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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.

Compromising America's Moral Integrity Versus Ensuring Military Support

Peter Wolson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Wolson

With President Obama and his advisors refusing to name this atrocity, genocide, as he had promised Armenians in his 2008 presidential campaign based on incontrovertible historical proof, he chose to appease President Erdogan for fear of losing his military support in the Middle East.

Turkish President Slams Nations Recognizing Armenian Genocide

AP | Posted 04.25.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocid...

Acknowledging the Past

James Zogby | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

A nation's refusal to come to grips with its past is more a sign of weakness, than of strength. Making peace with your past makes you stronger and more able to deal with future challenges. The inability to do so, is disturbing, to say the least. Denial and bullying the victim only delays the recognition that must ultimately come.

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.

Dimensions of the Authoritarian Drift in Turkey

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
Alp Aslandogan

Turkey's journey of democratization toward EU membership stalled and made a U-turn during the third term of its ruling party AKP. Turkey's democratizing reforms have been both a state policy and a popular path throughout 90s and were accelerated under then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003.

Sophia Jones

'The Genocide Is Not Forgotten. It's Impossible To Forget'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

Yetvart Tomasyan's father, Bedros (second from right), poses with his family for a photograph in the early 1900s in the Ottoman Empire, now modern-day...

The Fight Is Still On For Women's Rights In Turkey

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2015 | World

By Dasha Afanasieva and Jonny Hogg ISTANBUL/ANKARA, April 20 (Reuters) - When 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan was stabbed an...

Change Turkey's Electoral System

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The AKP, which has ruled more than any other party in Turkish history, is bracing to solicit votes for upcoming parliamentary elections with a promise that the country will be better shaped if led by a president with more executive powers.

Turkey Needs Strategy to Contain Iran

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

On March 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Iran is trying to dominate the region, just weeks before his visit to Tehran. He argued that Iran's expanding foothold in the Middle East is annoying Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies.

Cartoonists Fined For Suggesting Turkish President Erdogan Is Gay

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media

ANKARA, March 25 (Reuters) - Two Turkish caricaturists have been fined for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan after a court ruled that one of their ...

Can Political Islam Co-Exist With Liberal Democracy?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Shadi Hamid on the current ...

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.

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.

For Turkish Media, It Is All About Carrots and Sticks

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Fifteen years ago, the mainstream media in Turkey had worked under the shadow of the ruthless military and hostile judiciary. Little has improved since 1990s, and this time the tyrannical elected government is unchecked to a degree that there is no formidable power that could hold the authorities accountable.

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Erdogan Warns Of A 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist milita...

Can Turkey Lead the Islamic World and Still Be a Western Ally?

Behlül Özkan | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

The AKP does not aspire to be a model for the Islamic world; it aspires to be its leader -- a duty which includes safeguarding the interests of the nearly 20 million Muslims living in Europe. In Erdoğan's view, it is the EU which must accommodate itself to Turkey, not vice versa. Erdoğan is saying to the West: If you want my help in the Middle East, then we'll play by my rules.

Turkish Soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan's Latest Victim

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

Turkish President Erdogan's Photo Ops Keep Getting Weirder

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to bombastic displays. Anyone who watched a giant hologram version of him deliver a speech can a...

Cold Turkey Limiting Freedom of Speech in Turkey

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Yohuru Williams

Such is the disappointing state of the press in Turkey where the Erdogan administration's actions have rightfully earned the suspicion of the Turkish people and democratic nations across the globe that fear, with good cause, that the assault on the media is only the beginning. Not all is lost for Erdogan yet.

Turkish Teen Accused Of Insulting President Freed From Custody

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arr...

Reports: Turkish Teen Arrested For Insulting President

AP | Posted 12.25.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say a teenager was taken away from his school and detained by police for allegedly insulting Turkish Pre...

Turkey's President Decries Birth Control As Form Of Treason

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

ISTANBUL, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has described birth control as a form of "treason," saying it threatened the country's b...

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis is the Greatest Humanitarian Disaster of Our Time

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Negar Mojtahedi

Harsh winter weather is fast approaching in the Middle East. If the member states of the United Nations don't do something soon, the world's failure to deal with the catastrophe that is spilling out of Syria's civil war, could soon reach historic proportions.

Betrayal and Resentment: The Lost Love Between Erdogan and the West

OpedSpace | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems determined to prove that western civilization is a scam. Last week he declared that Muslim seafarers had discovered America centuries before Columbus and even built a mosque on the hills of Cuba.