While ministers’ sons are arrested, AKP leadership denies corruption, targets US Ambassador Ricciardone

4 major newspapers that function as AKP spokespersons today targeted the ambassador: Ricciardone refutes claims US ‘behind Turkey graft probe’ Hurriyet Daily News-3 hours agoShare US’ Ambassador to Turkey, Francis J. Ricciardone has refuted Turkish media reports that United States was “behind” the ongoing graft probe in   Turkey’s governing AK party embroiled in internal strife over corruption claims Irish … Read more

Well, US State Department backs Ambassador Ricciardone’s comments… A FP roundup…

US State Department backs Ambassador Ricciardone’s comments from Hurriyet Daily News U.S. State Department Spokesperson Nuland argued that there was nothing new in Ricciardone?s comments on Turkey. Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says from Hurriyet Daily News Turkey will continue its oil trade with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). … Read more

Strains with Israel and US continue. Yavuz Baydar’s Open letter to Ambassador Ricciardone

Turkish version of Mavi Marmara report is released and tension likely to continue. U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Riccardione’s statements on Oda.Tv arrests were not welcome by the ruling government. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and his counterpart Irsen Kucuk of Northern Cyprus shake hands prior to a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, … Read more

Israel justifies herself with the Turkel Report….

Israeli soldiers stand guard on a missile ship as the Israeli navy intercepts a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010. An Israeli probe ruled on Sunday that a May 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid ships that killed nine Turks was in keeping with international law, a finding which “stunned and … Read more

FP roundup:”Turkish-Israeli tension ‘affects Turkey-US ties’

cartoon by Muharrem Aktan. source here. Obama ‘recess appoints’ Ricciardone as envoy to Ankara Turkey pleased with Obama’s step to appoint ambassador from Hurriyet Dailynews Ankara considers the Obama administration?s rare step to appoint an ambassador to Turkey a positive move. US-Turkey Relations: A Real Cliffhanger Huffington Post (blog) As soon as more WikiLeaks documents … Read more