Turkish Sabah newspaper, which has come to be considered in recent years as the mouthpiece of the ruling Justice and Development Party, announced the appointment of Etienne Mahchupyan as Chief Advisor to Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on October 25.
For over three years, Turkey has armed, trained and then allowed Islamist terrorists to cross the Turkish border into northern Syria. These terrorists, who now constitute the base of the so-called Islamist State (IS), plan to carve out an Islamic Caliphate within the territorial boundaries of Syria and Iraq.
Upon reading Harut Sassounian’s latest article “The West Must Offer Armenia Incentives Rather than Decry its Ties with Russia,” I have been compelled to write a response addressing its shortcomings and inaccuracies, increasingly common also within the broader narratives regarding Armenia’s accession into the EEU in the Armenian community.
A mere two days after publishing an expansive and informative exposé about foreign powers buying influence with US-based think tanks to affect US policy, The New York Times published a sloppy article by long-time Azerbaijani collaborator, Brenda Shaffer, who by using official Baku’s vernacular sounds the alarm for supposed plans by Russia to engineer another “land grab” in the region—this time in Nagorno-Karabakh.
To offer an evaluation of the current Turkish Armenian diplomatic relations, I will take a critical approach and consider not only the existing Armenian reality and facts that speak for themselves (an Armenian Republic and Diaspora), but also facts that speak through and for prevailing discourses of history and politics.