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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
    Times.am ^ | 6 April, 2011
    Republic of Turkey – the First Fascist State in History By Times.am 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
    reuters.com ^ | 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
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 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
    ft.com ^ | 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
    http://thehill.com/homenews/ ^ | 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 · 66 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 WikiLeaks.org. 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?"
  • Turks Seek Control Over Shield

    11/17/2010 1:09:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/17/2010 | Marc Champion
    Turkey said it would seek a leading role in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization missile-defense shield if it is to agree to host the system's radars, ratcheting up its conditions days before a key alliance meeting. Turkey would demand that NATO assign a Turkish commander to oversee the shield, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. "Especially if this is to be placed on our soil, [command] definitely should be given to us—otherwise it is not possible to accept," Mr. Erdogan told journalists at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Monday, according to Anadolu Ajansi, Turkey's state-funded news agency
  • Turkey against Nato missile shield targeting Iran

    11/08/2010 10:06:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    worlddawn.com ^ | 11/7/2010 | AFP
    A Nato missile shield project that singles out Iran as a threat will be unacceptable to Turkey, President Abdullah Gul said in an interview broadcast Monday. “Nato is a defence organisation. A defence system is being developed against anyone in the world who has ballistic missiles and does not belong to Nato,” Gul said. “Mentioning one country, Iran… is wrong and will not happen. A particular country will not be targeted…We will definitely not accept that,” he said in an interview with the BBC’s Turkish service, aired on Turkish television. Nato and the United States want to set up a...
  • Turkey-China Military Drill Reveals Deepening Ties

    11/03/2010 1:54:32 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defence & Arms ^ | 10/22/2010 | Mehmet Ozkan
    The news that Turkey and China had organized a joint military exercise at the huge Konya airbase in Turkey's central Anatolian region last month came as a surprise to many. After all, just a year ago, when clashes between Uighur and Han Chinese broke out in China's Xinjiang province in July 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Chinese authorities of mishandling a situation that he compared to "genocide." What explains such a dramatic improvement in relations between Turkey and China? And how should this military exercise be understood in the context of the current shifts taking place in...
  • Turkey faces tough call on NATO missile shield

    10/18/2010 9:26:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/18/2010 | Defense Talk
    Turkey's Islamist-rooted government faces making a difficult decision that pits maintaining good relations with its neighbours against joining a NATO missile shield directed against Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought in recent years to boost Turkey's ties in the region -- raising suspicions he is moving the country out of the West's orbit -- and will now have to make a decision that will be viewed as a test of its commitment to its NATO partners. The US plan to build a network of ballistic missile interceptors in Europe has been taken up by NATO, partly in order...
  • Caroline Glick: Who lost Turkey?

    09/21/2010 12:18:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/20/2010 | Caroline Glick
    You have to hand it to Turkey’s Islamist leaders. They sure know how to get their way. In the seven years since they first took power, the Islamist AKP party has successfully transformed Turkey from a staunch ally of the US and Israel and a member of NATO into a staunch ally of Iran and a member of NATO. And that’s not all. Turkey’s Islamist leaders have used the Western language of democracy and freedom not only to abandon the West. They have used that language to destroy the foundations of Turkey’s Western-style secular democracy and transform the governing system...
  • Turkey Aims to Triple Iran Trade, Despite International Sanctions

    09/21/2010 4:43:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept 17, 2010
    <p>ISTANBUL—Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Ankara is seeking to triple trade volumes with Iran over the next five years, in comments likely to raise concern in Washington at a time when U.S.-led sanctions are deterring many investors from doing business with the Islamic Republic.</p>
  • Iran donates $25 million to Turkey's ruling party

    09/15/2010 5:06:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/14/2010 | Con Coughlin
    Western diplomats say they are alarmed by reports that Mr Erdogan has negotiated a deal with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Tehran to make a substantial contribution to the campaign funds of Turkey's leading Islamic party. Under the terms of the deal Iran has agreed to transfer $12 million to the AKP, with further payments of up to $25 million to be made later in the year. The money is said to be meant to help support Mr Erdogan's campaign for re-election for a third term in next year's general election. The Turkish government denied having received the money from...
  • Vote of confidence for all of Erdogan’s policies (Islamists win in Turkey; WH "Hails Result")

