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Dec 26, 2013 Prosecutor Overseeing Turkish Graft Inquiry Is Removed From Case

QUOTE: The corruption allegations are centered on claims of bribery involving vast real estate projects, many of them in Istanbul, that have become a hallmark of Mr. Erdogan’s time in power. No one has been convicted, but several people, including two sons of government ministers, have been arrested, and one of the departing ministers on Wednesday said that the prime minister himself had been involved in the real estate deals facing scrutiny.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2011 Turkey to challenge Gaza blockade at International Court of Justice: Turkish announcement appears to rebuff attempts by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon to end its row with Israel

QUOTE: Turkey is to challenge Israel's blockade on Gaza at the International Court of Justice....Ban said today that the two countries should accept the recommendations of a UN report that... Israel had used "excessive and unreasonable" force to stop the flotilla approaching Gaza, but that it was justified in maintaining a naval blockade on the Palestinian enclave.

Guardian Unlimited
May 25, 2010 Sacred and Secular Mix in Turkey’s Museums

QUOTE: The museum is nothing less than an attempt to shape a modern mythology in which Turkish history becomes part of a single coherent tradition culminating in the modern secular state. This effort to shape a tradition accounting for the triumph of the Turk may also be the reason for the way the 1915 massacres of Armenians are treated here.

New York Times
May 04, 2010 Tearing Away the Veil

QUOTE: Through a legal ban, French parliamentarians want to uphold a principle that should apply to all: the visibility of the face in the public sphere, which is essential to our security and is a condition for living together. A few extremists are contesting this obvious fact by using our democratic liberties as an instrument against democracy. We have to tell them no.

New York Times
May 04, 2010 Who Draws the Borders of Culture?

QUOTE: The British Museum is Europe’s Western front in the global war over cultural patrimony, on account of the marbles. The pamphlets give the museum’s version for why they should stay in Britain, as they have for two centuries....patrimony claims too often serve merely nationalist ends these days, no less often than they do decent ones, never mind that the archaeological and legal arguments by the Greeks, while elaborately reasoned and passionately felt, don’t finally trump the British ones.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2008 Google’s Gatekeepers

QUOTE: As more and more speech migrates online, to blogs and social-networking sites and the like, the ultimate power to decide who has an opportunity to be heard, and what we may say, lies increasingly with Internet service providers, search engines and other Internet companies like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and even eBay....some House Democrats and Republicans have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Global Online Freedom Act, which would require that Internet companies disclose to a newly created office in the State Department all material filtered in response to demands by foreign governments.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2008 Female fighters: We won't stand for male dominance

QUOTE: The PKK has an idealistic philosophy, one that combines Kurdish nationalism with certain communist goals, such as equality and communal ownership of property. The fighters here say that their cause has evolved beyond a desire for a Kurdish state -- that they are now fighting to generate dramatic social change. Today, the PKK's ideology revolves around a belief that global crises and injustice are a result of millennia of male-dominated rule.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 06, 2008 Turkey’s High Court Overturns Headscarf Rule

QUOTE: Turkey’s highest court dealt a stinging slap to the governing party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, ruling that a legal change allowing women attending universities to wear head scarves was unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court said in a brief statement that the change, proposed by Mr. Erdogan’s party and passed by Parliament in February, violated principles of secularism set in Turkey’s Constitution.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2007 Turkish Premier Tells Bush Genocide Bill Would Hurt Ties

QUOTE: "The president has described the events of 1915 as 'one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century' but believes that the determination of whether or not the events constitute a genocide should be a matter for historical inquiry, not legislation," Johndroe said.

Washington Post
May 09, 2007 On Turkish streets, local battles over Islam's role: Amid the deep political crisis over the country's presidency, secularists bemoan an incremental Islamization of everyday life on the local level.

QUOTE: Founded on secular ideals by Kemal Ataturk after World War I, the majority-Muslim republic is embroiled in a deep political crisis pitting the AKP-led government against secularists, who fear the liberal Islamic party is gaining too much power.

Christian Science Monitor
Feb 15, 2007 E.U. Report Faults 16 Nations in Probe Of Secret CIA Flights

QUOTE: The [European--Ed.] parliament criticized the CIA renditions -- an extralegal tactic by which alleged terrorists have been abducted and interrogated at secret sites overseas -- "as an illegal instrument used by the USA in the fight against terrorism" and condemned the "acceptance and concealing of the practices by the secret services and governmental authorities of certain European countries."

