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Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Turkey Is Heading Into the Abyss, Thanks to Erdogan

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- Erdogan has divided the country on ethnic, sectarian and lifestyle levels in an unprecedented manner. Traumatized by the terror attack, Turkey will first need to facilitate free and fair elections, then form a coalition government and then go about rehabilitating the country's deep divisions. Rooting out domestic ISIS cells must be a priority. The alternative is the Pakistanization of Turkey. We cannot afford to let this happen.

Erdogan, You Are to Blame

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

We're switching between Turkish TV channels. It's Monday evening, October 12, and in Turkey they're burying the victims from the country's worst terrorist attack in modern times. Newsanchors have tears in their eyes.

Turkey's Unwillingness to Take on ISIS Has Come Back to Haunt It

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The civil strife and jihadism that have torn apart states like Libya, Iraq and Syria have now begun to menace Turkey as well. The Turkish authorities have even turned a blind eye to ISIS activities within Turkey on numerous occasions. No part of the country, not even Ankara, is felt to be safe anymore.

Only a Truly New Turkey Can Shed Light on Ankara Massacre

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

A radical break with the past is the only way to provide the families of the Ankara massacre victims with the answers they deserve. The current state can't properly and convincingly investigate the political murders committed against its citizens. Only a truly new Turkey, based on pluralistic citizenship, can.

What Orhan Pamuk's New Novel Tells Us About Turkey Today

Alev Scott | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Alev Scott

ANKARA -- "A Strangeness in My Mind" is about what it means to be a poor, ordinary Turk, buffeted by the winds of modern politics and traditional mores. It is detailed, intimate, but it is also universal, dealing with emotions like shame, ambition, love and grief, and what it feels like to belong. This is not an intentionally political novel, but if there is a political message, this is it: Turkey needs to recognize its universals, not its differences. Saturday's bombing in Ankara showed us that, with devastating effect.

Mass Anti-Government Protest Held After Turkey's Worst Terror Attack Ever

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

ANKARA -- No group has claimed responsibility yet for Saturday's twin bombings in Turkey, the worst terror attack in the country's history ...

Dozens Killed As Twin Blasts Hit Peace Rally In Turkish Capital

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.10.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Two bombs went off at a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 246&...

Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall and Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to...

Jidenna Takes ‘Classic Man’ To A New Level In West African-Inspired Photoshoot

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Black Voices

Jidenna is nothing short of royalty in his latest photoshoot. The "Classic Man" teamed up with All Things Ankara -- a style site that highlights...

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

Turkey Faces Snap Election

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Turkey faces a snap election this autumn after talks on forming a coalition government broke down on Thursday, increasing ...

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

Elections Herald an Increase in Women MPs in Turkey, But More Progress Is Needed

UN Women | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98.

How to Fix Turkey's Fall From International Favor

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The world wants Turkey to be back on the international trade and regional diplomacy track, but that's only possible if corruption and crackdowns discontinue. The biggest obstacle, at this point, to a lasting and successful Erdogan presidency is Erdogan himself.

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 12.29.2014 | 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.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

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

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.

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.

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

Turkish Police Fire Water Cannon At Protestors

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2013 | World

(Adds detentions, crowd dispersed) By Umit Bektas ANKARA, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Turkish police fired water cannon and tear...

Why Bashar Has the Upper Hand?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

One would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried. Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is the United States and its allies that need to worry. And let me tell you why.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Striking Workers Face Off With Police In Turkish Capital

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

By Jonathon Burch and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL, June 17 (Reuters) - Turkish riot police backed by water cannon faced off with arou...