27.08.2013: NATO FACILITY BOOSTS TURKEY' S DEFENCE

A new NATO combined air and space operations center (CAOC) for southern Europe will help Turkey strengthen its air defences, at a time when the country’s risk perception has heightened as a result of increased turbulence in the Middle East and Syria, according to analysts. Based in the north east of Madrid, the newly upgraded operations center was declared officially operational at the Torrejon de Ardoz airbase last month. The centre will monitor and control the airspace of 11 NATO countries, including Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Albania. The Torrejon centre is one of two centres. Like its twin in northern Europe, located in the German town of Uedem, it will be responsible for the planning, direction, co-ordination and supervision of air operations, a NATO statement said.

02.08.2013: IS TODAY' S EUROPE TOMMOROW' S ASIA?

Written by Anis Bajrektarevic*

How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize on its successes. Following the famous saying attributed to Kissinger: “Europe? Give me a name and a phone number!” (when – back in early 1970s – urged by President Nixon to inform Europeans on the particular U.S. policy action), the author is trying to examine how close is Asia to having its own telephone number. For over a decade, many of the relevant academic journals are full of articles prophesizing the 21st as the Asian century.

11.06.2013: LIVING SURVIVORS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Written by Chris Bohjalian*

A woman I met last month in southeastern Turkey is going to die, probably sometime soon. Asiya’s death will not be covered by any news service, and for all but a few people in her small village of Chunkush, she will not be missed. Even the relatives who love her will probably think to themselves, well, she was 98 years old. Or 99. Or, if she survives until 2015, somewhere in the neighborhood of a century. She will have lived a long life. When I met Asiya in May, her daughter brought me strong Kurdish tea and fresh strawberries from their yard, and when I return to her village someday and find that she has indeed passed away, I suspect I’m going to weep. Why cry for a woman I met but once, who lived a long life and who couldn’t understand a word I said? Who spoke only Turkish, a language in which I know how to say only “please” and “thank you”?

25.06.2013: ΙT' S HIGH TIME THE UK PAID UP FOR BASES

Written by Yiorghos Leventis*
 
The current financial crisis vexing Cyprus makes the history -and sharp-eyed observer ponder over the recent course of the small Mediterranean state’s financial and political troubles, more often than not the two being inextricably intertwined. To put it in plain words, the birth of the Republic of Cyprus was imperfect by design, hence the new state was mutilated, incapacitated by birth. It has been described as the stillborn Republic. Burdened by a cumbersome constitution designed to serve the interests of the principal minority – the Turkish – and the neo-colonial overlord rather than the interests of the Greek overwhelming majority, the young state already in 1963-64 was deprived of its means of subsistence. The Turkish Cypriot delegates holding an inexplicable to any well-meaning constitutional analyst, separate majorities prerogative, bent on promoting segregation, refused to pass bills of financial nature.

08.06.2013: GREEKS, THS SPARTANS OF 2013

Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard*

Nobody has taken responsibility for the disastrous errors made by the EU-IMF Troika in Greece, where youth unemployment has just reached 58.3pc. Nobody has resigned, or missed a day’s pay, or faced any kind of censure from an elected body, despite the withering indictment just issued by the IMF. Worse yet, the basic conceptual policy errors that led to this tragic episode have not been fully corrected. With a little trimming here and there, the eurozone is sticking to the same mix of self-defeating contractionary policies that have tipped the region back into a double-dip recession, with seven quarters in a row of falling GDP, soaring unemployment, and an ever starker divergence with the United States. Just to recap what our man Bruno Waterfield reported from Brussels, the IMF’s mea culpa admits that the Troika sacrificed Greece to save the euro.

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