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  • Turkey's Entire Military Command Quits Over Row with Government

    07/29/2011 11:01:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 29, 2011 | Damien McElroy
    Gen Isik Kosaner, the head of the Turkish armed forces, quit his post along with the heads of the ground, naval and air forces in protest over government pressure to sack scores of serving officers they wished to promote. The generals had been preparing for a confrontation with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at next week's annual promotions board. Gen Kosaner resigned because he "deemed it necessary," according to a report on NTV. Mr Erdogan had signalled he would block promotions for officers he believed were part of a conspiracy to destabilise Turkey and undermine his government. The first elected prime...
  • Turkish Chief of General Staff, top commanders resign amid controversy

    07/29/2011 9:41:16 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Chief of General Staff Isik Kosaner and commanders of air forces, navy and land forces have resigned from their positions amid controversy on appointment of generals. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier ruled out any prospects of tensions between the government and the military at a Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting slated for Monday, saying that the decisions to be made at the meeting will be in accordance with the law.
  • Obama congratulates Erdogan on election victory

    06/15/2011 12:22:12 AM PDT · by Lattero · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 6/15/2011 | Uncredited
    US President Barack Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday and congratulated him on his election victory, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. ... Erdogan has vowed to seek compromise with the opposition after his party won a thumping election victory, but fell short of the majority needed to overhaul the constitution. The Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 49.9 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, its best electoral performance yet and the first time any party has won a third straight term in power while improving its support. But the AKP, in power since...
  • Count in Turkey's election points to Erdogan victory

    06/12/2011 11:55:09 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/12/2011 | Unattributed
    Initial results showed Turkey's ruling AK Party was on course for a solid victory in Sunday's parliamentary election to give Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan a third term, news channels said. With 50 percent of the votes counted, Erdogan's AK had 53 percent and was set to win four more years of single-party rule in the nation that straddles Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The party needs 330 seats to have the power to call a referendum on a promised new constitution. Television projected the party would win 331 seats this time, but the count was fluctuating.
  • Erdogan's litigious defense against his discontents in Turkey

    06/07/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT · by OldNewYork · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2011 | Marc Champion
    "Call the Prime Minister a Turkey, Get Sued Turkish Leader Erdogan Is the Litigious Sort; to Him, Booing's a Tort" "...Mr. Guler had just accused the students, who couldn't all fit into the tiny courtroom, of "booing" the prime minister and calling him a "street vendor." Some of the students giggled. The hearing was adjourned until June 8..."
  • Angry clashes throughout Turkey (1:06) [Reuters vid]

    06/01/2011 3:55:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Deborah Gembara
    Video: Video Gallery -- May 31 -- Police fired into the air and used tear gas and water cannons on crowds responsible for hurling rocks at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's convoy. Deborah Gembara reports.
  • [Islamic] Republic of Turkey – the First Fascist State in History

    04/27/2011 2:50:16 PM PDT · by Milagros · 10 replies ^ | 6 April, 2011
    Republic of Turkey – the First Fascist State in History By at 6 April, 2011, 11:25 am The Republics of Armenia and Turkey have been in a long-lasting conflict with no resolution in sight. Therefore a proper assessment of the political system and state ideology of Turkey is extremely important for the Armenian state to build a competent foreign policy and properly position itself in the international arena. The West has traditionally portrayed the Republic of Turkey which emerged on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire as a secular democratic Muslim state. Even though this cliche is being persistently...
  • Turkey’s cautionary tale (Islamist State Points to Future of ME)

    04/15/2011 11:22:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/15/2011 | Caroline Glick
    ...TURKEY IS a cautionary tale for the West, which is now faced with the prospect of AKP-like regimes from Egypt to Tunisia to Jordan to the Persian Gulf. And the real issue that Western leaders must address is how things in Turkey were permitted to deteriorate to the point they have without any US or European official lifting a finger to stem the Islamist tide? The answer, it would seem, is a combination of professional laziness and cultural weakness. This mix of factors is also on display in the US’s behavior toward the revolutionary forces active throughout much of the...
  • Ambitious Turkey - Reasons and tips for showing our displeasure with Ankara’s neo-Ottomanism

    04/13/2011 4:37:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 12, 2011 | Daniel Pipes
    Ambitious TurkeyReasons and tips for showing our displeasure with Ankara's neo-Ottomanism A few days ago, Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, grandiloquently proclaimed that “if the world is on fire, Turkey is the firefighter. Turkey is assuming the leading role for stability in the Middle East.” Such ambition is new for Ankara. In the 1990s, it contentedly fulfilled its NATO obligations and followed Washington’s lead. Starting about 1996, relations with Israel blossomed. In all, Turkish policy offered an attractive exception to the tyrannical, Islamist, and conspiracist mentality generally dominating Muslim peoples. That the country’s political leaders were corrupt and fumbling seemed...
  • Turkish PM attacks France for ban on full face veil

    04/13/2011 2:34:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | April 13, 2011
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused France of violating the freedom of religion on Wednesday after Paris began enforcing a law barring Muslim women from wearing full face veils in public. Erdogan told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that Turkey was the only Muslim country that had copied the French law on secularism, or separating church and state. "It's quite ironic to see that secularism is today under debate in Europe and is undermining certain freedoms," he said. "Today in France, there is no respect for individual religious freedom," he said. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe monitors...
  • Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire (says conflict could lead to "second Iraq")

