Sunday, June 20, 2010

Turkey's emergence as hero of the "Arab street"

The LA Times' Jeffrey Fleishman today has an interesting, wide-ranging analysis that discusses Turkey's emergence within a deeper historical and broader Middle Eastern context, including the long rivalry between Egypt and Turkey - with a money quote from Mustafa Karahan, director of an energy investment company:
"The [Turkish AKP] party figured, 'Instead of being a small brother in the West, let's be a big brother in the East.' The only problem with this is that a lot of Arabs, especially Egyptians, don't like Turks. But Egypt's time is done. It's over."

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