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Barring Coverage, Assaults and Fear: New Reports Signal SOS for Turkish Media

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 11.10.2014 | Media
Yavuz Baydar

There seems to be no end in the type of news coming from Turkey: all the stories in bits and pieces insisting on a single pattern; of journalism being paralysed, forced by any means necessary to abandon its social role, in the service of the public.

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

'Kurdish Peace Process': Erdoğan's Gamble for Absolute Power?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Yavuz Baydar

The core of mass fury had to with the question Turkey's Kurds ask constantly these days: Can we trust that President Erdoğan is sincere about the peace talks with the PKK or, are we all being jerked around, duped?

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

For US, Turkish Leaders Are Not Reliable Friends

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Washington must push Ankara to do more as part of their strong alliance, including fighting the so-called Islamic State militants, but it must at least wait and see how this internal reckoning within the ruling AKP turns out before it makes any enduring engagement with the Turkish government in other spheres.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tells Women not to Laugh in Public

Harut Sassounian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

Rather than being worried about women's laughter, Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and Prime Minister Erdogan should be more concerned about their government's increasing slide into authoritarian rule.

Turkey's Many Occupational Hazards

Ozan Varol | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Ozan Varol

Where the failings of Turkey's democratic functioning have become as common as the failings of its coal mines, neither can be dismissed as mere occupational hazards. Both are pathological dysfunctions in need of immediate repair.

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Erdogan's opponents and many international critics maintain that Erdogans' response to the Gezi protests was unnecessarily heavy-handed, smacked of abuse of power and his discourse was divisive and unbecoming of a statesman.

Women's Political Participation on the Rise in Turkey

Melis Figanmese | Posted 06.07.2014 | World
Melis Figanmese

In southeastern Turkey, a region where 45 percent of women cannot read or write, women are making unprecedented gains. The first woman mayor of Hakkari, Dilek Hatipoglu, was elected and Fatma Toru became mayor of Konya's Meram district.

I Cannot Write

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.16.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Holding the same passport as some people in Turkey makes me feel unbearably futile these days.

Turkey's PM Mr. Erdoğan's 'Othering' Is Unbearable

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

From artists to political leaders, the message should be the same: Our differences make us stronger. Our duty is not to try to eliminate, but rather to understand those differences for a peaceful future.

Has the Turkish Miracle Come to an End?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.27.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Mr. Erdoğan's heavy-handed style, his reluctance to tolerate criticism and his tendency to control the legal system has caused a seriously problematic political environment and it's the last thing Turkey needs right now.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

It's Still the Same Old Same Old in Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The latest picture of Turkey shows that people need to be more aware of the influences that have molded them over thousands of years so as to be able to face the problems that come with change.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Turkey's Media Inches Closer to Central Asian Norms

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Yavuz Baydar

Here is some of the recent blows to Turkey's already fragile journalism, or whatever remains of it, which does not need much commentary.

Headscarf in Turkish Parliament Raises the Expactations of Further Reform in a Much Wider Scale

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Yavuz Baydar

When four female deputies of the ruling Justice and Development Party walked on Thursday, October 31, into the the grand hall of General Assembly of Parliament in Ankara, they knew they were being part of a controversial history. All four were wearing headscarf.

What Booming Philippines Can Learn From Turkey, Brazil Protests: Centrality of Inclusive Growth and Manufacturing

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The explosion in spontaneous protests should serve as a sobering reminder for rising economies such as the Philippines to avoid the mistakes of their more successful and prominent peers if they wish to move towards democratic deepening and full-fledged developed country status in the coming decades.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

It's About More Than a Park

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

As I write this, my street is tinkling with the sound of kitchenware -- and tear gas is seeping through my windows. I have no idea where this is going. But along with the tear gas the air is full of freedom and hope.

Istanbul's 'One Minute!' to Erdoğan

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

If Erdoğan remains defiant and threatening, it is his party that should be afraid as well: Chances of winning the municipality of İstanbul are weaker, the Kurdish peace process is more vulnerable to sabotage and a new presidential system with Erdoğan on top may be a pipe-dream.

Turkey's Urban Revolt Signals a Critical Phase in Turkish Politics

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 08.02.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

Despite the astonishing, far-reaching changes that Turkey has undergone in recent years, clouds of anxiety are gathering over the country. All attention is focused on the decisive impact that Turkey's Kurds will have on the country's macro politics.

Can Erdogan Now Deliver His End of the Bargain With Israel?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

. Nonetheless, as the Syrian crisis continues to threaten the security of all the Levantine states and the Iranian issue continues its slow boil, greater cooperation should be expected between the two. The rapprochement is real; the question is, does it matter?

Religious-Secular Clashes in Turkish Politics

Peter Henne | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Peter Henne

There is a significant cultural divide in Turkey today. Secular, Westernized and liberal segments of society are worlds apart from conservative, pious communities in the interior of Turkey.