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Press Roundup 31.10.2007

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

The 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Republic was celebrated enthusiastically throughout ?stanbul on Oct. 29. Residents enjoyed a laser light-show, music and firework displays between the Maiden’s Tower and the Bosporus Bridge as well as a “Parade of Lanterns” that included 250 boats; others watched all these shows on big screens in 20 different locations. 
 
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Celebrating 84 years

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

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Celebrating 84 years 
The Turkish Republic celebrated its 84th birthday on Monday amidst escalating Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorism and increased tension over Turkey’s threat to strike northern Iraq to crush PKK bases there.

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Dissidence

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

We should be realistic about what a limited operation into northern Iraq will do to the PKK. (more…)

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Without damaging the national fabric

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Some circles want to damage the “national fabric” of our population, which has managed to maintain its “historical tranquility” in the face of provocations, acts of terrorism and political insouciance and act even more wisely than most politicians. (more…)

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Patriotism

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Every citizen loves his country. Some love it to such an extent that they will kill their neighbor and confiscate his assets in a moment of disorder.

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Terrorism and the news media

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

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Terrorism and the news media 
Tension in the Turkish Southeast has escalated to a peak with a cross-border operation by Turkey’s military forces into northern Iraq, which harbors terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. (more…)

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A gallant 84 years

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Today, we are celebrating Republic Day, the greatest national holiday of the Turkish nation. The Turkish Republic turns 84 this year.
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Betrayal of the republic

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

“The new Turkey” and “the Turkish Republic” are taking straight steps toward its 100th anniversary. (more…)

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PM Erdogan to submit detailed PKK report to Bush

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Turkey has launched its most comprehensive and diplomatic crackdown to date on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has cost Turkey about 33,000 lives and $100 bln over the course of 21 years. (more…)

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A military incursion spells war, says Barzani

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Any move by Turkish troops into predominantly Kurdish-populated northern Iraq to tackle the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases there would be a declaration of war, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, head of the largely autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, has said. (more…)

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Flying castle A380 lands in ?stanbul

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, landed yesterday on Atatürk International Airport’s longest runway with a ceremony.
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Google’s gesture on Republic Day pleases Turkish users

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

As Turkey marks the 84th anniversary of the declaration of the republic on Oct. 29, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, Google, has surprised Turkish users with a gesture. (more…)

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Costner attends Republic reception

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner was one of the guests at a presidential reception to mark the 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey at Çankaya Palace yesterday. (more…)

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Helicopters, troops pound PKK targets inside Turkey

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Troops backed by the air force have killed several Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists near the eastern province of Tunceli, and suspected PKK targets were bombed by Cobra helicopters in a separate operation on the mountainous Turkish-Iraqi border in southeastern Anatolia, news reports from the region said yesterday.
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Turkey ranked fifth in defense expenditure in Europe

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Turkey ranks fourth among 10 countries of the Middle East and fifth among EU states in terms of defense expenditure, according to the Anatolia news agency.  (more…)

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Turkish nation marks 84th anniversary of republic

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Millions of citizens, clad in the red and white of the Turkish flag, protest against terrorism at the celebrations.  (more…)

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15 arrested in Germany after clashes between Turks, Kurds

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Tension was high between Turks and Kurds sympathizing with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after clashes between the two groups in Berlin, news reports said yesterday. (more…)

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Press Roundup 30.10.2007

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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Turkey has amassed up to 100,000 troops, backed by tanks, artillery, warplanes and helicopters, along its mountainous border with Iraq in preparation for a possible large-scale incursion to crush PKK terrorists who use the region as a base. A military operation against the terrorist group has been under way in southeastern Turkey since Oct. 21. (more…)

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[CROSS READER] Terrorism and the news media

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Tension in the Turkish Southeast has escalated to a peak with a cross-border operation by Turkey’s military forces into northern Iraq, which harbors terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants. (more…)

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A gallant 84 years

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Today, we are celebrating Republic Day, the greatest national holiday of the Turkish nation. The Turkish Republic turns 84 this year. (more…)

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Betrayal of the republic

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

“The new Turkey” and “the Turkish Republic” are taking straight steps toward its 100th anniversary.

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After missing the boat

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Those who mocked certain circles calling on the people to act peacefully and with common sense in the wake of attacks perpetrated by the terrorist organization and who praised war and violence nowadays seem a bit alarmed.

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Constitutional equality to be reintroduced

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The principle of gender equality, which was formerly removed from the draft constitution being prepared by a six-member board of experts commissioned by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), will be reintroduced. (more…)

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Press Roundup 29.10.2007

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Mass protests against the terrorist attacks of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been growing in the past week. On Saturday tens of thousands took to the streets in a demonstration against the PKK. (more…)

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[CROSS READER] A warning on reactions to the PKK

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Hundreds of thousands have been marching with Turkish flags across almost every province of Turkey in the past week to protest the increasing number of terrorist attacks in recent months in which tens of Turkish soldiers were killed. (more…)

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Defeat and ambush for the last time

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Defeat and ambush are two concepts that I keep encountering when I question the young lives that were cut short by terrorism in the Southeast. There are two faces on the coin: on one side shines the mother of a terrorist and on the other the mother of a fallen soldier. (more…)

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Fortune of the unfortunate

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

 Tomorrow is the anniversary of the establishment of the republic, but the celebrations will be marred by the recent bloodshed in the Southeast. (more…)

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Press Roundup 27.10.2007

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

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Meters underground, mine workers joined the protests organized across Turkey to condemn the terrorism perpetrated by the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that has claimed the lives of dozens of Turkish soldiers over the past weeks. (more…)

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Stationary Turkey

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Even though we keep talking about the dynamics of the 21st century at every occasion possible, we sometimes catch ourselves mentioning the “times of the ‘80s and ‘90s.” (more…)

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Calmer and more determined

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

 Let’s have a look at what we have experienced in the last five days following the heinous attack that struck Turkey on Sunday. (more…)

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Open letter to the General Staff

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Turkey is wrangling with the problem of terrorism, but almost everyone is of the same opinion that this problem cannot be solved just through military measures. (more…)

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Taking economic measures against Iraq?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The National Security Council (MGK), agreed to take economic measures against northern Iraq. (more…)

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Press Roundup 26.11.2007

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

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Turkish forces deploying tanks and artillery repulsed an attack by up to 40 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants on a military post near the Iraqi border, security officials said on Thursday. Turkey amassed many troops on the Iraqi border after subsequent PKK attacks. (more…)

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Educating the Kurds via the Turks

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Focusing all its support on the Kurds, leaving the Shiites entirely to Iran and completely externalizing Arab groups, Iraq can do no more than intensify the dilemma the US is experiencing. (more…)

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Not much time left for President Bush

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The power to pressure regarding Turkey’s demands with respect to Iraq lies neither with Baghdad nor Jalal Talabani nor Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani; the chief player that holds that power is the US and the government of President Bush.
This is the reality. Moreover, I don’t think anybody is imagining it when it comes to this issue. The US for a long time neglected Turkey’s legitimate demands and its sensitivity regarding the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) issue, particularly after the Iraq War. (more…)

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Turkey’s image and ‘freaky politics’

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Using the strategy of interfering with the Middle East region via the Kurds, portrayed as the “repressed children of the Middle East,” the European countries and the US-Israel union obviously take the pressures of regional dictatorships (directed at Kurds or others depending on the situation), which they see as a guarantee for the (dictatorial) system, as an opportunity to penetrate the region. (more…)

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Why did the PKK panic?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

The PKK’s target is neither to win nor to make somebody win; it is an organization founded to “destroy.” (more…)

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