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Turkish President Erdogan 'Talks Man Out Of Jumping Off Bridge'

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Erdogan has talked a man out of jumping off a bridge. Television footage ...

The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One day in the fall of 2012, Salih Muslim Muhammed walked into the boxy gray American embassy in Stockholm and applied for a U.S. ...

With Turkey Bashing, Putin Seeks to Save Face

Sevda Zeynalova | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sevda Zeynalova

Photo credit: Zaman, Turgut Engin Downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets on the Turkish-Syrian border has provided an enabling environment for...

Russia's Talking Turkey

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Turkey's recent downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber could spell disaster, not just for Turkey and Russia, but for Turkey's Western allies, including the United States.

Did Erdogan Commit Political Suicide?

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Erdogan has been actively pursuing the ouster of Assad since 2012, but Russia's recent intervention in Syria, in alliance with Iran and its highly ideologically and politically motivated proxies, has resulted in a serious setback for Erdogan's plans.

The Russo - Turkish Crisis: Is the Syrian War Going Global?

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Will the downing of the Russian fighter jet by the Turkish armed forces over Turkey's war-torn border with Syria on 24 November go down in history as ...

ISIS, Turkey and Oil -- The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

James Stafford | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics.

Syria Should Not Cost Turkey Its Peace With the Kurds

Kaya Genc | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's downing of a Russian military jet will help little in improving this much strained relationship. But it can clarify the basic political tensions which Turkey's Turkish and Kurdish politicians need to come to terms with, and get over, if they want to forge a new mode of coexistence inside Turkey's borders.

Erdogan Warns Russia Not To 'Play With Fire'

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.27.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relat...

Turkey-Russia Tensions Are Making It Harder To Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 11.30.2015 | World

Many world leaders have grown increasingly determined to destroy the self-described Islamic State, especially since the Nov. 13 terror attacks on Pari...

Turkey Attacks Russia: Sarajevo 2015?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Sheldon Filger

The most likely explanation for Erdogan's astonishing decision to launch an attack on a Russian aircraft was to thwart and strangle at birth the nascent indications of a possible grand coalition being formed to combat ISIS, involving the United States, France and Russia.

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 in...

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 specul...

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 southea...

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 wa...

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.