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MIDEAST MIRROR 27.04.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)

 

1-From today’s Turkish press

 

GOVERNMENT/GULEN TENSIONS: Ekrem Dumanli accuses the government of criminal actions in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-Gulen Zaman: "When the suspects are disliked by the authorities and even assaulted by them with lies and slander every day, there can be no mechanism for justice. Moreover, injustice is committed quite openly, with thieves replacing policemen and buffoons paid by the intelligence services replacing real journalists. Everyone who is delaying the release [of alleged pro-Gulen policemen and journalists] that was ordered last night is committing a crime by exceeding their authority."

Orhan Kemal Cengiz also gives the government no quarter in centrist, pro-Gulen Bugun: "Whatever the excuse, refusing to free someone who has been released by a court decision or delaying such a release represents a serious human rights violation. By delaying and preventing the release of journalist Hidayet Karaca and the accused policemen, the authorities are openly committing a crime by curtailing their freedom. This is being done with the support of the political establishment and it creates the impression that Turkey’s internal legal system has disappeared. The only place left to seek rights and justice is the European Court of Human Rights."

Hikmet Genc mocks the leader of the Gulen movement in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-government Yeni Safak: "The chief Imam of Pennsylvania [leader of the Gulen movement Fethullah Gulen] prayed a couple of days ago, saying 'May the members of the parallel state [members the Gulen movement] be released as soon as possible'! But God did not accept his prayer. His curses against the government are backfiring, and targeting the parallel state instead."

 

JUNE GENERAL ELECTIONS:  Tarhan Erdem disapproves of the president’s elections tactics in centre-left Radikal: "President Erdogan should abstain from creating enemies for himself, at least for now. Instead of talking like a provincial ruling party boss, he should seek to establish unity in the country so as to secure more votes. If the president of the republic has something to tell the opposition, he should invite its members and say it to them, rather than saying it in front of the people."

Yaman Toruner offers a prediction in centrist Milliyet: "It has become quite clear that the ruling AKP [Justice and Development Party] has not been successful in foreign policy. That is why we will see the AKP lose votes. However, the Erdogan factor, the power that comes from being the ruling party, and its rivals’ weakness will once again bring the AKP to power, either on its own or as a coalition partner." 

Nasuhi Gungor detects a change in the leader of the opposition’s stance on Syria in centre-right, pro-government Star: "During the election process, foreign policy has not occupied a significant place on the agenda. We talked about foreign policy a little when discussing the events of 1915, but this probably will not continue. For this reason, CHP [Republican People's Party] leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's remarks that he would send Syrian refugees back to their homes have not been sufficiently discussed. First of all, I want to say that I believe he is right. No one on earth should be driven from their homes by force, or be forced to seek a new, peaceful place to live. That means the CHP leader has dropped his understanding of the Syrian regime as one of the last 'secular castles of the Middle East' and a 'model', developing a new humanitarian-centered policy instead. If not, he should not be worrying so much about the return of Syrian refugees, who are facing one of the biggest tragedies in history, back to their homes!

 

 

2-From today’s Iranian press

 

NUCLEAR TALKS: Hard-line Keyhan has decided: "The main objective of the U.S. in the current talks is to keep Iran busy and to deceive it in other aspects; at least to slow down the pace of its progress and development. Another U.S. goal is to keep Iran waiting, create suspense, inaction and imprudence." 

Reformist Sharq appeals: "On the eve of the talks, we should show goodwill to our caring and honest negotiators. Our efforts and theories should help encourage and motivate them even more. We ask all our friends and critics inside the country to avoid raising unreal claims and not to blame our officials for hiding details of the nuclear agreement or insist on the release of a fact sheet." 

Reformist Arman is not for releasing details: "There are some fanatics who wish that an agreement is not reached. Among them Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia and the Zionist regime. There is no need for all the information to be accessible to everyone. If MPs force the government to release the details of the agreement, it will benefit opponents of the deal in the U.S. Congress who will pressurize the U.S. administration. Such pressure can prevent a final agreement to be signed." 

 

YEMEN/SAUDI ARABIA: Conservative Khorasan contends that Saudi credibility is diminishing even among its friends: "The West has remained silent about the bloodshed in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, while expecting Saudi Arabia to be able to explain the results of its action in Yemen. Saudi attacks in Yemen have no conventional military justification. The recent adventurism of Riyadh diminishes its political credibility even in the West." 

Hard-line Javan expects the Saudis to become more aggressive: "The war against Yemen, regardless of its consequences for Saudi Arabia, signifies a transformation in the security behaviour of Saudi Arabia, which is the result of a change of its relations with the U.S.. It is too early to read U.S. behaviour in the Yemen war as a weakening of its bond with Saudi Arabia. However, the importance for Iran is the possible adjustment in Saudi foreign policy in the region. The lessening of U.S. security commitment will probably lead the Saudis to adopt more aggressive policies." 

 

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami harshly criticizes: "The hegemonic Western powers and reactionary Arab regimes that are supposed to support the Palestinian cause are among the supporters of the Zionist conspiracy to Judaize holy Quds. The leaders of reactionary Arab regimes collaborate with the Zionists through passivity and silence! Regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar commit genocide against Muslims and participate with the Zionists in the conspiracy to Judaize occupied Jerusalem." 

 

UK ELECTIONS: Conservative Resalat analyses: "David Cameron has not been able to satisfy the British over issues like economic reforms. There will be an escalation of disputes between the Labour and Conservative parties in the next ten days. However, some Labourites do not want Ed Miliband to win, while EU leaders are counting on him and the Labour Party. David Cameron in power in 10 Downing Street is equivalent to holding a referendum to leave the EU in 2017." 

 

U.S./EGYPT: Conservative Hemayat simplifies: "The Islamic revolution in the Arab world with the participation of Egypt made Washington anxious. The U.S. has tried hard not to be the loser in the new Arab world, particularly in Egypt. Washington has not altered its double-standard policies and will continue on that path. The Americans seek not to lose public support in Egypt and to prevent the formation of an Islamic regime independent from the West." 

 

CYBER SECURITY: Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz claims the U.S. uses cyber threats as an excuse: "The American National Security Agency’s assessments suggest that Iran, China, Russia and North Korea are a threat to the U.S.. The Americans have stressed the need for urgent attention to cyber threats. These concerns come at a time when the U.S. is the first country active in cyber wars. The U.S. has executed most of its military and hegemonic plans using cyber war. Responding to cyber threats is just an excuse; America, who faces international pressure for lifting sanctions on other countries, is justifying its refusal to lift sanctions and even extend them by alleging cyber threats."

 

 

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