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Has Turkish Democracy Won in Turkey's June 7 Election?

Galip Dalay | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Galip Dalay

Many interpreted the result of Turkey's June 7 general election as a major defeat for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK party) and creeping authoritarianism, and a welcome victory for democracy.

The US Senate Fails Those Who Fight ISIS on Behalf of the World

Rashid Karadaghi | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rashid Karadaghi

While the Kurds applaud wholeheartedly the vote by the fifty-five Senators who supported arming the Kurdish Peshmerga directly in their courageous fight against one of the biggest evils facing humanity today, they deplore the vote by the forty-five who voted against the measure.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Congress Voted Against Directly Arming Iraq's Kurds. Here's What That Means For The ISIS Fight.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's strategy for combating the extremist Islamic State group is still evolving. But for some members of Congress on...

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

Kurds Drive ISIS Out Of Syria's Kobani

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and c...

ISIS Re-Enters Kobani Amid Major Assault On Syrian Kurdish Cities

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday after a string of recent setbacks, storming government-he...

Sophia Jones

Biggest Obstacle To Kurdish Victory Over ISIS Might Not Be ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units sit near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the destroyed Syrian town of Kobani on June 20, 2015. ...

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

Kurdish Fighters Close In On ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tue...

Kurds Make Important Win Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, June 22 (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces said on Monday that they had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria's Raq...

Backing the Wrong Horse in Iraq

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Obama Administration's announcement that it is sending several hundred additional advisors to Iraq is consistent with America's failed policy in the country.

Kurds Capture Key ISIS-Held Border Town In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border provided a lifeline for the Islamic State group, allowing it ...

Yazidi Youth Protests Through His Art

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Recently, I came across a young Ezdi, Nasser H. Kassow from Shingal (Sinjar) who is a student of English at a University in Zakho. Kassow had tweeted some of his impressionistic paintings on the state of Yazidis. As we engaged on social media, I interviewed him via Skype to know a little more about his work.

Kurds Strongly Deny Ethnic Cleansing Accusations In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest se...

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

With ISIS At Its Door, Kurdistan Struggles To Accommodate Sunni Arabs And Yazidis

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Asked about Kurdistan in Iraq, the autonomous region that has become the United States' favored partner on the ground against the Islami...

PHOTOS: Meet The Guerrilla Fighters Of Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

How do you delve beneath the surface of a protracted, brutal conflict -- one that involves Syria, Iraq, Islamic State militants and various Kurdish fa...

Gripping Photos Show Thousands Of Refugees Fleeing Syria This Week

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.10.2015 | World

Thousands of Syrians made their way into Turkey across an impromptu border crossing on Wednesday, part of a recent surge of refugees fleeing fighting ...

Turkey Post-Elections: Will Erdoğan Be Balanced by the Opposition?

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Wikistrat

The Republic of Turkey has undergone a seismic domestic political shift, as millions of Turkish citizens headed to the polls on June 7 and created a new parliament with four seated parties.

Assessing Turkey's Most Consequential Elections

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Turkey's election, held last Sunday, will go down in history as one of the most consequential for the young democracy. After months of listening to candidates and pundits, millions of Turkish citizens flocked to the polls to cast their votes in an election many saw as a foregone conclusion.

Meet The Pro-Gay, Pro-Women Party Shaking Up Turkish Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after...

Iran's Writing on the Wall: Ethnic Minorities and Others Assert Themselves

James Dorsey | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Recent months have witnessed a series of unrelated, nationwide protests in Iran by teachers demanding salary hikes as well as ethnic groups decrying government abuse and calling for greater rights.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Oil Agreement Central To Iraq's Unity In ISIS Fight May Be Crumbling

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A December 2014 oil agreement struck between Iraq's central government and the country's autonomous Kurdish region is in jeopardy and co...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Kurdish Leader Reaffirms Partnership With U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, who visited the U.S. for the first time since 2012 earlier this month, believes the U.S. has effectivel...