    09/14/2010 1:53:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/14/2010 | Herb Keinon
    Turks show support for AKP policies, including distancing Ankara from Israel and clipping the wings of the generally secular, pro-Israel army. The day after Turkish voters approved a sweeping package of constitutional reforms and gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan a huge victory, the widespread feeling in Jerusalem was that while this was very much an internal, domestic issue, it will have an impact on Turkish-Israeli relations. Erdogan, who pushed through this packet of 26 constitutional amendments, and for whom this project was as important as the healthcare reform was for US President Barack Obama, must as a result of...
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

    08/15/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/10 | Thomas Lifson
    It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation: ...what's going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia...
  • Israel-Turkey axis turned on its head

    07/20/2010 7:49:57 PM PDT · by Mounds Bar · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Asia Times ^ | July 20, 2010 | Chris Zambelis
    For many observers, the long-term implications of Israel's deadly May 31 assault against the MV Mavi Marmara, the Turkish flagship that was part of the Gaza Freedom flotilla, on Israeli-Turkish relations are unclear. The attack left eight Turks and one Turkish-American dead and scores more wounded. The flotilla set off to break Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza and to raise global awareness of the suffering endured by the 1.5 million Palestinians living in what is widely described as the world's largest open-air prison. While acknowledging the growing rift between Israel and Turkey that began amid Israel's December 2008 invasion of...
  • Turkey in Crisis

    06/23/2010 9:55:29 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 22 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | June 23, 2010 | Harold Rhode
    Events in Turkey indicate that much of the Turkish public increasingly believes that their Prime Minister blundered by unnecessarily provoking a crisis with Israel. If crises often provide opportunities, however, the long-term results of the flotilla incident might be just the opportunity to restore Turkish-Israeli relations to where they were before Turkey's current Islamist government took power. It now appears that the average Turk -- for lack of a better term - approximately 70% of the population who is not part of the political establishment, the academic establishment, or the media -- now understands that this crisis has hurt Turkey...
  • Turkey, from Ally to Enemy (educational, eye-opening, must read)

    06/23/2010 5:52:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Traveling abroad on his first trip as president, Barack Obama tacked a visit to Turkey onto the tail end of a trip to Europe. "Some people have asked me if I chose to continue my travels to Ankara and Istanbul to send a message," he told the Turkish Parliament. "My answer is simple: Evet [yes]. Turkey is a critical ally." On the same visit, however, the president showed that he considered Turkey more firmly part of the Islamic world than of Europe. "I want to make sure that we end before the call to prayer, so we have about half...
  • A Telling Detail: The Turkish Leader's Personal Quarrel with Barack Obama

    06/18/2010 2:25:43 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 26 replies · 1,222+ views
    Rubin Report | June 17, 2010 | Barry Rubin
    I've written a lot about the motives for Turkey's regime in turning toward the Iranian bloc and away from the West, as well as picking a bitter quarrel with Israel (here and here). But there's a detail that's extraordinarily important that must be added. This is something that one hears from many Turks, both regime supporters and oppositionists, but hasn't surfaced in the Western media. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is very angry at President Barack Obama and feels that the U.S. president has personally insulted him. And accepting this story, many pro-regime Turks think that Obama has thus insulted...
  • "The 3 Terrors" -- Sequel to "We Con the World"...

    06/17/2010 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 16 replies · 676+ views
    Latma TV ^ | June 17, 2010
    The Three TerrorsMake sure you read the names on the top of the first slide.
  • NEW FLOTILLA ANNOUNCED AS RADICAL DISCLOSURES GROW

    06/16/2010 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies · 725+ views
    SNIPPET: "The Turkish group IHH announced Wednesday that it will send another flotilla to Gaza comprised of six ships during the second half of July. On the same day, Israel added IHH to its terrorist watch list." SNIPPET: "An IHH press conference was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, organized by Richard Howitt, a British member of the Parliament. During the conference, Howitt encouraged the EU to back the new flotilla initiative, stating: "If this terrible (May 31) tragedy tips the balance so that the international community finally insists on full and unhindered humanitarian access to Gaza, then some...
  • Mas-Kom-Ya, Erdogan, and Turkey’s Islamic Jew Hatred

