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Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Clashes In Turkey's Kurdish Southeast Kill At Least 3

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Turkish security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a town in the largely Kurdish southe...

Turkey's Crucial Election, In Photos

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.01.2015 | World

Turkey's ruling AK Party won handily in the nation's elections on Sunday, setting the nation on the course to return to single-party rule. The vote w...

Turks Head To Polls With Concerns Over Poverty And Inequality

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Turkish novelist and essay...

Turkey's Election Fatigue

Galip Dalay | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

One of the ultimate signs of the settlement of the Kurdish issue in Turkey will be the representation of the Kurds in the political centre with their own identity and demands. This may be the harbinger of such an eventuality.

Turkey's Ruling AKP Eye Early Election

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Expectations of a snap election in November are growing within Turkey's ruling AK Party, officials say, with its leadershi...

Has Turkish Democracy Won in Turkey's June 7 Election?

Galip Dalay | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

Many interpreted the result of Turkey's June 7 general election as a major defeat for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK party) and creeping authoritarianism, and a welcome victory for democracy.

Erdogan's Fall From Grace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The steady erosion of sociopolitical conditions, the growing restrictions on free speech and the pervasiveness of the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party created deep anxiety and fear among the general public as they witnessed the gradual transformation of their country from a democracy to a police state.

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkey has the potential of becoming a significant global power, but to realize that, Erdogan must change course or leave. His arrogance, though, and self-styled piousness will prevent him from doing either and deny Turkey its deserving place to play a constructive role on the global stage.

Speaking Turko-tweetish

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Twitter's importance as a tool for freedom of speech was confirmed last spring in the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, when a civil movement emerged against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Turkey's First Post - Tutelary Reform Package

Galip Dalay | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Galip Dalay

The dynamic nature of Turkey's society coupled with the evolving nature of its demands require other comprehensive reform packages.

Turkey's Women Need Unity in Diversity

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I personally saw many covered women who first supported the Gezi protests, when they became an open target of angry and violent crowds just because they chose to wear pious clothes, felt a threat to their lifestyle and remained quiet, fearing they would lose their democratic right to wear what they want.

Is Turkey Getting 'Dry'?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Perhaps this summer, I'll see people drinking from paper bags in public in Turkey, which nowadays, is witnessing heated debates about a bill that places strict restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages that was approved by Parliament last Friday.

Islam, Gender And Democracy In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Roger Friedland

In Turkey secularism means state control of Islam and the exclusion of Islam from the public sphere, an enforced privatization of religion. Ataturk's secular republic had shut down all independent mosques.

Muslim Lite: Women, Islam and the Turkish Way

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Democracy is about the right to choose. Turkey is at a critical cusp, and I cannot help feeling that, with the proliferation of young women like these, the future of Turkey's democracy is in good hands.

Turkey: The First Mideast Revolution

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Erdogan's third electoral victory fell short of allowing him to rewrite the obsolete constitution without consensus from other parties, but his victory means years more democratic and economic progress for the vitally important nation of Turkey.

Time to Rise Above the Fray

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

A year after Israel's offensive in Gaza drove a wedge between Turkey and Israel, emotions are still overriding reason, causing what was recently seen to be a diplomatic breach on the verge of crisis.

How Obama Will Inspire the People of Turkey

Ahu Ozyurt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahu Ozyurt

President Obama can remind Turkey that one can be secular in mind and Muslim at heart at the same time; one can pray, wear jeans and maybe have a glass of wine every once a while.