October 31, 2009
Even as Congress pushes legislation aimed at punishing foreign companies that sell petroleum to Iran, and the United Nations prepares to consider sanctions against that country if an ongoing round of nuclear talks fails, Iranian leaders this week were elated over plans to treble trade ties with a key Middle Eastern power. So which rogue nation is undermining Western efforts to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons? Syria, perhaps, or the unpredictable Saudis? Actually, it's Turkey, a member of NATO, prospective member of the European Union and the United States' most strategically important Muslim ally.
March 21, 2012 |
Turkey's foreign policy has come full circle in the last year. Far from confronting Washington on a range of issues, Ankara is embracing its membership in NATO while working closely with Washington on Middle East issues, including Iran and coordinating Syria policy. What has changed? First and foremost, Ankara has come to appreciate a constant in the value of its foreign policy: Turkey is east if you view it from the perspective of the West, and west if you view it from the perspective of the East.
September 14, 2013
On a trip to Istanbul last fall, we followed a Perrin's People recommendation and used Karen Fedorko Sefer at Sea Song Tours. It would not have been the same trip had we not used this excellent service. Nigar, our guide, was experienced, knowledgeable and warmly personal. We saw parts of Istanbul not available to the casual traveler. Our only mistake was not using Sea Song for Ephesus. We took the ship's tour, and it was pitiful and much more expensive. We highly recommend Sea Song Tours.
March 27, 2014 |
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports. The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country. VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
June 2, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- As night fell in the Turkish capital Sunday, thousands of protesters continued to march in protest against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, beating drums and rattling the shutters pulled down tight on storefronts as they called for the premier's resignation. A weekend of dramatic protest left Turkey reeling, with thousands of dissidents taking to the streets following a brutal police crackdown, presenting the country's leadership with the most cohesive challenge to its leadership it has faced during more than a decade in power.
May 12, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car-bomb attacks in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The strikes have stunned Turkey and exacerbated already-high tensions between the neighboring nations about the civil war raging inside Syria. Turkish officials have publicly linked the bombings to Syria's intelligence service -- a charge denied Sunday by Omran al-Zoubi, the Syrian information minister.
November 22, 2012 |
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you've ever wondered how to carve a turkey -- yes, we've all been there! -- check out this video from Food editor Russ Parsons. He'll show you how to tackle that big bird, and how to plate it when you're done. And check out the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook. " The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah , Christmas and New Year's. We've also updated last year's "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies," so it now includes 65 recipes from a wide range of sources, including world-famous pastry chefs and home cooks.
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May 30, 1997
Jonathan Power ("Why Is the European Union Loath to Admit Turkey" Commentary, May 19) is critical of the EU for resistance to the admission of Turkey. Not only does Turkey have the bad record of violation of rights of its minorities admitted in the article, it has the history of Armenian genocides of World War I and before that it officially denies. It continues military occupation of Cyprus in violation of U.N. security resolutions. It has its own tradition, which differs from the Western tradition common to the countries of the EU. ROBERT JOHN Los Angeles