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COULD UKRAINE CRISIS TRIGGER A NEW COLD WAR?(23.03.2017)

Could Ukraine Crisis Trigger A New Cold War?

The US’s last presidential race winner Donald Trump’s positive messages to Russia during the election campaign, caused criticisms from his opponents but on the Russian front, it created a rarely encountered public perception in favour of an American presidential candidate. Even after Trump was elected as the president, maintaining positive statements about Russia has stregthened expectations that the relations between the US and Russia would get better. Nonetheless, Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s being recently resigned on charges of ‘some bargains’ were negotiated during a phone call with Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador of Russia to the US, before T...


AN INTERVIEW WITH PROF. HÜSAMETTIN ARSLAN ABOUT 15 JULY BY BENGÜL GÜNGÖRMEZ(22.03.2017)

An Interview with Prof. Hüsamettin Arslan About 15 July by Bengül Güngörmez

Bengül Güngörmez: On the night of July 15, 2016 Turkey witnessed outrageous incidents that will haunt people for years to come. A coup with a foreign reach was attempted, planned and conducted by FETÖ militants, and led by Fethullah Gülen. From the government to the opposition people from various segments of the society put up a great fight against the attempt. Some of them made history. We have martyrs and a great number of injured. Kids, women and elders were murdered by militants dressed in soldier uniforms. Our parliament was bombed the first time in its history. In a way, all the dropped bombs were dropped against the democracy. They bombarded our democracy. This cou...


OBSERVING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST(13.02.2017)

Observing Human Rights in the Middle East

It becomes evident when traveling in war zones and isolated areas that the most vulnerable in such places are women and young children.In January, on a train bound from Mashhad, Iran, to Tabriz, I met a woman who looked to be in her 30s. Her name was Amir Nedai.Amir and I were sharing a 4-bed passenger cubicle with another couple from Iran; on a ride that would take 24 hours until our destination. Unlike Amir’s short stature, her husband was quite tall. He must not have liked the idea that his wife would be in the same cubicle with a foreign man (he and Amir were placed in different sections), because when he came inside our room, he did not even greet me.It felt ...


REFLECTIONS OF THE CHOI SOON-SIL SCANDAL IN ASIAN COUNTRIES (24.11.2016)

Reflections of the Choi Soon-sil Scandal in Asian Countries

A bizarre scandal about the Korean President Park Geun-hye shakes the South Korean society. Choi Soon-sil, an old friend of the president, allegedly used her connection with Park to extort money from largest corporations as well as abuse of power and corruption activities.President Park Geun-hye apologized recently that she accepts a prosecution investigation into the Choi Soon-sil scandal.Most of the Asian countries are also attentively following the developments and criticizing the situation.The Times of India announced the situation in South Korea by naming the scandal as corruption allegation: “…In Friday’s (November 4th) televised apology, Park commented on the corruption al...


LOFTY AMBITIONS CONFRONT REALITY IN TURKISH STREAM PIPELINE(7.11.2016)

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe.Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the Middle East to Europe. Those ambitions, however, may be tempered by reality as experts cast doubt on the project amid fears that it could change the balance of power in Europe’s energy trade.Big ambitionsTurkey and Russia began negotiations in 2009, four years after the completion of the Blue Stream gas pipeline. As envisioned, Turkish Stream will consist of two separate p...


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