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  • Resolving the ISIS crisis from a Turkish viewpoint

    ISIS is not only a Middle Eastern menace as radicalism is not based on geography. Just like everything in life, it stems from an ideology, a way of looking at history through a certain lens and a certain narrative. That narrative needs to be our target, not the individuals who are indoctrinated by it....
  • The ISIS problem cannot be solved by arming the PKK

    The ISIS menace has been spreading beyond the borders of Middle East. Both the EU countries and the U.S. are rightly alarmed by the situation. We are all watching the discussions about combatting the radical group very closely and I have to remind my readers that the popular notion “my enemy’s enemy is my...
  • Turkey can use its foreign policy charms to help Gaza

    As I was typing these lines, Hamas was still rejecting a permanent ceasefire, calling instead for a humanitarian truce that would last only for a few hours. Despite heavy losses in the Gaza Strip, Hamas insists on rejecting a ceasefire proposal put forward by Egypt while Israel claims that the proposal does not meet its demands...
  • Turkey’s ‘open border’ policy has not backfired

    Five-year-old Asiya fell asleep over a dirty blanket under the intense sun as she and her family arrived in Kilis, Turkey after an arduous three day journey from Syria. Her fragile body could not take any more, yet she carried more of her belongings in a plastic bag all the way from Aleppo. A...
  • Israel’s Gaza offensive from a focal Turkish perspective

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2014/07/12/Israel-s-Gaza-offensive-from-a-focal-Turkish-perspective.html Since the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Protective Edge, a significant number of people have lost their lives. We have seen the images of a young girl mourning over the dead body of her fiancé, fathers carrying the bodies of their baby daughters and mothers tending the funerals of their only sons....
  • Witnessing the Turkish media’s fall from grace

    My memory fails me when I try to remember all the negative reports and headlines regarding Turkey’s leading AK Party, Prime Minister Erdogan or the center- right in Turkey in the last years. Some said Turkey will never normalize relations with Israel again, while some claimed Erdogan would surely be toppled by the military...

EUROPE NEWS

  • Mark Donfried: Faith and religion could strengthen our relationships

    Mark Donfried Director  of Cultural Diplomacy Institute Of course the issue of unity and faith and intercultural dialogue is not necessarily new. There is a lot of interfaith initiatives. For us this is very exciting because we look at the field of cultural diplomacy and how it can actually interconnect with interfaith dialogue because...
  • Bulgaria wants gas flow to Turkey in 2016

    SOFIA (AA) – Bulgaria aims to start a natural gas pipeline between Turkey and Bulgaria by 2016, Ivan Ayolov, Bulgaria’s deputy energy minister said Wednesday. Negotiations between delegates from Bulgaria and Turkey are continuing with the hope that the 114 kilometers pipeline project will be completed in a short space of time with the countries jointly undertaking the construction....
  • UKRAINE CRISIS URGES ON SOUTHERN GAS CORRIDOR

    ANKARA — The Southern Gas Corridor project, which will supply Europe with gas from Azerbaijan when it opens in five years time, will also have the capacity to carry extra gas from northern Iraq, Turkmenistan and possibly Iran, which would reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy, according to an energy expert. David Koranyi, acting director...
  • EU WANTS UNIFORM PRICE FOR RUSSIAN GAS FOR ALL MEMBERS

    Reuters  WARSAW — European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said yesterday that the EU wants a uniform price for Russian gas for all its member states, adding Europe’s common gas infrastructure should include Ukraine, Georgia and the western Balkans. Oettinger was speaking after a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who promotes an idea of...

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

  • Israel takes disputed Kurdish oil

    A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan’s new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer. The SCF Altai tanker arrived at Israel’s Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said. By the...
  • IRAQI OIL WILL GO TO ITALY, GERMANY THROUGH TURKEY

    ANKARA — Kurdish oil – 1.4 million barrels of it – stored in the southeastern Turkish port of Ceyhan was loaded onto ships Thursday night, said Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız on Friday. The oil has been stored in Ceyhan for the last six months in line with an agreement signed between Turkey and the...
  • IRANIAN AND ISRAELI TOURISTS CHOOSE ANTALYA

    According to a May report released by the Mediterranean Touristic Hoteliers and Proprietors Association, the number of the visitors coming to Antalya in the first quarter of the year was 1.32 million, an increase of 5.1 percent compared with the same period of the previous year. Antalya hosted 1.25 million tourists during that period last...
  • Muslim spiritual leader Shaykh Nazim passes away

    World famous Muslim scholar, my beloved Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani al-Qibrisi has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. World famous Muslim scholar Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani has passed away at the age of 92 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Our beautiful Sheikh, the pearl of Cyprus...
  • Rebuilding Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal

    By Abdul Hamid Chohan ANKARA (AA) – As the United States readies for a military withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year, prospects for security and peace are likely to depend largely on how Afghanistan’s neighbors behave. Their support will be crucial to the new government’s efforts to rebuild the country and...
  • TURKEY TRAINS POLICE OFFICERS FROM 54 COUNTRIES

    UNITED NATIONS — Some 20.000 law enforcement officials from 54 countries, were provided with vocational training by the Turkish National Police between 1997 and 2013, a Turkish diplomat told the UN Security Council on Monday. The Police Vocational training center in Sivas in the central part of Turkey has trained hundreds of police officer candidates...

ASIA NEWS

  • Martial law declared in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AA) – After seven months of political strife, the Thai army declared martial law across Thailand on Tuesday, but was quick to stress that the move was “not a coup”. Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha said the measure had been invoked “to restore peace and order for people from all sides.” The move “is not a coup,”...
  • India becomes world’s third largest economy

    NEW DELHI (AA) – India has emerged as the world’s third largest economy, in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), just behind the U.S. and China, according to a report from the World Bank. The report surveyed 199 economies in the most comprehensive attempt to date to measure the Purchasing Power parities, the price comparisons that show the...
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