A newly released video: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara, May 31st 2010

Despite the Israeli government?s thorough efforts to confiscate all footage taken during the attack, Iara Lee was able to retain some of her recordings. Above is 15 minutes of footage from the moments leading up to and during the Israeli commandos? assault on the Mavi Marmara.



Turkey denies break with Europe

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey denies US suggestions that it is shifting its allegiances to favour the Middle East rather than the European Union.

Turkey agrees to Arab trade plan

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Turkey agrees to set up a free trade zone to boost ties with its Arab neighbours Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

Aid ships to Turkish Cyprus would lift isolation, chief negotiator says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s chief negotiator for the European Union said Thursday if Israeli aid ships go to Turkish Cyprus to protest Turkey, then the embargo on the northern side of the island would be broken.

Turkey’s Erdogan: emerging leader in Muslim world

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s prime minister on Thursday strengthened his emerging role as a leader in the Islamic world, basking in the applause of Arab leaders as he unleashed invective against Israel and questioned Washington’s dominance at a summit in the one-time seat of the Ottoman Empire.

Israel, Turkey can rebuild ties: Mossad ex-chief

from Yahoo news
It may take months of intense work but both Israel and Turkey have a vested interest in rebuilding ties after the Gaza flotilla assault, a former head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency said on Thursday.

US ?disappointed? with Turkey on Iran sanctions, Oliver Scanlan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Oliver Scanlan

On Friday, US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates said that the US was ?disappointed? with Turkey?s decision on Wednesday to vote against further sanctions on Iran. Gates went on to emphasise that US-Turkey military ties would not be affected, referring to Ankara as a ?decades-long ally? of the US and saying that ?allies don?t always agree?. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting of NATO defence ministers, Gates also said that the world had time to allow the tougher sanctions package to stall Iran?s nuclear programme.

Gates Criticizes Turkey?s Rejection of Iran Sanctions

from NYT > Turkey by By JAMES KANTER
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed his disappointment at Turkey?s vote against U.N. sanctions, but said, ?Allies don?t always agree.?

Erdogan turns east in delicate balancing act

from FT.com – World, Europe
In the wake of last month’s Israeli assault on a Gaza aid flotilla of Turkish-flagged ships, it comes as little surprise that Tayyip has suddenly become the name of choice for new-born Gazan boys

Aftermath of the Security Council Vote

from The (Ex) Washington Realist

I argue in today’s World Politics Review column that the Obama administration has made gains vis-a-vis Iran and in improving its relations with Russia, but both are fragible and reversible.

Erdogan, the Islamic Ummah?s new leader

from Reset Dialogues on Civilazations
Marcella Emiliani talks to Ernesto Pagano

Israeli post-democracy: origins and prospects, Joel Schalit and Keith Kahn-Harris

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Joel Schalit and Keith Kahn-Harris

?The middle east?s only democracy?. Anyone who follows the politics of the region – and even many who don?t – will undoubtedly be familiar with the term. There?s only one country it refers to and that country is Israel. The claim has been made across the six decades of Israel?s existence as a state, but it seems if anything to become more vociferous at times when the prospect of Israeli-Palestinian peace is at its most remote.

İBRAHİM ÖZTÜRK – Economic implications of the Turkish-Israeli conflict (II)

I will discuss the possible adverse impacts of a current impasse between Turkey and Israel on Turkish foreign trade in the second part of my article.

YAVUZ BAYDAR – What Israel and Iran have in common

Now it?s done. The UN Security Council approved new sanctions against Iran over its suspected nuclear program. The White House must be satisfied, as it was able to gather the Permanent Five together on what it sees as a crucial resolution. Whether it is strong enough to have an effect is open to debate.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – A test for anti-Semitism and anti-AKP and anti-Erdoğan stance

I have just read an interesting book on Israel: ?Will Israel Survive?? It was written by Mitchell G. Bard and is a passionate defense of Israel and everything it has done. It tries to legitimize everything Israel does, and it?s quite interesting to understand the mentality and psychology of some people who unconditionally support every action of the Israeli state.

BÜLENT KENEŞ – Turkey waging struggle of law, morals against Israeli aggression

I can?t say I was surprised when I read Joshua Teitelbaum?s piece ?Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel? in The Guardian on Tuesday. For some time now rather similar pieces have been published regarding Turkey in the American and European press, under the direction of the Israeli lobby.

Brazil/Israel: Open letter to the Israeli government

from Global Voices Online by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

By Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

?Now, after the coward attack in international waters carried out by Israeli military against the fleet of humanitarian aid to Gaza? says Maria Frô [pt], ?again [the movie-maker Sílvio] Tendler manifests? in an open letter to the Israeli government.

Turkey hosts Eurasian summit amid Israel storm

from Yahoo news
Turkey, seething with anger after an Israeli raid on an aid ship bound for Gaza, hosts leaders from Russia, Iran, the Arab world and beyond this week for a Eurasian security summit that may further isolate Israel.

EU accession process contributed to Turkey’s increasing power, says Derviş

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s long-standing European Union accession process contributes greatly to its increasing role in its region, said Kemal Derviş.

UK and Italy soften calls for Israel inquiry

from FT.com – World, Europe
Foreign ministers agree on the need for ‘an inquiry with an international presence’ and that a United Nations investigation is ‘not the only option’

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