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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.

Assessing Turkey's Most Consequential Elections

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Turkey's election, held last Sunday, will go down in history as one of the most consequential for the young democracy. After months of listening to candidates and pundits, millions of Turkish citizens flocked to the polls to cast their votes in an election many saw as a foregone conclusion.

Meet The Pro-Gay, Pro-Women Party Shaking Up Turkish Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Turkey's Election Results Spell the Beginning of the End for President Erdogan

Behlül Özkan | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Having lost its majority in parliament, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's party will no longer be able to form a single-party government. In practical terms, this means the end of Erdoğan's dreams of changing the Constitution to create a presidential system. From now on, Erdoğan is no longer the only one in charge in Turkey.

Turkey Could Face Early Election After Plunge Into Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, June 8 (Reuters) - Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling ...

Scenes From Celebrations In Turkey After Election Results Roll In

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections that were seen as a referendum on the growing power of President Rec...

Turkey Votes In A Crucial Parliamentary Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of ...

Are Turkey's Days of Freedom Already Numbered?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Daniel Pipes, the President of the Middle East Forum and a Fox News commentator, critiqued my Huffington Post article for saying Turkey was having their biggest election in their country's history. In some ways, I think he might be on to something

Erdogan: I Had To Build Enormous Palace Because Of Cockroaches

AP | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has defended the controversial construction of a grandiose new presidential palace, saying his old office w...

Blasts At Election Rally In Turkey Kill At Least 2, Over 100 Injured

Posted 06.05.2015 | World

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, June 5 (Reuters) - Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey on Friday, killing two people and injur...

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

Sophia Jones

Meet The Transgender Woman Who Wants To Represent Turkey's LGBT Community This Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Twenty years ago, Deva Ozenen didn’t know if she’d ever find a way out of prostitution. The young transgender woman couldn’t fin...

Turkey's Opposition Parties: Looking for an 'Opening' Against Erdogan

John A. Tures | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
John A. Tures

The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.

Analysis From Turkey: Their Biggest Political Decision in 100 Years

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.

Can Turkey Survive Erdoğan?

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Bottom line: if President Erdoğan's AKP party is able to win big, the entire system of separation of powers in Turkey will likely reach breaking point. Erdoğan will have gained the carte blanche he seeks to mold, shape and steer the state any direction he wants in a semi-legal form of one man rule.

Sophia Jones

Off The Ballot But With Much At Stake, Turkey's President Fights For More Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's June 7 election will elect 550 members of parliament, but it's really all about one man who isn't even on the ballot: President R...

Turkey's Media Faces Imminent Crackdown

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The Turkish government is reportedly bracing to seize a number of media outlets ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for June 7, a move that will largely finalize the authorities' long-sought goal to completely silence the critical media and will eclipse the last remaining outspoken voice in the Turkish media.

Ahead of Turkey's Crucial Election, Citizens Take Action to Protect Their Vote

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.