The photo below has to be included here. From the Turkey-Armenia game. As far as I understood it was an operation by Young Civilians.
In the crisis between Israel and Turkey it should be noted Israel reacted too much to a serial that was not popular at all. I haven’t heard anybody discussing Ayrılık episodes. And as far as I know the serial was not in the top 100 ratings list. Now I hear producers are happy that people will be curious and watch the serial. There had to be a stronger reaction to Valley of the Wolves movie who had a substantive anti-semitic emphasis in some parts. Ayrılık hadonce made it to popular discourse through what Zeynep Tokuş , an actress and former beauty pageant winner was wearing:
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The Turkish and Armenian national soccer teams played a much-anticipated World Cup qualifying match on Wednesday night in Bursa, which was the second of two matches, the first of which was played last year, thus paving the way for the normalization of ties between the estranged neighbors.
The ongoing “Kurtlar Vadisi,” which tells the story of Polat Alemdar, a patriotic undercover intelligence officer who infiltrates the mafia but starts operating in the murky zone where the interests of unsavory elements of the state and of organized crime meet, brilliantly tapped into the growing nationalism of the last few years. A 2006 spin-off movie, Turkey’s highest-grossing movie ever, fed on the anti-Americanism of the Bush period, sending the show’s hero to Iraq to do battle with the US military (while also helping bust up a Jewish-run organ harvesting plot).
JERUSALEM, Oct. 16 — The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday endorsed a controversial report on alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, advancing a process that has roiled Palestinian politics and threatens to further derail the Middle East peace process.
After the latest signing of the Armenian-Turkish Protocol, Dr. Sedat Laciner, Head of the International Strategic Research Organization, evaluates the latest developments on the issue.
The EU Commission released on Wednesday its progress reports for the planned enlargement of the Union. According to the reports the violation of human rights continues to hamper on Turkey‘s accession. Membership talks with Croatia may be concluded in 2010, the reports state, although according to EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn the country must still do more to strengthen its judiciary. Accession negotiations with Macedonia are also in the offing.
“Stop the Protocols” is the headline slogan of one of the many websites that emerged soon after news got round of secret negotiations between Turkey and Armenia. Its explicit aim is to make sure that the cautious rapprochement between the two countries – symbolised by the deal agreed in Zurich on 10 October 2009 – is halted. The website classifies the signing of two protocols that day by Armenia’s president, Serzh Sarkisian, as a sell-out to the Turks and a surrender of the historical fact of the genocide of 1915; and warns that supporting the normalisation process amounts to treason against the Armenian nation.
The other day I was watching a TV show in which four participants, two liberals and two nationalists, were debating the Turkish-Armenian protocols. The two nationalist intellectuals, one of whom was a professor, were arguing that the Turkish-Armenian protocols were a major failure for Turkish diplomacy.
By Stephen Kinzer
REACHING LAST weekend’s diplomatic breakthrough between Turkey and Armenia was not easy. It took six weeks of secret talks in Switzerland, seven last-minute phone calls from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the two countries’ foreign ministers, and a wild ride in a Zurich police car, lights flashing and siren shrieking, for a Turkish diplomat carrying a revised draft of the accord.”