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Democracy, capitalism; Disentangle the ideals

Eki 21, 2008 | Democracy, capitalism; Disentangle the ideals için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Dow Jones industrial average’s recent extreme rollercoaster ride is a prime example of how “instability” in the world negatively impacts our lives. In one week, the market went from a historic 936-point gain to a chilling sweep downhill just a couple of days later, impervious to the assurances of the government bailout package and bank support that was designed to mitigate the “ups and downs.” But the will – of government, of banks, of companies, and of investors – is the most important part of the equation.

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The Turkish alliance; Anti-terrorism efforts and dividends

Eki 7, 2008 | The Turkish alliance; Anti-terrorism efforts and dividends için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: Ankara, TURKEY
Last week, the House stumbled before passing the bailout bill. But in the end, its way was eased by the overwhelming bipartisan approval of the Senate, which gave Treasury Secretary Hanry Paulson what he wanted, more or less. Whether it’s the best solution to the financial crisis is open to debate. Clearly, there is a kind of connection between the war in Iraq and the tumultuous markets. In this election season, the $600 billion already spent in Iraq and the ongoing $10 billion a month being spent there is under increased scrutiny.

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Bailout fallout?; No. Paulson rightly weighs global markets

Eyl 23, 2008 | Bailout fallout?; No. Paulson rightly weighs global markets için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The startling developments of the United States economy over the past two weeks – the tumbling market and the unparalleled intervention by the federal government to bail out major financial institutions – led President Bush to comment on Friday that “America’s economy is facing unprecedented challenges, and we are responding with unprecedented action.” Indeed, the markets worldwide grew apprehensive in reaction to the developments on Wall Street. I am no expert on financial matters, but hearing the words “confidence,” “overspending ” and ” spillover” repeated over and over in nearly every related discussion led me to think about America’s presence on the global stage.

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Russian cooperation; West may have no choice

Eyl 9, 2008 | Russian cooperation; West may have no choice için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last Sunday’s “60 Minutes” featured a piece on the villagers of Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. CBS correspondent Scott Pelley found the location where a U.S. air strike killed four generations of one family on March 4. None of those killed was Taliban, and the villagers were furious. “During the Russian invasion we haven’t heard of 10 members of one family being killed by Russians in one incident,” one villager remarked. “But the Americans did that. We used to hate the Russians much more than Americans ? I am telling you Russians behave much better than the Americans.”

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Russia’s withdrawal; Will it garner favor with the Western alliance?

Ağu 26, 2008 | Russia’s withdrawal; Will it garner favor with the Western alliance? için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Georgia’s aspirations to NATO membership could affect the sustainability and success of the alliance in Afghanistan. During April’s NATO summit in Bucharest, Russia committed to support NATO’s supply lines to Afghanistan across Russian Federation territory. While American troops’ supply lines run mainly through Pakistan, Russian cooperation is no little thing. After the NATO foreign ministers held an emergency meeting last week in Brussels amidst the fighting between Georgia and Russia, they issued a strongly worded statement saying that there will be no “business as usual” until all Russian troops withdraw from all parts of Georgia. Then Moscow announced its suspension of all military cooperation with NATO.

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Turkey’s regional influence; Perhaps too much to handle

Ağu 12, 2008 | Turkey’s regional influence; Perhaps too much to handle için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Nearly two weeks after Iran refused to yield to the demand by Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States that it stop developing nuclear technology that can lead to a nuclear weapon, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to a NATO country for the first time. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will meet the Iranian leader on Thursday in Istanbul. While Iran’s influence as a regional power has undeniably been enhanced by standing against the threats of new sanctions and continuing its nuclear program, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s visit to Turkey will further that image.

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Albright had it right; Of headscarves and hegemony

Tem 15, 2008 | Albright had it right; Of headscarves and hegemony için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In principle, U.S. foreign policy toward Turkey is consistent whether Republicans or Democrats are in office. The particulars of Turkey’s democracy, however, sometimes tests the relationship. The role of the Turkish military, as guardian of secularism, also defines the country’s unique understanding of democracy. In recent memory, Turkish armed forces have attempted to intervene in politics twice – on Feb. 28, 1997, and April 27, 2007. Both times, they came close to the brink of a coup because Islamic fundamentalism posed a threat to secular democracy. Both times, the headscarf issue spawned the intervention.

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Sorry History

Tem 1, 2008 | Sorry History için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Over the course of centuries, many groups of people have claimed to be “chosen” by God. But the Jews are the only ones targeted for it, argues Avi Beker, the former Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress. In his wisely researched, well-documented new book, “The Chosen,” Mr. Beker, a visiting professor at Georgetown University, compiles all the stereotypes, conspiracy theories and accusations about Jews throughout history.

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Azerbaijan’s first lady

Haz 17, 2008 | Azerbaijan’s first lady için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Mehriban Aliyeva, the first lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan, graciously welcomed guests to Gulustan Palace in Baku last week for an international forum on “expanding the role of women in cross-cultural dialogue.” She looked like Audrey Hepburn as she greeted the attendees – her black hair was tied elegantly in a tight top knot, she wore makeup on her dark eyes, and her short-sleeved black dress had a round collar that left space to show off her glamorous pearl necklace and earrings. She spoke her native languages, Azeri and Russian, as well as English, showing confidence as she swiftly changed from one to the other. Mrs. Aliyeva is an inspirational role model for her nation – especially women.

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OPINION: Bush’s freedom agenda

Haz 3, 2008 | OPINION: Bush’s freedom agenda için yorumlar kapalı

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“Some skeptics of democracy assert that the traditions of Islam are inhospitable to representative government,” President Bush said in 2003. “I believe every person has the ability and the right to be free.”
The Muslim Middle East surely would find it difficult to quarrel with Mr. Bush’s point of view if political leaders in Turkey – the country his administration has held up as a model of democracy to the region – agreed with him. “The Muslim majority, too, faces problems regarding religious freedom in Turkey,” Foreign Minister Ali Babacan complained last week at the European Parliament. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed, saying, “No one can deny that there are no problems.”
This criticism of Turkey’s 85-year-old democracy by its elected officials that it allegedly denies its people – whether it be minority or majority – freedom of religion is no doubt propitious for examining.

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