Nuclear weapons in civil war zones

Sep 10,2016 – JORDAN TIMES – BENNETT RAMBERG The recent failed military coup in Turkey has produced instability, paranoia and a crackdown on the regime’s perceived opponents, including many journalists. Luckily, it did not end with rebel forces seizing some of the dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at Turkey’s […]

Dozens held as teachers protest suspensions in Turkey’s southeast, union says

 Reuters International SEP 9, 2016 –  Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest against the suspension of teachers from classrooms over alleged links with Kurdish militants, in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar (reuters_tickers) By Umit Ozdal DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – Turkish police detained dozens […]

Taking Turkey Seriously

STOCKHOLM – Istanbul, in western Turkey, is one of Europe’s great cities. As Constantinople, it was the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and after its capture and renaming by Mehmed II in 1453, it served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire for nearly another 500 years. Throughout […]

Turkey’s new position on Syria

Aug 28,2016 – JORDAN TIMES – Amer Al Sabaileh The regional dynamics are creating a new reality in the Syrian crisis, while the military coup in Turkey has created the opportunity for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reposition himself and his administration, to take a systematic approach and change […]

Turkish gov’t going too far in post-coup attempt state of emergency measures: CHP head Kılıçdaroğlu

Sunday,August 28 2016, ANKARA AA photo The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has criticized the government for “going too far” in the implementation of authorities granted by Turkey’s ongoing state of emergency. “I remember [the military coups] of March 12 [1971], Sept. 12 [1980]. There was […]

Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Source: Asia Times. If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. […]