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  • Turkey is not to blame for foreign jihadist actions

    After the Paris terror attack and the bombing in Germany, potential lone wolf terrorists and the travel schedules of radicalized Europeans are once more under the lens. As a neighbor of Syria and Iraq, the two countries with areas under ISIS control, Turkey and its border policies are under criticism once again. When we...
  • Turkish Marxist group brings new threats from old faces

    I was tired of hearing “Communism is not a threat any more. Marxism is dead and the Cold War is over”. The Cold War is not over because the Marxist ideological front decided that their ideology is not a way to live in this life: Communists did not suddenly decide that humanism could not...
  • Why the ‘War to End all Wars’ never did?

    ‘You don’t “get it,”’ said a Turk to an American. ‘Why wouldn’t you kill those who desire to kill you?’ protested the American. ‘You have to disarm his mind, and he will drop his weapon. If you kill him, you fuel his grievances and his ideology produces more terrorists.’ I have witnessed conversations like...
  • What can be done for Syrian refugees in the Middle East?

    This winter marks yet another long period of coldness and misery for millions of displaced Syrians. In Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan large numbers of Syrians are refugees — though we prefer to call them “guests” here in Turkey. I would like to ask some tough questions: When will Arab nations give these noble...
  • What will 2015 bring for Turkey?

    After a tumultuous 2014, an even more heated 2015 is at the door. Turkey will likely again be in the middle of many confrontations and conflicts in the coming year. Turkey and the EU: an expensive and heart breaking affair It is not difficult to see that Turkey’s relations with the EU are deteriorating...
  • Cameron’s Syria problem seeks Turkish answers

    When British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Turkey this week he was right to argue that the threat of ISIS must be confronted together. His Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister Davutoğlu, said the two countries shared a ‘strong and common political will’ to tackle the challenge posed by foreign fighters traveling to Syria and...

EUROPE NEWS

  • Europe to invest $275 million in geothermal energy in Turkey

    The Energy Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Nandita Parshad, announced the bank’s scheduled investments in Turkey’s energy sector in 2015. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Parshad noted that the development of geothermal energy in Turkey requires expensive investments and faces risks; therefore, the bank will be investing $150 million in a...
  • Turkey is bound to become a regional energy hub

    The concept of “energy supply security” was the most important conceptual innovation introduced to the academic literature by the two oil crises in the 1970s. Since then, this concept has been remembered as a result of various geostrategic risks and developments in international politics, creating new geopolitical advantages for transit countries. As energy supply...
  • Turkey Demands Strategic US Ties Reflected In Trade

    Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi yesterday called for better commercial ties between Turkey and the U.S., criticizing American leadership for not doing everything in their power to make it so before his meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Speaking at a protocol signing ceremony between his ministry and the Ministry of the...
  • 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...

MIDDLE EAST NEWS

  • PKK Kidnapping children

    It was known that those taking to the mountains (an idiom used for joining the PKK) and those being kidnapped to be taken to the mountains have not stopped. With the protests of 11 families whose children were kidnapped and called on the PKK to release their children, the PKK’s kidnappings climbed to the agenda of...
  • PARLIAMENT PASSES MANDATE TO SEND TROOPS INTO IRAQ AND SYRIA

    The Turkish Parliament on late Thursday has voted in favor of the deployment of cross-border troops to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS and other terrorist organizations after an absolute majority voted yes for the motion while Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) voted against the mandate proposed by the government. A comprehensive...
  • 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...

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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