkey lags behind developed societies in embracing religious tolerance and multiculturalism. The Turkish state continues to deny its people of Alawite origin the right to exercise their faith without being subjugated by the majority Sunni population.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/alewites-turkey-syria.html#ixzz2HDd5I7kE

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Turkey’s Popular Jailhouse Authors

Dec 27, 2012 | Comments Off

ANKARA — Only in Turkey can accused “terrorists” overwhelm the shelves of Turkish bookstores from behind bars. These trendy new jailhouse authors that include Turkish military officers, academicians and journalists have published more than 60 books. Many of them have been detained since June 2007 under a colossal trial called the “Ergenekon,” that accused 275 but convicted none of plotting to overthrow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/jaile-authors-turkey.html#ixzz2GGbepRLn

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Ankara Drops Its Objections To NATO-Israel Cooperation

Dec 26, 2012 | Comments Off

So much for a “principled policy” for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stand against the Jewish state! Ankara decided on Friday, Dec. 21 to step back from its opposition to cooperation between NATO and Israel.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkey-israel-nato.html#ixzz2GGcA3r9O

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Turkey Prefers Bluster Over Balance In Dealing with Israel

Dec 23, 2012 | Comments Off

ANKARA, Turkey — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was recently received in Ankara with full honors accorded a head of state.

In his first foreign travel since the United Nations overwhelmingly voted for recognizing Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” Abu Mazen, as he is also known, was welcomed at the Turkish presidential palace on Dec. 11 with a 21-gun salute.
In its reception of President Abbas, Turkey sent another signal that it has no interest in repairing its relationship with Israel.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkey-israel.html#ixzz2G2xR9Zh1

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Turkish Intelligence Service Targets Jewish Population

Dec 19, 2012 | Comments Off

The deteriorating relationship between Turkey and Israel has generated unprecedented and disquieting accusations against Turkey’s Jews. There is a growing tendency in this country — encouraged by the ruling Islamist government — that demonizes Jews and triggers anti-Semitism, consciously or not.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turksh-intelligence-jews.html#ixzz2FgNwcAoL

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Turkey’s Border Crisis

Dec 17, 2012 | Comments Off

Nizip, Turkey — More than 220,000 Syrian refugees live in Turkey, including 136,500 who live in makeshift camps on the border. Those numbers will continue to grow as long as Turkey continues its open-border policy.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkeys-border-crisis.html#ixzz2FgNTARnr

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