    06/17/2010 7:56:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 162+ views
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 6/17/10 | by Andrew G. Bostom
    As reported by the Jerusalem Post on June 9, 2010, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) has revealed the close ties between the most violent operatives from Turkey’s jihadist IHH organization on board the Mavi Maramara ship, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AKP government. Salient details of these connections from the ITIC analysis — based upon statements given by Mavi Maramara passengers after the vessel was towed to the port of Ashdod last week, as well as findings from IHH members’ computers seized by the Israel Defense Forces — included: * The Mavi Maramara...
  • Erdogan suspends all bilateral defense agreements with Israel

    06/17/2010 7:33:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 460+ views
    Globes, Israel ^ | 17 June 10
    Erdogan suspends all bilateral defense agreements with Israel Turkish daily "Zaman": The cabinet has decided to attempt to isolate Israel. Contracts worth billions of dollars are at stake. Globes' correspondent17 Jun 10 10:41 Turkish daily "Zaman" reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his capacity as chairman of the Defense Industry Implementation Committee, has shelved 16 bilateral defense agreements, on the grounds that Israel refuses to apologize or pay compensation for boarding the Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, which resulted in nine deaths. Eight of the dead were Turkish citizens. "Zaman" adds that the cabinet has decided...
  • Stealth Superpower

    06/14/2010 9:23:34 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 29 replies · 799+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 6/14/2010 | John Feffer
    By all means, get that Lenovo computer, buy stock in Haier, and encourage your child to study Mandarin. China can’t help but be a twenty-first-century superpower. But if you want to really be ahead of the curve, pay close attention to that vital crossroads between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. It won’t be long before we’ll all be talking Turkey, notes John Feffer. How Turkey Is Chasing China to Become the Next Big Thing The future is no longer in plastics, as the businessman in the 1967 film The Graduate insisted. Rather, the future is in China. If a...
  • Erdogan Invites Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah To Turkey

    06/12/2010 6:48:42 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 350+ views
    MEMRI ^ | June 11, 2010
    Hassan Huballah, Lebanese MP from Hizbullah, confirmed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah to Turkey, on the recommendation of Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mash'al. It was reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was examining the possibility of attending the meeting in order to emphasize the Iran-Turkey-Syria alliance with Hizbullah and Hamas. It was also reported that Hizbullah had made Nasrallah's visit conditional upon Turkish guarantees of Nasrallah's safety and the provision of security by Iran's Islamic Re volutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). According to Huballah, Erdogan will be invited to Dahiya to attend...
  • Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel....

    06/10/2010 11:13:01 AM PDT · by TaraP · 17 replies · 384+ views
    Erdogan's bellicose support for the flotilla has sacrificed Israeli relations in the service of retrograde east-facing aspirations........ Support for Turkey is at an all-time high in the Arab world. The last time Turkish flags were carried through the streets of Middle Eastern capitals was during the first world war, as people took to the streets in continued support for the Ottoman sultan-caliph against the western entente powers. The sultan-caliph had proclaimed a jihad. Thanks to Turkish government support of a blockade-running mission led by a group of Hamas sympathisers, they are flying once again. No ruling Arab leader is as...
  • Erdogan and the Israel Card

    06/10/2010 10:35:34 AM PDT · by throwback · 2 replies · 93+ views
    WSJ ^ | JUNE 10, 2010 | STEVEN J. ROSEN
    The deaths of nine Turkish citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident would have brought a severe reaction under any circumstances. What is nonetheless striking in this incident is the unbridled anger and fiercely hostile reaction of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish public. Mr. Erdogan said Israel was guilty of "state terrorism" and a "bloody massacre." His foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said "This attack is like 9/11 for Turkey," comparing it to a premeditated act of aggression that took 2,900 lives... The truth is that friendship toward Israel was always limited to the Turkish secular elites, including...
  • IHH's Deep, Longstanding Terror Ties

    06/10/2010 3:22:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 138+ views
    IPT News June 9, 2010 SNIPPET: "The Turkish-based charity that helped drive last week's deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos has deep ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups. The Hamas ties are not in question. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and IHH officials simply do not acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group." SNIPPET: "U.S. officials have expressed concern over the fact that "IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria, and Gaza over the past three years," but IHH is not a designated terrorist organization in the United States. It's fair to ask, why not?"...
  • 'Turkish gov't backed extremists'

