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Stop Defending Turkey's 'Secularism' -- It's Been a Lie All Along

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

Turks who now speak out for secularism apparently don't see that it is exactly this Turkish form of "secularism" that put their country in this situation in the first place. Without Turkey's non-secular secularism, there would be no way to impose the conservative Islamic values of the AKP on school children. Turkey needs a constitution that finally gets rid off Turkey's non-secular secularism, which will continue to be used by anybody in power to suppress other groups in society.

In Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word

Kaya Genc | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Nowadays, Turkey is going through a difficult period, and there is a growing sense of public anxiety following attacks by militants from ISIS and the PKK. But the current political climate, with its heated debates about big issues like secularism, is not unique in Turkey's history: the country has been here before.

Where Could Erdogan-Davutoglu Rivalry End?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

The rift between President Erdogan of Turkey and PM Davutoglu which wasn't a secret before has now become apparent. What made the conflict between t...

Weekend Roundup: Why the World Is Not Falling Apart as Much as You May Think

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

Undeniably, the world is splintering. Geopolitical blocs are forming once again, the nuclear arms race is reigniting and religious war rages. Globalization is in retreat as publics across the planet suspect trade agreements, politicians talk about building walls and refugees are turned away. Yet, as Parag Khanna, author of the new book, "Connectography," writes this week from Singapore, "the same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together." (continued)

The Global Crisis Of Leadership

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

We have yet to find any leader, and I challenge anyone to name one, who can rise to meet these awesome challenges we face today. A leader who stands above human frailty, shortcomings, and failings.

Walk Like an Egyptian: Welcome to Passover, 2016

Roger Friedland | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Roger Friedland

We are now the Pharaohs. Israelite women danced on the far side of the Red Sea after having escaped Egypt. Tonight is still the night to dare imagine that we may all walk like the Egyptians.

The Resurgence of 'Strongmen' Like Trump Threatens Our Liberal World Order

Thomas Weber | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Thomas Weber

The conditions in Europe after 1873 that gave rise to Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin and Stalin look eerily similar to the conditions that have brought the "strongmen" of today to the fore. The emergence of a new world order, while different from the world of Hitler and Stalin, should worry us all. We should fear the return of the world of Barbary piracy after the decline of the Ottoman Empire or of Europe after the fall of Rome.

The U.S Attorney Preet Bharara Strikes Pro-Erdogan Media Back!

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

During a keynote speech at the New York Press Association Spring Convention on Friday, Attorney Preet Bharara commented on how he suddenly became a pu...

What Went Wrong in Turkey?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

This initial high performance had created a certain level of trust towards Erdogan's rule among the liberal intellectuals of Turkey, assuming that, by time, the Justice and Development Party would get rid of the nondemocratic aspects of the Turkish governmental system.

The Demise of Liberalism

Yascha Mounk | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Yascha Mounk

What's so dangerous about strongmen like Victor Orban or Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not just that they are disdainful of individual rights -- but also that they really do give voice to the will of the people.

The Rise of the Autocrats

Mihir Sharma | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
Mihir Sharma

Across the world, nations are seeking out leaders who promise strength. What explains the sudden resurgence of the autocrats, 25 years after the end of the Cold War appeared to have heralded the final triumph of liberal democracy?

Erdoğan's Not Mad, He's Ruthless

George Friedman | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
George Friedman

Erdoğan is presented as part dictator and part madman. He is clearly dictatorial in some of his practices, as his consolidation of power over the past few years shows. But declaring politicians mad is the standard response when they don't behave the way observers think desirable.

Turkey's Lobbyists Seek U.S. Help By Calling Tiny Armenia A Big Threat

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A lobbying firm that's a registered agent of the Turkish government is trying out a new argument during Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

Turkey: An Uncertain Ally

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. If Turkey stays on its authoritarian course, the Obama administration should rethink the scope of US-Turkey relations.

How Not to Fight Terrorism: Lessons from Belgium, Turkey, and Maybe the USA

John A. Tures | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

After the latest terror attack in Brussels, everyone's got a solution, from Western democracies to Middle East dictators to GOP Presidential candidates. None of these are likely to work, and may actually make the war on terrorism harder to win.

US Attorney Becomes Rock Star In Turkey For Arresting Erdogan's Partner

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Shortly after he was released from the jail, Reza Zarrab, at the heart of Turkey's colossal bribery scandal, said in a live TV interview that he is prepared to stand a trial before an impartial court.

The Central Figure of The Turkish Corruption Scandal Arrested in the U.S.

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Reza Zarrab, 33, an Iranian-Turkish businessman was arrested in Miami for conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, money laundering and bank fraud. His arrest may cause very important political consequences in Turkey.

Russian Letter to UNSC Claims Erdogan's Family are Directing the Smuggling of ISIS Oil!

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

In a letter dated 29 January 2016 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General...

The Refugee Deal Continues Europe's History of Dirty Dealing With Turkey

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Stefan Ihrig

The deal calls up memories of Europe's checkered history of deal-making with Turkey. During World War I, the German chancellor reacted angrily to mounting pressure to intervene to stop the Armenian genocide. He said, "Our only goal is to hold Turkey at our side until the end of the war, regardless of whether the Armenians perish over that or not. If the war carries on for a while, we will need the Turks very much." The parallels are unsettling, to say the least.

The Reality of Turkey's Pakistanization

A.Kadir Yildirim | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
A.Kadir Yildirim

Increasingly, Turkey is being viewed "as part of the Middle East rather an island of security outside of it." The phrase, "Pakistanization of Turkey", has been frequently invoked in the recent past, particularly within the context of Turkey's relationship with jihadist groups in Syria.

Who Is Blowing Up Turkish Cities One By One?

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The attacks appear to mark a new era in Turkish history, with a popular government unable to stem the violence haunting ordinary people in large, urban areas. The singularities the Erdogan government has ascribed itself, such as the political and economic stability, seem to be slowly fading away.

Why Erdogan Wants To Take Over The Entire Turkish Media

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

No matter what Erdogan's real motivation is for the unlawful order to takeover Zaman media, it is obvious that Erdogan wants to silence all critical voices. For many, it was one of the darkest days of Turkish history -- and it seems that it will not be the last one.

The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers and two TV stations, without any warning.

The Morally Bankrupt EU Refugee Deal Aids and Abets Human Rights Violations

Behlül Özkan | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In caving in to blackmail from unscrupulous partners and in refusing to take consistent, moral stances, the EU is betraying its founding principles of democracy and individual liberty. A millennium and a half ago, the Western Roman Empire collapsed due to waves of nomadic incursions. Today, with this refugee crisis, we are witnessing the decline of another European "empire," brought about by its own moral bankruptcy.

It's Time to Kick Erdogan's Turkey Out of NATO

Stanley Weiss | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Stanley Weiss

It has always been a matter of historical curiosity that one of the American diplomats who was deeply involved in the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was named Achilles.