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Should The United States Support The Military Coup In Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

The American people typically have little stomach for a military coup. But given the undemocratic nature of the Erdogan regime, Turkey may have had no choice.

Reflections From a Winter Visit to Istanbul

Zeynep Lokmanoglu | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
Zeynep Lokmanoglu

In mid-December of 2015, I leave New York to go to Istanbul for the holidays. It doesn't take long before I'm sucked into the stress that comes with being a Turkish citizen who's living in Turkey.

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.

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.

Not Just a Ferguson Problem

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The United States is under the effects of a big storm: Ferguson. The city has been struggling to return to normal since an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown, was killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last summer.

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkey has the potential of becoming a significant global power, but to realize that, Erdogan must change course or leave. His arrogance, though, and self-styled piousness will prevent him from doing either and deny Turkey its deserving place to play a constructive role on the global stage.

Why the UN Rejected Turkey's Bid for a Security Council Seat?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

By ignoring all these legitimate reasons for Turkey's failure to win the Security Council seat, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu falsely attributed his country's defeat to its reluctance to abandon "its values for the sake of getting more votes."

Keys To Peace: Davide Martello Gives To The Road

Mike Dunphy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Mike Dunphy

In one small village in Germany, when the police arrived to shut down his performance, the people held hands in a circle around the piano to stop them. Later in Stockholm, a couple got engaged in front of him.

The "Three Turkeys": Making Sense of 30 March Local Elections

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 06.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Umut Özkırımlı

The message these elections have hammered home, and here the "context" does matter, is the apparent lack of willingness on the part of these groups to continue to live together.

Turkey Protests: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

The death of Berkin Elvan -- a Turkish teenager who died after being hit by a tear-gas canister on his way to buy a loaf of bread during last summer's...

Turkey Is Going Back to the Old Days

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems that Turkey is confidently on its way to becoming a member of the "freedom league" --- with such players as China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea, where freedom of speech and human rights are secondary issues.

Joshua Hersh

Turkey Approves Harsh New Internet Law | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2014 | World

ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Turkey's Parliament approved a law on Thursday that would grant sweeping new powers to the government to censor and monitor the Int...

It's Still the Same Old Same Old in Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The latest picture of Turkey shows that people need to be more aware of the influences that have molded them over thousands of years so as to be able to face the problems that come with change.

Turkish Cop Faces Jail For 'Woman In Red' Photo

Posted 07.02.2014 | World

The Turkish police officer who tear-gassed a woman at last year’s Gezi protests, an image that became a symbol of the government’s heavy-handed re...

Talk to Thrive

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems that everyone has an incurable "fight to be right syndrome," and it is going from bad to worse. Most people are busy speaking or criticizing harshly while very few are listening to understand.

Let's 'Talk the Talk' and 'Walk the Walk'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The way Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan behaves shows us that he still doesn't fully understand and that he has not fully internalized democracy. He is viewed more and more as an autocrat rather than a democrat. Yet it is during our most difficult times that we learn the most.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Blow to Press Freedom in Turkey

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.06.2014 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

"A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." -Albert Camus The pr...

Turkey In the Coming Months: Development and Progress

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Ege Ozyegin

The Occupy Gezi Movement demonstrated a few key issues about Turkey that need attention and deserve some critical thinking.

I'd Like Sliced Bread, a Car With a Full Tank and, Yes, Free Internet Too

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Freedom of speech shouldn't end at American borders. Blogging, Facebook and the free flow of information are all great things. But with all that censorship, they could become like a car without fuel.

Police Block Gezi Park As Peace Protests Erupt In Istanbul

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.01.2013 | World

Turkish police Sunday blocked the entrance to Istanbul's Gezi Park, the epicentre of anti-government protests in June, to prevent a demonstration agai...


Lindy McMullin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Lindy McMullin

I know that I am asking for much, but in gratitude for this city that has afforded me a home for a short while, I smile gently and hope I can touch the soul of this country softly, quickening its vibrant energy, as I shower imaginary rose petals over Taksim Square and Gezi Park.

Turkey's Egyptian Overtures: Why Does Erdogan Care?

Somdeep Sen | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Somdeep Sen

The Gezi Park protests have not only collated the oppositions' sentiments that have aggregated since Erdogan took office in 2003, but also rendered his status as the unequivocal leader of all of Turkey as an empty shell.

Turkey's Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The verdicts coming out of the Ergenekon trial are clear indicators that Turkey's old power establishment has not only been silenced and marginalized, but also are targets of punishment. Whichever way one looks at the political landscape, it is clear that 2014 will be typified by many dark clouds on the horizon for the country's leaders.

Turkey's EU Minister Has a Change of Heart for Occupy Gezi?

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

Egemen Bagis, the Turkish minister for E.U. affairs and chief negotiator, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times last week. The surprising article has been a target for criticism and even mocking in the past week.