In the mean time, Turkey is into a “show trial” on the Mavi Marmara case… a FP roundup…


Mavi Marmara leaves Sarayburnu port, Istanbul, 22 May 2010
The Mavi Marmara was headed towards the Gaza coast when Israeli commandos boarded it

Turkey seeks 18,000-year jail terms for flotilla raid

from Yahoo news
Turkey put four former Israeli military commanders, including the head of the army, on trial in absentia on Tuesday for the 2010 killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

Turkey Puts Israeli Officers on Trial
… joint military exercises. The U.S., which also took part, is keen for a reconciliation but unwilling to ?mount direct pressure on Turkey due to fears that it might hurt Turkey-U.S. ties,? said Ilter Turan, a professor of political science at

Turkey prosecutes Israeli commanders for Gaza flotilla deaths

from World news: Turkey | by Harriet Sherwood
Israel condemns ‘show trial’ of absent military chiefs after nine activists were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010
A Turkish court has launched the trial in absentia of four former Israeli military commanders over the deaths of nine Turkish activists on board a ship bound for Gaza in 2010. Israel has denounced the move as a “show trial”.


Turkey begins trial of Israeli military over Gaza ship killings

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters chanting “Murderer Israel!” gathered outside an Istanbul court on Tuesday at the start of a trial of a group of former Israeli military commanders charged over the 2010 killing of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship. The trial in absentia of four of Israel’s most senior retired commanders, including the head of the army, has been dismissed by …


What Does Tomorrow’s Election Mean for Turkey-US Relations? |

by Turkish Digest
What Does Tomorrow’s Election Mean for Turkey-US Relations?
November 5, 2012 – 4:24pm, by Yigal Schleifer


Turkey to try top IDF officers over Marmara raid – Israel News, Ynetnews

by Turkish Digest
Turkey to try top IDF officers over Marmara raid

Istanbul’s High Criminal Court to open legal proceedings against former IDF chief, top Navy, IAF and Military Intelligence officers over 2010 raid on Gaza-bound flotilla. Four to be tried in absentia


Turkey and Israel are far from reconciliation | World | DW.DE | 05.11.2012

Turkey?s Kurdish policy: sleepwalking to crisis

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Bill Park
A mix of inheritance, repression and strategic vacuity is pulling Turkey’s leadership into a long-term Kurdish quagmire, says Bill Park.
Turkey?s domestic Kurdish difficulties show no signs of abating. Indeed, they are worsening. Just one symptom is that more than 600 Kurdish prisoners are entering the eighth week of a hunger-strike, and the health of many of them is deteriorating rapidly. This is rendered all the more worrying by the fact that Turkey has a track-record of hunger-strikes leading to deaths – well over 100 in the 21st century alone.

Doing Business 2013 Annual Report- Turkey Findings

from Turkey | World Bank

Turkey remains ranked 71st among 185 countries, same as last year, in the World Bank Group?s Ease of Doing Business rankings. While this ranking is the exact same as last year?s, the previous year?s ranking was out of 183 economies in the report rather than 185 in this year?s report. The lack of improvement in ranking means that other economies were reforming as least as much to result in the lack of movement in Turkey?s ranking.

The Perception of Turkey in the Middle East 2012

by Acturca
The Foreign Policy Programme (TESEV) November 1, 2012            Türkçe Mensur Akgün, Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar, Bülent Kılınçarslan TESEV Foreign Policy Programme launced its latest Middle East public opinion survey. The study entails some interesting insights into regional issues, common perceptions as well as Turkey?s role and place in the region. On 01


Is Turkey?s Foreign Policy of ?Zero Problems with Neighbours? Coming Apart? A Critical Appraisal

by Acturca
IDSA Comment (The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses) Oct 31, 2012 Rajeev Agarwal * On 4 October, Turkey finally took a step it had been deliberately avoiding for over a year by declaring the possibility of a military confrontation with Syria. If and when that happens, it would be a huge departure from its

Turkey?s role as a Mideast leader grows more tenuous

by Acturca
The Washington Post Sunday (USA) November 4, 2012 , p. A1 By Anthony Faiola, Ankara Unrest in neighboring Syria, economic woes threaten to undo Erdogan?s reforms. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged during the past decade as a transformative leader of Turkey, pledging to make his country a model of Muslim democracy while presiding

La Turquie prend position

by Acturca
Sud Ouest (France) Vendredi 2 novembre 2012, p. 7 Jean-Paul Vigneaud Diplomatie. Un consulat de Turquie va être implanté en centre-ville à la fin de l?année. A ce jour, on dénombre 55 consulats en Gironde. Bientôt, il faudra en ajouter un de plus. En effet, à compter de la fin de l?année, la Turquie sera

Waiting for EU, Erdogan Floats a Union for the Lira

by Acturca
The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) November 2, 2012, p. 4 By Ayla Albayrak and Joe Parkinson, Istanbul For decades, the Turkish lira was infamous for volatility and hyperinflation: Turks would regularly spend millions on staples like bread, milk and cheese. But now, Turkish news outlets are fizzing with debate about the possibility of a

Turkey being sidelined on Syria

from Hurriyet Daily News
The U.S.-initiated talks in Doha aimed at trying to establish an alternative setup to the present Syrian…

Turkey became part of Syria crisis: CHP

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s main opposition party criticized Turkey?s foreign policy on Syria, saying that Ankara.

Qatar versus Turkey?

from Hurriyet Daily News
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spread the word that a new Syrian opposition as an alternative.

EU rapporteur to meet President Gül in Ankara

from Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey: America’s new key ally in the Middle East?


But Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 made it possible to mend relations and again cooperate on foreign policy, according to Ilter Turan, a political science professor at the international relations department at Bilgi University in Istanbul

Josette Durrieu, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) rapporteur for.

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