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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 04.17.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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.

Another Victim of Erdogan's Wrath

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

In an unprecedented display of solidarity to bail out a bank that has been a target of a relentless campaign waged by the Turkish authorities for over a year, Turkish depositors flooded the branches of the bank across Turkey to save it from the president's wrath.

In Wake Of Paris Attacks, Erdogan Warns Of A 'Clash Of Civilizations'

Reuters | Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned of a "clash of civilizations" following the wake of the Islamist milita...

Turkish Soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan's Latest Victim

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

Turkish President Erdogan's Photo Ops Keep Getting Weirder

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to bombastic displays. Anyone who watched a giant hologram version of him deliver a speech can a...

Cold Turkey Limiting Freedom of Speech in Turkey

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Yohuru Williams

Such is the disappointing state of the press in Turkey where the Erdogan administration's actions have rightfully earned the suspicion of the Turkish people and democratic nations across the globe that fear, with good cause, that the assault on the media is only the beginning. Not all is lost for Erdogan yet.

Former Turkish TV Presenter Reportedly Detained Over Tweet

AP | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A former television presenter was detained by police on Tuesday for posting a tweet suggesting a cover-up in a government corr...

Turkish Teen Accused Of Insulting President Freed From Custody

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arr...

Breaking Bad Turkey!

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Although, it is never too late to get back on the right track, Erdoğan and the current government should see the situation clearly: It's not possible to build a future on injustice.

Turkish President Defends Raids On Media Outlets

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Media

* Erdogan says raids nothing to do with press freedom * EU says the action is counter to European values * Lira touches ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bad News For U.S.-Turkish Cooperation: ISIS May Have Launched Attack From Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the U.S. and Turkey may finally reach an agreement on jointly combating the Islamic State. But in the meantime, Turkey appe...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Turkey, Reluctant Partner In Obama's ISIS Strategy, Frustrates U.S. Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey, with its resources, geographic position and potential regional sway, is uniquely suited to be the West's key partner against the...

Today's Empire Builders

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Empire builders appear to be back in style. They are with us today both in reality and in fantasy. They present the world with the same dilemma that has troubled victims in the past -- how does the rest of the planet deal with them.