    03/28/2011 1:06:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | March 27, 2011 | Seumas Milne
    The Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled that Turkey is ready to act as a mediator to broker an early ceasefire in Libya, as he warned that a drawn-out conflict risked turning the country into a "second Iraq" or "another Afghanistan" with devastating repercussions both for Libya and the Nato states leading the intervention. ....Erdogan said that talks were still under way with Muammar Gaddafi's government and the Transitional National Council. He also revealed that Turkey is about to take over the running of the rebel-held Benghazi harbour and airport to facilitate humanitarian aid, in agreement with Nato....
  • Nato role unsettles Ankara’s ambitions

    03/23/2011 4:23:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | March 22, 2011 | Delphine Strauss
    Turkey’s objections to the military intervention in Libya reflect the difficulties of balancing its traditional role within Nato with its aspirations to be a regional power. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has won influence in the Arab world by asserting Ankara’s independence from the west: refusing to aid the US invasion of Iraq, lambasting Israel, and opposing UN sanctions imposed on Iran last year. “Turkey will never, never be the side pointing weapons at the Libyan people,” he told his party in a televised speech on Tuesday, reiterating concern that the French-led actions had gone further than the UN...
  • White House: Helping Install "A Democratic System " Is Goal In Libya

    03/22/2011 1:21:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies ^ | March 22,2011 | Sam Youngman
    The White House suggested Tuesday the mission in Libya is one of regime change, despite emphatic statements from President Obama and military brass that the goal is not to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. According to a White House readout of a Monday night call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will."
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • Turkey threatens France with sanctions over Armenian 'genocide' law

    05/15/2006 9:37:48 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 16 replies · 562+ views
    AFP/dailystar ^ | May 15, 2006
    ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened France with trade sanctions if it adopts a bill making it illegal to deny that the 1915-17 massacre of Armenians in Turkey was "genocide," a Turkish newspaper said Sunday. "Patience has its limits. We do not have hatred (toward France) but we will impose our sanctions," the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet quoted Turkey's prime miniter as saying at a summit of Muslim countries on the Indonesian island of Bali. French lawmakers were due to consider next week a bill from the opposition Socialists which would make anyone denying the existence of the "Armenian...
  • Erdogan Urges Turks Not to Assimilate

    02/28/2011 10:38:38 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 2/28/11 | Özlem Gezer and Anna Reimann
    'You Are Part of Germany, But Also Part of Our Great Turkey'Thousands of Turkish immigrants gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a rock star welcome in Germany on Sunday in a show of national pride that remains fervent, even after decades spent in Germany. He told them they remain part of Turkey, and urged them to integrate into German society -- but not to assimilate. The lyric keeps echoing around the hall in Düsseldorf. "The land belongs to us all." The sentence isn't referring to Germany, but to Turkey.
  • The Direction of Turkey’s Foreign Policy and Strategic Partnerships (Michael Rubin)

    01/04/2011 5:04:18 AM PST · by nuconvert
    Euro-Atlantic Quarterly ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | Michael Rubin
    For much of his first term in office, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan pursued a balancing act: He sought to reinvigorate ties to the Islamic world while, committing simultaneously committing Turkey to the European Union accession process. After winning reelection in 2007, however, ErdoÄźan veered Turkish foreign policy further toward the Islamic world. TurkeyÂ’s European ambitions fell by the wayside, into the realm of lip service only. TurkeyÂ’s September 2010 referendum marked another milestone. While the poll centered on constitutional reform, the size of ErdoÄźanÂ’s victory imbued him with new confidence. In its wake, he has cast aside any pretense...
  • CNN Arabic readers vote Erdogan 'Man of the Year'

    01/02/2011 11:35:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/2/11 | Staff
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was voted "Man of the Year" for 2010 by readers of CNN's Arabic language website on Sunday. Erdogan won the honor by a large margin, receiving 74% of the vote. His nearest competitor was Syrian President Bashar Assad, who received 20% of the vote. (Snip) The website adds that Erdogan has been hailed in the Arab world for returning Turkey's allegiance to the East after decades of trying to "join the European club."
  • Erdogan ‘Hates’ Israel in WikiLeaks Posting of U.S.-Turkey Talk

    11/29/2010 5:48:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Buisness Week ^ | 11/29/2010 | Benjamin Harvey
    U.S. and Israeli diplomats agreed that the increasingly strained relationship between Turkey and Israel derives mostly from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hatred of the Jewish state, according to embassy cables posted by Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gabby Levy described Erdogan as a “fundamentalist” who “hates us religiously” in a 2009 meeting with U.S. Ambassador James F. Jeffrey in Ankara, according to a cable sent from the U.S. embassy on Oct. 27 that year and released by WikiLeaks. “Our discussions with contacts both inside and outside of the Turkish government on Turkey’s deteriorating relations with Israel tend to confirm...
  • Erdogan: If Israel Enters Lebanon, We'll Get Involved

    11/25/2010 2:51:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    inn ^ | 11/25/10 | staff
    Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that his country would get involved if Israel entered Lebanon. Speaking in Beirut, Erdogan asked, "They want to invade Lebanon and Gaza with advanced planes and tanks, to kill women and children, to destroy medical centers and schools, and expect us to remain silent?"