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Region in flames

VERDA ÖZER writes:

We are all confused by the successive crises in the Middle East.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

Trump’s Montenegro

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You must know the already-famous story by now. President Donald Trump appeared at the NATO summit last week in Brussels, pushing aside Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.

Comment(s) 6/3/2017

Summit of the unwilling

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You must have heard the phrase “back to the future.” Nothing else could better describe my feelings while following the NATO summit in Brussels on May 25, which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also attended.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

Is Trump a goner?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with Donald Trump was expected to be “either in the format of a full stop or a comma” in terms of the allies’ future ties, as Erdoğan put it.

Comment(s) 5/20/2017

Arms to YPG, new charms for Turkey

VERDA ÖZER writes:

It looks like all the odds are currently against Turkey in the Kurdish question. U.S. President Donald Trump just approved plans to directly arm the outlawed PKK-affiliated Kurdish fighters in Syria, YPG (the People’s Protection Units), despite Ankara’s long-lasting opposition.

Comment(s) 5/13/2017

A great leap urgently needed

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Alas, the expected has happened. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decided on Tuesday to reopen the monitoring procedure with Turkey, thereby lowering its level of democracy

Comment(s) 4/29/2017

Do or die with the EU?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had declared that he would put Turkey’s EU membership process to vote in case the “yes” campaign won the April 16 referendum on Turkey’s shift from a parliamentary system to a presidency

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

Missile or ally?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The reasons and implications of President Donald Trump’s recent attack on Syria are being widely discussed.

Comment(s) 4/15/2017

Who raised the Kurdish flag in Kirkuk?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

We are face-to-face with a brand new crisis, as if there was a shortage of tension in the region. Kurds in the Kirkuk Provincial Council have voted to raise the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) along with Iraq’s flag over state buildings in the province. Now - as expected - all hell is let loose.

Comment(s) 4/1/2017

The Muslim laptop ban

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You must already know the story. The United States has barred passengers from bringing their laptops and iPads on board flights from eight Muslim-majority countries. Britain didn’t wait too long to join the ban. As a result, the so-called “Muslim laptop ban” has become the hottest topic in Turkey.

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

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