Orhan Kemal Cengiz on EU funding NGOs in Turkey/ new issue of Political Reflection Vol. 1 | No. 2 …

?Europeanizing Turkey and the Politics of Fear? by Dr. Rabia Karakaya Polat

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Excerpt from Rabia Karakaya Polat (2010) ?How Far away from the Politics of Fear: Turkey in the EU Accession Process? in Tunkrova, L. and Saradin P. (eds.) The Politics of EU Accession: Turkish Challenges and Central European Experiences, London: Routledge, pp. 58-71.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – How did the EU both strengthen and kill civil society in Turkey?

?The state is everything in the East,? Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci once said. By this he meant that as opposed to the case in Western societies, the state has an absolute hegemony over civil society in the East.

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Thirteen democratization projects approved by EU for Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Thirteen democratization projects worth more than 1.5 million euros have been approved by the European Union within the framework of Turkey?s EU membership bid.

Interview with Dr. Zeynep Devrim Gursel on her documentary ?Coffee Futures? about Turkey-EU relations

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Dr. Zeynep Devrim Gursel is an anthropologist who teaches at the University of Michigan. Originally trained in literature, she received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She researches how things become imagineable both for individuals and groups, and how forms in which the past and today are narrated, are shaped by, and in turn shape expectations of the future. She was introduced to the documentary world when she worked on Damming the Euphrates (Paxton Winters, 2001) in Southeast Turkey.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – The importance of Barzani?s visit

Condemning the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) is the code of a certain political and diplomatic attitude in Turkey?s eyes. Countries or political leaders who condemn the PKK are considered to be Turkey?s current or potential allies. It seems that the leader of northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, will be included in this category from now on.

PM skips Argentina leg after Armenian circles’ move

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will not visit Argentina after Buenos Aires canceled its inauguration of the bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as a result of Armenian efforts, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

NATO’s Odd Man

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

28 Leaders meet for cooperation with 27 EU members.Turkey seems to be the odd man here. Nato’s second largest military force can not stay idle while EU erects barriers to full membership.
Mavi Boncuk |

“These days, there is a great deal of talk about the dawn of an Asian century — hastened by the rise of China and India. Meanwhile, the fractious Atlantic alliance, enfeebled by two wars and an economic crisis, is said to be fading away. But the West is not doomed to decline as a center of power and influence. A relatively simple strategic fix could reinvigorate the historic bonds between Europe and North America and reestablish the West’s dominance: it is time to bring together the West’s principal institutions, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Brazil, Turkey sharpen tone with US over Iran

from Yahoo news
Brazil and Turkey lashed out at the United States Friday in a deepening confrontation over Iran, saying it and other nuclear powers lacked credibility in demanding Tehran hobble its atomic program.

A Conversation with Ahmet Davutoglu (Audio)

from Mavi Boncuk

Article | Turkey’s Dream of Democracy

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Eric Rouleau is a writer and was France’s ambassador to Turkey from 1988 to 1992. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher.
Mavi Boncuk |

To  match feature SYRIA-TURKEY/

Turkey’s industrialists participate in the industry exhibition in Damascus May 27, 2010, standing next to a poster carrying the Turkish and Syrian flag. Viewing Syria as the gateway to the Middle East, Turkey has moved under its Islamist leaning government to solve old disputes with Arab governments. An Israeli raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza that killed nine Turkish nationals on May 31 has boosted Turkey’s popularity in Syria and deflected attention from Israeli and U.S. pressure on Damascus. Picture taken in May 27, 2010. To match feature SYRIA-TURKEY/ REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri ? Read more »

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