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Syrian Insurgents Destroy Russian Helicopter With Missile

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.24.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Syrian fighters destroyed a Russian helicopter with a missile, shortly after they forced it to make an emergency landing i...

Time For Gulen Movement To Leave Turkey?

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Turkey is not a full-fledged dictatorship. Its civil society is perhaps the most vibrant it has ever been. It holds free, albeit not fair, elections regularly and citizens have a chance to change their governments peacefully.

AKP's Machiavellian Victory: How It Happened and What It Means for Turkey

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Beyond the internal dynamics of the Kurdish movement, the past five months have inflicted traumatic wounds and memories on Turkey's increasingly divided societies, which require a radical change of collective mentalities to heal -- something the past election certainly did not provide.

Turkey and India Lurch Towards Illiberal Democracies

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Turkey and India are both democracies and significant American allies. Both India and Turkey are secular countries ruled by strong-willed leaders rooted in religion-based politics, Islam for Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hinduism for India's Narendra Modi.

Turks Chose the Devil They Know -- and Stability Over Freedom

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- The Turkish electorate knows that the AKP is corrupt, has strong authoritarian tendencies and continues to plunder (but distributes some of) Turkey's resources. But they also know that it can deliver services as it did until 2011. Above all, the voters favor stability and economic predictability. Fundamental values such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and free and fair elections constitute much lesser concerns.

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Turkish President's Push For A New Constitution Sparks Heated Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

Turkey's elections this past Sunday returned the Freedom and Justice Party, or AKP, of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to majority rule, raising ...

Clashes In Turkey's Kurdish Southeast Kill At Least 3

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.03.2015 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Turkish security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a town in the largely Kurdish southe...

Erdoğan: Liberator or Dictator?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The scandals, the palaces in the Bosporus, the prosecution of his opponents, Taksim Square and the violent confrontation with the young protesters, the hundreds of journalists in jail.. In the eyes of some of those who believed in him the liberator now seemed a dictator.

U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course in Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens "all necessary measures" to prevent Syrian Kurds from advancing west of the Euphrates River. The People's Protection Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is America's principal ally fighting ISIS in Syria.

Turkey's Election Was Soaked in Suppression and Blood

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

What makes Turkey's authoritarianism, especially the AKP's, so hard to battle, is that it is covered with a thin layer of democracy. Elections are being held, the turnout is high, no wide range fraud was reported, four parties made it into parliament. But the campaign was all but democratic, given the government's violence, further control over the press and detention of opposition politicians.

Erdogan Is Proving Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations' Right

Behlül Özkan | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.

Turkey's Crucial Election, In Photos

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.01.2015 | World

Turkey's ruling AK Party won handily in the nation's elections on Sunday, setting the nation on the course to return to single-party rule. The vote w...

Could An American Ally Lose Its Democracy This Weekend?

John A. Tures | Posted 11.01.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Turks denied their increasingly autocratic regime the ability to rule by decree earlier this Summer. But a do-over election, following a brutal anti-Kurd and anti-opposition media campaign, shows that President Erdogan and his allies will stop at nothing to win, even if it means killing democracy along with Turks and Kurds who cross the majority party.

Turks Head To Polls With Concerns Over Poverty And Inequality

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Turkish novelist and essay...

Turkey's Critical Elections: Sink or Swim

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Yavuz Baydar

More than any other collective choice on politics, the upcoming polls will be a referendum on whether or not the voters will give the go-ahead for a power grab so meticulously, cunningly and daringly designed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the clique that surrounds his office, backed by a largely silent, shrewdly calculating new oligarchy.

What's At Stake In Turkey's Upcoming Elections

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.31.2015 | World

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Oct 30 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pi...

Turkish Police Storm Newsroom Tied To Erdogan Critic

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

By Hamdi Istanbullu ISTANBUL, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Turkish police stormed the offices of an opposition media company on Wednesday, days before an elect...

Turkey's Refugee Problem

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

The EU should make funds for Turkey contingent on the government's performance, with benchmarks for integrating refugees into Turkish society. All of Europe, including Turkey, has a legal and moral responsibility to provide for war-torn victims. Rescue and resettlement are more noble that profiteering from human misery.

Blood and Ballots in Turkey

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Stephen Schwartz

The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

Old Demons in New Faces? The 'Deep State' Meets Erdoğan's 'New Turkey'

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

While this picture reinforces the sense that Turkey is returning to the dark days of the 1990s, there are two reasons why the country's current predicament is also different, and much more dangerous, than it was two decades ago.

ISIS Fighting Turkey Fighting Kurds

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Western coverage of Turkey has lauded its recent crackdown against ISIS, but Turkey's simultaneous strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are inflaming the country's Kurdish problem into an even bigger challenge.

Orhan Pamuk: Nations Like Persons Have Many Identities

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

Orhan Pamuk, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, stands out as a novelist who, from his lifelong perch in Istanbul, uniquely stra...

How the Refugee Backlash Might Topple Merkel

Alex Gorlach | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Alex Gorlach

As the refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow, the political costs are becoming manifest. Merkel's chancellorship now depends on Erdoğan and Horst Seehofer, leader of the conservative Christian Social Union of Bavaria. That doesn't bode well for her. Meanwhile, the right is gaining strength throughout Europe.

What's the Rush, Frau Merkel?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Yavuz Baydar

All those who have been critical of Chancellor Angela Merkel's due visit to Turkey, on Sunday, have a strong point: It lacks a political logic, a moral stand, and is clearly exposed with cynicism at a time Turkey, with all its reformist forces and civilian dissent severely under oppression, adrift towards an autocratic rule -- its future filled with horrifying uncertainties.