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Not Just a Ferguson Problem

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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 11.20.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Interdependence

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.

Egypt: Clueless and Rudderless

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Parvez Ahmed

In 2011, along with millions of people around the world, I was mesmerized by the peaceful popular uprisings in Tahrir Square that eventually led to the end of three decades of dictatorial rule in Egypt. Two years ago, the millions on the street inspired hope. Today they evoke fear.

Courage Now Lies in the Grey...

Safak Pavey | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Safak Pavey

I come from a fragmented society. A country proud to serve as a bridge between Europe and Asia yet unable to bridge its' own differences. This became apparent for the whole world to see during the Gezi Park protests. The uprising came about not as power struggle nor as demands for political freedoms; not as an ethnic struggle or one for democracy.

Talking Turkey: Gezi Park, Sevan Nišanyan and Old Armenian Ladies

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Christopher Atamian

Turkey has recently taken two steps forward and he would take it three steps back into religious intolerance and obscurantism. It's time for Erdogan to go, if you ask me, just the was it was time for Morsi to take a hike as well.

Turkish Police Fire Water Cannon To Block Protesters' Wedding

AP | Posted 09.19.2013 | World

ISTANBUL — Police on Saturday fired water cannon and tear gas in downtown Istanbul to disperse anti-government demonstrators after barring them ...