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The Turkish response

By Mustafa Akyol Right after publication of the United Nations-authorized Palmer report on the Mavi Marmara incident last week, Turkey took a very bold step against Israel. On Friday, Sept. 2, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu faced the cameras to announce strong measures that included expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Ankara, suspension of all military …


After Bin Laden: has militant Islam failed?

By Mustafa Akyol Among the dozens of tweets that I received from fellow Turks following the breaking news of Osama Bin Laden’s death, one was a bit uncommon. While most others expressed relief when confronted with the demise of a man “who brought only trouble to the world”, this particular message rather expressed sympathy for the …


The most interesting part of the story

By Mustafa Akyol ISTANBUL: Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in Turkey in late 2002, the media have had a hard time finding an apt word to define it. While the AKP insists on calling itself “conservative” and emphatically underlines that it is “not a religious party”, popular definitions adopted by the …


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