Luxembourg (AFP) - Secretary of State John Kerry called his Turkish opposite number Saturday to offer US support in the wake of a failed...
On the eve of the coup in Turkey, the Russian geopolitician and philosopher Alexander Dugin was in Ankara, where he gave a press conference. Among other things he said, he insisted that the same forces want the destruction of both Russia and Turkey and are threatening Turkish sovereingty. He said that President Erdogan understood now the situation and he added that the two countries are now inaugurating a new system of relations, not just
"The US is behind the coup attempt. A few journals that are published there [in the US] have been conducting activities for several months. For many months we have sent requests to the US concerning Fethullah Gulen. The US must extradite him," he sa
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had always defended Turkey's role in the disastrous Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, in which an aid flotilla attempted to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Erdogan described Israel's actions as terrorism, recited the Quran for the flotilla victims at gatherings and criticized his domestic opponents frequently for not standing
For the President of Turkey it seems at least a tactical, but more likely as a strategic retreat. He is obliged to stop his support for Gaza Palestinians in exchange for "normalizing" his relations with Ankara. He will naturally pay a heavy price for his political inconsequence. The rapprochement of Ankara and Tel Aviv will help "curb" some Iranian "ambitions", believe some Turkish commentators.
Tayip Erdogan began his political career trying to make his country the leader of all the Arab and Muslim world. He strongly criticized Israel, he forged an alliance with Assad of Syria, he became the "protector" of Palestinians, he developed a strategic partnership with Moscow. Now, he has reversed nearly all his policies and he tries to save himself by allying with Israel. But his new found allies will help him to keep power, or they will take what he will give them, waiting for the time to support another politician, even more friendly to them? Time will tell us.
The Brexit campaign made a big issue about the unlikely scenario of a Turkey imminently joining the EU and 80 million Turks suddenly migrating to their island. At least some of the “leave” votes on Thursday must have been cast due to that fear. And paradoxically, Brexit