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Trying To Eliminate Political Rivals, Erdogan's Policies Threaten Turkey And The West

John A. Tures | Posted 01.03.2017 | World
John A. Tures

It's not every country that has Santa Claus show up to kill nearly 40 nightclub patrons, but for Turkey, it's just another average day in President Er...

Turkey Has Proved It No Longer Is A Friend To The U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Predicting the course of the coming Trump presidency could be an Olympic sport. The president-elect evidences strong opinions but little knowledge of many issues. Moreover, he usually was short on specifics: for instance, what would it mean to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS?

Appeasing The Butchers Of Humanity

Constantine Tzanos | Posted 12.06.2016 | World
Constantine Tzanos

None of the major players in the international political stage has yet reacted to the dangerous paranoia of Mr. Erdogan. Let us hope that we are not witnessing again the appeasement of another butcher of humanity.

Human Rights On Trial In Turkey

Donna McKay | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Donna McKay

Together, leaders like Putin and Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan represent a threat to the global human rights movement and to human dignity everywhere.

LT. GEN. Michael T. Flynn: "Gun for Hire"

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, a Trump national security adviser, has been paid by Turkish money laundered through a Dutch company to lobby on behalf of t...

Turken Foundation: A Wolf in the Neighborhood

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.28.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

The Turken Foundation acquired a property and wants to build a student dormitory at 762-766 Second Avenue in New York City. Turken was registered as a...

Support Turkey's Democracy

Jason McCue | Posted 09.29.2016 | World
Jason McCue

Last year I warned of the currency of regime change in Africa driven by profit and mineral exploitation.   I called for the international community ...

Should We Send A Man We Know Is Innocent To His Death Abroad?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.29.2016 | World
John A. Tures

In the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, a Nazi judge has to answer for sacrificing an innocent man to appease the bloodlust of an angry crowd, swearing he had no idea how it would lead to the Holocaust.

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Pushing Islamic State Out Of Key Border Town

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.24.2016 | World

KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State’s last ...

Turkey's Russian Flirtation

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.13.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Russian President Vladimir Putin On Tuesday, August 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan travelled...

Beyond The Turkish Coup

George Friedman | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
George Friedman

Erdoğan is restructuring Turkish institutions, from the military to schools to the media, in ways that will support whatever moves he chooses to make. His long-term intentions - the ends toward which he is restructuring Turkish institutions - are unclear.

Ankara and Cairo: A Tale of Two Coups

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Anti-coup protestors on the streets of Istanbul, July 16, 2016. The eastern Mediterranean has witnessed two military coups in the last three years...

How the West (Once Again) Fails to Grasp the Turkish Reality

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- There are many solid details that rather convincingly link Gulenists with the coup attempt in Turkey last month. Yet when the global community has no idea of the clandestine side of this group, it becomes very difficult for people to be convinced that the Gulenists were behind it.

What To Know About The Secretive Group Turkey Blames For Coup Attempt

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

Hours after an attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his officials were already clear who was to blame: Fethullah Gu...

Turkey's History of (Successful) Coups

ADST | Posted 07.26.2016 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Thousands In Istanbul Put Aside Political Differences For Anti-Coup Solidarity Rally

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.25.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― Thousands of Turkish men, women and children filled Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square early Sunday evening, putting polarized politics be...

Democratic Convention: Bernie, the Kurds and Lack of Moral Clarity on Syria

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst crass U.S. foreign policy and a lack of moral consistency on the Syrian conflict, what can we expect from the upcoming Democratic Convention? ...

Could A Military Coup Ever Happen In The U.S.?

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

News of the military coup in Turkey was dribbling in on Saturday afternoon when I was having lunch with a group of six friends in West Virginia. Sudde...

A Different Kind of Coup? Why You Should Care About A "Reclusive" Turkish Imam in Pennsylvania

John Barton | Posted 07.23.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fethullah Gülen may be the most influential Muslim leader in the world that you've never heard of. Or, at least, that may have been true until last w...

The Gulen Movement Isn't a Cult -- It's One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The target of Erdogan's purge -- the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- is not dangerous. It's one of the most moderate and socially constructive organizations in the Muslim world. In attacking it, Erdogan is planting the seeds for his own destruction.

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.

Turkey's Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup

Jonathan Schanzer | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Jonathan Schanzer

The coup attempt comes amidst a campaign, now well underway, to erode the institutions that have made Turkey a proud democracy since 1923. Indeed, this campaign may have been a motivating factor for the mutineers.

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...

Extraditing Gulen To Turkey Would Ruin America's Middle East Policy

John A. Tures | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

If Barack Obama and John Kerry give in to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand to extradite Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, it will lead to more than his imprisonment and/or execution.

Turkey's Kamikaze Coup Attempt: Why Now and What Next?

Behlül Özkan | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- The only way to rouse Turkey's democracy from its slumber is to fight to re-enshrine the universal principles of the rule of law, freedom of the press and individual freedom -- however distant that goal may look now.