Three-year-old Jackson Hazlett of Portland, Ore., hugs his father after the two were reunited on April 21 at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. His father, Sgt. Ryan Hazlett, was serving in Iraq, and returned home with 2,700 other Oregon Army National Guard soldiers after 10 months away.
Anger with Israel over the Gaza flotilla raid, which ended in the deaths of nine Turkish activists, has illustrated the difficulty of Turkey's effort to bridge East and West.
After many years, the main opposition in Turkey has someone new at the helm. His name is Kemal Kilicdaroglu, dubbed "Turkey's Gandhi." He represents this Muslim democracy's best hope to modernize politics and act as an effective check on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Israel's Gaza flotilla raid prompted a response in Turkey that rattled some Europeans. Turkey has been rebuffed in its efforts to join the European Union for years, and is now forging a more independent international course.
Turkey called for an international investigation into the Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla sent to break the aid blockade. At security meeting in Istanbul today, Turkey positioned itself as a leader in crafting a regional response. Turkey-Israel relations are fraying rapidly.
Turkey-Israel ties have been shattered by Monday's raid on the IHH-owned Mavi Mamara, the largest boat in the Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla.' Turkey's push for democracy has given the IHH new prominence.
Turkish leaders built on earlier condemnations of Israel's attack on the Gaza flotilla, while mourners offered eyewitness accounts that contradicted Israel's version of events.
Egypt’s control of the Palestinian 'file' will never be the same again, says former British intelligence operative Alastair Crooke.
Furkan Dogan – one of the activists killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla' and buried in Turkey today – was a US citizen. A friend, who had been on board the same ship, said Dogan was shot by five bullets.