Documents… The Mavi Marmara UN Report….Eurasia Group’s Turkey Predictions

The Mavi Marmara UN Report

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Hugh Pope writes about the UN report on the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, and links directly to the report. Click here for Pope?s full essay. An excerpt:

UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis ?Executed? US Citizen Furkan Dogan

from by tabsir

Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was aboard the Mavi Marmara when he was killed by Israeli commandos. (Photo: freegazaorg; Edited: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

The Mavi Marmara assault

from From the field by arn

Hugh Pope offers a thoughtful commentary on the UN Human Rights Commission’s September 23, 2010, report on the Mavi Marmara incident.  While Israeli officials were at pains to dismiss the report out of hand, Pope shows that the report reflects a careful weighing of evidence.  The report disproves key aspects of Israel’s account, including the allegation that the passengers were armed with firearms.  The report establishes that two of those killed on board were documenting the boarding with video equipment, including Furkan Dogan, a U.S. citizen.  (Dogan was shot twice in the head at close range.)

Eurasia Group’s Turkey Predictions

by M.A.M

At the beginning of the year, Eurasia Group’s President Ian Bremmer[1] and Head of Research David Gordon announced Top Risks and Red Herrings for 2010

“We?ll also still see significant concerns within developed states this year–weaker states in Europe under massive fiscal pressure; financial regulatory reform in the United States; and the impact of a political revolution in Japan. A few surprises from emerging markets–Brazil?s a risk this year, as coming elections are more troubled than people expect. India-Pakistan risk resurfaces after years of quiet engagement (while Afghanistan, making headlines throughout the year, is effectively pushed as a top risk to 2011 by the US troop surge). Unemployment coupled with a spate of elections merit a spot for Eastern Europe in the top ten. And a host of domestic and international stresses puts Turkey on the list too, though barely.”

Foreign Minister Davutoğlu Comes To Boston

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

I had the opportunity yesterday to meet and listen to Turkey?s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu at Harvard University. I found him to be a most impressive man, able to speak in great detail about any of Turkey?s many foreign policy issues. His program is well known ? he is the person who has steered Turkey into becoming a global power broker, breaking down Cold-War-era barriers and attitudes to other countries. His mantras are  zero problems, maximum engagement. Rather than a defensive stance, he believes that Turkey should leverage its strategic location, its strong economy, and its Muslim and Western identity into regional leadership and political participation at a global level. Turkey?s characteristics and interests fit it to be a political broker and a regional economic multiplier. (Those are my terms; Davutoğlu has the uncanny ability to say very complicated things in language that appears almost conversational.)

ISAF Not Enough for Turkey

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Turkey has accepted an extension of its command of NATO forces in Afghanistan?s Kabul for another year. Turkey has led NATO?s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, since Nov. 1, 2009. (Bolow) Logo of ISAF. Pashto writing: ??? ?? ?????? (Komak aw Hamkari) meaning “Help and Cooperation”.

Mavi Boncuk |

Turkey offers referendum gamble to Europe

from Yahoo news
Egemen Bağış, Turkey’s chief EU negotiator, sought yesterday (29 September) to unblock Ankara’s accession bid by calling on European Union countries to call referenda on the country’s EU membership. Turkey may also chose to consult its citizens, he said.

Leading MEP: Turkey should seek Norway-type EU relationship | EurActiv

Israeli’s media campaign in Turkey

from Yahoo news
A brief visit by an Israeli hospital official was meant to counter tensions over new efforts to break the Gaza blockade, and help to revive damaged ties between Turkey and Israel, both close U.S. allies.

One day Turkey will run the EU | Presseurop ? English

Turkey isn?t even a member yet, but deputy prime minister Ali Babacan is already demanding a leading role in Europe for his country. All you have to do is look at Turkey’s economic and demographic growth to see it’s likely to get what it wants, says Die Presse
Wolfgang Böhm

Flotilla incident hurts relations between Israel, Turkey –

AMANDA PAUL – Strategy, unity and vision – – the missing ingredients in EU foreign policy

The new Lisbon Treaty was supposed to streamline the EU, making it a leaner, more effective machine. However, while Lisbon is still in its ?teething? period, it seems that some things have yet to change.

“Zero Problems, Maximum Trade”

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the political motivations behind Turkey’s ambitious foreign policy moves, but what about the economic angle? The evolution of the mantra governing Ankara’s new foreign policy from “Zero Problems With Neighbors” to “Zero Problems, Maximum Trade” seems to say quite a bit about what role economics and the pursuit of economic growth have to do with Turkey’s changing approach to many of its neighbors.

ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ – Understanding Turkey’s minority policies

When not viewed from an extremely careful and historical perspective, Turkey’s ?ancient? minority policies are really not decipherable. There can be little doubt that there are a series of factors which make Turkey’s minority policies less clear and understandable to the ?naked eye.?

Report of the international fact-finding mission regarding the Israeli attacks on the humanitarian flotilla

by Turkish Digest

15th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva 13 September – 1 October 2010

Report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance

To read the full report in PDF format click here

ERGUN BABAHAN – Axis shift and the Israeli vote

The UN has held a vote concerning the Israeli attack against the Mavi Marmara. The human rights report prepared in connection with the killing of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American in this attack was openly critical of Israel and made many accusations against it.

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