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Turkey update

Released on 2012-03-03 08:00 GMT

Email-ID 221408
Date 2010-09-02 14:24:58
Response from Ali Aslan from Zaman included below. He wants to meet with
George and have us publish a "clarification" op-ed on our web site before
they publish it in their newspapers..
George, how would you like to proceed? This guy is based in DC.

Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: "Ali Aslan"
Date: September 2, 2010 7:33:30 AM EDT
To: "'Reva Bhalla'"
Subject: RE: Request

Dear Reva,
I'm writing this letter after my consultations with top editors of Zaman
Today's Zaman on how to pursue with Dr. Friedman's request. I
understand your representative in Turkey has also approached Zaman.
We appreciate Dr. Friedman's interest in writing an Op-Ed for us. In
principle, there should be no problem with that. But we think Zaman
not be the first avenue for such a clarification. The priority should be
given to Stratfor subscribers and other audience in the West who have
immensely misled with your report. They deserve a clarification and
hopefully a correction more than our audience in Turkey. We might always
republish Mr. Friedman's piece after it appears in your website and
circulated to your subscribers, provided that it meets our editorial
My editors are taking this issue very seriously; hence they have
me to meet with Dr. Friedman personally to convey some of our concerns
the report. We believe such a dialogue could help Mr. Friedman better
understand our position and kindly address them in his clarification,
setting the tone for future Stratfor reports which would strike the
balance. Please let me know if you can facilitate such a meeting or
me how to proceed with this request.
Your report depicts Turkey divided into secularist and Islamist camps
you clearly put our newspaper in the latter category -which we strongly
reject- since you have labeled Zaman 'Gulenist' and in your eyes Gulen
movement is 'Islamist'. It's a gross injustice. Our newspaper and
body may even suffer from legal implications both in Turkey and
given the fact that 'Islamist' is a popular label often used for radical
movements and terrorists such as Osama bin Laden as well. That makes
Zaman a
direct party rather than a mere intellectual interlocutor in this
Therefore, we keep all our rights reserved.
I look forward to hearing from you on our meeting request with Dr.
Thank you for your help and cooperation in advance.
Best regards,
Ali Aslan
Washington Correspondent
-----Original Message-----
From: Reva Bhalla []
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 10:58 AM
To: Ali Aslan
Subject: Request
Dear Ali,
I hope you are doing well. I am writing to you with a request. Dr.
George Friedman would like to write an op-ed for Zaman to explain our
position. Is this something you would publish?
My very best,