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UN delays release of flotilla report at Israel’s request

A UN panel investigating a bloody Israeli interception of an aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, has postponed, once again, the release of its findings to allow for further efforts for Turkish-Israeli reconciliation. The request for the delay came from Israel, officials said. The report was first expected to be released on July 7, but […]

Israel’s Lieberman to flotilla: give up your plans

Israel’s foreign minister urged would-be participants of the pro-Palestinian flotilla to give up their plans and deliver their aid to UN supervised ports for distribution. Avigdor Lieberman spoke to reporters Thursday after meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, on issues that both men said included the flotilla as well as efforts by Palestinian leaders […]

Fighter Jet Engines ‘Stolen from Israeli Base’

Israel’s military police on June 13 opened an inquiry into the theft of airplane parts, a spokeswoman said without confirming press reports that eight fighter jet engines had been stolen. “The military police have opened an inquiry into the matter,” she told AFP without giving further detail or confirming reports of the theft from Tel […]

Turkey’s options in handling the Syrian crisis

by Hasan Karaahmet As Syria’s Assad regime continues to struggle in containing the widespread uprisings and demonstrations for a more democratic, progressive political system throughout the country, neighboring Turkey is facing an increasingly difficult humanitarian crisis just north of the long border. Last Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with his Syrian counterpart, […]

Turkey’s Actions May Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syrian Military

Last week, a feature by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excoriating the political leadership of Syria appeared in the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat. Saudi-supported and printed in twelve locations, it is considered to be among the most influential newspapers in the Arab world. As such, her comments (in English and Arabic) were intended to […]

Syrian refugees in Turkey near 12,000

The number of Syrians sheltering in Turkey  has approached 12,000 after some 1500 refugees poured across the  border on Thursday and Friday, officials said. The new exodus was triggered on Thursday morning when Syrian  troops backed by tanks entered a border zone where thousands  fleeing a bloody crackdown on anti-regime protesters were camping,  hesitant to […]

Turkey sets example, Papandreou says

Addressing lawmakers ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial confidence vote, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Turkey sets an example in his country’s struggle against a devastating economic crisis. “Why can’t we do what our neighbors Turks have done?” he asked. Speaking at the parliament, Papandreou noted that Greece is going through one of the worst […]

Aselsan bags national missile system contract

Turkey’s leading military electronics company Aselsan and the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, or SSM, have signed two major contracts for the development of indigenous low and medium altitude air defence missile systems, the company revealed in a special press release on Monday. Request for proposal for the low level air defence system (T-LALADMIS) was first issued by SSM […]

Greek politics in turmoil over austerity measures

Greece faced an escalating political crisis Thursday, with critics in the governing Socialist party in open revolt over harsh austerity measures despite assurances from the European Union that Athens would a receive rescue loan money needed to avoid a summer default. The party feud was the latest crisis to heighten worldwide concern that danger of […]

Turkey’s Islamists Win 3rd Straight Term in Govt.

Turkey’s Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a landslide victory in nationwide parliamentary elections June 12, according to results released June 13, securing a third consecutive term in government since 2002. Led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AKP garnered nearly 50 percent of the general vote, while the main opposition party, the […]



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