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Turkish Parliament Faces Deadline on Draft Constitution

May 3, 2013 | Comments Off

“The sun is about to set, we need to make a decision before it gets dark,” Cemil Cicek, speaker of the Turkish Parliament and member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said today [May 3], as the Erdogan government’s patience runs thin in trying to persuade the members of the parliament’s Constitution Reconciliation Commission (CRC) to forge a new contract between the state and the citizens — as the AKP sees fit.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/turkey-parliament-constitution-draft-deadline.html#ixzz2mS3hngp1

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Turkey’s Trouble at the Border

May 2, 2013 | Comments Off

Two recent developments concerning the painfully long Syrian civil war illustrate how Turkey is challenged to keep order at its border. First is the issue of massive numbers of Syrian refugees continuing to flow into Turkey, and the second is Turkey’s dubious preparedness in the face of a potential chemical warfare threat.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/turkey-syria-border-trouble-security-deteriorating.html#ixzz2mS3CnF8G

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