Genocide tension season for TR-US relations begins

People upset over Armenia's warming diplomatic relations ...

People upset over Armenia’s warming diplomatic relations with Turkey, protest in front of the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 2009. Turkey warned US lawmakers Monday against passing a bill that brands World War One-era massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks “genocide,” saying ties between Washington and Ankara would suffer. (AFP/Getty Images/File/Kevork Djansezian)

3018) Turkey and Armenia’s Battle Over History : 60 Minutes : CBS
By NewsRush
All one has to do is read the Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk’s book(s) about his life in Istanbul and look at the photos of looted properties (rather like *Kristallnacht* wasn’t it?). Until the Turkish Republic admits its culpability for

Turkey to U.S.: you wouldn’t like us when we’re angry

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

On Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will debate a resolution to recognize the 1915 killing of Armenian civilians by Turkish troops as a genocide. A similar resolution failed in 2007. The Obama administration has not taken a stand on the resolution, which is largely supported by the Armenian-American community, but it’s long been supported by House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Turkey warns U.S. against “genocide” bill in Congress (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

from Yahoo news
Turkey warned on Monday relations with its ally the United States would be damaged if a U.S. congressional panel votes this week to label a World War One-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces as “genocide.”

Çağaptay uses Foreign Policy in smear campaign against Gülen
Sunday’s Zaman
25, seriously distorts realities surrounding the ongoing Ergenekon probe — which aims to expose the deep state nested within the military, academia and the

[Soner Çağaptay finally gets it!]Fethullah Gülen is indeed behind Turkey’s democratization processbyMEHMET KALYONCU

In a recent commentary (?What’s Really Behind Turkey’s Coup Arrests,? Feb. 25, 2010) published in Foreign Policy magazine, and another one (?Turkey’s Turning Point,? Feb.26, 2010) in Newsweek, Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) accuses Fethullah Gülen, 72, a retired preacher, prolific writer, and an advocate of interfaith-intercultural dialogue who lives in a self-imposed exile in a small town of Pennsylvania, of being the one responsible for the recent arrests of the former Turkish army generals who apparently plotted several times to overthrow Turkey’s democratically elected Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

İHSAN YILMAZ – Çağaptay?s latest: ill-informed, ill-intentioned

A piece titled ?What?s Really Behind Turkey?s Coup Arrests?? by Soner Çağaptay, who works for the pro-Israeli Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), was published very recently by the Foreign Policy journal. He starts his unsubstantiated claims by saying that the Gülen movement is a shadowy Islamist movement.

Toward a ‘Human-centered’ Approach in Turkish Foreign Policy

from U.S.A.K. Blog

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ozcan, Head of USAK Center for EU Studies

Last week, the International Strategic Research Organization, or USAK, hosted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gave a lecture on “The Increasing Importance of Turkey in Changing Balances.”

Talking Turkey in DC


Last week I spent a couple of days in Washington, D.C. talking Turkey. I was really amazed to see so many other Turks and Turkey specialists gathered in the United States capital, all in one way or another involved in debates and research on Turkey, its domestic developments and its relations with the outside world.”

Another alarmist piece:

Islam Besieges Turkey?s Secular Government As Nation Knocks At Door Of European Union | NewsReal Blog

Turkey-Israel: A Fluctuating Alliance
Source: SETA, Turkey

When Turkish-Israeli relations were formalized in March 28, 1949, Turkey became the first Muslim state to recognize the state of Israel; however, relations were kept at a minimum level for decades. From 1949 to the early 1990s, relations were very fragile and followed a fluctuating pattern. This pattern was replaced by the ?honeymoon years? starting from the late 1990?s. The late 1990s marked by the soft coup of 1997, also known as the ?February 28 Process,? constituted an exception in the pattern and level of relations between Turkey and Israel. Since 2000, relations regained its historically fluctuating pattern and this continues to characterize the nature of relations between Turkey and Israel today.

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