June 8, 2013 Western politicians and media have been scolding Turkey’s prime minister Recep Erdogan over this past week’s anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara. What began as a local protest over the foolish plan to raze trees in Gezi Park near Istanbul’s bustling Taksim Square quickly exploded into major […]


14 June 2010 ISTANBUL – World leaders seem to spend much of their time these days jetting from one conference to another. Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just arrived here for a summit with Turkey’s increasing influential prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is rapidly emerging as an […]


7 June 2010 ISTANBUL – Turks are still seething with rage over last week’s Israeli attack on a Turkish vessel trying to break the years-long blockade of Gaza. Four of the nine peace activists killed aboard the ship were Turkish citizens. A score of peace activists were wounded; some claimed […]