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Asia Watch: In and out of focus

Asia Watch: In and out of focus Categories: Asia, China, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Michael Shannon

Despite the saturation coverage and the massive police and intelligence effort, information on the perpetrators of the Bangkok bombing has been slow to emerge, with lines of inquiry centring on possible retaliation for the Thai government's decision to deport more than 100 Uighur refugees to China i

Turkey's Islamists take a bath

Turkey's Islamists take a bath Categories: Turkey     Author: Joseph Loconte

Claiming victory for his Justice and Development party (AKP) in last week's historic national election, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was defiant. "This election has shown that the backbone of Turkey is the AKP," he told supporters at party headquarters in Ankara. "The AKP is the only party

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The Kurdish Moment

The Kurdish Moment Categories: Iraq, Turkey     Author: Ofra Bengio

In an interview, Rudaw Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), stated that "the Kurds of Iraq can decide for themselves the name and type of the entity they are living in." Such a far-reaching statement should not come as a great surprise to those followi

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

After three-and-a-half years in the doldrums, Israeli-Turkish relations seem to be climbing the road to recovery, though that road appears no less bumpy than most other affairs in Turkey these days. Israel's relations with the strongest country in the Middle East had generally been good, and at tim

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends

Scribblings: Erdogan's Dubious Friends Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Here's a fascinating - and very telling - story from Turkey which has not really made it into the Australian media. On Jan. 14, Turkish police staged a sweep in which they arrested 28 people alleged to be recruiting or otherwise working for al-Qaeda in raids across six provinces. Police also raided

Israel talks Turkey

Israel talks Turkey Categories: Israel, Turkey     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

During his visit to Israel in March, US President Barack Obama arranged a dramatic telephone call on March 22 between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Erdogan. Netanyahu spoke of Israel's "regret for certain operational errors" in the commando assault on the Mavi Marmara. Compensation,

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice

Media Week - No experience necessary?; Flotilla details sink; McGeough shrugs; Doubting Thomas; One among the pack; Relationships advice Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Turkey, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Ahead of PM Julia Gillard's cabinet reshuffle Michael Danby's name was touted in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald (March 25) as a potential foreign affairs parliamentary secretary (in the end he got the gig for the Arts instead). Danby of course has excellent foreign policy credentials...Unfortuna

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How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’

How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’ Categories: Israel, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on March 1 offensively equated Zionism to racism and fascism at the "Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum" in Vienna. During the forum, Erdoğan reportedly stated: "Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarde

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