Not good enough…but an unexpected start

By: Friday April 25, 2014 1:30 am

One of the truly under-reported human rights tragedies of the 20th Century was the Armenian Genocide undertaken by the then Ottoman Empire (soon to be Turkey) under the rule of the “Young Turks”. In a great swatch of ethnic cleansing that served as a model/inspiration for the Nazis a generation later, thousands of Armenians were butchered and then the remainder were forced into the desolate interior of Anatolia where a great many perished via starvation, disease, or violence.


Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But #OccupyGezi’s Social Spirit Keeps Turks Tweeting

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that Turkey is a population simultaneously in love with social media’s liberating potential while also uniquely well educated in how to circumvent digital road blocks.

The Rule of Law Is Sacrificed to Protect Erdogan Dynasty

By: Friday December 27, 2013 5:54 pm

How did a political crisis turn into disrespect for rule of law and beginning of the major collapse of AKP? The answer is simple; laws were used for individuals who should have just been part of the transformation. Over the last decade many bills have been passed or laws were decreed to protect or enable the Prime Minister of his relatives. His son Bilal’s wealth has always been a matter of criticism by opposition, especially how he became so rich over a decade becoming a major shipowner in Turkey was raising curiosity.

Turkey Approves Military Action Against Syria as Cross-Border Attacks Continue

By: Friday October 5, 2012 8:22 am

Turkey’s Parliament approved military action against Syria yesterday, though they downplayed it as not a prelude to an invasion or a “war mandate.” But while Syria apologized for cross-border shelling that killed five in Turkey and drew this response, the Turkish military fired over the border for a second day, as the Turkish Prime Minister announced more provocations from their neighbor.

Turkey Considers Syria “Clear and Imminent Threat”

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:05 am

That fear of escalation between Syria and Turkey grew stronger today, as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Syria as “a clear and imminent threat,” promising to retaliate for a downed Turkish jet, and warning the Syrians about approaching the Turkish border.

Turkish PM Could Invoke NATO Right to Collective Self-Defense Against Syria

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 2:30 pm

This is pretty much what I expected when violence from Syria moved across the border to Turkey. I mentioned that Turkey was a NATO member. And now the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is hints at NATO member obligations.

Obama Uses Turkey for Back Channel With Iran

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 6:00 pm

Sometimes the back channel will tell you more than what happens in public.

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