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Turkey Has Proved It No Longer Is A Friend To The U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Predicting the course of the coming Trump presidency could be an Olympic sport. The president-elect evidences strong opinions but little knowledge of many issues. Moreover, he usually was short on specifics: for instance, what would it mean to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS?

Invite Turkey To Leave NATO: Ankara Shares Few Values Or Interests With The West

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.23.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey's brief democratic moment is ending.

Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

Soft Targets And Tourist Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Brussels, Istanbul and Paris terrorism attacks on soft targets and airports are all designed to maximize fear among two target populations: citizens and tourists.

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

Ten Reasons You Ought To Tour Turkey

Sharon Hoge | Posted 02.03.2017 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Countrywide Turkish Delights Turkey's number one treat may be lokum the sugar gel candy flavored with rosewater, orange, cinnamon, or lemon -- popula...

Dump New Ottomans from NATO: Shoot Down of Russian Plane Shows Turkey to be Dangerous Ally

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.18.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The justification for Turkey's membership in NATO and America's defense guarantee for Ankara long ago passed. Turkey's irresponsible action proves that it is no U.S. ally.

A Day, or More Than Two Millennia, in the Life of Salonika: Natterings from Northern Greece on the Looney Front, Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.07.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

In the year 353/2 B.C. a daughter was born to Alexander the Great's father, King Philip II of Macedon, on the very same day that he won the Battle of Crocus Field over the Phocians in Thessaly, central Greece, with the help of crack Thessalian horsemen.

Erdogan's New Turkey: Goodbye Atatürk, Hello Atatürk

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Stefan Ihrig

The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.

Hookahs and Hamams in Istanbul

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The people you meet here tend to treat you like a special celebrity guest. Especially in cities, the rush of daily life feels like Paris or New York. I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

Yes to Headscarf and No to Headscarf!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In Turkey, the headscarf has been commonly considered a symbol of backwardness by secularists. They fail to understand women's motivations for wearing headscarves.

The Significance of Sino-Turkish Relations

David Gosset | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
David Gosset

Among the dynamics reshaping Eurasia, the "world continent" spanning from Europe to the Far East, the transformation of the Sino-Turkish relations does not get the attention it deserves.

Not a Turkish Spring, but a Call for Democracy From the Youth

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Ege Ozyegin

Now the world can see that Ankara has been concealing large amounts of unrest and it is clear that Turkey was actually not a successful democracy model for Middle Eastern countries. Can Islam and democracy be practiced side by side?

The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The channels of political participation in Turkey has been radically altered. Individuals equipped only with a smartphone, loaded with Twitter and Facebook apps, seem to have neither the desire nor the patience for using conventional channels to petition their government.

Taksim Square: The Destruction of Place and the Power of Preservation

Paul Gunther | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Like New York's joyously crowded Grand Central and the Arab world's historic squares, Taksim is a public space that in the minds of nascent autocrats risks not merely to accommodate unrest but actually to kindle it.

Shepard Fairey Portrait Of Turkish Leader

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts

Street artist extraordinaire Shepard Fairey has issued a response to the ongoing protests in Turkey. The graphic designer released a portrai...

Arab Spring Should Follow Turkey

Semra Sevi | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Semra Sevi

The sharia has recently been adopted in Libya after the death of Gaddafi, and the Muslim Brotherhood have won in Egypt. What will be the fate of the Arab world if recent revolutions take the same path as Iran and Saudi Arabia?

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.

Turkish Foreign Policy: What Would Ataturk Do?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The notion that Erdogan and the AKP are pursuing a foreign policy based on an Islamist agenda reflects a common fallacy, that ideological principles are the main driving force behind the foreign policy of Turkey.

Being Erdogan

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Ashley Rindsberg

Prime Minister Erdogan is looking for -- and finding -- levers that can allow Turkey to build and wield the political and economic might commensurate to a strategically located country with a history of near-global hegemony.

The Pera Palace Hotel, "Pearl of Istanbul" (PHOTOS)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 10.22.2011 | Travel
Barry Yourgrau

The guest book here is heavy with potentates, prime ministers, and the likes of Garbo and Mata Hari, Hitchcock and Hemingway, and of course Agatha Christie, who wrote Murder on the Orient Express in Room 411 in the early '30's.

The End Of The Kemalist Affair?

Slate | Christopher Hitchens | Posted 10.01.2011 | World

To read of the stunning news, of the almost-overnight liquidation of the Ataturkist or secularist military caste, and to try to do so from the standpo...

Dangerous Intrigues in Istanbul

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Thirty-three members of a neo-fascist group called Ergenekon have been on trial, accused of murder, terrorism, and trying to overthrow the elected government.