Washington Post
Dec 17, 2005 Turkish Court Delays Trial of Author: Free Speech Case May Complicate Effort to Join E.U.

QUOTE: Acclaimed Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk appeared briefly in a courtroom Friday to face a charge of insulting the country that he has built an international reputation trying to explain.

Washington Post
May 31, 2005 Russian Troops To Leave Georgia: Deal Struck on Pullout by 2008

QUOTE: Russia agreed Monday to a timetable for the withdrawal of its forces from two military bases in Georgia

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2004 Turkey Insists on Equal Terms in European Union

QUOTE: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has staked his political reputation on leading Turkey into the European Union...said...that Turkey would not accept any affiliation with the union that falls short of full membership.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2004 Greek Cypriots Reject a U.N. Peace Plan

QUOTE: European officials sharply criticized the Greek Cypriot leadership last week, accusing it of misleading Europe into believing that it would support reunification after Cyprus was invited to become a member in 2003.

New York Times
Apr 11, 2003 What's in a Name? For a Turkish Youth, Maybe Jail

QUOTE: The Turkish authorities put Bayram, a bashful, lanky teenager who spends much of his spare time tilling the family's grain fields, on trial because of a single unsanctioned word.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2003 Congress Questions Cost of War-Related Aid: Some Lawmakers Skeptical of 'Emergency' Requests for Assistance to Cooperating Nations

QUOTE: As country after country demands money and military aid from the Bush administration in return for cooperation in the struggle against Iraq and terrorism, the price tag is growing and some in Congress have begun questioning the strategy.

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2002 Illegal Workers in W. Europe Do Continent's Heavy Lifting

QUOTE: As many European countries put up new barriers against what is increasingly perceived as an invasion of immigrants, little thought is being given to how Europe's envied standard of living has come to depend on the manpower the illegal workers provide...

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2002 Aging Cypriot Rivals to Begin Talks to End Ethnic Dispute

QUOTE: The Turkish Cypriots want a confederation that would recognize them as sovereign equals with the Greek Cypriots...Mr. Clerides would need a territorial adjustment that would allow a substantial number of Greek Cypriots to return to homes they lost when the Turks invaded nearly 30 years ago.

New York Times
Nov 10, 2001 Longer Visa Waits for Arabs; Stir Over U.S. Eavesdropping

QUOTE: groups and organizations representing American Muslims said the new requirements amounted to profiling by religion or nationality, a shift to methods they called antithetical to American values....Robert E. Hirshon, the president of the American Bar Association, said that the new eavesdropping regulation clearly violated the Constitution's guarantees...

New York Times
Oct 21, 2001 Either You Are a Believer or An Infidel

QUOTE: Skube argues that the West cannot ignore the Islamic world's fundamental intolerance of freedom of religious thought by non-Muslims; it is the basis for the militant fanaticism and and authoritarianism that underlie much of the current conflict.

Washington Post
Sep 12, 2001 The Wickedness and Awesome Cruelty of a Crushed and Humiliated People

QUOTE: ...the foundation of the state of Israel, four Arab-Israeli wars and the 34 years of Israel's brutal occupation of Arab land -- all erased within hours as those who claim to represent a crushed, humiliated population struck back with the wickedness and awesome cruelty of a doomed people.

Independent News (UK)
Aug 11, 2001 Turkey Delays Ruling in Case of Violations By U.S. Muslim

QUOTE: A court delayed a decision today on charges against a Muslim cleric from New York who was imprisoned for wearing clerical clothing and holding an unofficial prayer meeting...

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics
May 22, 2001 Before the Next Balkan Bloodbath

QUOTE: But if [the West] learns from its mistakes and develops a comprehensive strategy for dealing with ethnic tensions in the [Balkans], further bloodshed can be avoided.

Washington Post
May 21, 2001 In Turkey, a Matter of Conviction: Women Who Spoke Against Police Abuse Face Prosecution

QUOTE: ...Turkey's first public conference on the abuse of women in police custody -- an event women's rights advocates hailed as a milestone in a country in which sexual violence against women is frequently ignored, covered up or deemed taboo for public debate.

Washington Post
May 18, 2001 Turkish Bailout Is Joined to a Political Overhaul

QUOTE: reforming a bankrupt political system, effectively doing away with the state-controlled economy created by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk when modern Turkey was founded...

New York Times