Politics make strange bed fellows. Kemalists hate Fethullah Gülen. According to them he is behind every Islamic happening in Turkey. He had to leave Turkey and now he lives in US. Now they might actually like him for his statements on the Gaza Flotilla. In fact, he has a long record of cooperation with the Power. In late 1970s, he oppossed the boycott movement in universities that was aimed at protesting headscarf ban. Since then he and his movement accused political opponents of every sort. Only lately his movement began to take an active role when they allied with AKP circles and acquired direct Power…
SAYLORSBURG, Pa.?Imam Fethullah Gülen, a controversial and reclusive U.S. resident who is considered Turkey’s most influential religious leader, criticized a Turkish-led flotilla for trying to deliver aid without Israel’s consent.
Fethullah Gülen does it again: criticises the Gaza flotilla.
Despite mounting pressure Israel continues to reject an international enquiry into its military operation against an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. With its attitude the country has made enemies of former allies and could lose its credibility, commentators write.
After the Radio and Television Supreme Council’s critical statement on the Israeli attack of aid ships for Gaza, Abakay from the Contemporary Journalists Association expects a statement from RTÜK on violations of press freedom in Turkey.
Ever since the election of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) as a single majority political movement into the position of political decision making, i.e., the government, one of the sharpest readers of the major shift taking place in terms of the foreign policy paradigm was, without a doubt, Brazil.
Seemingly low key and humble, but equally clear minded and resolute, the two foreign ministers of this country — Abdullah Gül and now, Ahmet Davutoğlu — redefined the role of Turkey as a proactive regional power, seeking a larger share of global policy making. This new vision was certainly accelerated by the successful economic policies which now place Turkey somewhere between 15 and 17th position in that league.
One of the key elements that has brought Turkey and Brazil closer was the background and level of popularity of their leaders, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Rising from poor quarters and having matured in a tough political struggle, both are the driving forces for establishing their respective countries as part of what some observers call the Brave New Third World.
Turkish peace activists who were detained and arrested after a brutal Israeli attack on an international aid convoy bound for Gaza returned home yesterday. They lost nine fellow peace activists in the attack, which came unexpectedly while the convoy sailed in international waters.
Many have condemned the violence that took place on aid ships heading to Gaza earlier this week. In Turkey, and around the world, ordinary people, who some may call activists, have been in the streets protesting. Among them have been relatives who have lost loved ones.
The activists detained by Israel after the brutal assault on the Mavi Marmara have now returned to Turkey, and the nine victims of this botched intervention have been laid to rest. The question now is: What next?
The Turkish-registered ship Marmara was the target of the Israeli commando raid that left nine people dead and dozens more wounded. Fury over their deaths has led to the biggest crisis in Israeli-Turkey relations in years.
THE ISSUE: Turkey’s role in letting a flotilla test Israel’s Gaza blockade, with fatal results. *** I vehemently denounce the role Turkey played in baiting Israel and agitating, in collaboration with Islamic terrorists, a situation that required Israel to take forceful action to protect her citizens (“Turkish (Blood)-…
Although both Hamas and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) are seen as ?nationalists? today, Hamas? roots are in Islam and the PKK?s roots are leftist. This disparity leads to many differences.
JERUSALEM Israel’s botched commando raid on the pro-Palestinian aid flotilla this week has caused enormous strains in the Jewish state’s relations around the world, but nowhere has the damage been more critical than in ties with Turkey, once its closest friend in the region.
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For the last couple of days, Turkey has been discussing the remarks of prominent Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen on the lethal Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy that resulted in the deaths of at least nine volunteers.