    06/09/2010 6:11:52 PM PDT · by Enchante · 7 replies · 66+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 09, 2010 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    A report released this week by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) said new details have emerged which show how approximately 40 operatives from the Turkish Islamist IHH organization carefully prepared a violent ambush on navy commandos last week on board the Mavi Maramara ship, and acted with the full backing of the Turkish government. The IHH operatives were armed with knives, axes and other weapons, communicated with one another using walkie talkies, set up a control room onboard the ship, and maintained close ties with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the report said.
  • Answer: Bulent Yildirim's Laptop Computer, Among Other Things

    06/09/2010 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 58+ views
    OSINT.INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | June 8, 2010 | n/a
    "ANSWER: BULENT YILDIRIM'S LAPTOP COMPUTER, AMONG OTHER THINGS" SNIPPET: "Question: What did the IDF collect from the Mavi Marmara." SNIPPET: "The reader may recall that Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was formerly the mayor of Istanbul - thus we see a likely connection between IHH's purchase of the Mavi Marmara and Erdogan cronies in the Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri."
  • REPORT: IRANIAN RED CRESCENT TO SEND TWO SHIPS TO GAZA

    06/07/2010 12:29:58 AM PDT · by Cindy · 59 replies · 258+ views
    JPOST.com - THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | 06/07/2010 10:05 | n/a
      The Iranian Red Crescent is planning to send two ships to Gaza this week it was announced on Monday. AFP quotes Red Crescent director for international affairs Abdolrauf Adibzadeh  as saying: "One ship will carry donations made by the people and the other will carry relief workers. The ships will be sent to Gaza by end of this week."  
  • Ahmadinejad: Flotilla raid step towards Israel's annihilation

    06/08/2010 1:51:29 AM PDT · by Cindy · 53 replies · 363+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.08.10, 08:40 / Israel News | n/a
    "Ahmadinejad: Flotilla raid step towards Israel's annihilation" SNIPPET: "Iranian president tells worshippers at Istanbul mosque, 'Turkey, Iran are brother nations' says Israel 'creating crimes that have been unprecedented in history of mankind'" SNIPPET: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke before worshippers at the end of a prayer service at an Istanbul mosque on Monday, and said the "Zionist regime's'" recent raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla is a major step towards its total annihilation, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The IRNA report demonstrates a more extreme tone than the one expressed earlier by Ahmadinejad in an interview to a French television...
  • Kill a Turk and Rest

    06/07/2010 12:56:14 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 30 replies · 136+ views
    Malasia Today ^ | 6/7/2010 | Uri Avnery
    As our governments have always done, when faced with the choice between several bad alternatives, the Netanyahu government chose the worst. Anyone who followed the preparations as reported in the media could have foreseen that they would lead to people being killed and injured. One does not storm a Turkish ship and expect cute little girls to present one with flowers. The Turks are not known as people who give in easily. By Uri Avnery On the high seas, outside territorial waters, the ship was stopped by the navy. The commandos stormed it. Hundreds of people on the deck resisted,...
  • Erdogan to Assad: Israel will pay for flotilla raid

    06/07/2010 11:09:03 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 41+ views
    ynetnews.com ^ | June 07, 2010
    A week after the Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship, which left nine people dead, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would "no longer be silent on Gaza becoming a giant prison." Speaking at a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Istanbul on Monday, Erdogan called on Israel "to put an end to the occupation of Arab lands", and on the Palestinian factions to arrive at a truce. Erdogan said that Ankara would continue to patiently follow the efforts to establish an international commission of inquiry into the raid. "Israel must pay the...
  • 'ISLAMIC CONFERENCE' TO ARAB STATES: RECONSIDER YOUR RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL

    06/07/2010 2:31:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 88+ views
    (AFP) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Note: The following news brief is a quote: | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Organization of Islamic Conference, currently meeting in Jeddah..." SNIPPET: "Representatives from 57 Arab and Muslim states, including the Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers, took part in the conference."