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Election Poll Shows Turkey's Ruling Party Unlikely To Gain Majority

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.26.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu invited high profile opposition figures to join an interim cabinet on Wednesday, two months...

Turkey's President Erdogan Calls Parliamentary Elections

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely anti...

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Report from Turkey: Enjoying the Med Beaches While the Rest of the Mid East Burns

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The picture in the Middle East these days is not good. The hybrid terrorist-army known as ISIS has conquered an area in Syria and Iraq that is larger than Britain and have taken the eight million people suffering in their proto-state/"Caliphate" back to the Middle Ages.

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

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.19.2015 | 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 In Political Crisis As Violence Spirals

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside an Istanbul palace and eight soldiers were kill...

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...

Turkey And The Kurds Need An Antwerp Agreement

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

The American agreement with Turkey may bring U.S. drones and bombers a thousand miles closer to ISIS targets. But in the long run, it sets the Kurds back yet again in their dream of independence. As they say in the Arabian peninsula, one should not drink poison to quench a thirst.

Erdogan's New War Is Political Payback

The New York Times | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

Confronted with widespread protests two summers ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a harsh police crackdown and tarnished the demonstrat...

Kurdish Militants Target Turkish Military In Suicide Attack

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Aug 2 (Reuters) - The Turkish army said two of its soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in an attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Par...

Turkey Appears Headed For New Elections

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.31.2015 | World

ANKARA, July 31 (Reuters) - Turkey looks increasingly likely to face an early election as its air strikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Islam...

Turkey's Dark Future

David L. Phillips | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Erdogan wants Turks to blame others for the country's problems. However, there will be a tipping point when they blame Erdogan for mismanaging Turkey's affairs, endangering its security and turning a blind eye to criminal profiteering by his friends and family.

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.

Why Erdoğan Is Fighting Two Wars -- Against ISIS and the PKK

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Mustafa Akyol

ISTANBUL -- As the tough leader who gave the "terrorists" what they deserve, Erdogan can garner more nationalist votes for his party. Pro-PKK Kurds have lately emerged as the biggest obstacle to Erdogan's dream of drafting a new constitution with an all-powerful "presidential system" tailor-made for him.

Turkey's Erdogan Says 'Not Possible' To Continue Peace Process With Kurdish Militants

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, July 28 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday it was impossible to continue a peace process with Kurdish militants and...

Car Bomb Kills Turkish Soldiers In Mainly Kurdish Province

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.26.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bomb struck a military vehicle in southeast Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding four others in an attack blam...

Turkey Is Finally Doing Something Useful in the Fight Against ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.

A Novel Solution for the Greek Debt Crisis: Join Turkey

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Tom Ginsburg

What are Greece's options? There do not seem to be many. With policymakers at an impasse, its time to think outside the box. Here's a radical idea for Greece: join Turkey.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

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.

Daydreaming About Erdogan's Foreign Policy Opportunities

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Despite the number of political obituaries that have been prematurely written about President Erdogan as a result of the shellacking his AKP took, foreign policy remains the one area over which he can continue to exert leadership.

How Turkey's New Government Can Advance Peace in the Region

Carl Bildt | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

VIENNA -- The success of the mainly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in capturing 13 percent of the vote in the recent election -- a total well above the party's core constituency -- should boost the Kurds' confidence and ease the way ahead in the peace process. But the far-right Nationalist Movement Party performed strongly in the election, capturing 16 percent of the vote, probably owing largely to popular opposition to the opening to the Kurds.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

Turkey's Historic Election: Reflecting on a Transformative Moment

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Sunday's general election was a turning point for Turkey. For the first time in 13 years, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) no longer controls the majority in the parliament and cannot govern alone.

Turkey Post-Elections: Will Erdoğan Be Balanced by the Opposition?

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Wikistrat

The Republic of Turkey has undergone a seismic domestic political shift, as millions of Turkish citizens headed to the polls on June 7 and created a new parliament with four seated parties.