PM Erdoğan wanted to state that Turkey is indeed tolerant and lets many Armenian citizens (I usually heard 50,000 but now 100,000 is uttered) work in Turkey “illegally”. However what he meant in his own way turns out to be a scandal that he won’t care much…. This threat was not about Armeanian-Turkish citizens…
In the latest development in the Armenian genocide resolution row, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted at expelling thousands of Armenians from the country. The threat was made as a result of genocide resolutions progressing in the U.S. Congress and Swedish parliament.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime minister has warned that he might deport up to 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey without citizenship after resolutions passed by U.S. and Swedish lawmakers defining World War One-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.”
Armenian genocide talk has Turkey threatening to expel Armenians
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Members of leftist Workers’ Party march to the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, a day after Sweden’s parliament narrowly approved a
The great wild card in Turkish politics continues to be Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his shoot-from-the-hip take on things. From Darfur to Xinjiang, the “Erdogan Factor” (as previously discussed in this post) has frequently left Turkey watchers scratching their heads and Turkish policy makers picking up the pieces.
Rarely does a state?s foreign policy undergo such a dramatic transformation as Turkey?s middle eastern policies in the 21st century. Whereas Turkey?s involvement in the middle east has been on the rise since the 1990s, the nature of that involvement has changed in recent years. In the 1990s Turkey?s developing military ties with Israel, its coercive pressure on Syria and its participation in western sanctions against Saddam Hussein?s Iraq were largely framed within a realist understanding of the middle eastern balance of power.
Turkey’s prime minister has warned that he might deport up to 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey without citizenship, after resolutions were passed by US and Swedish lawmakers defining First World War-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide.
This, namely the deadlock over the Armenian tragedy of 1915, is a subject that has seriously started to frustrate me — and I suppose, many others as well. This feeling stems mainly from the fact that one predicts the entire scope of behavior of all the actors involved.
[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] In all this perpetual controversy about the tragic fate of the Ottoman Armenians, there is something that I, as a Turk, don’t like: its unethical politics. Most non-Turks, and especially Westerners, honestly believe that what happened was genocide. In return, our lobbyists in Washington, or elsewhere, argue about how angry we Turks will be to hear that opinion, and how important a “strategic ally” we are to be pissed off. In other words, we try to counter a historical narrative by political pressure. Maybe that is inevitable, for the issue is highly politicized on the Armenian side as well. But, personally speaking, I am more interested in the truth of the matter than anything else. And, believe me, if I am convinced one day that what really happened to the Armenians in 1915 amounted to genocide, I will say it out loud. When Empires fall apart Yet I am not convinced. I rather take the view that Norman Stone, professor emeritus of modern history at the University of Oxford, put in his piece in The Times the other day: “You cannot really describe this as genocide… if by that you mean the sort of thing [Adolf] Hitler did.”
State Department denies deal to block Armenian genocide resolution opposed by Turkey | Washington Examiner
It might be adieu or it might be au revoir, but Turkey has decided to lift anchor, go it alone and bid farewell to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It wants to demonstrate that it is its own determination and not just the IMF whip that has kept the economy on course.
Israel’s armed forces Chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (L) and Turkey’s Chief of General Staff General Ilker Basbug pose prior to a meeting in Ankara March 15, 2010. Ashkenazi is in Turkey to attend the Global Terrorism and International Cooperation Symposium. REUTERS/Turkish Army Press Office/Handout