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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.

Erdoğan After The Coup

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

Will the victory over the tanks draw Turkey in a new cycle of violence and authoritarianism? Or will it become the wakeup call the moderate forces of his party who were marginalized needed, to restore Erdogan, who confirmed his great strength and his weakness, to a sensible route?

Why Erdogan's Triumph will Make Turkey a Dictatorship

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On July 15, 2016, a group of military servicemen launched a coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Even though the coup a...

Turkey Detains Over 7,500 People As Crackdown Widens After Bloody Coup Attempt

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.18.2016 | World

ISTANBUL ― At least 7,500 people have been detained since the bloody coup attempt in Turkey, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to “clean all ...

Turkey's Coup: The 'Valkyrie' Of Our Times

John A. Tures | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
John A. Tures

The true story behind this coup is eerily similar to the events in Turkey in the middle of July coup.

Turkey Blames Coup Attempt On Group Led By U.S.-Based Cleric

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.16.2016 | World

Although it is still unclear who is responsible for Friday’s failed coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish o...

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.

How Erdogan Enabled ISIS To Attack The Turks

John A. Tures | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
John A. Tures

The world stands with the Turks in the wake of the terrible attacks on the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. But we don't stand with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose obsession with destroying the Kurds politically enabled ISIS to kill Turks over the past few months, as well as last night.

How Erdogan Rewrote History of the Great Arab Revolt

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the self-proclaimed "Great" Arab Revolt of 1916, launched against Ottoman rule from the Arabian Desert by Sharif Hussein, emir of Mecca. Thanks to a systematic decade-long campaign orchestrated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the event will pass almost unnoticed in most Arab cities and media outlets.

Is Erdogan The Reason So Many Armenian Genocide Resolutions Are Being Passed?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Foreign countries interested in condemning Armenian genocide should not only draw distinctions between Turkey and the actions of the Ottoman Empire. They should make the same distinction between Erdogan and the people of Turkey, who do not always support him.

Reflections From a Winter Visit to Istanbul

Zeynep Lokmanoglu | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
Zeynep Lokmanoglu

In mid-December of 2015, I leave New York to go to Istanbul for the holidays. It doesn't take long before I'm sucked into the stress that comes with being a Turkish citizen who's living in Turkey.

Turkey Hits Back At Germany After Armenian Genocide Vote

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkey recalled its ambassador to Germany on Thursday following a high-profile vote in Germany's parliament that formally recognized the 1...

Turkish President: No Muslim Family Should Engage In Birth Control

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.30.2016 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - No Muslim family should engage in birth control or family planning, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, calling agai...

Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state

James Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state.

Turkey's Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Stephen Zunes

Turkey's march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Weekend Roundup: Where the UN Can Succeed Instead of Fail

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: From Beijing to Moscow, a Digital Curtain Descends

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

In March 1946, Winston Churchill famously declared that an "iron curtain" had descended across the European continent, casting a decades-long chill between East and West known as the Cold War. A new chill is in the air once again as China and Russia seek to draw a new "digital curtain" across the world in a joint effort to thwart the Western web from penetrating their cultural space.(continued)