Turkey

Multiply, Arınç Tells Minorities

Multiply, Arınç Tells Minorities

The Journal of Turkish Weekly,

9 August 2012

Turkey’s recognized minorities should work to bring their birth rate up so that they can increase their population, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said Aug. 7 during a fast-breaking iftar meal with non-Muslim representatives in Ankara.

Altruistic Society or Sect? The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

Altruistic Society or Sect?
The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

Der Spiegel, Maximilian Popp,

 

8 August 2012

Millions of Muslims around the world idolize Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who likes to present himself as the Gandhi of Islam. His Gülen movement runs schools in 140 countries and promotes interfaith dialogue. But former members describe it as a sect, and some believe the secretive organization is conspiring to expand its power in Turkey.

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

TURKEY: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

By Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL

Aug 4 2012 (EurasiaNet) -

In a display of muscle-flexing, Turkish tanks this week carried out military exercises on the Syrian border, just a few kilometres away from towns that Syrian Kurds had seized from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

Ghost town hostage to Cyprus stalemate

By Ayla Jean Yackley

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus

Thu Aug 2, 2012

(Reuters) - Barbed wire and concrete-filled oil drums surround Maria Riri Myles' family apartment in a snake- and rat-infested no-go zone of northern Cyprus occupied only by patrolling Turkish soldiers. But it still feels like home.

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Turkey's New Ballistic Missile Program Raises Eyebrows and Concerns

Jorge Benitez

July 31, 2012

From Aaron Stein, World Politics Review: Ankara remains far too dependent on Washington for its intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities. The conflict in Syria, in particular the shooting down of a Turkish RF-4E reconnaissance jet last month, has exacerbated Ankara’s discomfort with the status quo. Turkey’s Syria policy has been hampered by its lack of intelligence capabilities and over-reliance on the United States for satellite imagery. However, Washington has repeatedly rebuffed Turkish requests for increased drone and satellite surveillance.

Turkey's Syria policy backfires

Turkey's Syria policy backfires

 

Deutsche Welle,

31 July 2012

As Syria's crisis deepens, Turkey is greatly concerned about a PKK-controlled Kurdish state in Turkey's immediate neighborhood. Ankara's fear is not a Greater Kurdistan, but a PKK-controlled semi-state, analysts say.

Ankara's support for a regime change in Syria has started to backfire, threatening Turkey's own national security, with Syrian Kurdish groups forming a de facto state in the north of Syria.

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