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In the Middle East, Islamists Are not the Enemies of Democracy

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
John L. Esposito

The majority of Muslims see no real contradiction between Islam and democracy. Today, the most profound struggles in the Middle East are between democratic visions, whether secularist or religious, and authoritarianism, whether secularist or religious.

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.

Erdogan Scores an Own Goal

David Hearst | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
David Hearst

Turkey is a radically different exemplar from Egypt. It says political differences can be mediated. Political ambitions can be tempered by the popular vote, while seeing through major structural changes to society and the economy, the curtailing of the deep state, and the advancement of minority rights. In a region convulsed, and fractured, by conflict, that is a powerful message.

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

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

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.

Are Turkey's Days of Freedom Already Numbered?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Daniel Pipes, the President of the Middle East Forum and a Fox News commentator, critiqued my Huffington Post article for saying Turkey was having their biggest election in their country's history. In some ways, I think he might be on to something

Judgment Day For Erdogan's Grasp For Power As Turkey Votes

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

* Ruling AK Party expected to be largest party by far * Pro-Kurdish party success could result in coalition * Erdogan ho...

Erdogan: I Had To Build Enormous Palace Because Of Cockroaches

AP | Posted 06.06.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has defended the controversial construction of a grandiose new presidential palace, saying his old office w...

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

Turkey's Opposition Parties: Looking for an 'Opening' Against Erdogan

John A. Tures | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
John A. Tures

The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.

Analysis From Turkey: Their Biggest Political Decision in 100 Years

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Now, the current leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeks a presidential system that would resemble the French regime with its potent presidency, wielding power George W. Bush or Barack Obama could only dream about.

Turkey's President Vows To Resign If Opposition Can Find A Golden Toilet Seat

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Irritated by accusations of lavishness, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to resign if the leader of the main opposition...

Sophia Jones

Off The Ballot But With Much At Stake, Turkey's President Fights For More Power | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's June 7 election will elect 550 members of parliament, but it's really all about one man who isn't even on the ballot: President R...

Does Sisi Retain the Support of His Top Generals?

David Hearst | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
David Hearst

To continue with the logic of the Saudi argument, Sisi's future depends on proving that he can stabilize Egypt. All the evidence is to the contrary. As the Egyptian political scientist Emad Shahin argues in his recent paper, Sisi's rule is becoming increasingly personalized in the absence of an elected parliament.

Erdoğan, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.

Turkey's Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There is no Hizmet Movement plan to take over Ankara, no desire to rule the religious roost. In fact, in my meeting with Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen, America was lauded for its religious freedoms. That was the model offered up. Not a Muslim state but a state where all religions are supported in their practice. Turkish President Erdogan should take note.

Stakes for Saudis are High in Yemen

David Hearst | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
David Hearst

The current impasse leaves the Saudis with two options: either fight the Houthis with local forces or assemble a foreign fighting force and go in through Aden. Both options pose big challenges.

The Conflict Around the 'G Word'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

As a Turkish American, I whole-heartedly believe that rather than lobbying the U.S. Congress at this time of year to stop using the "G word," we should be offering different solutions and creating a new commemoration day.

Turkish Court Acquits Dutch Journalist Of Terrorism Propaganda Charge

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -- A Dutch journalist tried on a charge of disseminating "terrorist propaganda" was acquitted by a Turkish court on Mon...

Ryan Grim

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria's Assad | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military allianc...

Nearing End of 'New Turkey'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

While Lee Kuan Yew acknowledged that we are all global beings and our survivals depend upon world conditions, Erdoğan prefers to stick with "precious loneliness" to be able to hide unjust treatment and to hide revelations of corruption.

Cartoonists Fined For Suggesting Turkish President Erdogan Is Gay

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media

ANKARA, March 25 (Reuters) - Two Turkish caricaturists have been fined for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan after a court ruled that one of their ...

Amidst the Medieval Darkness of ISIS, the Kurds Stand for Secularism and Democracy in the Middle East

Behlül Özkan | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's Kurdish movement has managed to survive and grow for 30 years in the Middle East, where politics is a dangerous business. Whether in Iran, Iraq, Syria or Turkey, the Kurds are now one of the key players in the Middle East, having won the world's admiration for their defeat of ISIS in Kobani. Secular, democratic and a champion of women's rights, the Kurdish movement has emerged as the most serious rival to radical groups like ISIS.

You Can Go To Jail In Turkey For Criticizing The President

AP | DESMOND BUTLER and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.06.2015 | Media

ISTANBUL (AP) — There's no monarch in democratic Turkey — but you might not know it watching the news these days. It has become as ...

How Long Can the Truth Be Banned or Imprisoned in Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The Turkish government, and Mr. Erdoğan specifically, must acknowledge that Twitter is not a menace -- the menace to society lies in the law when it does not reflect international standards on the right to freedom of expression.

How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.