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Turkish Diplomacy’s Gordian Knots  - 23/01/2010

     

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been trying to give a positive spin to his country’s foreign policy with his academic semantics, but thus far, he has been only successful in providing a very transparent veneer to all the intractable problems that Turkey has created over the years, both domestically and internationally. Even his professorial tone has been sober and somber as he advocated an Ottoman-style hegemony in the Balkans, extolling the “harmony” which the Ottoman sultans had created over centuries.

The Forebears of Erdoğan and the Armenian Genocide  - 13/12/2009

     

A noted French author said truly that, “We are all products of our childhoods”. In order to correctly understand any politician, or even any man, it is necessary to understand where he or she comes from. This is even more important after Erdoğan stated, “My ancestors have never committed genocide!”.

Bu tavırlarla 'soykırım'dan kaçış yok  - 27/08/2007

     

Türkiye en önemli iç ve dış sorunlarını hep 'semboller' ve 'korku' çerçevesinde tartışıyor. Bu durum kaçınılmaz olarak bir zihinsel felç doğuruyor. Zira semboller her şeyi basite indirgeyen bir yüzeysellik dünyası yaratıyor. Korku ise düzeyli ve demokratik bir tartışma için gerekli olan hoşgörü ortamını yok ediyor. Sonuç olarak semboller ve korku dünyamızdan çıkıp bir türlü sorunların temeline inemiyoruz. Örnekler çok. Mesela başörtüsü. Bütün tartışmaların etrafında döndüğü sembol. Hemen beraberinde yersiz bir şeriat korkusu getiriyor. PKK gene bir sembol. Kürt meselesi tartışması hemen bu sembole takılıyor. Hemen beraberinde bölünme korkusunu getiriyor. Ermeni soykırımı da bir sembol aslında. Dış politika kapsamında bir açmaz. İçeride ise tabu yaratan bir korku.

Kendimize söyleyebilsek  - 27/08/2007

     

Karalamacılığa Karşı Birlik (ADL) adlı 94 yıllık Amerikan Yahudi derneği, 'Osmanlı Ermenilerine yapılanın sonuçları itibariyle soykırıma tekabül ettiğini' açıklayınca yine aynı noktada bulduk kendimizi. Ermeni konusundaki gelişmeleri devletin içinden okuma, 'ulusal çıkar' retoriği üzerinden algılama, siyasi etki-tepki dinamiğiyle açıklama noktası bu... Sonuçta, ADL açıklamasına ilişkin yorumların istikameti, yorumu yapanın siyasi tavrına ve ideolojisine göre farklılaşsa da, aslında bir Möbius şeridinin iki ayrı yüzeyinden ilerliyor ve tek bir sınıra, aynı noktaya gelip dayanıyor.

Shoot the Messenger  - 16/07/2007

     

In May 2007, I revealed the identity of Murad “Holdwater” Gümen, the secretive Webmaster of Tall Armenian Tale, an extensive and influential site devoted to “the other side of the falsified Genocide” and the defamation of genocide scholars, myself included. Mr. Gümen has been a leading voice in an ongoing campaign to denounce me as a traitor to Turkey and as a terrorist who ought to be of interest to American authorities.

Minority report in Turkey  - 1/08/2005
The U.S.-Turkish Strategic Partnership is Long Gone  - 9/06/2005

     

In an interview in the Turkish business daily "Referans" on May 30, 2005, Kemal Koprulu, Founder and Chairman of the ARI movement, a leading Turkish think tank, reviewed U.S.-Turkish relations. In the interview, Koprulu discusses the activity of the delegation of ARI representatives who visited the U.S. in April 25-30, 2005, and conducted a series of meetings in Washington with the White House, State Department, members of Congress, and the National Security Council, as well as many American NGOs and think tanks. According to Koprulu, the strategic partnership between Turkey and the U.S. is over, despite the Turkish government's claims to the contrary. The interview is followed by an Appendix, which is a political poster denouncing the U.S., signed by eleven public associations.

Targeting Turkey's Jewish Citizens  - 6/06/2005

     

The following is the third report in a series on the issue of antisemitism in the Turkish media. [1] This phenomena is directed not only against the Jews in general, it also targets Turkey's Jewish citizens, in the form of multiple attacks on Turkey's Chief Rabbi; insults to and offensive characterization of Turkey's Jews; and accusations of disloyalty, espionage, and treason. The media frequently accuse Turkish Jews of destroying the Ottoman Empire, carrying out the 'genocide' of Armenians, hatching sinister plots against Turkey, establishing a secular 'anti-Islamic' regime in Turkey; also blaming Jews for being rich and influential is often seen.

Antisemitism in the Turkish Media  - 28/05/2005

     

The rising antisemitism in the Turkish media is a complex phenomenon that manifests itself in several forms

Antisemitism in the Turkish Media (Part II)  - 5/05/2005

     

Antisemitism in the Turkish media targets not only Jews in general, but also the Turkish citizens who are members of the small Jewish community of about 20,000 people. Increasingly, newspapers are accusing Turkish Jews of disloyalty, of betrayal, and of having hidden and sinister agendas. The Turkish media has recently blamed the Jews for espousing secularism and for espionage against Turkey.

Turkey's Dark Past  - 22/11/2004

     

On November 16, 2004, Frontpage magazine posted an article from the New Europe Review, by Mustafa Akyol, titled "European Muslims and the Quest for the Soul of Islam." In the article Akyol argued that a new more tolerant interpretation of Islam should be constructed and that "A great deal of shariah laws -- like killing of apostates, stoning of adulterers, seclusion of women, compulsory prayer, required dress code, punishments for drinking or even possessing alcohol -- have simply no basis in the Qur'an." He wrote that Turkey has an Islamic heritage free of anti-Westernism and anti-Semitism and argued that it will benefit the West if Turkey is admitted into the European Union.



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