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Erdogan's Police Storms Website in Turkey

(16) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 12:50 PM

Early morning on Valentine's Day, Istanbul's police stormed the homes of editors of a very influencial dissident website. Odatv.com, owned by journalist and writer Soner Yalçin was targeted after spotlighting the police abuses in recent court cases.

This is not Prime Minister Erdogan's first attempt to silence the...

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LeBron, Kobe, We Really Wished You Were Here...

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 12:14 PM

The World Basketball Championship Finals are probably no match for NBA Finals, but the level of excitement and speed resembled the big stars of the NBA.

Tonight's final game between the USA and Turkey is a surprising final by any definition. Turkey ascended to the final game after a nerve-wrecking...

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Turkey's Referandum: Sunday Night Thriller

(12) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 6:35 PM

What to follow in Turkey this Sunday? It is either the World Basketball Championship final game or the constitutional amendment referendum. Both will give you a heart attack.

Turkey's ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party) pushed for a last minute constitutional amendment package towards the end of last legislative...

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Beer? Wine? Eat Fruit Instead!

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 1:52 PM

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no Dr. Oz. Yet, his animosity towards tobacco and alcohol consumption reached a new height last week, when he suggested people who would want to consume a good glass of Chardonnay could eat grapes instead.

Erdogan, who is leading his party into its...

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Turkey's Prime Minister Orders Heavy Metal Fans Arrested

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 3:32 PM

Last weekend in the heart of Istanbul, a group of young Heavy Metal fans were arrested by Turkey's Prime Minister's bodyguards and police officers. They ended up spending an entire day in the Police Department and were sent to Prosecutor's Office the next day. Their crime: Being disrespectful to a...

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Against All Odds: What the World Will See in Sotomayor

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 6:16 PM

Call it political, call it anything. President Barack Obama has once again challenged the leadership of all civilized nations by choosing Sonya Sotomayor to the highest court in America.

Her incredible life story rings so true and familiar to so many women in this country and in the world. Being...

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How Obama Will Inspire the People of Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 4:55 PM

President Obama had surprised all US-skeptics in Turkey by pulling a "pre-emptive charm strike" when Secretary Clinton announced last month that she will be visiting Turkey as the final leg of his first trip to Europe.

Behind closed doors, there will certainly be negotiations on what Turkey can do for...

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