By MURAT YETKİN, Hurriyet daily News
Early elections on June 24 will likely mark a crucial turn for Turkey not only regarding the country’s administrative system but also in domestic and foreign policies.
Tensions have escalated between Greece and Turkey in recent months over territorial disputes in the Aegean, with a collision between a Turkish cargo ship and a Greek war ship on 4 May prompting a nervous response from some observers. Thimios Tzallas writes that although there are incentives for Greek and Turkish politicians to give the impression they are playing with fire in the Aegean, both are likely to retreat from full conflict. However, it may take until after the Turkish general election in June for tensions to decrease.
By Edward G. Stafford, Ahval
Among the several elements of U.S.-Turkish relations that bind the two together beyond their shared membership of NATO is the U.S. need for access to Turkish military facilities as well as securing permission for U.S. military aircraft to use Turkish air space.
By Khaled Hroub, qantara.de
According to essayist and media scientist Khaled Hroub, the United States may be talking to North Korea, but it is actively seeking war between Saudi Arabia and Iran
By TIM WALLACE, stuff.co.nz
by Uzay Bulut, Gatestone Institute
By JAMES POULOS, ocregister.com
Realpolitik is back in the Middle East.
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 12/03/2012 – 08:26
There was a time when Swiss bank secrecy was the passion of every tax-challenged oligarch in the world. Then things changed, Obama made it s badge of honor to rat out anyone you know who has a bank account in Zurich or Geneva, lists of previously ultra-secret account holders started «leaking» and from an asset, Swiss bank accounts promptly became a liability to everyone involved.
The first Turkish citizen to be granted political asylum in Spain explains how and why he fled his country
By El Pais
Europe is suffering from domestic challenges, identity problems, politicians trapped in short-term visions and shallow thinking
By Muhittin Ataman, Daily Sabah