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Why Is Erdogan Being Demonized In The West?

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Many masks have slipped since Turkey's failed military coup last Friday, such that a great many on the right and the left alike, who never tire of eulogising about democracy and human rights, the masses, and people power have been exposed as little more than pseudo-liberals and fake democrats.

A Former Top Turkish Advisor Explains Why Erdogan Is The Coup's Biggest Winner

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.19.2016 | World

Days after the failed coup, the outlines of the plot, the forces behind it and the resistance to it, are becoming clearer. Mass arrests are now underw...

Five Things To Know About The Coup In Turkey

Mary Pflum Peterson | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Mary Pflum Peterson

Turkey has long been the leader of the Moslem world -- the gold standard -- the shining example of what a Moslem country could achieve as a secular nation. Its instability now threatens to impact the global economy and upend the delicate balance of the Middle East.

Being Governed by Man-made Risk

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.17.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

The world is being consumed by unforeseen man-made events that have taken the pundits and prognosticators by complete surprise. Whether it is the outc...

Insisting on our Common Humanity

Niobe Way, Ed.D. | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Niobe Way, Ed.D.

  "Where do we go from here?" asks Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967.  I ask...

Relief, And Fear, Grip Turkey After Bloody Coup Attempt

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.16.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― It would have been easy to mistake this cosmopolitan Turkish city for a war zone last night: Political upheaval, bloody clashes and the d...

After Attempted Coup, Erdogan Vows Retribution

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.16.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ―Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport Saturday morning and declared the attempted coup against his...

What It's Like Trying To Fly Into A Coup Attempt

The Huffington Post | Megan Robertson | Posted 07.15.2016 | World

Travelers headed for Turkey from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport had their plans tossed into uncertainty Friday evening as news of ...

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.

Photos From Turkey’s Streets Show Chaos After Military Claims Control

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.16.2016 | World

Turks across the country took to the streets Friday night, answering pleas to confront the Turkish military as it attempted to take power in a coup. ...

Turkey In Chaos After Coup Attempt Erupts In Violence

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.15.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― The Turkish military declared late Friday that it had taken over the country, but government leaders insisted that the coup would not suc...

Nice Truck Attack: Kamikaze Or Tet Offensive?

John A. Tures | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
John A. Tures

Is this latest terror wave a last gasp, or a game changer designed to rattle attackers?

Healing Trauma After Orlando And Istanbul

James S. Gordon | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
James S. Gordon

Treating affected individuals is not enough. Embracing and engaging the whole community in collective healing is essential.

Weekend Roundup: Anguish Stalks the Muslim World

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The recent string of terrorist attacks in Muslim-majority cities, including Dhaka, Istanbul, Baghdad and Medina, have left the ummah, or Muslim community, bleeding. The suspected culprit of the attacks is the so-called Islamic State. (continued)

As Goes Manila and Nairobi, So Goes Paris

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When I last visited Paris, exactly two years ago, Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan, the Brussels and Istanbul airport attacks, and this year's other terrorist ...

Soft Targets And Tourist Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Brussels, Istanbul and Paris terrorism attacks on soft targets and airports are all designed to maximize fear among two target populations: citizens and tourists.

Why I Don’t Plan On Leaving Istanbul Anytime Soon, Even In The Wake Of Attacks

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.06.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― It had been a beautiful, balmy summer night, the kind of night that beckons for a city stroll. As the sun sank low in the sky on June 28...

NATO Should Stand Up Black Sea Command Before It's Too Late

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

At its summit in Warsaw on July 8 and 9, NATO should take urgent steps to protect its allies and partners on its southeastern flank. Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, are all under severe pressure from Russia and require NATO assistance.

How the 'Normalization' of Salafi Extremism Has Come Back to Haunt Turkey

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's strategy of supporting the Salafi factions in Syria, and its huge public relations machinery that praised the fighters, normalized Salafism in the eyes of many ordinary, pious Sunni Turks.

Face-To-Face With Istanbul’s Gay Community

Logo | James Nichols | Posted 07.03.2016 | Queer Voices

Since its inception Elska has taken gay magazines into uncharted territory: Rather than presenting readers with a parade of flawless models cavorting ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the nation was reminded, in ways both good and bad, that elections matter. On Monday, a Supreme Court that will likely see multiple appointments from the next president delivered a landmark decision for reproductive rights. On Tuesday, terrorists bombed the Istanbul airport, leaving 42 dead. Right on cue, Donald Trump reminded the world why judgment and stability matter, repeating his call for more torture, saying "you have to fight fire with fire." And so, as the fallout from Brexit continues in the U.K., more Republican officials here are beating the drums for Trexit, separating themselves from the toxic menace that is Trump. Utah Senator Mike Lee said he won't vote for Trump without assurances he won't "abuse" the Constitution, and Maine Senator Susan Collins hinted she might vote for Hillary Clinton, while Mitt Romney said he'd vote for his wife before Trump. Meanwhile, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk became the first GOP incumbent to air an anti-Trump ad. As the list of Trexiting elected officials grows, so does the #NeverTrump RNC effort to insert a "conscience clause" allowing delegates to vote against a candidate who violates their moral beliefs. As the convention nears, we're finding out whose conscience puts country above party -- and whose does not.

Weekend Roundup: Present at the Unraveling

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

"Present at the Creation" is the title Dean Acheson, the famed American secretary of state from 1949-1953, gave to his memoir, which recounts the vision and construction of the post-World War II institutions of global order. In that same era, French diplomat Robert Schuman, considered "the father of Europe," planted the seeds of European integration that have grown for the last several decades into a club of 28 countries with a population of 500 million. Brexit marks an historic turn of the tide. Today, we are present at the unraveling of those grand institutions that have outlived their capacity to deliver and lost the allegiance of their publics. (continued)

Once the Capital of Nostalgia, Istanbul Is Now the Capital of Anxiety and Neurosis

Kaya Genc | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Many a curious tourist had wandered in this city in the last millennia, and I wondered how it would be like for me to wander along the city's new outreaches. Those plans disappeared by 10:00 p.m, when like Istanbul locals and tourists, I was reminded that Istanbul was now a city ruled by terror.

ISIS Is at War With Its 'Other' -- Turkey's Secular Democracy

Behlül Özkan | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- ISIS is attacking Kurds, secular groups, leftists and now the general public. Its aim is to destroy the secular republic, which is the "other" to its caliphate.

#PrayForTheWorld

Sarah Huang | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Sarah Huang

Malala Yousafzai once said, "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." We, as global citizens, must take it upon ourselves to be the voice of change when no one else is willing to.