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Selected Media Coverage: May 13, 2005

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Journal of Turkish Weekly
Turkish Press
Turkish-US Relations Debated in US Congress

Henri Barkey, professor of international relations and Bernard and Bertha Cohen Chair of the department, testified before the House Committee on International Relations in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 11. Barkey was one of four experts invited to offer testimony of the state of U.S.-Turkish relations. "That something has gone terribly wrong in the important U.S.-Turkish relationship since the beginning of the Iraq War should not come as a surprise to most casual observers of current political events," Barkey said in his opening remarks. “I will not dwell on how vital this relationship is to the United States. The more important question is how deep and how long-lasting this rupture is likely to be, and what are its causes and remedies.” Barkey noted that the high point in the U.S.-Turkish relationship came at the end of the 1990s, when the Clinton administration engineered the delivery of fugitive terrorist leader Ocalan -- the most reviled and wanted man in Turkey -- and when President Clinton made a historic journey to Turkey following an earthquake that devastated many towns in Western Turkey. “All that goodwill dissipated soon thereafter with the September 11 tragedy,” Barkey said. Barkey noted that, since Iraq and specifically northern Iraq lie at the root of the U.S. difficulties with Turkey, “it is imperative that we take the bull by the horn and start addressing the issues squarely and honestly.”
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Financial Times (Circulation: 486,463)
Putin Should Defuse the Chechnya Time-Bomb

Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at Lehigh, co-authored an article on Russia's war in Chechnya. “On March 8 Russian troops killed Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov, and Mr. Putin hailed the event as a milestone on the road to victory,” the article said. “In fact, Maskhadov's death will make ending the war much harder. Many Russians believe that Kremlin hardliners disposed of Maskhadov to torpedo a chance for negotiations. His killing came soon after his London representative met with the committee of soldiers' mothers, a Russian civic group dedicated to peace in Chechnya. Shortly before his death, Maskhadov reiterated his call for a ceasefire and talks with Mr. Putin aimed at achieving autonomy for Chechnya within the Russian Federation. This challenged Moscow's refrain that the Chechen resistance lacks voices of reason and contains only terrorists’ intent on complete independence. The Kremlin must launch bold, difficult, long-term initiatives before it can hold fair elections in Chechnya and stabilize its increasingly shaky south. Mr. Putin needs to rebuild Chechnya's society and economy; restore effective government in the north Caucasus; counter the xenophobic trends in Russia's society and state; and seek the assistance of other governments and international organizations for rebuilding Chechnya. Moscow must rethink its entire strategy. World leaders should impress this fact on Mr. Putin without delay. It is in the west's interest as well as Russia's.”
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Seattle Post Intelligencer (Circulation: 150,901)
South Bend Tribune (Circulation: 73,488)
The Stanford Review
The Christian Post
Incredibly, the Darwin Debate is Reborn

Michael Behe, professor of biological science at Lehigh, was mentioned in three more separate articles on intelligent design. Instead of insisting that the Bible's version of creation be taught in schools, the ID argument merely asks that schools be required to mention that there are alternative theories to Darwin's. ID movement icons like biochemist Behe argue that the Earth must have been created through guided, intelligent events, since everything in the universe is just too complicated to have been created through random chance. Since their theory only questions and does not actually state who the intelligent designer is, proponents of ID theory insist that their movement is not like the old-style creationists who cited the Bible to explain everything.
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World Magazine (Circulation: 140,000)
An Evolving Debate

Michael Behe, University of Georgia biology professor Russell Carlson, and University of Missouri-Kansas City professor of medicine William Harris, were among those who argued that Darwinism is scientifically controversial at Memorial Hall before the Kansas State Board of Education. They pointed to challenges to the theory posed by a fossil record and by Dr. Behe's argument that gradual evolution by natural selection cannot account for the complexity of the cell. They argued that the evidence points not to macroevolution but to intelligent design. On May 5, 6, and 7 the Kansas State Board of Education had three days of testimony about whether schools, along with teaching evolution, should also inform students of the scientific evidence against Darwinism; in other words, whether schools should "teach the debate." Darwinians boycotted the hearings, insisting that there is no debate. That conclusion was not shared by the 23 witnesses at the hearings.
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Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005

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